Basic 1 : Sweet pastry

Think of this recipe as if you were learning the alphabet. Once mastered it’s the starting point of lots of wonderful cooking adventures you’re going to be able to write all by yourself: Strawberry pies, raspberry pies, apple pies, plum pies… you name it.

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When in New York… bake Bagels

We like to joke that we’ve been moving from cities to cities the wrong way around, being in Germany as a young childless couple and ending up in New York when we’re raising kids. Bottom line, we’re far from living the Carrie Bradshaw way of life and we daydream about German maternity leave system.

This must be a pattern as bagels were on the top of my baking list back in Germany, and no longer now that we are in NYC. I guess that’s the definition of longing for what you don’t have at hand, and I’ll be craving for bagels again when we leave NYC.

The recipe is not complicated in itself, as often when it comes to bread. Still, there is always this “je ne sais quoi” to master before you can proudly exhibit your batch of bagels to people who are not 100% sold to you ! Know it requires time between different stages to let the dough rise, and the part which can be tricky is the poaching.

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Leek salad

Sometimes it’s tougher to get your husband to eat his daily portion of veggies than it is with your toddler. Yesterday was not one of those times. My meat-eater of a hubby did help himself twice of this leek salad and being more on the veggie side of things I find it to be a good, self-sufficient main. For die-hard carnivores you can throw in bacon as well. But here is the basic recipe. Continue reading “Leek salad”

That’s the way the crumble crumbles

A week after Labor Day, not only are sprinklers switched off in the playgrounds, and is the saying “No white after Labor Day” all over the place, but your local farmers market is also giving you a hint it’s the end of summer ( I hate to break the news ) and arrival of Indian summer ( to keep a positive mindset ). No more berries in the spotlights, apple and pear crates are taking over. Continue reading “That’s the way the crumble crumbles”

This is not a sushi recipe : Korean beef stew

We’ve tasted this stew in the funniest of circumstances. What was supposed to be a sushi dinner at friends’ turned last minute into a Korean dinner, for both the hostess and myself had just found out we were expecting. This dates back more than 2 years ago, yet the memory of this Korean stew is still vivid in my mind. As history seems to repeat itself, and we’re both expecting again, I felt I would throw a commemoration dinner, and honor my friend’s recipe to the best of my abilities.  Continue reading “This is not a sushi recipe : Korean beef stew”

Coffee and pecan cake

I never thought of myself as a matchmaker, but here I am celebrating the union of 2 recipes : Lorraine Pascal’s coffee and walnut cake with Nopi’s coffee and pecan financiers. It is a promising marriage in my opinion, offering you the best of both worlds : Lorraine’s strong suits being the use of standard ingredients and Nopi’s the lighter Chantilly cream. Continue reading “Coffee and pecan cake”

Illico pesto ! 

Making fresh pasta is quite an endeavor, and come Sunday evening, it feels only right to go for the quick wins, that is : pasta which have been waiting in your pantry.  Still, let’s not slouch completely into laziness: we might be wearing our lazy pants in view of a mellow evening, we still have our ego! Making your own pesto will make a real difference. The last contribution of week. But I know you can make it !  Continue reading “Illico pesto ! “

Stale is not dead : long live stale bread ! Pain perdu and other tricks

Are you a good citizen? Do you donate old clothes ? Do you buy second hand and like vintage ? This post is for you !

If you believe in a sustainable way of life same goes for your leftovers. Take bread for instance. We all like it best when it’s fresh. Still, don’t get rid of yesterday’s baguette just yet : there are so many ways to give stale bread a second youth. All it takes is a little anticipation and half a shelf in your kitchen cupboards.

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