Radishes with Butter and Salt

Still in the mood to re-create what I enjoyed during my childhood, here is another simple one: radishes with salt and butter.

It doesn’t need to be big, just few radishes for each person in order to get the diner/lunch started.

Ingredients

1 or 2 bunch of radishes.

Unsalted butter at room temperature.

Salt.

Preparation 

Trim the radishes and cut off the leafy greens by leaving a half inch intact, just so that it is easier to hold the radishes while dipping.

Serve on a platter with the radishes, butter and salt.

Slice the radish almost through the leafy greens but not completely. The radish should not be cut into two but slightly open so that you can put some butter into the opening.

Dip in the salt and take a bite. This step can be repeated as long as you still have some of the radish left!

Most importantly: enjoy!

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Classic French Carrot Salad

This recipe has been a childhood classic starter for lunch or diner.

It is an easy and fresh salad and I remember enjoying it a lot during meals at my parents and at my grand-parent’s place.

I am writing here with the recipe of the balsamic vinaigrette that I am using but you can also use a lemon vinaigrette (just replace the balsamic vinegar with lemon juice).

Another option is the one that my brother and my sister were enjoying: instead of a vinaigrette, they would just add sugar to the shredded carrots. I was never tempted by it but they really enjoy it. And would still have it as a starter for lunch/diner.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh garlic
  • 2 medium size carrots, peeled and shredded
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon(pinch) ground black pepper

Preparation:

In a small bowl, whisk the balsamic vinegar, mustard, and olive oil together until the dressing is completely blended. Stir the dressing into the shredded carrots. Sprinkle the carrot salad with the salt, pepper, and garlic and mix together.

This serves 2 to 4.

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Yoghurt Cake with Pears

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Last week-end, I felt like cooking and eating one of my grand-mother’s all time favorite : the yoghurt cake.

It is a very simple and healthy recipe. You can add fruits or chocolate chips to it.

I added Pears since we are in the fall season and because I love the balance of the cake and the tenderness of the pear.

The base of this recipe is 1 small plain yoghurt: Put the yoghurt into a bowl and then add the rest of the ingredients using the empty yoghurt cup as measuring cup.

Ingredients

1 small plain yoghurt

sugar: 2 yohurts

flour: 3 yoghurts

olive oil: 1/2 yoghurt

2 eggs

2 teaspoons of baking powder.

2 pealed and chopped pears (or more depending on your taste).

Mix everything together and put in the oven during 30-45 min at around 300-350 Fharenheit / 180 Celsius.

Enjoy!

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My 2013 Cooking Challenge

Here is my new project for 2013!

I want to find more time to cook or at least finally try and discover some recipes that I have heard of, never tried before or simply as “bring the childhood recipes back into my life”.

I will not necessarily do the list in this order, it is just how it came up.
The goal would be to do one recipe every month for the rest of the year.

My 2013 Cooking Challenge

1. Rhubarb and Strawberry Jam (or in-season fruits)
2. Duck confit Garbure Soup
3. S’mores
4. Cheese Souffle / Souffle au fromage
5. Risotto
6. Indian seasonal vegetable dish
7. Savory Crepes
8. Chocolate recipe from the book “Atelier Chocolat”
9. Cupcakes
10. Gulab Jamun

Details & Explanations

1. Rhubarb and Strawberry Jam (or any in-season fruit) – when I was in France the year before moving back to the U.S., me and my best friend Claire spent a few winter Sunday afternoons making jam in my parents kitchen. I discovered and learned from her and love home made jams 🙂

2. Duck confit Garbure Soup – this a traditional soup from Bearn in South West of France. My grand-mother used to do it, it is delicious and a perfect winter healthy meal.

3. S’mores – my friend Ellie mentioned it recently and was “amazed” that I had no idea on what she was talking about… the very next day, I found this blog post on the same subject… the signs were obvious, we thus have a date for a “S’mores” diner. It will certainly be the first item to be completed on this list!

4. Cheese Souffle / Souffle au fromage – My mom used to make this dish when I was a kid and I have great memories of it. It is not easy to make but I want to try so that my husband can taste it!

5. Risotto – it might seem silly but I have never cooked a risotto before, and it time to start!

6. Indian seasonal vegetable dish – I want to become more comfortable in cooking Indian food and for that I need to try, even though it will take me some time at the beginning, especially on weekdays once I am back from work…

7. Savory Crepes – my husband has been asking for home made Crepes, since we got back from Brittany and had the most delicious Crepes on earth in Carantec. I’m serious: it is really the best place I have ever eaten Crepes.

8. Chocolate recipe from “Atelier Chocolat” – a book that my brother and his girlfriend gifted me for Christmas. It seems complicated or at least that is in my mind but it doesn’t seem that hard when reading it. I just need to do it!

9. Cupcakes – since this list has French and Indian cooking, I thought I needed to have something from here as well. I already tried with success pancakes (see my post here ) and thought that the next on the list would be cupcakes 🙂

10. Gulab Jamun – this is my favorite Indian sweet (with Jellabys) and this week-end, my husband’s cousin was telling me how to make them. A must try!

Let me know your thoughts about the challenge, about one of the item/recipe and any help/suggestion or encouragement will be helpful!

Thanks and happy blogging!

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Pictures Credit:

http://www.owlhaven.net/2008/06/10/strawberry-rhubarb-jam/

http://www.52kitchenadventures.com/2012/05/02/gluten-free-cupcakes-with-nutella-cloud-frosting/

http://www.france-voyage.com/travel-guide/photo-garbure-1381_2.htm

http://www.phamfatale.com/id_1625/title_Galette-Complete-Savory-Crepe-Recipe/

http://nutritionfor.us/2012/07/butternut-squash-risotto-recipe/

http://cooksjoy.com/blog/2012/11/gulab-jamun-milk-powder-method.html

http://www.lacuisinedebernard.com/2011/03/le-souffle-au-fromage.html

http://littleindiana.com/2012/07/4-smores-themed-recipes-you-can-really-sink-your-teeth-into/

http://palakkadcooking.blogspot.com/2012/11/aloo-gobi.html

Zucchini and Tomato Quiche

It had been quite a while since we had quiche and I had this need for a quiche last night 🙂

Quiche is one of my specialty. I did the regular quiche Lorraine for quite long time and switched to a version with vegetables when I started eating less meat.
I love the one with zucchini and tomatoes, it’s fresh, healthy & vegetarian 🙂

– 1 pie crust ( trick to avoid having the crust all watery because of the tomatoes: cook it half way in the oven before)
– 2 small or 1 bug zucchini
– 2 medium tomatoes
– 100 ml of milch (3.5 oz or the equivalent if a small tea cup)
– 3 eggs

Mix with a fork the eggs and the milch.
Add salt & pepper.
Cut the tomatoes & zucchinis in small pieces. Mix with the milch/egg.

Cook for at least 45 min at 350/400F.

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I like to have a small salad in the side when I eat quiche and this time I decided to try with watermelon.

It was fresh, good and original, it definitely changed the taste, from a salty note to a very fruity one.
It was pretty good!

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