06-23-2008

Fennel and orange escabèche

But what on earth is an escabèche, you may ask. I didn't know either, because on the picture coming with my recipe it really did just look like a fricassée, or maybe sautéed fennel. So I asked someone trustworthy and knowledgeable. No, not him. He's a fraud and a show-off. Besides fennels have an excellent eyesight. Emile Littré tells us that "escabécher" is a verb that means prepping sardins before they are being canned. Slightly more explicit is the etymology: from the Provence dialect, the privative prefix... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Colloquial Cook à 11:00 - Permalien [#]

06-22-2008

Gâche vendéenne

Another hit from the great Pétrin - never ever been disappointed by the recipes in there. I trust the woman completely. My breads never look quite as pretty as hers, but the taste, people...! You know you look so good, little brioche. I halved the proportions and - don't judge me - threw all the ingredients in the bread machine. It's perfectly immoral that it works so well, but don't worry, I'll pay one day for all those delicious brioches. Bad karma generally punches you in the back of the head at some point anyway,... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Colloquial Cook à 21:09 - Permalien [#]
06-20-2008

Raspberry tartelettes with macaron topping

It's in season, so yes, raspberries again! The little buggers are great at the moment. I was meeting up with a friend this afternoon, and we were discussing the idea of a bake-off (little, if nothing to do with baekhoffe - although why not go for a baekhoffe bake-off - anyone's in? I have a pretty good recipe). I had prepared the raspberry tartelettes for our four o'clock, but it didn't stop us from a halt at Hermé's for a "plaisir sucré" and a "deux mille feuilles". Guess what, Hermé won the bake-off. Hands... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Colloquial Cook à 21:11 - Permalien [#]
06-16-2008

Pistachio and raspberry financiers

What? You thought we'd have that chocolate mousse on its own? You must be out of your mind (vous êtes cinglé, ma parole). And those financiers (like pretty much all financiers) are 1) fast to whip up, and 2) you're left with a couple of yolks you can chuck in the cream sauce of the aforementioned chicken for added unction (des jaunes en rab' qu'on peut balancer dans la sauce à la crème pour plus d'onctuosité). So really, no reason to hold back. What, your bikini is trying to strangle you with its little bra strap?  Easy,... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Colloquial Cook à 19:52 - Permalien [#]
06-15-2008

Chocolate mousse

I know what some of you are going to say: "Why on earth would one need another bloody chocolate mousse recipe on the blogs?" (well YOU are well out of order sir). Well for one, I don't know that there is such a thing as too many chocolate mousse recipes out there. Next, this is not your usual run-of-the-mill chocolate mousse (ce n'est pas votre recette pépère de mousse au chocolat). This is fast and furious chocolate mousse. The thrill is unmatched to that day. Bungee jumping above porpoise infested waters does... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Colloquial Cook à 20:41 - Permalien [#]
06-12-2008

Ligurian lemon cake

I've been salivating at the thought of that cake since I read the recipe. It's still in the oven as we speak, but judging by the smell I think I might go and ask Pierre Hermé to marry me right away. His crazy wife is up to no good with her cocoa/mayonnaise cakes. Not to mention my long-standing aspirations to marrying a pastry chef to whom I could be a muse, to the extend that he would revolutionize the Charlotte and call it a Claire. But that's beside the point. Now if you don't jump to your feet and dance, you're either... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Colloquial Cook à 17:35 - Permalien [#]

06-04-2008

Uncanny Cherry Moment

Hm, lovely home-grown coeur de pigeon cherries. But what Handel opera score is that? Clue: the scene is set in Egypt.
Posté par Colloquial Cook à 21:21 - Permalien [#]
06-03-2008

Griotte clafoutis

I'm not going to pretend any longer. I think I have identified myself as a "nervous baker". I have now officially entered a second round of administration ultimate-fighting and the urge to bake is overwhelming. I still haven't quite figured out whether I'm the good the bad or the ugly.But I'm working on the cold/angry glare. Baking clafoutis is one effective way to fight stress, especially if you get to eat it afterwards. The following proportions are tiny, but be my guest and double up the doses... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Colloquial Cook à 17:12 - Permalien [#]
06-02-2008

Tarte aux fraises

Sometimes your fate for a couple of years to come is in the hands of incompetent white collars (des ronds-de-cuir imcompétents). Then you have reasons to be scared. Of course, there is nothing you can do, except wait, and they can't even manage to stick to the deadlines they had announced for results. Yeah, I'm going to get you. Gimme the freakin job! Not only do you nearly poo your pants (tu fais presque caca dans ta culotte) every time your inbox pings, but you also bake compulsively to pretend that yes, you can... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Colloquial Cook à 12:42 - Permalien [#]
05-26-2008

Hazelnut financiers

Last Friday I made one of my students cry. It was a one to one exam. I just told her that she had two minutes left to finish her presentation, and she started the "cry routine". 1) The eyes fill up with tears that multiple eyelid batting can't keep in check, 2) nasal mucus fluidifies abundanly, 3) general redness spreads on face and chest, 4) the student should look like it's about to eject from its seat. The next thing you know, the Niagara is sitting in your classroom. Oh, she had soooo many things to say (ahah,... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Colloquial Cook à 21:52 - Permalien [#]