Passion fruit… Bite the seasons!*

February 11th, 2013 § 2 comments § permalink

Passion fruit Hearts

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One more month to go before spring… I don’t know about you, but with all the love I’ve got for forgotten veggies and old roots, I’ve had my share for this winter. I am so craving for spring and all it’s green goodies.

Thank god for the tropical and other citrus fruit:

They are the suns of my winter!
Not exactly local I know, but relatively environmental friendly when shipped by boat or truck (energy category B in NL).

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A Berbere vegetarian tajine

January 30th, 2013 § 4 comments § permalink

Berbere vegetarian tajine

So, cooking for Moroccan Quirky Friday was so much fun. Thanks to Christine and to those who joined in the fun and had a taste of my Moroccan cuisine! Special thanks too to my friend Sophie for being such a dedicated and talented sous-chef!

Many asked for the recipes of the tajines I cooked that evening…
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A cookie for the snow

January 19th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Crunchy hazelnut cookies

crunchy hazelnut cookies [dairy & gluten free

Winter.

We didn’t really expect it anymore around here.

Even the roses were starting to get ready for spring.

Thought Petit Tom would not see his first snow this year.

And then, one morning, it just started to snow.

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New year’s detox: ‘A fowl in the pot’

January 8th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Pintade 'au pot'

La poule au pot… One of the ultimate feel-good/comfort/healing foods in French households. A [huge] pot, a chicken [a hen originally], veggies and more veggies, water and not much more. [yes, chicken soup if you insist]

As a ‘true Francaise’ 😉 , I believe it to be a remedy against the cold, the flu, the broken hearts, the end of the year indigestions, etc.

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On clementine curd, design and letterpress…

February 25th, 2012 § 1 comment § permalink

An odd combi you might think. Anna wouldn’t.

She’d just wipe up some orange macarons and letterpress a cute card to go with it.

Clementine and vanilla curd

Anna is an ‘a la julia child’ food lover , a talented graphic designer and a charming entrepreneur who is going to revolution the letterpress market in NL.
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On food romance, Italian zabaione, citrus, vanilla and pain d’epices

February 12th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Personal taste is a funny thing. While la gourmande’s idea of food romance lies in a plate of Linguine a la Vongole, it is spareribs that will rhyme with sexiness in the ears of her dutchie!

Citrus and vanilla zabaione with toasted gingerbread

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Lovely ugly roots, part 2: old fashioned carrots and parsnip

December 14th, 2010 § 1 comment § permalink

It’s not a secret anymore, the gourmande loves the old roots

My latest discovery dates to a couple of months, at my favorite greengrocer: a whole collection of old fashioned carrots in all kinds of sizes and shades: white, yellow, black… you name it! I just couldn’t resist. I’ve tried them all.

The black ones were such fun with their deep purple color and their coral red hart. I made a french style veal and carrot stew with them. What a color feast! The white and yellow ones looked more fragile and fancy, so I decided to pair them with my beloved parsnip.

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Sweet thanks to a cooking diva

November 23rd, 2010 § 2 comments § permalink

Last Thursday, I got to experience my very first Thanksgiving dinner experience ever at my favorite ‘Yankee’ cooking diva, A.

Mes amis, what a lovely and scrumptious dinner! Since then, I’ve been wondering how I could put together a special little thank you to my adorable and generous friend. Until I remembered how A. loves her chocolate…

Chocolate and cranberry cake [3]
Luscious molten chocolate for a cooking diva!

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Lovely ugly roots, part 1: Celeriac

November 13th, 2010 § 2 comments § permalink

These ugly underground veggies, these crooked roots, gnarled tubers and knotty bulbs…. celeriac, carrots, turnips, beets and other old fashioned parsnips, parsley roots, salsify and Jerusalem artichokes.

Don’t lie! I am pretty sure that at least once in your life you have looked at them with disdain at your local market or greengrocer, preferring them those shiny colorful imported zucchini and other asparagus…
Let’s face it, they look kind of drab, covered in clods of earth and mud, tainted with painful memories of hunger and poverty and war and ration cards.

Lovely Ugly Roots
This weekend’s market harvest… from top down: celeriac, white carrot, black carrot and parsnip.

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A tricky spring feeling…

March 7th, 2010 § 2 comments § permalink

Ah, this beautiful bright sun outside, the first crocuses taking a peak at the sky… I walk up this morning with a butterfly feeling deep inside… would it be spring, at last?

After diving into my tiny city garden full of enthusiasm for the very first time this year (yep, I’m that kind of gardener), while my dutchie went for his first spring stroll on the bike, it didn’t take more than a couple of hours before all our extremities, from feet to ears, went deeply frozen. Many fuming cups of tea later, we came to the conclusion that maybe we shouldn’t have ignored the temperature forecast, maybe it was not just quite spring!

All in all, a perfect excuse for one more comforting winter dinner, tonight… Something spicy, colorful, and revigorating that will warm us up from the inside out. Never been a better time to give another try at the dutch classic red cabbage stew, with small chunks of cooking apple and a hint of five spice. A great meat-lover-proof winter vegetable stew (ask my dutchie… well, as long as there’s a little meat on the side too though) and a winning match with game and winter roasts.

Chou Rouge

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