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honey-glazed roasted leg of lamb with fruits & vegetables
honey-glazed roasted leg of lamb with fruits & vegetables

TICK-TOCK & DING-DONG & JINGLING BELLS & HO-HO-HO & LITTLE KIDS GIGGLING & GROWN-UPS CLINKING-CLANKING GLASSES and ME, STILL GETTING ALL EXCITED ABOUT HOLIDAY MEAL PREPARATIONS (even at my age) and when it comes to preparing all that stuff, I’m a lot of things but I’m definitely not lazy ! IT’S A...

14.12.2017
7-day candied & glazed chestnuts
7-day candied & glazed chestnuts

No, you’re not mistaken, this recipe takes 7 DAYS, and they’re officially called “MARRONS GLACES” . . . even though “mine” resemble small stones and seashells of different sizes found somewhere out there in nature (and not like the amber-colored and glittering ones we can buy) . . . BUT, (and please...

01.12.2017
‘pommes anna’ potato stacks with duck fat
‘pommes anna’ potato stacks with duck fat

. . . INSTEAD OF BUTTER ! Why ? Because I wanted to eat DUCK CONFIT LEGS and THIGHS (that are preserved in a lot of duck fat) that I had recently bought, so instead of preparing fries or oven-roasted potatoes with onions and garlic cooked in that same duck fat, why not seize the opportunity to make these tender melt-in-your-mouth smaller...

17.11.2017
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
roasted red beet & chickpea & goat cheese hummus
roasted red beet & chickpea & goat cheese hummus

CHICKPEAS + TAHINI + LEMON JUICE + OLIVE OIL + GARLIC + CUMIN = traditional  HUMMUS . . . right ?!  But if you add RED ROASTED BEETS + SOFT MILD GOAT CHEESE, is it still a HUMMUS ? If it has at least some chickpeas and tahini sesame paste, or equal to half of the total, then it’s still a hummus,...

20.10.2017
holiday-spiced & salt-cured foie gras
holiday-spiced & salt-cured foie gras

MANY OF YOU ARE FAMILIAR with "FOIE GRAS" & SOME OF YOU ARE NOT … SOME OF YOU LIKE IT & SOME DON’T ... SOME LIKE IT and ACCEPT IT & SOME USED TO LIKE IT BUT NO LONGER EAT IT NOW ... it's CONTROVERSIAL ! «FOIE GRAS» which literally translates to «FAT LIVER» is a...

08.12.2017
'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
apple cake n°5
apple cake n°5

WHY 5 ?! Because this experimental recipe is also a precise mathematical equation. It requires 5 times the amount (or weight) of thinly sliced round apple slices (cored and peeled) as compared to the rest of the 5 other main ingredients which are precisely equal amounts of butter, sugar, eggs, milk and flour (with small additions of...

10.11.2017
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
pear & pistachio & cardamom 'crumb cake'
pear & pistachio & cardamom 'crumb cake'

“WHAT’S MISSING ?” . . . like that feeling you get when you eat/taste something and even when it’s good, you know deep-deep down inside that it needs something EXTRA to make it just RIGHT ! This is why I made this . . . As usual, I was invited to fancy & tasty work-related lunch meetings and I had a piece of pear...

13.10.2017