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Shrimp profiterole with pastis and garlic cream

Shrimp profiterole with pastis and garlic cream

This recipe is incredibly delightful!!! Profiteroles are best when baked at the last minute (at most 2 hours before serving). However, the puffs’ dough as well as the garlic cream can be prepared early.

Red mullet escabeche

Red mullet escabeche

Thank you, Mary for your recipe ! Escabèche is a delicious marinade made of olive oil, garlic and vinegar. It is also used to marinate sea bass fillets. In Cuba, they use it for swordfish too. Another pleasant option is to add the juice of 

Gazpacho Asian style

Gazpacho Asian style

A nice refreshing recipe (thanks to my friend Virginie) to be prepared with a food processor in no time. Served ice-cold, it is delicious, healthy, and it does not need any cooking. Try it, you’ll love it!

Steamed turbot or wild-caught young turbot

Steamed turbot or wild-caught young turbot

Wild-caught turbot is a white meat lean fish and is precisely sought for its firmness and its exquisite qualities. It is quite a budget and the waste to remove after cooking is also substantial. It is rich in vitamins and proteins. Young turbots like to 

Savoury zucchini feta & mint cake

Savoury zucchini feta & mint cake

The feta cheese and the Greek yogurt bring a nice fresh touch to this delicious zucchini bread recipe. This one is from my friend Marina. I am a fan of her cooking always healthy, inspiring, and so savoury.

Mint & goat cheese tart with vegetables

Mint & goat cheese tart with vegetables

This recipe is another version of my Mint and Goat Cheese Pie. With its minty flavor with the vegies, it’s a pleasant summer meal in its own.

Limonana (Middle Eastern Mint Lemonade)

Limonana (Middle Eastern Mint Lemonade)

Limonana, also called Lemon & Mint Lemonade in the Middle-East, is very popular in Egypt, Israel, Lebanon and Jordan. There are so many versions! It is sipped during lunch, at bars on the beach, and grabbed on the go on a hot day. I’m sharing 

New York cheese cake

New York cheese cake

I started appreciating this dessert when I was living in Philadelphia. This is now one of my favorite desserts. There are so many cheese cake recipes, all of them delicious, but more or less easy to digest… This cheese cake is absolutely delicious, but I 

Endive tarte tatin

Endive tarte tatin

Inexpensive, easy to prepare, endives are low in calories. They have diuretic and digestive properties and are rich in minerals. So, don’t ignore them and add them to your fresh produce shopping list! They are a very pleasant seasonal side dish in its various forms

Avocado Féroce

Avocado Féroce

This exotic dish from the French West Indies is essential to the traditional culinary experience when traveling around the Islands. It’s made of salted cod fish, avocado, and cassava flour.

Beef bo būn

Beef bo būn

This Asian dish is a rice vermicelli and stir-fried beef mixed salad with optional pork spring rolls. Be ready to provide chopsticks to your guests.

Sweet potato and red pepper thaï soup

Sweet potato and red pepper thaï soup

Teresa, who is a pharmacist as well as a nutritionist, has a fascinating and wonderful personality. She is the generous-type and I do thank her for sharing this recipe with us. I love the way she cooks: it is simple, tasty and always healthy. Teresa 

Niçoise-style salad by Laurent

Niçoise-style salad by Laurent

For your perfect information, or for the Salade Niçoise purists, this is what I have gathered: the authentic Salade Niçoise does not use vinegar, nor lettuce, never tuna with anchovies, but one or the other. Only raw vegetables that are in season are used, and 

Roasted cabbage with olive tapenade

Roasted cabbage with olive tapenade

A delicious and crunchy recipe made in USA. The kind of simple dish that comes as a good surprise and that you can’t wait to replicate at home… many thanks to Chloé for sharing.

Alicante paella

Alicante paella

For a proper storage of your Paella pan between two paella dinner parties, I advise you to rub in some olive oil with a paper towel on the inner part of your pan. That way, your pan won’t rust.

Pickled carrots and whipped feta dip

Pickled carrots and whipped feta dip

This is a British recipe to which I made a few changes to suit my personal taste. Very easy to prepare, you just need a five-hour marinating time for the carrots. With a food processor, the dip will be ready in no time.

Pine nut lamb keftas, dried barberry and chili

Pine nut lamb keftas, dried barberry and chili

Sabrina Ghayour, a Persian chef, lives in the United Kingdom and is known for preparing easy, delicious and colorful recipes. Her books have become great references for Persian cooking in the past few years. I love her cooking and I was very touched by her extreme kindness 

Christmas Toffee Barbara’s way

Christmas Toffee Barbara’s way

This is Barbara’s very own special recipe for Christmas Toffee. Believe me: it’s a killer! This is perfect as a homemade treat. It was a nice and delicious experience to watch Barbara make this delicious candy.

Forbidden Black rice with Gorgonzola and Speck

Forbidden Black rice with Gorgonzola and Speck

Brigitte is an outstanding cook as well as a great photographer. I took this picture myself, but I must admit that I am not as talented as she is! Do take a look at “Popote et Fleur de Sel”, her website, and check it up 

Prawn Indian Curry

Prawn Indian Curry

With red chilies, the sauce has a nice red color and the taste is spicier. With green chilies (as shown on the picture), the dish has more flavor and you can taste the coconut cream better. It’s a matter of personal touch … This recipe 

Greengage Jam

Greengage Jam

You are going to love it! The fruits will have to soak in sugar for a few hours. If this is your first time, you may want to click on the Tips and Tricks section, and look for advice on How to make the best 

THE IRRESISTIBLE CHOCOLATE FONDANT

THE IRRESISTIBLE CHOCOLATE FONDANT

My friend Florence likes to make this recipe at the last minute. She loves serving the Chocolate Fondant warm and is so delighted to see that, each time, there are no leftovers at all. That’s how irresistible it is!

Mushroom cappucino

Mushroom cappucino

This very tasty dish is to be prepared 24 hours in advance. My friend Isabelle is now a nutrition coach, and runs cooking workshops in Brussels. She always has great new recipes to share with me.

French Flag Cocktail

French Flag Cocktail

This cocktail will always remain the symbol for the victory of France in the world soccer championship’s final on 15th of July  2018. Happy memories of a great time shared by the French people united in joy.

Chia pudding

Chia pudding

The more the chia seeds, the thicker your pudding will be. The proportions for this recipe here are for a smooth texture, neither too thick nor too runny. Red berries, mangoes, kiwis, any type of fruits works for decoration. 

Vine peach, nectarine, and mango fruit salad

Vine peach, nectarine, and mango fruit salad

The type of peaches I like to use here are called vine peaches. They are flat rather than round, are sweet and tasty, and their flesh is delicate and white. They are not as available as the other type as they are quickly perishable. You 

Tomato and olive pie

Tomato and olive pie

Use cherry tomatoes for this recipe. The result is stunning whether served warm or cold.

Persimmon goat cheese and roasted hazelnuts salad

Persimmon goat cheese and roasted hazelnuts salad

Choose firm and crunchy fuyu persimmons for this recipe as their pulp will not be too juicy. This variety is crunch, sweet, and best for salads.Thank you, Hélène, for sharing this delicious starter. Hélène’s French recipe website is now running under the name “Minute Papillotte”. 

What is a glycemic index (GI)?

What is a glycemic index (GI)?

WHAT IS A GLYCEMIC INDEX (GI)? Glycemic Index is a ranking criterion for carbohydrates (molecules and essential sources of energy for the body) based on their impact on the blood sugar level (carbs concentration in the blood). The glycemic index (GI) ranks food items according 

Caribbean coconut pudding

Caribbean coconut pudding

This is my mother-in-law’s Caribbean coconut pudding family recipe! I must say it is very sweet, but it is an absolute delight. When I make this pudding, I use small individual custard cups or small bowls.

For a balanced and healthy diet

For a balanced and healthy diet

The science of nutrition is clearly changing, knowledge on the subject is growing, and everyone has differing opinions on the subject.  However, views merge to actually agree on some facts as far as healthy eating is concerned. To live and stay healthy you need to 

Watercress velouté

Watercress velouté

This recipe is simple, savoury and doesn’t take much time. You may select any type of watercress, they all work! Be careful: watercress leaves are fragile so use them quickly once you’ve purchased them.

My pumpkin soup

My pumpkin soup

This rich and creamy soup is ideal to face the winter weather and replenish with plenty vitamins.

Alexandra’s healthy soup

Alexandra’s healthy soup

This is a genuine healthy soup: made with leeks, garlic, and onions for the pre-biotics (high in fibers), and with kale known to be high in nutrients and anti-oxydants (carotenoids, flavonoids, glucosinolates, calcium, magnesium, potassium and vitamin C, K …) I love it and I 

Kale chips

Kale chips

The key to perfect kale chips? A slow and low bake. Why does kale get so much credit? It’s remarkably high in fibre and iron. It is packed with anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. It’s also a great source of calcium and high in vitamins K 

Vegetable chutney

Vegetable chutney

Using chutney is common in Great Britain, but this condiment originates from India. I do love this sweet and sour dressing made of fruits, vegetables, sugar, vinegar, and spices.

double chocolate French charlotte

double chocolate French charlotte

You may also moisten your ladyfingers with kirsch if you wish. If you do so, you need 1 cap of alcohol for 100 ml of water. Raspberry or other types of berry syrups are good too, according to Caroline. She just adds one layer of 

Blueberry smoothie

Blueberry smoothie

When your blueberries are stored in the refrigerator, this delicious smoothie can be prepared and served in 5 minutes-time.

Mango chutney

Mango chutney

Traditionally served with venison, meat, or grilled fish, this chutney is also excellent with shrimp, lamb, or chicken curries.

Pork filet mignon with maroilles cheese sauce

Pork filet mignon with maroilles cheese sauce

This recipe is terrific and is made in no time! Many thanks to my friend Benedicte, a great cook, and who had me discover this dish served with braised endives. It was amazing!

Apple and red cabbage velouté

Apple and red cabbage velouté

Apparently, cooking red cabbage is not very popular. That is quite unfortunate because this vegetable is not only delicious, but it also contains excellent nutrients and can be stored in the refrigerator for days… Thank you, Stéphanie, for sharing your red cabbage velouté recipe. 

Fall season fruit sauce

Fall season fruit sauce

An elegant dessert for a good meal. To be served with some cookies or cannelés .