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A FRENCH SIDE DISH, DAUPHINOISE

HISTORY What a rich and earthy Sunday lunch could be without a side of Dauphinoise. From the Dauphiné region in south-eastern France, a Dauphinoise is a French classic side dish to accompany a variety of meals through the cold days. Dauphiné includes some famous French cities for their cultural gastronomy heritage. Grenoble, Vienne, Valence, Gap…

SHORT RIB OF BEEF, DAUPHINOISE AND SAVOY CABBAGE

Set UpBraised short Rib of Beef INTRODUCTION To announce officially the start of the Autumn season, I have experimented a dish including 1 braised meat and 2 sides to accompany this rich cut of beef. Last weekend the clocks went forward one hour. Although one extra hour of sleep has been earned it gets dark…

BLACK PUDDING MASH AND APPLE

Black Pudding and MashBlack Pudding and Apple I am still undecided about my favourite time of the year. Is it Summer time including fresh salads, light main meals, and fruity desserts – perfect for al fresco dining OR Autumn with its selection of luscious earthy dishes. NORMANDY As most of you know, I have spent my childhood…

FOOD PLATING AND PRESENTATION

EXPLORING I love cooking new recipes and dishes. Last week, I have been offered to cook for a party of 5 (following the government restrictions). It's always an exciting moment for me when I purchase my ingredients and when I store them nicely. Everything comes together naturally and slowly. Baking the pudding, making the sauces,…

CLASSIC FRENCH MADELEINE RECIPE

MOLD First things first. Is it better to use a silicone or metal mold? With no doubt, METAL!!! ARTICLE RELATED I have been looking for the right article to describe perfectly these little beauties, Madeleines. The article written by Baking like a Chef offers a full description about Madeleines. I will leave you to go…

DO YOU PUT WHITE SAUCE WITH LASAGNA?

This is an interesting question. These days, I like to cook easy but comfy and tasty dinner while the cold days are back, here, in the United Kingdom. Spending time in my kitchen at home is always enjoyable. Finding inspiration is always a question of time. I open my cupboard and I can see a…

FINE PLATE OF FOOD: SIMPLICITY

EDIBLE FLOWERS AND TOPS I am really lucky to have enough space in my garden to grow a small variety of fruits, vegetables and flowers. Edible flowers are trendy at the moment and you must use them accordingly for your dish. Nasturtiums (flowers/leaves) have a slightly acidic peppery flavour; e.g. they are great to accompany a…