Something sweet for the weekend: plum and almond cake

October 13th, 2013 § 2 comments § permalink

Plum and almond cake | My kitchen diaries

It’s raining cats and dogs outside and there’s no way I’m setting foot outside today.
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Happy Easter… Chocolate and almond truffles

March 31st, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

almond chocolate truffle

Chocolate and almond truffles

A couple more truffles for the road… just in case you’ve lost some eggs and hares in the garden… with dark chocolate and almonds, s’il vous plait!
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A cookie for the snow

January 19th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Crunchy hazelnut cookies

crunchy hazelnut cookies [dairy & gluten free


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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Sweet afternoon fix: apple and pear gratin

March 19th, 2011 § 2 comments § permalink

Once upon a time on a sunny Saturday afternoon at the edge of spring…

Apple and pear gratin

A wrinkled apple and a slightly overripe pear were getting bored in the fruit bowl. Close by, a gourmande and her dutchie, slightly pekish, were in search of a sweet fix…

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To a scrumptious new year!

January 2nd, 2011 § 2 comments § permalink

I wish you and your dearest a very happy and scrumptious new year 2011!
May it bring you a whole lot of happiness, love, health and many dreams come true!

Leonie's hen egg

Thank you all so much for hanging out in my kitchen in 2010! It meant a lot to me.

I am looking forward to sharing with you many moments of gourmandise in 2011.

‘Til then here’s to a pristine new start with this pristine little egg and this scrumptious Sunny side up, parsley pesto and wild mushroom sandwich…

Mirror egg and wild mushroom sandwich

Happy new year and bon appétit on my kitchen diaries!
The gourmande, M.

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Pastry nostalgia

December 9th, 2010 § 2 comments § permalink

For a couple of weeks already, my sweet tooth is aching out of excitement… Yep, definitely, the winter celebrations’ season has begun!

It all started on a rainy Sunday morning at my favorite ‘patisserie’ in town when my 20 minutes of patient queuing were rewarded with warm fresh croissants, a couple of newly designed macarons and a taste of Chef Philippe’s Christmas creation: an elegant and delicate entremet layered with genoise, champagne mousse and peach… And there I was, down memory lane: Christmas 2007 and my first fancy pastry creation ever, an entremet with a thin almond biscuit, champagne sabayon mousse and a heart of white peach and lavender coulis!!! My presentation skills were far from Philippe’s back then, but still I couldn’t help but blushing with pride.

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A scent of ‘anisette’

February 22nd, 2010 § 1 comment § permalink

Last sunday it was snowing again and my dutchie and I didn’t find the courage to get out of our house. It’s still pretty cold outside and although the sun is shining from time to time, I am finding myself craving for the gentle warmth of the Mediterranean winters. Luckily I had Julia child and her culinary adventures in France* to keep me warm and jolly. She transported me right to the Cannebiere amidst the feverish air from Marseille in august. While she was experimenting the Provence cuisine, my stomach started aching for some of the fragrant and colorful dishes of the Provence, the peppery herbs, the fresh fish, the juicy oranges and lemons… She left me starving!

Winter Cake with candied fennel and orange zest

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Fighting for the last bone…

November 14th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

If I tell you that the scene below was immortalised one couple of Sundays ago at my dinner table, you might wonder what on earth I serve my guests for dinner for them to fight over the last bone with such rage.


Well I did too, because in less time I needed to have a bite myself that’s about all that was left of the generous pieces of full flavoured autumn lamb that won me over in the display of my beloved butcher…
Not less that one whole boned shoulder and four shanks that had been patiently simmering on my stove through the afternoon until falling of the bone, slowly but surely caramelised with the toffee like dates and delicately topped with shiny, deep pink drops of a ripe pomegranate.

Now if I tell you we were only four and there was enough for an army, this might convince you that there is something almost magic about the tajine like recipe I’m about to share with you. If not, take a look further down this post for a quick glimpse of what it looked like before landing on my dinner table or even better, check out the link to the original ‘grimoire’ from which I stole this mouth-watering spell, my favourite foodies magazine, the french ELLE a Table.

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Le temps de quelques framboises…

July 16th, 2009 § 1 comment § permalink

A bite of summer, une gourmandise, a quickie, juste en passant.
Pour une gourmande en particulier… and all the sweet teeth around.

Mini raspberry/almond bites

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Le Yasmine or my secret thing for pastry

December 17th, 2008 § 1 comment § permalink

My passion for food and cooking is definitely inspired from watching my mom lovingly and passionately preparing all those marvelous dishes that tinkled my tastebuds for so many years. My mom’s kitchen is one of inspiration, emotion and  improvisation. It’s a little bit of this and a lot of that, put together in a fling and cooked lovingly until perfect. There’s no definite measures and quantities, no arbitrary times… Just emotions. That’s how I learned to cook and that’s how I like to cook too (although when starting this blog I’ve had to learn weighing, measuring and writing down everything).

And then there’s pastry….


Le Yasmine (2)
Pour Yasmine et papa, with love…

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