Grilled almonds : quick and easy

Have you heard of the chamallow test ? It’s designed to assess kid’s ability to resist an immediate temptation in pursue of a greater satisfaction but later on. Well, I can tell you my better half fails this test almost on a daily basis, when, after a long and grueling day at work, he comes home to wolf down a bag a industrial pretzel before he gets to taste that delicious dinner I made for him. And it’s bugging me. I feels almost cheated on by this pretzel bag. So in a very “adapt or die” move, I decided I will prepare nibbles, quick and easy, and he’s snacking before dinner will not be cheating anymore.

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Sweet potato cakes

Taste works in mysterious ways ! All my childhood and still now, I heard my mum wonder why I did not like beetroots despite their sweetness. I, personally, feel they taste like dirt… There are a few, but still some, ingredients that are on my blacklist. And looking at this list I wonder if I’m fit to live in the US because cinnamon and sweet potato had been blacklisted for some time already… See, I never was too big a fan of the sweetness of the sweet potatoes and their mashy texture. But to keep an open mind I kept trying and here is at last a recipe to make them to my taste !

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Carrot soup & beauty recipe

Amazing news : you can bin all your self-help books ! According to old wives tales, not only am I about to share with you a soup but also a beauty recipe. They say if you eat carrots your complexion will get brighter and so will your bum’s skin… It’s also said you’ll become more amiable if you’ve been acting like a bear with a sore head but that’s another story. If I can manage to feed you and have you look better I’m already beyond happy.

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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”