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loquat fruit & cardamom sweet preserves
loquat fruit & cardamom sweet preserves

We have a tall LOQUAT TREE in the shared garden of the property-owners. The LOQUAT isn’t a well-known fruit and it is still often called a Japanese MEDLAR or PLUM, even though originally from China and Central Asia. The other European names for this fruit that you might recognize are NISPERO, NESPOLO, PIPA, MISPEL, MOUSMOULIA, BIBACE or...

28.09.2019
14-day wholewheat & rye & buckwheat sourdough-starter (longer but foolproof)
14-day wholewheat & rye & buckwheat sourdough-starter (longer but foolproof)

This SOURDOUGH series is in 3 parts : the 1st is for making the sourdough starter, the 2nd is for making the actual sourdough bread with the sourdough starter and the 3rd is for how to use the daily leftovers that you accumulate and usually discard but that you should save, while preparing the sourdough starter, to make some...

10.05.2019
whole-wheat “toast” & sliced sandwich bread
whole-wheat “toast” & sliced sandwich bread

Here’s a 'recipe request' (which I sometimes entertain) from my sister STELLA who loves SLICED & TOASTED SANDWICH BREAD (particularly a healthy whole-wheat version with seeds). SLICED SANDWICH BREAD is just one of those things I rarely buy and rarely consume, unless on rare morning occasions of...

18.05.2018
3-spice sauerkraut
3-spice sauerkraut

All RECIPES don’t have to be “FANCY”. . . BASICS such as CONDIMENTS are a “rite of passage”. Here’s the continuation of the CONDIMENTS series : 1 main ingredient, some salt, some spices, some elbow grease and much patience. SAUERKRAUT is something everybody is familiar with and it’s...

27.10.2017
a mediterranean picnic ? - how to organize it with style & precision !*
a mediterranean picnic ? - how to organize it with style & precision !*

*and this includes "EVERYTHING" : recipes, foods, drinks, containers, amounts, weights, planning, organization, preparation, transportation, cleaning up . . . yup, absolutely EVERYTHING !* *(yeah, it's a long & heavy list but just print up everything & adapt it to your needs) ... :) "What’s the weather...

04.08.2017
whole-wheat savory pie crust (for a deep-dish quiche)
whole-wheat savory pie crust (for a deep-dish quiche)

It’s going to be a DOUBLE RECIPE POST weekend, divided into 2 PARTS: PART 1 is for the PIE CRUST (or the exterior casing of a huge and high and deep-dish quiche, that could feed 6-8 people) and PART 2 is all about the FILLINGS that go inside that deep-dish quiche but in a new way, with less eggs and cream...

13.07.2019
wholewheat & kefir 'irish-mediterranean' soda bread & buns
wholewheat & kefir 'irish-mediterranean' soda bread & buns

It’s only MID-SEPTEMBER so STOP YOUR WHINING because you can still fire up that barbecue (that’s probably still out lying there in the yard or balcony) and pretend it’s still SUMMER … because it is technically ! Here’s an  easy, no-fuss, no-mess, delicious and tender IRISH that has become kind of MEDITERRANEAN...

15.09.2018
'treasures' apple cider bread with dried fruits & nuts & seeds
'treasures' apple cider bread with dried fruits & nuts & seeds

It all began last winter, because of a FOIE GRAS. Here, the FOIE GRAS is served with small and thin toasted slices of white bread or brioche. I guess it’s so the bread doesn’t compete with the taste and texture of the more delicate foie gras / duck liver pâté . It’s also served with some kind of jam and/or jelly...

25.11.2017
sweet & sour & spicy relish
sweet & sour & spicy relish

BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE . . . here is the 1st of some of the CONDIMENTS you can make "soon" for this autumn, winter and spring. Simple recipes that simply require patience, but not long to put together. You just the need to wait for the ingredients to release their water, or absorb the flavors or get pickled and/or...

29.09.2017
pizza sauce : part 2 (of 4) of the 'pizza series'
pizza sauce : part 2 (of 4) of the 'pizza series'

Yup, me again … just about anything can be an ‘okay & acceptable tomato pizza sauce’ … even some crushed tomatoes with some salt and olive oil and maybe some pepper because simple is really nice too. But how great can that pizza ‘sauce’ be (and I say ‘sauce’ as opposed to a crushed tomato...

30.04.2017
1-2-3 sourdough bread (foolproof & demystified)
1-2-3 sourdough bread (foolproof & demystified)

WHY 1-2-3 ?! Because this sequence of numbers represents the proportions or ratios of the ingredients. 1 part fed & active sourdough starter (at 100% hydration, which mean half flour & half water), plus 2 parts water plus 3 parts flour. It’s easy, mathematically speaking. It may not be a total success at the 1stattempt...

18.05.2019
the freshest hand-crushed & no-cook heirloom tomato sauce and/or spread
the freshest hand-crushed & no-cook heirloom tomato sauce and/or spread

PART 1 (of a summer mini-series) of 3 episodes ! ... Here’s a story about how refreshing and surprisingly vibrant RAW & UNCOOKED (and yet still slightly prepared) FRESH & RIPE HEIRLOOM TOMATOES can be and how you can accentuate these same flavors and prepare them without cooking (I mean without applying heat) during a...

15.08.2018
pumpkin jam & pumpkin butter & smoky roasted pumpkin seeds
pumpkin jam & pumpkin butter & smoky roasted pumpkin seeds

ALL THOSE PUMPKIN LEFTOVERS & “WASTE NOT WANT NOT” . . . or a story about what's inside all of those pumpkins. All those stringy and pulpy filaments & seeds just like “GUTS”, usually just tossed out after that first difficult cut separating the two halves of a pumpkin, then the scooping and the...

03.11.2017
apricot jam with its own apricot almonds
apricot jam with its own apricot almonds

ALMONDS from APRICOTS ? . . . Yes ! (but I’ll explain later). This summer, I’ve been giving a few cooking workshops during the ecologically-conscious Festival #ENSEMBLE! in the Cité de la Mode et du Design, overlooking the Seine river and which is literally a 5-minute bike ride from my place. The event takes place over a...

18.08.2017
'foolproof' thin-crust pizza dough : part 1 (of 4) of the ‘pizza series’
'foolproof' thin-crust pizza dough : part 1 (of 4) of the ‘pizza series’

YUP, I THINK WE ALL NEED TO HAVE A LONG & INTELLIGENT TALK in order to understand and to demystify "foolproof" thin crust pizza dough ingredients and techniques  (once and for all) … pffffffff ! Some equations and calculations will also be necessary … but WHY ? Because when you use only 6 BASIC...

22.04.2017