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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
24-hour slow-rise country bread : less than 15 minutes to make + lots of loving patience + the instructions video
24-hour slow-rise country bread : less than 15 minutes to make + lots of loving patience + the instructions video

«BREAD is LOVE» & «LOVE takes TIME» . . . remember this !* *(especially if you decide to watch my 15-minute step-by-step video, but you can speed up to 10X to 1½ minutes, if you must, pffffffffffffff) ... REAL-TIME REQUIREMENTS : 2 minutes to weigh and measure the ingredients 2 minutes to...

23.03.2017
24-hour sourdough bread (without a starter)
24-hour sourdough bread (without a starter)

"THIS IS THE BEST ACCIDENTAL RECIPE THAT HAS EVER HAPPENED TO ME ! ". . . and here’s the story : One evening, I was testing different batters for coating and frying fish (for a fish & chips recipe) using different combinations of flour, fermented milks, beer, etc. and I left the extra leftover batters in bowls on the...

16.04.2016
apple jelly & apple butter
apple jelly & apple butter

Food provides nourishment. Preparing food provides comfort and occupies our thoughts. Sharing food leads to social interactions and bonding. The recent tragic events in Paris on November 13, 2015 pushed me to cook and bake and prepare more recipes than usual this weekend … Here is a 2-in-1 apple recipe. Using 2 kg of cooked apples (with 2...

15.11.2015
green tomato & tomato leaf : purée, sauce and paste
green tomato & tomato leaf : purée, sauce and paste

Did you say tomato leaves ? YES ! Green tomatoes ? Why not ! Of course there are many other tomatoes that are more appropriate for purée, sauce & paste, but I couldn’t resist the vibrant green colour. The taste of the green tomatoes, whether as a purée, sauce or paste is quite different from red tomatoes, it’s...

20.08.2015
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
‘crustier’ hotdog buns
‘crustier’ hotdog buns

PART #2 of the summer series . . . I could go on all summer long with the different condiments like home-made sauerkraut, relish, ketchup & mustard (it’s easy you know) but I’ll be sharing all 4 of those recipes with you next summer, so I can publish other stuff I’m excited about this year… 1 STEP (or 2) AT A...

26.07.2016
salted seaweed butter
salted seaweed butter

3 THINGS … The 1st : I LOVE RAW OYSTERS, but with nothing (no lemon, no vinegar, no shallots, just the oyster liquid/liquor …) and accompanied with bread and salted butter. So there was obviously no point in publishing a recipe of OYSTERS with NOTHING, even though I would have liked to and would have laughed alot ! The...

19.03.2016
smoky roasted tomato sauce
smoky roasted tomato sauce

Nope, no BASIL in this sauce … what’s the big deal with basil anyways, it’s great in pesto, in salads and other dishes that have bright, summery, fresh flavours and that require little or no cooking and we use it so much anyways (see green tomato sauce recipe here, where I use basil), but I think that for this very thick...

11.10.2015
rolled brik cones for ice cream
rolled brik cones for ice cream

Like with every series, a new character arrives to stir up some trouble and add some excitement ! The cone ! Just an extra touch to enjoy your ice cream in a hand-held way and quite easy to make. Brik pastry sheets, used in North African countries for preparing dishes is similar to filo pastry sheets but much thicker and sturdier and easier to...

13.08.2015
'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
strawberries x 4 : in syrup + jam + jelly + butter
strawberries x 4 : in syrup + jam + jelly + butter

4 STRAWBERRY RECIPES, all starting with the same initial base of strawberries mixed with sugar and lemon wedges that you let rest for 18-24 hours … A transformation occurs and then you end up with a mixture of half solids and half liquid. Then everything is divided into 4 equal amounts of solids and 4 equal amounts of liquid...

15.05.2016
ultra-quick & easy food-processor puff pastry dough
ultra-quick & easy food-processor puff pastry dough

2016 will be the YEAR for “TIPS & TRICKS” . . . not necessarily mine, but just stuff I’ve learned over the years (accompanied by many mistakes) ! Let’s begin with puff-pastry dough, there’s the authentic way of making it, where you have to flatten the butter and sandwich it inside...

04.01.2016
pita flatbread
pita flatbread

I’m doing (or preparing to do) a lot of experimenting with pizza dough ingredients ! Unfortunately, I haven’t quite decided how many, maybe 6, or 18 or 36 experiments ! In the meantime, just a little experiment with pita flatbread dough. I’ve decided to create my own flour mix using regular all-purpose flour with the addition of...

23.08.2015
walnut and parsley pesto
walnut and parsley pesto

In summer, we have more free time to prepare things so we don’t have to prepare them later when it’s too hot and sunny and it’s also a good time to time to take care of things that we didn’t have time to do before, like cracking all those walnuts that we have leftover from last winter. Obviously, the basil will be growing...

12.07.2015