Exotic clafloutis

D-5 before baby number 2 is officially due! Last time I was cooking before I was due, I did not have time to finish as we had to head to the hospital and my apricot jam ended up in the trash when I came home 5 days later. This time I’m only going for quick recipes, so nothing gets wasted.

As I’m typing the recipe, I also realize how much I’ve been free styling : changing fruits, removing ingredients and adding some. So this clafoutis is also now sort of my baby.  Continue reading “Exotic clafloutis”

2 good 2 be true : Choco-vanilla cake 

On Saturday we celebrated the 2nd birthday of our son. As I’m allowing myself to indulge in a little sentimentalism, I can’t help but notice that this number 2 has a strong meaning for us these days : 2 years old having lived in 2 countries, 2nd baby to be born anytime soon, 2nd year living in the big apple… so what was more relevant than a 2 flavor cake ? Continue reading “2 good 2 be true : Choco-vanilla cake “

Kid friendly apricot tart

As surprising at it may sound, the books our 2 year old picks for his bedtime stories are my cookbooks. We end up describing recipes and brushing up on our foodie vocabulary. It’s pretty convenient as it’s also the perfect way to find inspiration and choose the next culinary challenge we’re going to undertake together. Turns out this little gourmet is very much so in love with apricots currently, or “pricots” as he enthusiastically calls them. So here we are : unveiling the secret of our “pricot tart”. We can say in all fairness for a 2 year old it is easier done than said, since the pronunciation is still not flawless but the pie was ! Continue reading “Kid friendly apricot tart”

Figs and olive oil cake – Jamie Oliver’s recipe

Figs always appeared to me as very mysterious fruits, fragile, rare and expensive. Being in a scholar mood today, I did some research on the matter. Turns out legend has it Buddha achieved enlightenment under a large and old sacred fig tree. More than 2600 years later I can only face facts: there is an obvious “fig wisdom pattern” here, and Jamie Oliver was very enlightened to add olive oil to his fig cake recipe : fortune (and taste) does favor the bold ! Continue reading “Figs and olive oil cake – Jamie Oliver’s recipe”

My pet biscuits : Langues de chat – cat tongues

Cats are said to be very affectionate, clever and witty animals, but to be honest, I am more of a dog person, and I’ve never been really comfortable around cats. Unless we’re talking about langues de chat biscuits ( “cat’s tongues”) 🐱. Then I’m your girl ! They’re a total no-brainer, the fast food of good food, and the perfect companion to your cup of tea, fruit salad or compote.  Continue reading “My pet biscuits : Langues de chat – cat tongues”

Guilty pleasure : chocolate mousse

There is the cutest French ad for chocolate mousse, where a little boy, caught by his mum with huge chocolate whiskers right before lunch, blames his goldfish for having eaten the thing.

As a grown up there is nobody but yourself to blame you for indulging into a chocolate mousse guilty pleasure. If you still feel like you could use an excuse, my angle is to lick every inch of the dish as it’s really alleviating washing the dishes !  Continue reading “Guilty pleasure : chocolate mousse”

American recipe initiation: Peach cobbler

Ladies and gentlemen, important milestone today: 7 years ago to the day I met my husband. Some people say, 7 years is a cycle, and every cell of one’s body is changed over that period. I tend to believe it’s true since 7 years ago I was a diehard Parisian and I’m now an apprentice New Yorker.

To embrace this fresh start, that new bunch of cells of mine gave a go to an American recipe: peach cobbler.  Continue reading “American recipe initiation: Peach cobbler”

A keeper : Chocolate cake

If you were to interview this cake, he would be able to brag 3 undeniable qualities :

* he’s a quick win: 20 minutes tops to prepare and another 20 to bake.

* he’s versatile : you can accomodate the recipe following your mood

* his dough is as good raw as baked : as a kid ( when my stomach could take it that is ) we used to double quantities so we could eat half of the dough raw & bake half of it… Not the best nutritive move I admit !

But at least for its 2 first qualities, it’s worth giving this baby a go.  Continue reading “A keeper : Chocolate cake”

Meet my friend Charlotte : Strawberry Charlotte

In the animal realm, Cuckoos suffer from a dreadful reputation : they’re known to take over others’ nests and find them comfortable enough to settle there. In a nutshell they take credit for others’ work. I am a bit of Cuckoo here as I’m posting my mum’s work. Nonetheless, I did play a major part in this Charlotte’s coming to life : I did say I would love to eat one 🙂 Continue reading “Meet my friend Charlotte : Strawberry Charlotte”