‘La Terrine de legumes’ – An Easter brunch favorite

March 17th, 2013 § 2 comments § permalink

Spring vegetable terrine | photo Geralda @ Spresso.nl
I’ve always loved Easter brunch.
And the egg hunt. Oh yes, the egg hunt… I still bother Dutchie and all my friends every year, begging for it like a 5 years old. Soon, it will be Petit Tom ūüėČ
And then there is la Brioche (de papa) , et la Terrine de legumes (de Maman)… It’s ok. I’ll bake them.
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Turnip greens… Bite the seasons!

March 10th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Turnip greens

Last week, I had stocked my kitchen with all the early spring greens I could find at the market to test recipes for my Spring cooking workshop on 20 March and for this post*: Turnip greens, belgian endive, leeks, radishes and rhubarb… A real spring burst in the kitchen!

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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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Monday’s quickie: pasta with broad beans and farm egg

August 1st, 2011 § 4 comments § permalink

Spring pasta with fresh broad beans and farm egg

Hurray, I’ve been swimming into the sea at last! Can you believe it’s the first time this year (and I’m just back from summer holiday).

‘Easy-peasy’ dinner tonight… a big plate of pasta and fresh greens, freshly grated parmegianno, al fresco of course!

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Leeks, butter and lemon…

January 16th, 2011 § 2 comments § permalink

A bunch of young leeks from the neighbor’s garden and a roast chicken, …

Leeks, butter and lemon [1]

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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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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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Not a cat person…

August 9th, 2009 § 4 comments § permalink

I thought I was.

You only get to know the truth about you being a catperson when you’ve gave a try at catsitting… and the truth is: I’m not!

Ok, It was a brave try: three cats at once that have just moved to a new three storey house and are not familiar with their new neighbourhood… So far so good for the cuddling. At least, I’ve done some exercise: playing hide and seek through the house and garden, running after them up and down the three flights of stairs a dozen time, crawling on the floor trying to get them out from under the sofa/bed and back into their dedicated room on the top floor… and finally falling asleep exhausted on the sofa at midnight while desperatly hoping that the damned adventurous one will finally deign coming back from his moonlight exploration of the neighbourhood rooftops and gardens so that I can finally go back to my own house and dive in my bed where my dutchie has long fallen into the arms of morpheus…

My friends are not due back before monday evening but luckily, this morning, there’s Louisa Carter, her fluffy comforting pancakes, and juicy blueberries to help me gather a little energy and comfort for my afternoon catsitting session!

Blueberry pancakes

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Farniente, pasta e rucola

August 8th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Ah, those¬†lazy summer days, when it’s¬†so damn nice outside that you do not care for the desperate calls of the kitchen and the empty bellys around. You just want to stay there on the terasse, ‘les pieds en eventail’, reading the latest girly magazine,¬†with Pink Martini gently¬† whispering to you via your ipod… “Que sera, sera…”.

And then,¬†a soft¬†evening breeze is submerging you with the spicy,¬†aromatic¬†fragrance of the lavendel, mint, parsley¬†and basil lavishly dancing with the breeze a few steps away from you. Suddenly you’re hungry too. No way, you’ll leave the terasse for more than¬†three to¬†five¬†minutes though… Well, just long enough to pick a¬†good handful¬†of these addictive fresh herbs, and maybe some of these young rucola leaves too. Some water to boil, a handful of sea salt, spaghetti and olive oil… A sip of chilled rose, a couple of plates on the table outside, diner is ready!

Buon apetito.

Garden pasta

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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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