Bite-size Spicy Surimi Crab Salad


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I love, love sushi but my family besides my son does not like it at all. So at default of going to a sushi restaurant, I often buy some sushi at the Fresh market for Lunch. My top favorite is Spicy tuna, Spicy shrimps and Spicy crab salad in Fried Tofu. It is outstanding!!!

One week, I craved that one so much that I actually purchased it three days in a row. It is not that expensive, but more than I really want to keep on spending so one day I just asked the Sushi Chef what he used to make the spicy sauce so that I too could make it at home. So now instead of buying it one,  i can fix it myself at home as often as I want to eat it. Yeah!!!!

Ingredients for 12-15 bite size Appetizers:

  • 1 pack on wontons
  • olive oil to spray
  • 1 pack of Surimi Crab ( 8 oz.)
  • 1/4 cup of mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp of sriracha sauce ( You can also substitute the mayo and the sriracha sauce with 1/4 cup of sriracha mayo found in the Asian Aisle of your supermarket)
  • 2 avocados cut and diced thinly
  • 1 small can of candied ginger
  • salt
  • pepper
  1. Turn the oven to 400.Place the mini muffin tray onto a medium perforated sheet.
  2. Place one wonton in each mini muffin indentation, and push the wonton down so that it will lay flat.photo 1
  3. Spray some olive oil and cook them for about 5-7 minutes or until they are golden brown.photo 2
  4. Chop the crab, add the mayonnaise and the sriracha sauce and mix well. Set aside.
  5. Dice the avocado very thinly and season with a bit of salt and pepper.
  6. Now it is time to assemble. In each wonton cup, place a bit of the diced avocado,photo 3
  7. then spoon the spicy crab salad and top it all with a bit of ginger.photo 4
  8. Et voila!!!

 Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

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Bite-Size Spicy Surimi Crab Salad

  • Servings: 3-5
  • Time: 10mins
  • Difficulty: Super Easy
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Ingredients for 12-16 bite size Appetizers:

  • 1 pack on wontons
  • olive oil to spray
  • 1 pack of Surimi Crab ( 8 oz.)
  • 1/4 cup of mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp of sriracha sauce ( You can also substitute the mayo and the sriracha sauce with 1/4 cup of sriracha mayo found in the Asian Aisle of your supermarket)
  • 1 avocado cut and diced thinly
  • 1 small can of candied ginger
  • salt
  • pepper
  1. Turn the oven to 400. Place the mini muffin on top of the medium perforated sheet.
  2. Place one wonton in each mini muffin indentation and push the wonton down so that it will be flat.
  3. Spray some olive oil and cook them for about 5-7 minutes or until they are golden brown.
  4. Chop the crab, add the mayonnaise and the sriracha sauce and mix well. Set aside.
  5. Dice the avocado very thinly and season with a bit of salt and pepper.
  6. Now it is time to assemble it. In each wonton cup, place a bit of the diced avocado, then spoon the spicy crab salad and top it all with a bit of ginger. Et voila!!!

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

Meyer Lemon and Poppy Seed Pound Cake


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One of my customer asked if my mold would hold a pound cake and how long it would take for it to bake. Since I am not one that bakes a lot of pound cakes, i decided to fix a few so as to check those details and also to find the best recipe ever. I will say that my favorite pound cake comes from the blog page entitled Plain Chicken. I did change a few things. I needed to reduce the quantities and I substituted butter to the shortening she had listed in the recipe ( not fan of this). Anyway, try it, it is delicious;-)

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Ingredients for one Pound cake:

  • 1 cup or 2 sticks of butter
  • 2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 2 tsp or 10 gr. of baking powder
  • 2/4 tsp of salt
  • 4 eggs at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup of milk
  • 4 tbsp of lemon juice or about the juice of one entire lemon
  • the zest of one lemon
  • 4 tbsp of poppy seeds
  1. Turn the oven to 350.
  2. In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients ( flour, salt, baking powder and poppy seeds) and set aside.
  3. In a mixer, place the butter and the sugar and beat until it has doubled in size and is very fluffy.photo 1
  4. Add the dry ingredients in three additions alternating with the milk. Mix well in between each addition.
  5. Mix in the lemon zest and the lemon juice.photo 2
  6. Pour in the mold of your choice. I chose to use the sunshine mold. Make sure that you leave an inch off the top so that the cake will not overflow. 
  7. Bake in the oven at 350 for 55 minutes ( you may cook it a little more times if you are using a tin or a glass bakeware. Demarle bakeware seems to bake things much quicker. Also all oven cook at different temperature so you may need to check for doneness with a toothpick.
  8. Eat as such, or with sides of your choice;-) Yumm….

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Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

Meyer Lemon and Poppy Seed Pound Cake

  • Servings: 12
  • Time: 75 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients for one Pound cake:

  • 1 cup or 2 sticks of butter
  • 2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 2 tsp or 10 gr. of baking powder
  • 2/4 tsp of salt
  • 4 eggs at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup of milk
  • 4 tbsp of lemon juice or about the juice of one entire lemon
  • the zest of one lemon
  • 4 tbsp of poppy seeds
  1. Turn the oven to 350.
  2. In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients ( flour, salt, baking powder and poppy seeds) and set aside.
  3. In a mixer, place the butter and the sugar and beat until it has doubled in size and is very fluffy.
  4. Add the dry ingredients in three additions alternating with the milk. Mix well in between each addition.
  5. Mix in the lemon zest and the lemon juice.
  6. Pour in the mold of your choice. I chose to use the sunflower mold. Make sure that you leave an inch off the top so that the cake will not overflow.
  7. Bake in the oven at 350 for 55 minutes ( you may cook it a little more times if you are using a tin or a glass bakeware. Demarle bakeware seems to bake things much quicker. Also all oven cook at different temperature so you may need to check for doneness with a toothpick.
  8. Eat as such, or with sides of your choice;-) Yumm….

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

Kartofel Salat or German Potato Salad Made Easy


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If you have attended one of my cooking class or read my blog, you will know that I often joke about my German husband liking his potatoes so much. He is well aware so when this week-end he heard on the Today’s Show that Potatoes were regarded as a super food and that it was better to eat one medium baked potato than 2 bananas, he teased, teased and teased me some more.
What he failed to mention, however, that those potatoes needed to be eaten without additional ingredients to have the benefits mentioned ( hard to do!!!), but I guess i need to let him enjoy his bragging rights for a while;-). Because I was unable to find the link to the video, I will share with you an article that I found while looking for it. Very interesting;-). The article entitled “The Ultimate Wonder Food” was published on The Daily Mail almost a year ago.

In his honor, I will share with you one of his favorite potato recipe: The German Salad, or also called Kartofelt Salat made the easy way.

Ingredients for 6 people:

  • 6 medium sized potatoes ( I like the Yukon Gold)
  • 1 cup of beef broth
  • 1 small white onion chopped very thinly
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • 1/4-1/2 cup of white vinegar ( it will depend on your taste, personally I like to use 1/2 cup).
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1/8 to 1/4 tsp of pepper
  • a bundle of fresh parsley chopped, or about 2-3 tbsp. of chopped parsley (optional)
  1. Cook the potatoes in boiling water until they are cooked, but firm or place them into the large round mold, place the octogonal silpat on the top of the mold and microwave them for 12-13 minutes ( it will depend on your microwave).photo 1
  2. When the potatoes are cooked, grab one with a kitchen towel, peel the skin and slice it thinly into a large bowl.photo 2
  3. Warm up 1 cup of broth and pour it over the potatoes.
  4. Then add the olive oil, the white vinegar and the chopped parsley and mix well.
  5. Let the salad sit for a good 15 minutes so that the potatoes will have a chance to absorb the dressing. Et voila!!! Simple, easy and almost as good as the original one cooked in water.

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

Kartofel Salat or German Potato Salad Made Easy

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 30 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 6 medium sized potatoes ( I like the Yukon Gold)
  • 1 cup of beef broth
  • 1 small white onion chopped very thinly
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • 1/4-1/2 cup of white vinegar ( it will depend on your taste- personally I use 1/2 cup)
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp of pepper
  • a bundle of fresh parsley chopped, or about 2-3 tbsp of chopped parsley (optional)
  1. Cook the potatoes in boiling water until they are cooked, but firm or place them into the large round mold, place the octogonal silpat on the top of the mold and microwave them for 12-13 minutes ( it will depend on your microwave).
  2. When the potatoes are cooked, grab one with a kitchen towel, peel the skin and slice it thinly into a large bowl.
  3. Continue the process until you have used all the potatoes.
  4. Chop a medium sized onion and add it to the sliced potatoes.
  5. Warm up 1 cup of broth and pour it over the potatoes.
  6. Then add the olive oil, the white vinegar and the chopped parsley and mix well.
  7. Let the salad sit for a good 15 minutes so that the potatoes will have a chance to absorb the dressing. Et voila!!! Simple, easy and almost as good as the original one cooked in water.

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

 

 

Super Moist Meatloaf


 

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After a few days of absence, it was super nice to be home, see my family and enjoy the comfort of my bed. Though my day was busy getting back to customers, I was happy to return to my kitchen and cook a homey dinner. What to cook?? I figured since my husband outmost favorite is ground beef and potatoes, I decided to fix an American Meatloaf, Boursin Flavored Potato Casserole and Steamed Broccoli.

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Ingredients for 12 individual meatloafs:

  • 1 1/2 lb of lean ground beef
  • 2 cups of italian or regular bread crumbs
  • 1 small onion sliced very thinly
  • 1/8 cup of chopped parsley
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 can or 14.5 oz of tomato sauce ( or even diced tomatoes) 
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1/8 tsp of pepper
  1. Place all the ingredients into a large bowl.photo 3
  2. Mix well.photo 4
  3. Place the large cupcake tray onto a medium perforated sheet and fill each cupcake hole with the meat mixture.photo 2
  4. If you do not wish to cook them all, place the tray into the freezer and freeze the meatloaves overnight. When frozen, place them into a ziploc bag, and cook them in the oven as you need them. 
  5. If you are cooking them all. Place the tray into the oven and cook then for 30 minutes or for 40 minutes into a regular tin muffin mold when fresh, or 50 when frozen at 400.photo 4
  6. Serve sides of your choice. I served those meatloaves with Boursin Hash Brown Casserole. My family love, love them;-)photo 5

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

Super Moist Meatloaf

  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients for 12 individual meatloafs:

  • 1 1/2 lb of lean ground beef
  • 2 cups of italian or regular bread crumbs
  • 1 small onion sliced very thinly
  • 1/8 cup of chopped parsley
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 can or 14.5 oz of tomato sauce ( or even diced tomatoes) 
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1/8 tsp of pepper
  1. Place all the ingredients into a large bowl, and mix well.
  2. Place the large cupcake tray onto a medium perforated sheet and fill each cupcake hole with the meat mixture.
  3. If you do not wish to cook them all, place the tray into the freezer and freeze the meatloaves overnight. When frozen, place them into a ziploc bag, and cook them in the oven as you need them.
  4. If you are cooking them all. Place the tray into the oven and cook then for 30 minutes or for 40 minutes into a regular tin muffin mold when fresh, or 50 when frozen at 400.
  5. Serve sides of your choice. I served those meatloaves with Boursin Hash Brown Casserole. My family loved them;-)

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

Gluten and Dairy Free Almond Waffles


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My nephew spent the week here with us, so that it would be too far for him to get to the church where my son and him were to do an in-town mission trip. I hardly saw them. They would leave at 7 with my husband and would come back at 8 pm.

This morning though, since they were not going to church they decided to stay home and enjoy the company of themselves playing video games and playing in the pool.

But this morning, as they woke up I realize that there was nothing left in the fridge for breakfast. No milk, No baguette in the freezer, No more cereals, so i decided to make waffles.

And since I too wanted to eat waffles but did not want to eat wheat, I decided to make almond ones.

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Ingredients for about 14 waffles:

  • 3 1/2 cup of almond flour
  • 1 1/2 cup of milk ( i used coconut milk since i had nothing else on hand)
  • 4 tbsp of sugar
  • 1/2 tsp of sea salt
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tbsp of vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 box of fresh strawberry of about 16 oz. 
  1. In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients.
  2. Turn the waffle iron on, and when the light turns off, open the waffle iron, spray a bit of olive oil, or brush a bit coconut oil on the waffle iron.
  3. Pour in about 1/4 cup of the batter and close the lid.
  4. Cook the waffle until the light turns off.
  5. Repeat the same process until you have used all the batter.
  6. While the waffles are cooking, slice the strawberries in cubes, mix in a bit of sugar and set aside until it is time to eat.
  7. When serving the waffles, spoon a bit of the fruit on top of the waffle, drizzle some honey and Breakfast is Ready. Easy and Healthy!!!

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Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

 

Peach Tart


Cecile's Cuisine:

Great recipe for this time of the year;-)

Originally posted on Cecile's Cuisine:

I love fruits, and I will eat them a plenty during the day, but for dessert, I don’t want fruit. I want a real dessert. Something that is yummy, and delicate…Well right now the best thing to eat or to add to your menu is Peaches. They are so flavorful…

In France, there are many fruit desserts. You can have charlotte, bavarois, napoleon, mousse and of course tartes. Today I will offer you the recipe of a peach tart, and its espuma. Both are very easy to make again, but so delicate and so light. Not heavy at all, and not too sweet… the way fruit desserts should be!

Ingredients for 4 tarts:

  • 1/2 peach per person, so 2 peaches.
  • 1 puff pastry dough,
  • 1/4 cup of almond flour or mill
  • sugar.

Materials:

  • 1 medium saucepan,
  • 1 small frying pan,
  • measuring cups,
  • spatula,
  • dough cutter of 3 7/8 and 3…

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Peach Espuma


Espuma is a a foamy dessert, a whipped concoction made of fruit. Unlike many other mousse, in the Espuma, air or gas is added to a juice or a broth to make a lighter texture.

“Natural flavors (such as fruit juices, infusions of aromatic herbs, etc.) are mixed with a neutrally-flavored gelling or stabilizing agent such as agar or lecithin, and either whipped with a hand-held immersion blender or extruded through a whipped cream canister equipped with N2O cartridges.”

An espuma or thermo whip is commonly used to make these foams through the making of a stock, creating a gel and extruding through the N2O canister.

I wanted to present you the Peach Espuma because I like to serve it along a peach tart.

Ingredients for 4 Espumas:

  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 peaches
  • 1 tbsp of green tea leaves
  • 1/8 cup of sugar and 2 tbsp of sugar
  • 1/2 packet of gelatin
  1. Fill a medium saucepan with water, and bring to boil.
  2. When the water is boiling, drop all 2 peaches in the saucepan at the same time, and keep turning them around for a minute or so, so that they will cook evenly, and will be easy to peel.
  3. Peel the skin of the peaches.
  4. In another saucepan, fill 1 cup of water. Add the peaches that you would have quartered, 1/8 cup of sugar, 1 tbsp of green tea leaves, and bring to boil. Let it simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Remove the peaches from the water, and puree the peaches with a hand mixer.
  6. Sieve this puree. Set aside.
  7. In a small bowl mix 1/2 pack of gelatin with 1 tbsp of water and let it expand.
  8. Place the puree back in a small saucepan, add 2 tbsp of sugar, and bring to boil.
  9. Add the gelatin, and stir.
  10. Remove the pan from the stove and let the puree cool completely.
  11. When the puree is cool, pour it into a whipping container such as ISO. Follow the instructions to make the espuma. Fill small glasses with the espuma for each guest.
  12. To serve your dessert, place the tart, the glass of Espuma, and a scoop of ice-cream on a plate.

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

Berliner Curry Wurst


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Not many of people has the chance to travel the world, but since our family is multicultural ( my husband is German, I am French and we live in the US), we have traveled to Europe a few times over the past year. We have done it for two reasons: 1, to see our families of course, but also to teach our children our language and culture.

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Last year we decided to go Berlin. The kids had asked for years to go there to see the remnants of the war and learn about the history so we did. We learnt so so much. Though the city was still being rebuilt, we could imagine what it would have been like in war times. It was amazing, but it definitely compel you to reflect and ponder.

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photo 2So being in Germany also meant eating German food, which I am not a fan of. I don’t generally care for bratwurst and potatoes, but I was able to find some good food and I really enjoyed my time there.

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My husband introduced me to the national fare : Curry wurst. Curry wurst is very similar to our hot-dogs in the USA, they are sold at streets’ corners, and are very popular because they are good, fast to get and cheap.

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While we were in Germany, my family ate at least one a day because they loved it, and because it is nearly impossible to get a good one here in the USA unless you go to a true German restaurant ( not easy to find).

Well, the other night we had a few friends over and because, we often prepared more food than my guests can eat, there were a few wurst left-overs. The next day, rather than warming them up, and eating them with mustard or ketchup, my husband asked that I made that famous curry sauce to accompany his wurst.

There are tons of recipes out there, and not knowing which to choose, I decided to mix a bit of all of them. As a result, my curry sauce was, according to my husband, the true one. I will take his word;-)

Ingredients for 4 people:

  • 1 medium onion peeled and chopped thinly
  • bratwursts cooked and sliced thinly ( 6-8)
  • 1 tbsp of butter
  •  2 tbsp of curry
  • 1 tbsp of hot paprika
  • 1/8 tsp of cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 tsp of pepper
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1/4 cup  of sugar
  • cayenne pepper for added spice
  • 1 can of tomato and pepper jar.
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/4 cup of red wine vinegar
  1. In a small saucepan, saute  the onions until they are translucent and golden.
  2. Add the water, the diced tomatoes and peppers, and all the spices.photo 1
  3. Bring the mixture to boil. When the sauce has come to boil, reduce the temperature and cook for a few minutes.photo 2
  4. Pour the content into a mixer, and puree the sauce.
  5. Pour the sauce back into the saucepan, and add the bratwursts that you would have sliced thinly.photo 4
  6. Cook for a few minutes (8-10) minutes or until they are warm and have absorbed some of that sauce.photo 5
  7. Serve in soup bowl, and eat on a buns ( as done in Germany) or with a pretzel stick. Yum!!!photo 2

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

Tuna and Avocado Napoleon


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Fish and seafood are often my go-to items when i don’t have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen. In the summer, with the heat, they become my essentials because they are filling, but they are not heavy on your stomach. While I often bake and saute my fish in the winter, in the summer, I love to prepare my fish raw as much as possible. It can be eating my tuna quickly seared, but rare on the inside, or it can be carpaccio, ceviche and Hawaiian Tuna Poke.

Today I wanted to share a dish that is my all time favorite. It is inspired by a dish that I tasted at the Cheesecake factory, and since I had no recipe to follow, I try to come up with my own. I will say it tastes pretty much like the one served at the Cheesecake Factory;-) So yummy and delicious!!! It is a blend between Hawaiian Poke and Tuna Carpaccio.

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Ingredients for 2 servings:

  • 1 tuna sashimi steak
  • 1 avocado
  • 1  tbsp of toasted sesame oil
  • 1  tbsp of low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp of sweet and sour sauce
  • 1 inch of fresh ginger grated
  • 1 tsp of toasted sesame seed
  • Pickled Sushi Ginger
  • salt
  • pepper
  • wasabi mayonnaise
  • optional 1 tsp of sriracha sauce
  1. Chop the tuna really thinly, by cutting the steak in half, then cutting it into strips and chopping the strips in very small cubes. Set them aside.photo 1
  2. In a small bowl, mix the oil, soy sauce, sweet and sour sauce and maybe some of the sriracha sauce for added spice.photo 2
  3. Add the tuna to the sauce and mix well. Set aside.photo 4
  4. Chop the avocado really thinly also, and season with salt and pepper.photo 3
  5. Place 2 inch rounds on two plates and fill the round with the chopped and seasoned avocado. With a spoon, push the avocado down to make a flat layer.photo 1
  6. Top the avocado with the tuna mixture. Drizzle some of the wasabi mayonnaise and sprinkle some sesame seeds or peppercorn and pickled ginger as shown below.photo 3
  7. Eat by itself, or with baked wonton chips. Yummy!!!photo 5

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

 

 

Oven Roasted Asparagus with Sesame Seeds


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Asparagus are one of those vegetables that can be seasoned so many ways to accomodate your entree. Since I was serving an Asian flavored dinner, I thought to flavor my aspargus with toasted sesame seed oil, and sesame seeds. Yum, and fast!

Ingredients for 4:

  • 12-16 asparagus
  • 1 tsp  of toasted sesame oil
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 picnh of pepper
  • 1 tsp of sesame seeds
  1. Trim the aspargus by breaking the ends.
  2. Then place then into a bowl. Drizzle the oil over the asparagus, and with your fingers, turn the asparagus inside the bowl so as to coat them well.
  3. Place the asparagus onto a small silpat that you would have placed onto a small perforated sheet.photo 1
  4. Cook them into the oven for 3 minutes if very tiny, 5 minutes if normal size, and 7-8 minutes if larger than your thumb. Serve with your entree. Yummy!!! Crunchy! Un vrai delice.photo 4

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!