"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication" LdV

Monday, 24 September 2018

GREENGAGE, STUFFED VINE LEAVES, BLUEBERRIES AND FOURME D'AMBERT SALAD (Salade de Reine-Claude, feuilles de Vigne, myrtilles et Fourme d'Ambert)

GREENGAGE, STUFFED VINE LEAVES, BLUEBERRIES AND FOURME D'AMBERT SALAD 
(Salade de Reine-Claude, feuilles de Vigne, myrtilles et Fourme d'Ambert)


Just back from holiday with absolutely no idea of what to eat healthily ? You will adore this salad :  It's a perfect dish to illustrate the lovely month of September : the color, the season fruits, the taste... The Fourme d'Ambert is a farmhouse blue cheese which comes from the Auvergne area in France. This particular cheese is one of France's oldest dating back to the Romans!


Wine pairing : Côtes du Rhône (Red) from The Rhône Valley.







GREENGAGE, STUFFED VINE LEAVES, BLUEBERRIES AND FOURME D'AMBERT SALAD 
A quick glance in your kitchen...

IN YOUR FRIDGE
Greengage
Mint
Blueberry
Fourme d'Ambert
Cress and spinach salad

IN YOUR CUPBOARD
Stuffed vine leaves
Shallot


GREENGAGE, STUFFED VINE LEAVES, BLUEBERRIES AND FOURME D'AMBERT SALAD 
Serves 1

Saturday, 22 September 2018

FIGS AND TURMERIC SMOOTHIE (Smoothie figues et curcuma)

FIGS AND TURMERIC SMOOTHIE 
(Smoothie figues et curcuma)


Do you know fresh turmeric ? I do. Be careful though as it is very yellow and it stains your fingers (oh lovely, thank you Sixtine...). The taste ? Nothing really like all those roots (apart from ginger of course). So it has a versatile use (nearly) everywhere... If you can't find fresh turmeric, go for the powder then !
Figs are abundant everywhere now, so I decided to use it in a smoothie for a change...





FIGS AND TURMERIC SMOOTHIE
A quick glance in your kitchen...

In your fridge
Banana
Orange
Fig
Turmeric

In your fridge
Agave syrup
 

FIGS AND TURMERIC SMOOTHIE
Serves 1

Thursday, 20 September 2018

TROFIE PASTA WITH TAPENADE AND TRUFFLE (Pates à la tapenade et à la truffe)

TROFIE PASTA WITH TAPENADE AND TRUFFLE 
(Pates à la tapenade et à la truffe)


Miam, it smells the South of France all of a sudden! Hope you do not mind... So homesick with my beloved country, I have decided to combine its culinary charms : the truffle with the tapenade, a match made in heaven for sure! I have taken some special pasta which retains the oil in a sublte way (an Italian friend gave me this precious advice)! Obviously, if you cannot find Trofie pasta, go for any shaped ones!


Wine pairing : Barolo (Red) from Piemond.




TROFIE PASTA WITH TAPENADE AND TRUFFLE 
A quick glance in your kitchen…

In your fridge
Pitted black olives
Lemon

In your cupboard 
Trofie pasta
Finest truffle oil
Olive oil
Garlic
Capers
Oil-cured anchovies 


TROFIE PASTA WITH TAPENADE AND TRUFFLE 
Serves 4

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

BROCOLI, ROQUEFORT AND GRAPES SALAD (Salade de brocoli, roquefort et raisins noirs)

BROCCOLI, ROQUEFORT AND GRAPES SALAD 
(Salade de brocoli, roquefort et raisins noirs)


When the weather is a little bit colder, I like to prepare some big salad with comforting ingredients : roquefort and black grapes were my answers. Paired with a yummy broccoli for the green side (and color)!, I was quite happy with myself and my friends who devoured this salad were definitely happy as well! 


Wine pairing : Calvi (White) from Corsica.




BROCCOLI, ROQUEFORT AND GRAPES SALAD 
A quick glance in your kitchen…

In your fridge
Broccoli
Black grapes
Gorgonzola
Dijon mustard


In your cupboard 
Olive oil
Raspberries vinegar


BROCCOLI, ROQUEFORT AND GRAPES SALAD 
Serves 4

Sunday, 9 September 2018

MARE NOSTRUM (MUSIC PLAYLIST)

MARE NOSTRUM 
(MUSIC PLAYLIST)


Not at all my kind of music but it was displayed in the French radio while I was driving for my flying fix over the Mediterranean sea nearly every single day! So it does represents an indescribable pleasure... as well as an indescribable sadness as now the summer is over...
You do have to imagine the incredible blue color of the sea, the flamingos around you, the unbelievable scenery all over you, an exquisite sensation of freedom while preparing your little aircraft...
I hope you will enjoyed them as much as I did over my trip to my French airfield, driving along the French sea side in the South...




Friday, 7 September 2018

FUSS FREE WEEKLY MEALS PLANNING #6

FUSS FREE WEEKLY MEALS PLANNING #6


Au menu : fish, vegetables, chicken and quiche...
Enjoy!








Lundi 
Spaghetti olio e aglio (here)
1 little Yeos organic fruity yogurt 
1 fig

Mardi
Chicken Mafe express (here)
1 Muller greek style yogurt 
1 clementine


Wednesday, 5 September 2018

BRIE AND LEZIGNAN ONION PIE (TARTE BRIE ET OIGNONS DE LEZIGNAN)

BRIE AND LEZIGNAN ONION PIE
(TARTE BRIE ET OIGNONS DE LEZIGNAN)


OMG! I have discovered Lézignan onions in the South of France and it has been a complete success with my cooking... First, when you prepare your onions, you do not cry like mad. You have tears in your eyes but you don't cry...;) Then cooked, it release a "je ne sais quoi" which makes any dishes a marvel of savor... Yes, if you can taste those Lézignan onions, do not hesitate.
For this pie, I used some obviously (but you can with any onions of course...). The combination of Brie with the underground bulb is a match made in heaven... With a green side salad, it will be a lovely meal made in no time... Régalez-vous!


Wine pairing : Vin de Savoie Crépy (White) from the Savoy & Bugey.







BRIE AND LEZIGNAN ONION PIE 
A quick glance in your kitchen...


In your fridge
Puff pastry
Brie cheese
Crème fraîche
Butter 


In your cupboard
Mustard
Caster sugar
Onions


BRIE AND LEZIGNAN ONION PIE 
Serves 6