"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication" LdV

Friday, 6 July 2018

PINK SANGRIA WITH GRAPEFRUIT (Sangria rosée au pamplemousse)

PINK SANGRIA WITH GRAPEFRUIT 
(Sangria rosée au pamplemousse)


After the success of my white sangria with quince (here), I have decided to glamorize my sangria with a pink version! I know how much my British friends adore the rosé wine especially in summer time and we can definitely say today that summer has finally arrived in London...;) So let's celebrate it with this marvelous beverage...
Enjoy with moderation always...!





PINK SANGRIA WITH GRAPEFRUIT 
A quick glance in your kitchen…


In your fridge
Rosé wine
Pink grapefruit juice
Grapefruit
Lemon
Orange

In your cupboard
Brown caster sugar



PINK SANGRIA WITH GRAPEFRUIT 
Serves 4

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

FUSS FREE WEEKLY MEALS PLANNING #5

FUSS FREE WEEKLY MEALS PLANNING #5


Yes, I know how much you have missed these meals planning (my friends for sure anyway...).  I even know someone who was looking every single day for the planning from Antigua where she lives now...





Lundi 
Chicken, tomatoes and feta pasta (here)
1 Vache qui rit 
1 nectarine

Mardi
French pie with Rocamadour cheese (here)
1 Actimel 
Cherries 


Friday, 29 June 2018

THE REAL SALADE "Niçoise" (SALADA NISSARDA)

THE REAL SALADE "Niçoise" 
(SALADA NISSARDA)


So nice to recreate this wonderful salad which contains only ingredients of Nice! Mind you, there are as many salada nissarda recipes as families in Nice itself! There is even a kind of "war" between restaurants about this salad, it is incredible! Only French can fight for a methodology in a dish don't you think so? I do... This recipe had been given to me by Niçois friends (people from Nice) and is inspired by a very well know restaurant in Nice the "African Queen". Very easy to make, especially when it is sunny outside, it brings a little bit of the aromas of my country in my London plate... I have warned you, if you change any of the listed ingredients, it would not be a real salade "Niçoise" anymore, so if you cannot find Févettes, omit them...



Wine pairing : Vin de Bandol (Rosé) from Provence.






THE REAL SALADE "Niçoise"
A quick glance in your kitchen...

In your fridge
Hard-boiled eggs
Little pepper
Tomatoes
Févettes  
Radishes 
Basil leaves
Cucumber
Celery

In your cupboard
Black olives
Drain-canned anchovies
Drain-canned tuna
Onion
Artichoke hearts
Olive oil


THE REAL SALADE "Niçoise"
Serves 2

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

NO CHURN VIETNAMESE COFFEE ICE CREAM (Glace au café Vietnamien sans sorbetière)

NO CHURN VIETNAMESE COFFEE ICE CREAM 
(Glace au café Vietnamien sans sorbetière)


A good friend of mine is married with a Vietnamese man and she is lucky to cook a kind of fusion food between French and Vietnamese culture... It is always a pleasure to eat at her table and discover some incredible tastes. My friend gave me this yummy recipe of Vietnamese coffee but as it was so hot in the South of France last summer when I realized it, that I have decided to transform it into a lovely ice cream with the validation of all my friends... As usual, it is terribly easy to make and even easier to devour... 






NO CHURN VIETNAMESE COFFEE ICE CREAM
A quick glance in your kitchen...

In your fridge
Crème fraîche

In your cupboard 
Dehydrated espresso coffee
Condensed milk


NO CHURN VIETNAMESE COFFEE ICE CREAM
For 8 shot glasses 

Sunday, 24 June 2018

CHICKEN WITH HONEY AND ONION JAM (Poulet au miel et à la confiture d'oignons)

CHICKEN WITH HONEY AND ONION JAM
(Poulet au miel et à la confiture d'oignons)


If you wish a "supersonic" recipe, this one is for you then. You need basically some chicken, a jar of onion jam, honey and.....that's it! I do serve it with rice and voila... This recipe has saved me a couple of times when I had to prepare something for friends who appeared "out of the blues" : yes, ad litteram... I always have with me a finest onion jam jar in my cupboard since. And because you only need to put this dish in the oven, it gives you plenty of times to talk to those friends you just bumped into... ;)


Wine pairing : Vin de pays du Comté Tolosan (White) from the South West.




CHICKEN WITH HONEY AND ONION JAM
A quick glance in your kitchen...


In your fridge
Chicken

In your cupboard
Honey
Vegetarian stock cube
Finest onion jam (or finest onion chutney)


CHICKEN WITH HONEY AND ONION JAM
Serves 4

Thursday, 21 June 2018

DOVER SOLE WITH LEMON AND BASIL IN PAPILLOTE (Papillotes de soles citron, basilic)

DOVER SOLE WITH LEMON AND BASIL IN PAPILLOTE 
(Papillotes de soles citron, basilic)


I prepare papillotes nearly every day, with fish or with vegetables. It's easy, quick and healthy. In addition, you can put whatever you fancy, the choice is yours! I have done this Dover sole with lemon and basil because it was in my fridge, it is not more complicated than that! It was terribly yummy, your turn ?



Wine pairing : Charlemagne (White) from Burgundy.







DOVER SOLE WITH LEMON AND BASIL IN PAPILLOTE
A quick glance in your kitchen…

In your fridge
Dover or lemon sole 
Fresh basil leaves
Lemon

In your cupboard 
Olive oil
Shallots
Baking paper


DOVER SOLE WITH LEMON AND BASIL IN PAPILLOTE 
Serves 2

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

INSALATA CAPRESE ORIGINALE DI CAPRI (THE REAL CAPRESE SALAD FROM CAPRI)

INSALATA CAPRESE ORIGINALE DI CAPRI
(THE REAL CAPRESE SALAD FROM CAPRI)


Well known all over the world, this caprese salad from my beloved island of Capri had been created in the famous restaurant of the Quisisana Hotel in the 1920's! If you wish to follow the recipe by the book you have to be aware that it is very important to choose the same size of tomatoes accordingly to the size of the mozzarella di buffala from Campania obviously, you will use! The basil's leaves are important too, they have to be quite large (like the Neapolitan basil). And don't forget : we normally don't eat bread or gressini with the salad. It has to be enjoyed on its own... ;)


Wine pairing : Falanghina del Taburno (White) from Campagnie.




INSALATA CAPRESE ORIGINALE DI CAPRI
A quick glance in your kitchen…

In your fridge
Mozzarella
Tomatoes
Fresh basil leaves
Fresh oregano 

In your cupboard
Finest olive oil


INSALATA CAPRESE ORIGINALE DI CAPRI 
Serves 4