Saturday, 28 November 2020

BUTTERNUT, TOMME DES PYRENEES AND CINNAMON POTAGE
(Potage de tommes des Pyrénées, butternut et cannelle)


Ah la la. I had a craving for.....butternut ! Strange isn't it ? Sure. And even if it is quite easy to find some right now, I did not feel like to cut it. Lucky me, my deli DOES frozen butternut squash. Check! I had to find what to do with my treasure then. The answer, helped by the chilled wind, materialized straight away to my mind : a soup or to be precise a potage. Apart from carrots, I was a little bit perplex on how to combine my butternut as I wanted something comfy but not heavy... I don't know how Tomme des Pyrénées came but it was worth it. I had the potage consistency I was looking for. Buuut...Yes, a little "quelque chose" was missing when I tasted it. A quick glance in my cupboard to resolve my dilemma and tadaaaah : a pinch of cinnamon balanced perfectly my concoction : the yummy potage was born...
Tomme des Pyrénées is a very interesting French cheese with a long history : back in the 12 century, our French King Louis VI "le gros" (the fat one...) tasted it when he came to visit the village of Saint-Girons... The Tomme at this time, was composed of 3 milks : cow, goat and sheep... The one proposed in this recipe is from cows' milk .



Wine pairing : Sancerre (White) from The Loire Valley. 







BUTTERNUT, TOMME DES PYRENEES AND CINNAMON POTAGE 
A quick glance in your kitchen 

In your fridge
Butternut squash (frozen for me)
Carrots
Tomme des Pyrénées

In your cupboard
Red onions
Potatoes
Garlic
Ground cinnamon

BUTTERNUT, TOMME DES PYRENEES AND CINNAMON POTAGE
Serves 6

Thursday, 26 November 2020

SALAD OF SMOKED SALMON WITH PASSION FRUIT (Salade de saumon fumé aux fruits de la passion)

 SALAD OF SMOKED SALMON WITH PASSION FRUIT 
(Salade de saumon fumé aux fruits de la passion) 

A few minutes recipe with lovely ingredients packed with vitamins, ready to face the day! Smoked salmon goes so well with passion fruits that I imagine to incorporate a bit of fennel as well! Choose a very good smoked salmon as the smoke taste will definitely be an addition to this great salad!   



Wine pairing : Rully (White) from Burgundy. 




SALAD OF SMOKED SALMON WITH PASSION FRUIT 
A quick glance in your kitchen…

In your fridge
Smoked salmon 
Passion fruit
Lamb lettuce
Lime
Fennel
Pomegranate 
Avocado

In your cupboard
Olive oil 


SALAD OF SMOKED SALMON WITH PASSION FRUIT 
Serves 2

Tuesday, 24 November 2020

GNOCCHI WITH LEEKS AND PECAN NUTS (Gnocchi aux poireaux et noix de pécan)

GNOCCHI WITH LEEKS AND PECAN NUTS
(Gnocchi aux poireaux et noix de pécan)  

In my supersonic repertoire, gnocchi always has a good place as it takes only 2 minutes to be cooked! And you may decline nearly to infinity the ingredients you will add to them. Today I come with a lovely “fondue de poireaux” as we say in France or a kind of leek compote which is as you may guess, heavenly. I paired it with pecan nuts because I only have those waiting patiently in my cupboard… 


Wine pairing : Tursan (Red) from the South West. 

 


GNOCCHI WITH LEEKS AND PECAN NUTS 
A quick glance in your kitchen…


In your fridge
Gnocchi
Leeks
Crème fraîche


In your cupboard
Olive oil
Shallot
Pecan nuts


GNOCCHI WITH LEEKS AND PECAN NUTS 
Serves 2

Sunday, 22 November 2020

RATATOUILLE AND GOAT CHEESE CRUMBLE (Crumble chèvre et ratatouille)

RATATOUILLE AND GOAT CHEESE CRUMBLE
(Crumble chèvre et ratatouille)



I do a lot of crumble recently and I realise that it was the main recipe women did during the second world war because of the rationing! What a coincidence if we can talk about a coincidence obviously…
So in my crumble crusade, I made this one which is an appeal to my beloved country because it contains a quintessential French product the….ratatouille! Yes, and paired with goat cheese it is a match made in heaven! To try it is to adopt it so be really careful. The good thing is that you can find ratatouille quite easily to your main supermarket even with the lockdown! 



Wine pairing : Côtes-de-Saint-Mont (Rosé) from the South West.






RATATOUILLE AND GOAT CHEESE CRUMBLE
A quick glance in your kitchen…

In your fridge
Goat cheese
Butter
Grated parmesan

In your cupboard
Ratatouille
Espelette pepper
Flour
Porridge oat
Shallot


RATATOUILLE AND GOAT CHEESE CRUMBLE
Serves 4

Wednesday, 18 November 2020

DATES STUFFED WITH BRANDADE (Dattes fourrées à la brandade)

DATES STUFFED WITH BRANDADE 
(Dattes fourrées à la brandade) 

I do love stuffed dates but only with salted ingredients like Stilton for example (here). So when I had a brandade leftover, I thought straight away about dates and a good combination both will make! And I was right! The sweetness of the dates reinforces the mellowness of the brandade. But I will leave you judging it by yourselves..



Wine pairing : Barsac (Sweet White) from Bordeaux. 




DATES STUFFED WITH BRANDADE 
A quick glance in your kitchen…


In your fridge
Fresh dates

In your cupboard
Cod brandade 


DATES STUFFED WITH BRANDADE 

Monday, 16 November 2020

TAGLIATELLES WITH SPINACH AND RICOTTA (Tagliatelles aux épinards et ricotta)

TAGLIATELLES WITH SPINACH AND RICOTTA 
(Tagliatelles aux épinards et ricotta)


Oh miam! I do not know why but I never cook with ricotta. It’s strange because I cannot see a reason why?? It’s during my peregrination in Montpellier’s restaurant that I came across a recipe with ricotta and spinach! Apparently, from my friend’s point of view, it is quite fashionable to put ricotta and spinach nowadays! Ha, ha. A food blogger who does not know that. Well, we can’t always be here and there or be “au four et au moulin” as we said in French! I love this expression which came from the XVIIe century. At this period of time, the peasants use the mill for their bread THEN the oven! They could not be obviously at the same place at the same time...


Wine pairing : Petite Arvine (Red) from Aosta Valley




TAGLIATELLES WITH SPINACH AND RICOTTA
A quick glance in your kitchen…


In your fridge
Parmesan
Fresh tagliatelles 
Yogurt
Ricotta
Spinach leaves

In your cupboard
Olive oil
Shallot 


TAGLIATELLES WITH SPINACH AND RICOTTA 
Serves 2

Saturday, 14 November 2020

POLLO MARGHERITA (Poulet à la mozzarella)

POLLO MARGHERITA
(Poulet à la mozzarella) 


Hungry teenagers! This dish is for you. Imagine the topping you normally have on a Margherita pizza and transpose it on a breast chicken! Sounds yummy don't you think so? I do, and my children as well! I have eaten this dish at an Italian's restaurant just before the lock down and I was really happy to be able to recreate it afterwards! I serve it with orzo pasta as my children love them but you may serve this dish with anything you fancy... Enjoy!



Wine pairing : Marino (White) from Lazio (Latium).







POLLO MARGHERITA
A quick glance in your kitchen…

In your fridge
Chicken
Mozzarella

In your cupboard  
Tin of chopped tomatoes
Garlic
Orzo pasta 
Olive oil 
Caster sugar 


POLLO MARGHERITA
Serves 4

Tuesday, 10 November 2020

PEAR AND HONEY PORK FILET MIGNON (Filet mignon aux poires et au miel)

 PEAR AND HONEY PORK FILET MIGNON
(Filet mignon aux poires et au miel)



Mioum, this recipe is soooo good, easy and original too! I have found some marvellous Concorde pears (I did not know they existed actually), and they were succulents once cooked! I have added some couscous semolina which works perfectly well with the sweet and sour pork but you may use anything else...;)



Wine pairing : Corbières (Rosé ) from Languedoc-Roussillon.








PEAR AND HONEY PORK FILET MIGNON
A quick glance in your kitchen...

In your fridge
Pork filet mignon
Pears
Butter
White wine

In your cupboard
Brown caster sugar
Honey
Mustard
Couscous

PEAR AND HONEY PORK FILET MIGNON
Serves 4

Sunday, 8 November 2020

EGGS WITH BECHAMEL (Œufs à la béchamel)

 EGGS WITH BECHAMEL
 (Œufs à la béchamel) 


Ah, the béchamel ! I do not need any tardis to go back down memory lane… I only need béchamel with eggs and I am at my primary school’s canteen once again… It is so bizarre as when little, I did not make a link with the nutmeg associated with the béchamel and now it does make sense! Because between you and I, a béchamel without nutmeg is not possible at all. So first of all, if you think about preparing a béchamel, do not start yet, have a look at your cupboard to be sure that the precious spice will is definitely there… 



Wine pairing : Montrecul (White) from Burgundy.






EGGS WITH BECHAMEL 
A quick glance in your kitchen...

In your fridge
Butter
Eggs
Milk

In your cupboard
Flour
Nutmeg


EGGS WITH BECHAMEL 
Serves 2

Saturday, 7 November 2020

68 FESTIVE RECIPES (68 recettes festives)

68 FESTIVE RECIPES 
(68 recettes festives)



Perfect memento of 68 recipes of fish, meats, veggies, desserts and cocktails to dig for some ideas. Your Christmas parties, buffets, New Year's Eve feast or whichever you fancy to gather people around you (if we are allowed obviously, thanks to many lockdowns all around the world), will be chic and so very easy to prepare!
Ready to cook?




Friday, 6 November 2020

MINESTRONE SOUP

MINESTRONE EXPRESS


For me, minestrone soup can be a little bit heavy sometimes. I wanted to concoct one for the nutritious and healthy notes this Italian soup have but I could not find my happiness on any recipes I read on the web or in books. After several attempts, I came with this recipe from an old Elle magazine that I changed obviously a little bit to be an easy-peasy recipe ! 
Bortoletti beans are a variety of kidney-shape beans, a little bit like the French flageolets but with a creamy taste.







MINESTRONE EXPRESS
A quick glance in your kitchen...

In your fridge
Carrots
Celery
Passata
Petits-pois

In your cupboard
Tagliatelle
Echallion shallots
Bartoletti beans or flageolets beans
Vegetable stock

MINESTRONE EXPRESS 
Serves 6

BUTTERNUT, TOMME DES PYRENEES AND CINNAMON POTAGE (Potage de tommes des Pyrénées, butternut et cannelle) Ah la la. I had a craving for.....b...