Friday, January 28, 2011

French Fridays with Dorie: Chicken B'stilla

Cinnamon. Ginger. Cardamom. I'm wrapped in a blanket of warm spices. Add a pinch of saffron and you have the colour of the sun as well! The smells from this dish was absolutely intoxicating.


I was excited to see "Chicken B'stilla" on the January schedule for FFWD a few weeks back. It was a recipe that had intrigued me when I had first picked up my copy of Around My French Table and was flipping through the book.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Creamy Oatmeal Porridge with Egg

There's nothing more comforting on a cold winter's morning than a bowl of hot, creamy oatmeal. I've had a renewed love for oatmeal in the last couple of months, and my renewed love made me nostalgic for my mom's oatmeal she used to make me as a kid.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Wordless Wednesday #31: It's Getting Hot in Here (Spicy Kimchi Jigae Noodles)

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Pork Chops with "Cheat" Gravy

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Despite what I call this as a "cheat" gravy, it does not come from a mix. The reason I call this "cheat" gravy is because is uses fairly unorthodox ingredients in what we generally know as gravy. Soy sauce and oyster sauce? In a gravy? Yes, it sounds weird, but trust me, somehow it works.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

A Tale of Two Desserts


Close your eyes and imagine this.

A layer of chocolate génoise. A layer of chestnut cream. A layer of chocolate almond crunch. Another layer of chestnut cream. Repeat.

The result: a Chocolate Chestnut Crunch Cake.

Friday, January 14, 2011

French Fridays with Dorie: Gnocchi à la Parisienne

There's nothing really healthy about this dish when you run down the ingredients list: flour, butter, full-fat milk. And this is the time of the year (post-holiday) when I really don't need more fat and carbs going to my waistline.

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Yet Dorie Greenspan's recipe for "Gnocchi à la Parisienne" was intriguing and I couldn't resist but at least make a half-recipe of this French version of an Italian dumpling.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Wordless Wednesday #30: Golden Honey Balls (Loukoumades)


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

How to Utterly Tire Yourself Out with Just One Meal: The New Year's Eve Dinner


Step #1: Plan an elaborate, multi-course menu.

Creamy oyster soup for starters. A surf-and-turf-inspired main of lobster ravioli and pork ravioli. And a dessert of chocolate pear tart.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Christmas Goose

Rule #1 I've learned about making Christmas dinner: Never give your guests the option to choose. Apparently I learned the hard way when I came up with the brilliant idea to ask my brother what he wanted me to cook for Christmas dinner: turkey, duck, or goose. Naturally, he gravitated towards the one thing I have never cooked on that list.


In all honesty, I really am just yanking my brother's chain when I say that he had to make my life difficult, as I do like a good challenge in the kitchen and am always eager to try new things. Plus family always makes the best guinea pigs. I've never roasted a goose, but I thought, how much harder can it be compared to a chicken or turkey?

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Wordless Wednesday #29: Day and Night at the Courtyard

(Almost wordless Wednesday. I just wanted to wish all you wonderful readers out there a happy 2011! Hope you all had a wonderful holiday!

It's been a crazy busy last two weeks, most of which have been spent in the kitchen. Will post soon as I get back into the groove of things, but for now, happy hump day!)



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