Oxtail Carbonnade

In the wake of my Alsacian themed recipes, let's stay up there in Northern France, with one foot across the border, in Belgium. Now you may not be a big offal buff (un mordu d'abats), but oxtail is really not that bad. A few words of caution: when buying the pieces of meat, make sure you only take the part closest to the back of the animal (ie the meatier ones), and not the long skinny pieces that only have bone in them. You cannot get ANYTHING out of those bits, believe me I've tried. You can probably make broth with it, but... [Lire la suite]
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A Cook's Rambles#1 : Dehillerin

On my short vacation to Paris (visiting family, eating myself to death, etc. - routine), I took advantage of a sunny morning to do a bit of shopping in the legendary culinary cavern, Dehillerin. It's right in the city centre, in the first Arrondissement, next to the Halles, the Rue Montorgueuil, and the Louvre. Agrandir le plan Do pay them a visit if you go to Paris, they have EVERYTHING in terms of cooking utensils. No foodstuff, but pretty much anything you can think of that has a use in the kitchen. That's were I got my... [Lire la suite]
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Cassata Siciliana

Fed up with the traditional French cuisine I've been inflicting on you lately? We'll come back to it, don't worry *smirk*. Instead here comes a slice of Sicily. Four slices of génoise biscuit, actually, with ricotta cream, grated chocolate and loads of candied goodness. In the buff (à poil). Sexy thing. I have been blessed with the Infallible Génoise Touch©, a quality envied by princes and laughed at by cretins. My mom goes on and on about how she once baked a rock-hard brick out of a génoise because she folded the flour in... [Lire la suite]
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Stuck in your kitchen due to excessive snowing? Get your circus cookie cutters out and hark the call of the (Alsacian) wild. boost up the bass baby National Geographics (cf Les Photographies de la vie sauvage ) is also interested in the tragic fate of small buttery elephants. Williams Sonoma makes those wicked cookie cutters, but they have been discontinued recently - alas. I must have grabbed one of the last boxes, and golly (sapristi) I'm damn glad I did. Hours of endless fun if you ask me. They are beyond funky. Once... [Lire la suite]
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Chili, cake, flan tart and ribeye

All in one shitty photomontage. Lucky bastards.
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Grand-Mère Blanc's Poulet à la Crème

I see some of you have been in a naughty mood recently, landing here with Google requests such as "How to seduce my flatmate" and "Brussel sprout dessert". Now I'd like to point to you that although I don't have definitive answers for either of those problems, I am about to find out whether the pear tart previously featured on this blog did the trick. I will let you know. For Brussel sprouts, I would recommend a Tatin approach. Caramelise the bottom of a manqué or Tatin pan (what the heck [y a pas à tortiller],... [Lire la suite]
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Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Lazy-Sundayite is a condition that affects me every week, mostly on Sundays but I will have the occasional Demotivated-Mondayite once in a while, which equally sucks. Today energy levels are kind of ground-hugging (au ras des pâquerettes), in imitation of the skyline in NY, so I will swiftly move on to the recipe, a Martha Stewart classic also to be found on this great blog. A sample of what my voice sounds like today. But not my guitar-playing, unfortunately. Anyone in Astoria offering lessons against cookies? I have... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Colloquial Cook à 21:46 - Permalien [#]

Pear and almond tart

Have you ever shame-posted? No idea what the concept stands for? Ok, some excellent bloggers have admitted to bad picture days, in the same way most of us will have a bad hair day once in a while. Which reminds me that I need to book a hairdresser's appointment - in the Marais, that is, in order to preserve French glamour (overrated? You decide, in the comment section!). Shame-posting. It's when the post you wrote sucks so much you keep it deep down in the archives of the unpublished, and post it later on, knowing that there will be a... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Colloquial Cook à 18:46 - Permalien [#]

Flourless chocolate walnut cookies

You can find a hundred excuses to bake those cookies. In my case, I saw its name and realised I had indeed run out of flour. That sucks doesn't it (c'est râlant, hein). Next time I have flour, I'll go for gluten intolerance. This one is for Peter from Kalofagas. You need to come back to NY soon, man. It's a François Payard recipe that has featured multiple times on the blogs as well as in the NY magazine. I was intrigued by the unequal results people got from this recipe. I think what's key here is to keep a critical eye on... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Colloquial Cook à 17:30 - Permalien [#]

Brussel sprouts with pomegranate molasses dressing

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