Meyer Lemon Granita


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Meyer lemon is my top favorite fruit. It is hard to explain what a Meyer lemon is, other that it has an exceptional taste. If I can describe it, it smells and tastes a bit like a mix of lemon and mandarin: tangy, subtle …yummy!!!

I am not fan of lemon, but love, love, love Meyer lemon. The problem is that they are very very seasonal and it can be difficult to find them. In fact, in our little town, only one grocery store carry them.

So no need to say that when they arrive on the stand, I purchase them … sometimes not even knowing what I am going to do with them.

Well, this time around I bought a few dozens and decided to make a lemon granita. I could have made sorbets but was too lazy to take out my ice cream machine.

For some of you who do no know what is the difference between a sorbet and a granita.

Here is the explanation:

A granita is a semi-frozen dessert made from sugar, water and various flavorings – no dairy is involved. Basic granita begins with a boiled sugar syrup which is added into a fruit juice. The granita is then placed in the freezer in a shallow pan and scraped occasionally with a fork which produces a course texture.

A sorbet, on the other hand, is a frozen dessert made from sugar, water and fruit juice or fruit puree, sometimes chocolate, and sometimes wine, and/or liqueur.* Sorbet also has no dairy ingredients, but is frozen in an ice cream freezer for a smoother texture .

So depending which freezing process you will be using,, you will end up with a granita or a sorbet. Whichever, it is delicious.

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Ingredients for 4 cups of Meyer Lemon Sorbet or Granita.

  • 2 cups of Meyer Lemon Juice ( which comes from about  11 lemons)
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 tbsp of Meyer Lemon zest
  1. In a small saucepan, cook the water and the sugar to make a syrup.photo 2
  2. Meanwhile zest about 2 lemons to get the zest that you need. Set aside.
  3. Also juice all the lemons so that you will have about 2 cups of fresh juice.
  4. Add the lemon juice and the zest to the syrup and mix well.
  5. Either use an ice-cream maker to make the sorbet according to the machine , or fill a container with the mixture and place the container into the freezer so that it will freeze.
  6. If you are making a granita, place the container in the freezer for several hours ( 5 hours at least).photo 3
  7. With the spoon, scrape the frozen mixture. You will be making the granita. photo 4
  8. Serve as a dessert, or in between meals to help with cleansing, and digestion.
  9. Easy, Yummy and delicious:-)photo

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

Meyer Lemon Granita

  • Servings: 2-4
  • Time: 12 hours
  • Difficulty: Super Easy
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Ingredients for 4 cups of Meyer Lemon Granita.

  • 2 cups of Meyer Lemon Juice ( which comes from about 11 lemons)
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 tbsp of Meyer Lemon zest
    1. In a small saucepan, cook the water and the sugar to make a syrup.
    2. Meanwhile zest about 2 lemons to get the zest that you need. Set aside.
    3. Also juice all the lemons so that you will have about 2 cups of fresh juice.
    4. Add the lemon juice and the zest to the syrup and mix well.
    5. Either use an ice-cream maker to make the sorbet according to the machine , or fill a container with the mixture and place the container into the freezer so that it will freeze.
    6. If you are making a granita, place the container in the freezer for several hours ( 5 hours at least).
    7. With the spoon, scrape the frozen mixture. You will be making the granita.
    8. Serve as a dessert, or in between meals to help with cleansing, and digestion. Eh voila,  Easy, Yummy and delicious!!!

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

Homemade Bounty


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In the evening, after dinner, my husband likes to fix himself a cup of coffee, and sit on his sofa to watch a movie. He also likes to eat “a betthupfer” ( evening treat)  while watching his movie. It can be an ice-cream, a dessert that I made, a chocolate bar, or even a bag of those miniature candy bars ( Milkie way, Twix, Almond joy).

As I was scrolling through the internet in search of ideas for my cooking classes, I came across the Almond Joy, or Bounty recipe. It looked so easy that, of course, i could not pass it. So Here it is:

For About 30 small bounty:

  • 1 can of condensed Milk
  • 300 gr. of coconut flakes
  • Chocolate Chips
  1. In a large bowl mix the coconut flakes and the condensed milk, and mix well.photo 1
  2. With a small spoon, pick a tablespoon of that mixture and mold it into a small oval that you will place on the silpat that you would have placed on a large perforated sheet. Continue until all has been used.photo 1
  3. Place them into the freezer to freeze for a minimum of an hour.
  4. When the coconut is hard, place the chocolate into a microwable bowl and cook it for 90 seconds. Stir with a fork. If needed, cook for another 30 seconds or until the chocolate is liquid.
  5. Place a coconut oval onto a fork and dip it into the melted chocolate. Place the chocolate covered coconut onto the silpat again. Place the tray back into the freezer so that the chocolate will cure.

Or

  1. With a pastry brush, “paint” the inside of the mold of your choice. I used two trays: the oval tray and the pop tray. Place the tray into the fridge, or freezer to cure the chocolate.photo
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the filling. Mix together the coconut flakes and the condensed milk and fill the cavities of the tray. photo 2
  3. Place the tray back into the freezer. Let it rest for 30 minutes to an hour or until the coconut is frozen.
  4. With the pastry brush, brush the top of the coconut, and voila!!!photo 3
  5. Cheap Home-made Bounty. Yummm!!! You try!photo

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!!!

Chili-Lime Meatballs


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I love, love Asian food, but my husband is not a fan so when I cooked this recipe adapted from an old recipe book from The Pampered Chef and he liked it, I was really really happy because it is so hard to cook for this man;-)

I hope that you will love it too. It is easy to make, fast to cook and delicious.

Ingredients for about 5-6 people:

  • 1 pack of lean ground beef ( about 1.33lb)
  • 4 slices of bread or 1/2 cup of bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1/8 tsp of pepper
  • 4 tsp of Thai curry paste
  • 4 green onions diced very thinly

Chili-Lime Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup of soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup of honey 
  • 2 tbsp of toasted sesame seed oil
  • 1 inch of grated ginger
  • 4 garlic gloves pressed
  •  the zest of 1 lime
  • 4 tbsp of lime juice ( you may need 2 limes to get 4tbsp)
  • 4 tsp of Thai Red Curry 
  • 2 tsp of corn flour
  1. In a large bowl, place either the 1/2 cup of bread crumbs or the 4 slices of bread and pour the milk that you would have previously warmed up.
  2. With a fork, puree the bread.
  3. Add all the other ingredients to the bread and mix well. You can either use your hand, or a kitchen mixer.photo 1
  4. With a small scoop, scoop the meatballs and place them onto a deep flexipan that you would have placed onto a medium perforated sheet.
  5. Cook then for 15 minutes at the temperature of 400.photo 1
  6. Meanwhile prepare the sauce. In a small saucepan, mix all the ingredients and bring the mixture to boil.
  7. When the mixture has come to boil, turn the heat down and cook for a few more minutes or until the sauce thickens
  8. Place the meatballs into a large bowl, pour the sauce over them and mix well.photo 2
  9. Serve with steamed rice, and roasted asparagus seasoned with toasted sesame seed.photo 4Yum, and fast!!!

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

Spicy Shrimps


photo 1This past Thursday, I hosted a Beer Dinner Cooking Class for several members of a beer dinner club. The event was not closed and therefore many other people were able to join in the fun. We had fun, and since many attendees told me that they wished to do that again, I will say that everyone had a good time as well. I hope  you will be able to join in the fun next time.

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I used the Culinary Hub Kitchen downtown to host the event, and divided the kitchen into 6 stations. The attendees were divided into the various stations. Everyone was responsible for one course of the meal to be shared at the end.

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Our “Chefs en Herbes” made the following dishes:

  • Bacon and Parmesan Stuffed Mushrooms
  • Apricot and Gorgonzola tartlets
  • Spicy Shrimps in Wontons Cups
  • Caesar Salad on Croutons Tartlets
  • Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with a Beer and Balsamic Reduction
  • Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts
  • Boursin Potato Cupcake
  • And for the finale, we had The Chocolate Marceau with Sliced Strawberries.

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Today i would like to share with you the recipe of “Spicy Shrimps”. The recipe was adapted from The Beeroness.com blog.

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Ingredients to make about 60 bite-size appetizers:

  • 4 tsp of paprika
  • 10 garlic cloves either grated or minced
  • 2 tsp of chili powder
  • 2 tsp of red chili flake
  • 1/4 cup of tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup of beer ( we used a blond, or light one)
  • 8 tsp of butter
  • 2 tbsp of honey
  • 1 tsp of pepper
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 lbs of raw shrimps, peeled, deveined
  • Olive oil. 
  • a pack of 60 wontons
  • Oil in a vaporizator
  1. Turn the oven to 400.
  2. Peel, and remove the tails of the shrimps. Place the shrimps into a colander and rinse them over running water.
  3. With a paper towel, pat the shrimps dry and place them into a bowl. Add 1 tbsp of olive oil, 1/2 tsp of salt, a dash of pepper and stir well to coat the shrimps.
  4. Place the shrimps onto a large flexipan that you would have placed onto a medium perforated sheet and cook them for 8 minutes at 400.
  5. Meanwhile, place 2 mini muffin pans onto two medium perforated sheets, and place a wonton in each muffin opening. Push the wontons in carefully so that the bottom will be flat, but be careful not to tear the wonton.
  6. Spray olive oil over the wontons. Cook the wontons for 6-8 minutes or until they have become a golden brown.
  7. When they are done, set them aside.
  8. Prepare the sauce for the shrimps.
  9. Melt the butter into a medium-sized saucepan.
  10. When the butter is starting to sizzle add the garlic. Stir and cook for a minute or 2.
  11. Add the other spices, then the tomato sauce and the beer. Mix well. Bring the mixture to boil, and when it has come to boil, turn it down and continue cooking until it reduces to half.
  12. While the sauce is cooking, chop the shrimps very small, and add them to the sauce.
  13. Spoon the spicy shrimps in the wontons cups and eat at once! Yum!!!photo 2

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

 

Strawberry Parfait: Easy and Yummy Dish for Mother’s Day


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No, no, I am still alive. Just busy with various projects here and there. And yes, i am still cooking, I can’t seem to find the time to edit all my posts;-(

How have you been???

Well, today at the eve of Mother’s Day I was not so busy so I thought i would post one of my favorite breakfast. It is easy, yummy and quite healthy for you. It is very very easy to make and your children could fix those for Mother’s Day tomorrow as a dessert or part of brunch. Today i used strawberries but you could have used any type of fruit.

photo 4 Ingredients for 4 Parfaits:

  • 1 box of strawberry ( about 8 oz)
  • plus 4 beautiful strawberries for decoration
  • 1/4 cup of granola ( I used
  • 2 cups of Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp of white sugar
  • 2 tbsp of good flavored vanilla extract ( i used Madagascar)
  • 2 tbsp of heavy cream
  1. Rinse the strawberries, and cut them in eighths. Place them in a bowl and set them aside.
  2. In another bowl, mix together the other ingredients ( Greek yogurt, sugar, cream, vanilla extract).
  3. Mix the yogurt mixture into the diced strawberries.
  4. Divide the strawberry parfait equally into four cute clear containers. You could even use stem water glasses. 
  5. Sprinkle some granola on top of the parfait and place the fresh strawberry that you would have cut in a fan as decoration.
  6. Enjoy!!!

Et voila!!! Simple, easy, yummy!!!

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Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

 

 

 

Capuccino Cupcakes


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Any excuse to play in my kitchen is a great excuse. A few days ago, someone asked me how to bake perfectly round cups using sugar cookies or regular cookies. I had used them many times to make fun treats, but had never really tried to use them and bake them empty so I thought to give it another try. Well, as a result I was left with an array of empty shells to work with. Being a fan of chocolate, and coffee I decided to make those cute yummy treats. I hope that you will enjoy them. Plus, they are a fun treat to make with children. Easy, Mess free and Yummy!!!

Ingredients for 24 mini cupcakes:

  • 1 pre-baked sugar cookie dough ( i don’t have any preference, I used Pillsbury)
  • 1/2 cup of heavy cream
  • 4 oz. of bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp of sugar ( optional – i don’t because i like dark chocolate but those of you who may like  sweet desserts, i would)
  • 1 tbsp of coffee granule
  • 1/2 cup of heavy cream for the whipped cream
  • 2 tbsp of mascarpone or cream cheese at room temperature.
  • a few coffee beans for decoration.
  1. Turn the oven to 400. Place the mini cupcake tray on the medium perforated sheet and place a cookie square in each hole.photo 2
  2. Cook the cookies 10 minutes.photo 3
  3. Remove the pan from the oven, and with a shot glass ( i hope that you have one, or the back of a large spoon), press the dough down to make a well.photo 4
  4. Place the cookies back in the oven and cook for another 3-5 minutes ( it will depend on your oven).photo 5
  5. Let them cool completely and prepare the filling.photo 2
  6. Place the chocolate chips, sugar and coffee in a bowl and set aside.
  7. Place 1/2 cup of heavy cream in a small bowl and cook for 1 minute or until it is hot.
  8. Pour the cream over the chocolate mixture and let it set for 1 minute to let the chips  melt.
  9. Stir until you have a very liquid mixture free of lumps. Place it in the fridge to cool.
  10. Meanwhile prepare the whipped cream. We are adding the mascarpone cheese so that the whipped cream will not fall.
  11. Place the cream and the cheese into a small bowl and whip until you have stiff peaks.
  12. Remove the chocolate mixture from  the fridge, place it in a kitchen mixer and whip it until you have  a fluffy mousse.
  13. Place the chocolate whipped ganache into a ziploc bag, or pastry bag and fill each cup to half.photo 3
  14. Then, fill another ziploc bag with whipped cream and pipe the cream on top of the chocolate.photo 4
  15. Decorate with coffee beans. C’est tout!!!photo

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!