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‘roast beast’ leftovers sandwich with all the extras
‘roast beast’ leftovers sandwich with all the extras

I HAVE BEEN SO LAZY ever since the end of all the holidays followed by my birthday too and taking down all the Christmas decorations (boo hoo) and this cold weather and those grey skies . . . It’s a miracle that I even have the energy to type all of this up ! I just want to take it easy and eat “leftovers” or dream that there...

12.01.2018
chocolate & chestnut yule log
chocolate & chestnut yule log

HO-HO-HO & NO-NO-NO . . . it’s not too late ! It’s actually just the right time (and time is something I seem to running out of because I haven’t quite decided exactly what I still want to or don’t want to make for this weekend’s holiday meal), but there’s a good reason for that. Instead of packing our...

21.12.2017
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
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
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
‘brownie galette des rois’ with cocoa, coffee, chocolate, hazelnuts & chestnuts
‘brownie galette des rois’ with cocoa, coffee, chocolate, hazelnuts & chestnuts

A home-made version, all CUBIC & COPPERY & DARK, with a cocoa & coffee crunchy puff-pastry dough, a rich chocolate, hazelnut and chestnut creamy filling and very dark chocolate squares to crown it all . . . and it tastes a bit like a "BROWNIE" ! SO WHY FLOCK TO ALL THOSE FANCY CATERERS & PASTRY SHOPS for this...

06.01.2018
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
'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
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
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
‘maamoul’ shortbreads filled with dates & almonds
‘maamoul’ shortbreads filled with dates & almonds

“NEIGHBORS, THEY COME AND THEY GO”. . . BYE-BYE & FAREWELL (perhaps) & BEST OF LUCK dearest EVELYNE B. (a.k.a. our quiet, discreet, sophisticated, generous and quite adventurous and  travelling next door neighbor for the past 15 years who just recently moved far away exactly 7 days ago on December 21st, 2017 to return...

28.12.2017
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
‘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
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
‘briny’ anchovy, garlic & lemon roasted artichokes
‘briny’ anchovy, garlic & lemon roasted artichokes

“IT WAS LIKE EATING SEAFOOD DURING THE HOLIDAYS & FESTIVITIES” . . . and I don’t quite know how to explain it ? Was it due to the various “BRINY” flavors invoked by the anchovies, capers, black olives, and even the crumbled feta cheese ? Maybe, but it doesn’t actually taste like seafood, it’s just...

06.10.2017