"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication" LdV

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

MAPLE SYRUP TILES (Tuiles au sirop d’érable)

MAPLE SYRUP TILES 
(Tuiles au sirop d’érable)


Like my mother before me, I always serve some sweets treats at the end of a dinner to accompany the infusions. Those tiles are supersonic to make and appreciate by all. You can change the maple syrup to honey or coconut but the maple syrup goes so well with any hot beverages you cannot go wrong! I advise you to double the proportions straight away! 







MAPLE SYRUP TILES 
A quick glance in your kitchen…

In your fridge
Egg
Butter

In your cupboard
Flour
Maple syrup
Brown sugar 

MAPLE SYRUP TILES
Around 6-8 tiles

Monday, 11 December 2017

UNCOMPLICATED VEGETARIAN CHRISTMAS - CEPES RISOTTO WITH QUINCE PASTE

 UNCOMPLICATED VEGETARIAN CHRISTMAS
CEPES RISOTTO WITH QUINCE PASTE



Yes, cèpes mushrooms with quince is a match made in heaven! It will ravish any vegetarian lovers! In addition, even the vegan if they omit the single cream... Inspired by Bonne Maman's jams, you have to know that quince paste or jelly is an institution in France. We tend to eat it with cheese and I advise you to try it as well. Risotto goes well with absolutely anyone I can think about around me. Do not worry if you cannot find cèpes. Go for any wild mushrooms then. Avoid the button ones or Portobello's as they have no taste once cooked for a long time!


Wine pairing : Soave Classico (white) from Venetie.




CEPES RISOTTO WITH QUINCE PASTE
A quick glance in your kitchen…

In your fridge
White wine
Single cream 

In your cupboard
Arborio rice
Quince paste
Cèpes mushrooms
Vegetable stock
Shallot
Nutmeg


CEPES RISOTTO WITH QUINCE PASTE
Serves 4-6

Sunday, 10 December 2017

HOT APPLE JUICE WITH SPICES (Jus de pommes chaud aux épices)

HOT APPLE JUICE WITH SPICES 
(Jus de pommes chaud aux épices) 


The first time I drank this marvelous christmassy beverage, I was a little girl on holiday in New-York just before Christmas. We had a great time in the twin towers and we enjoyed this warming and comforting drink while back at our hotel. For me, it was something I completely discovered : the apple juice was hot, the spices combined with. The definition of Christmas was in those few sips reinvigorating my body, my mind and my soul... Since then, I never have a Christmas season without it. Friends, family, children, we all share a taste of my past...




HOT APPLE JUICE WITH SPICES 
A quick glance in your kitchen…

In your fridge
Apple juice

In your cupboard
Cloves
Cardamom
Honey
Cinnamon sticks
Nutmeg


HOT APPLE JUICE WITH SPICES 
Serves 4-6

Saturday, 9 December 2017

PINEAPPLE GAZPACHO WITH MAPLE SYRUP (Gazpacho d'ananas au sirop d'érable)

PINEAPPLE GAZPACHO WITH MAPLE SYRUP 
(Gazpacho d'ananas au sirop d'érable)

 
I am not sure about you wherever you are on this beautiful planet but the weather here in London is so dreadful that I thought straight away about a sunny desert: what about a lovely gazpacho with pineapple and maple syrup ? Yes, it will bring the sun for a few minutes in your head. In addition, it is the perfect answer to end a long meal with a refreshing and sweet note!




Wine pairing : Mâcon Azé (White) from Burgundy.






PINEAPPLE GAZPACHO WITH MAPLE SYRUP 
A quick glance in your kitchen...

In your fridge
Mint
Pineapple (peeled and cubed)

In your cupboard
Maple syrup

PINEAPPLE GAZPACHO WITH MAPLE SYRUP 
Serves 4

Friday, 8 December 2017

CHOCOLATE AND CHESTNUT FONDANT (Fondant chocolat-marron)

CHOCOLATE AND CHESTNUT FONDANT
(Fondant chocolat-marron)


Chocolate amateur, this fondant is just for you !!!
This fondant with chestnut and chocolate is terrible : scrumptious and chocolaty with a "woody" taste to die for... Do not be afraid by the amount of chestnut paste, it will not overpowering the chocolate at all. It will be a nectar in your mouth...
The legend said that the origin of chestnuts came from an Italian Renaissance poet : chestnuts took its name from "chaste na" (casta na), Diane, the goddess of the hunt...
The chestnut paste is from the Ardèche area (I have told you a little bit about it with my Ardechois recipe (here). The Faugier brand made this specialty since 1885 when they had the idea to use the glace chestnuts leftover made in their manufacture. Faugier added to the chestnut pulp vanilla and sugar. It is still the same recipe nowadays...


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





CHOCOLATE AND CHESTNUT FONDANT
A quick glance in your kitchen

IN YOUR FRIDGE
Eggs
Butter

IN YOUR CUPBOARD
Chestnut paste
Dark chocolate

CHOCOLATE AND CHESTNUT FONDANT
Serves 6-8 

Thursday, 7 December 2017

HOME MADE CUMIN AND PARMESAN POP CORN (Pop corn maison Parmesan et cumin)

HOME MADE CUMIN AND PARMESAN POP CORN
(Pop corn maison Parmesan et cumin)


I don't know about you but for us, French people, an apéritif minute begins like this nearly all the time : we are discussing over the phone with one friend then I propose to come for a drinks and nibbles with all her family to finish our conversation. Considering you have in front of you exactly only one hour to : prepare the nibbles, the children AND yourself, you must find something very rapidly to prepare... Those pop corn are your salute!!! You know how fashionable they are everywhere. But what about YOURS. With GOOD ingredients... And you only need pop kernel really... Happy ? I hope so...


Wine pairing : Chianti (Red) from Toscane.





HOME MADE CUMIN AND PARMESAN POP CORN
A quick glance in your kitchen...

In your fridge
Parmesan
Salted butter

In your cupboard 
Popcorn kernels
Cumin
Sunflower oil

HOME MADE CUMIN AND PARMESAN POP CORN
For 1 large bowl

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

SAINT NICOLAS' PAIN D'EPICES (GINGERBREAD)

SAINT NICOLAS' PAIN D'EPICES
(GINGERBREAD)


The legend says that Saint Nicolas brings sweets to the wise children and especially large gingerbread (pain d’épices) representing the holy bishops! It has to be done on the 6th of December obviously! You cannot be as Christmassy as a warm pain d’épices just from the oven. Paired with a comforting gluhwein, you can nearly hear the clatter of Santa’s reindeer hooves...


Wine pairing : Rivesaltes ambré (Sweet white) from Languedoc-Roussillon.





SAINT NICOLAS' PAIN D'EPICES
A quick glance in your kitchen…

In your fridge
Egg
Crème fraîche

In your cupboard
Honey
Flour
Orange marmalade
Baking powder
Muscovado sugar
Cinnamon
Ginger
Nutmeg
Cloves


SAINT NICOLAS' PAIN D'EPICES
Serves 6-8