"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication" LdV

Thursday, 17 May 2018

FUSS FREE WEEKLY MEALS PLANNING #2

FUSS FREE WEEKLY MEALS PLANNING 
#2


The planning worked brilliantly amongst my friends and you had been quite a lot to look at it as well...
So let's embark for a second one...





Lundi 
Tuna and roquefort pie (Click here)
2 Petits Filous
Some fresh raspberries


Mardi
Bo bun (Click here)
1 Vache qui rit
Half a grapefruit with 2 tbsp of muscovado sugar on top

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

RHUBARB AND RASPBERRY CRUMBLE (Crumble de rhubarbe et framboises)

RHUBARB AND RASPBERRY CRUMBLE
(Crumble de rhubarbe et framboises)


This quintessentially English dessert had been created during the Second World War. Thanks to the imagination of English women who had to cook with the few ingredients they had during rationing.

They developed this simple recipe without eggs made with flour, sugar and margarine (being replaced by butter now). The crumble proved to be so delicious that it has survived to the present day and all over the world! This particular version is my daughter's favorite and my signature dish! If it is in season, I use fresh raspberries but this crumble is as delicious if you decide to take frozen ones! 


Wine pairing : Rasteau (Sweet white) from the Rhone Valley.







RHUBARB AND RASPBERRY CRUMBLE 

A quick glance in your kitchen…

In your fridge
Raspberries
Rhubarb 
Butter

In your cupboard
Flour
Brown sugar
Vanilla sugar



RHUBARB AND RASPBERRY CRUMBLE 
Serves 4

Sunday, 13 May 2018

CHICKEN MAFÉ EXPRESS (Mafé de poulet)

CHICKEN MAFÉ EXPRESS
(Mafé de poulet)

This amazing dish from Senegal is a travel to itself. I have changed it a little bit (I do not use the vegetables) with my French touch (I add some crème fraîche). Terribly easy to make, it will save your supper dilemma! My children are completely addicted to this dish. I made it recently to my friends in France and they fully enjoyed it too... 


Wine pairing : Mâcon Pierreclos rouge (Red) from Burgundy.







CHICKEN MAFÉ EXPRESS
A quick glance in your kitchen...

In your fridge
Chicken
Crème fraîche  
Tomato paste

In your cupboard
Garlic
Shallots
Peanut butter
Chili
Rice

CHICKEN MAFÉ 
Serves 4

Thursday, 10 May 2018

COCONUT AND LEMON FISH FINGERS (Fish fingers noix de coco et citron)

COCONUT AND LEMON FISH FINGERS 
(Fish fingers noix de coco et citron)


I did this recipe many years ago when I invited for the first time my friend's son from the Nursery school : I had to feed a starving crowd with little time and it had to be fresh, easy and original. I do remember when one of the mothers who came to me later on to ask where she could found those yummy coconut fish fingers because she wanted to purchase some... So yes, they are very popular, easy and healthy... To accompany this dish, I made a nice salad with asparagus and Parmesan... As it is perfect for adult as well, it may be a dinner dilemma makes in no time... 

Wine pairing : Pinot gris (White) from Alsace.








COCONUT AND LEMON FISH FINGERS
A quick glance in your kitchen...

In your fridge
Egg 
Cod fillets
Lemon

In your cupboard
Cornflour
Desiccated coconut


COCONUT AND LEMON FISH FINGERS 
Around 15 fingers


Monday, 7 May 2018

ASPARAGUS FLEMISH STYLE (OP VLAANSE WIJZE) - Asperges à la flamande

ASPARAGUS FLEMISH STYLE (OP VLAANSE WIJZE) 
Asperges à la flamande 


With the lovely and gorgeous British asparagus I have seen on the market last week combine with the dreadful weather we had in London recently, I thought straight away about a very easy recipe : the famous asparagus the Flemish way. This Belgian specialty from Louvain or Malines (obviously prepares with Malines Asparagus ;), is terribly yummy. A kind of mix with a beurre blanc and a mimosa recipe. It's the perfect dish to ease your nights supper dilemma...

Wine pairing : Arbois (White) from Jura.





ASPARAGUS FLEMISH STYLE
A quick glance in your kitchen...

In your fridge
Lemon
Butter
Hard boiled eggs
White or green asparagus
Parsley
Rocket salad
Tomatoes on the vine


ASPARAGUS FLEMISH STYLE
Serves 2


Sunday, 6 May 2018

FILM : MARGUERITE - FRENCH BOOK : FOURRURE - ENGLISH BOOK : THE PRESIDENT'S HAT

FILM : MARGUERITE
FRENCH BOOK : FOURRURE
ENGLISH BOOK : THE PRESIDENT'S HAT



THE PRESIDENT'S HAT
Antoine Laurain

A fable-like novel.

Can a hat change the course of a life? Does it has a power or does it awake the one we already possess?
During the 80's in Paris, President Francois Mitterrand's black felt hat will transform the lives of several characters in different ways...
A very charming book...



FOURRURE  
Adélaïde de Clermont-Tonnerre

Saga romanesque.

La romancière Zita Chalitzine a été retrouvée morte à l’arrière de sa Mercedes, vêtue de sa magnifique zibeline blanche…
Sa fille, Ondine, perdue de vue depuis 12 ans, apprend le décès de celle-ci dans la Presse.

C’est dans son appartement qu’elle découvre un manuscrit non publié : l'autobiographie de Zita…



Friday, 4 May 2018

FENNEL, GRAPEFRUIT AND MINT SALAD (Salade de fenouil, pamplemousse et menthe)

FENNEL, GRAPEFRUIT AND MINT SALAD 
(Salade de fenouil, pamplemousse et menthe)


As London is in summer mode today, I was looking for something fresh, a kind of salad I use to have during my 2 months in the South of France... For a strange reason, I had two ingredients in my mind : grapefruit and mint! So I articulate my salad around these two for a lovely balanced mix! Enjoy...


Wine pairing : Aveyron d'Estaing (White) from the South West.





FENNEL, GRAPEFRUIT AND MINT SALAD 
A quick glance in your kitchen...

In your fridge
Fennel
Cherry tomatoes
Pink grapefruit
Mint leaves
Rocket salad

In your cupboard
Almonds
Tahini
Olive oil


FENNEL, GRAPEFRUIT AND MINT SALAD 
Serves 1