Bouchon de Cauliflower


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As a child, I remembered staying hours at a table to finish my vegetables. I hated peas. Especially the ones that I called “facon  grand-mere”. If  you grew up in France, you would be able to recall those peas I am talking about, the ones cooked with sauteed onion, and maybe lettuce. It sounds disgusting, but now that I am adult, I love those peas.

Do you have one of those picky eaters  at your house???

Though I was not a fan of vegetables, because they were often, just steamed and seasoned with salt and pepper,  I liked cauliflower. I liked them because my mom would make a casserole like dish. It included a white sauce ( also called bechamel sauce) and a lot of swiss cheese. I guess yon can say that it was a healthier version of broccoli and velvetta.

I wish my mom had found ways to disguise the other vegetables I hate so much;-)

Today I would like to share with you a retake of the Cauliflower Béchamel Dish if you will. It is easy to make, yummy, and can be served as an appetizer. Today I used cauliflower, but you coud use any other vegetables to hide;-)

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Ingredients for 20 bouchons, or 20 bites:

  • 250 gr. or about 1 cup of cauliflower ( or any other vegetables)
  • 20 gr.  or about 1/8 cup of parmesan
  • 30 gr.  or about 1/3 cup of swiss cheese
  • 30 gr.  or  2 tbsp of flour
  • 20 cl or 7 oz of milk
  • 20 cl or about 7 oz. of cream
  • 2 eggs
  • salt
  • pepper
  • camembert or Brie
  1. Steam the vegetable so that it will be soft enough to mash. Of course you can do this however you wish. At my house, fan of the Demarle products, I like to use my large round mold. I place the vegetable in the large round mold. I cover the mold with the octogonal silpat, and steam the vegetables for 3minutes.IMG_1256
  2. With a fork mash the vegetable, here the cauliflower.IMG_1257
  3. Add all the other ingredients and mix well.IMG_1258
  4. Season with salt and pepper so that they will be to your liking. A dash of each will be enough though.
  5. Place the mini muffin tray on a perforated sheet. If using regular metalware, do not forget to spray the muffin tray with lots of oil so that the cauliflower bites will not stick. No need to do this with the demarle cookware.
  6. Cut little squares of brie, or camembert of about 1/2 inch or 1/5 cm and place them in the opening of each mini muffin.IMG_1260
  7. Pour the mixture over brie.
  8. Cook in a warm oven at 400 for 15-20 minutes.IMG_1261IMG_1262
  9. ENJOY!!!IMG_1263

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

Cauliflower Bouchons

  • Servings: 10 people
  • Difficulty: Super Easy
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Ingredients for 20 bouchons, or 20 bites:

  • 250 gr. or about 1 cup of cauliflower ( or any other vegetables)
  • 20 gr. or about 1/8 cup of parmesan
  • 30 gr. or about 1/3 cup of swiss cheese
  • 30 gr. or 2 tbsp of flour
  • 20 cl or 7 oz of milk
  • 20 cl or about 7 oz. of cream
  • 2 eggs
  • salt
  • pepper
  • camembert or Brie
  1. Steam the vegetable so that it will be soft enough to mash. Of course you can do this however you wish. At my house, fan of the Demarle products, I like to use my large round mold. I place the vegetable in the large round mold. I cover the mold with the octogonal silpat, and steam the vegetables for 3minutes.
  2. With a fork mash the vegetable, here the cauliflower.
  3. Add all the other ingredients and mix well.
  4. Season with salt and pepper so that they will be to your liking. A dash of each will be enough though.
  5. Place the mini muffin tray on a perforated sheet. If using regular metalware, do not forget to spray the muffin tray with lots of oil so that the cauliflower bites will not stick. No need to do this with the demarle cookware.
  6. Cut little squares of brie, or camembert of about 1/2 inch or 1/5 cm and place them in the opening of each mini muffin.
  7. Pour the mixture over brie. the in a mini muffin
  8. Cook in a warm oven at 400 for 15-20 minutes.

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

Cauliflower Bites


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Winter vegetables are very limited. There is not much more besides  roots, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage. Of course, I could be eating all that my stores offer ( which is everything), but as a French person, I believe it is best to eat fruit and vegetables that are in season.

I am not fan of cabbage, and my family do not like carrots.  As the result, I often cook brocoli and cauliflower in the winter time. It is not a problem because I like them both.

You  can do so many things with both vegetables! You can roast, puree, steam, saute them,make soups.. So many things in fact that that if you were to open my fridge at any point in the winter, you would find both;-).

Well, when I looked in the fridge today, I realized that I had two bags of cauliflower. Since I had already made a soup and a casserole a few days ago, I did not want to serve them again as such. I had been meaning to make that cauliflower pizza that has been going around on faceboook, but time has been so scarce lately that I have not had time to make it and I was not really in the mood for pizza…

Anyway, I was adamant about making something with my cauliflower this evening. I had seen the recipe from DamDelicious , that I decided that I was going to give it a try this evening. Except I was going to make it somewhat  healthier;-)) and somewhat less messy and faster.

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Here we go:

Ingredients for 6-8 people:

  • 3/4 bag of cauliflower from Costco, or 1 1/2 lbs of cauliflower heads
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of parmesan
  • 1/2 cup of italian bread crumbs
  • a spicy seasoning of your choice, I used Zesty Mediterranean from Demarle

Dill Dipping Sauce:

  • 1 tsp of dill seasoning from Demarle
  • 2 tbsp of mayonnaise
  • 4 tbsp of sour cream
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. In a small bowl, place the eggs and mix them well.IMG_1296
    In another bowl, mix the breadcrumbs, the parmesan and the zesty Mediterranean Spice from Demarle. Set aside.IMG_1297
  2. Either cut the cauliflower head into small florets or buy the florets, That is what I did.
  3. Dip the florets into the egg,IMG_1298
  4. Then into the parmesan and place them onto the silpat that you would have placed on a large perforated sheet. IMG_1299
  5. Roast at 425 for 10 minutes. You can eat as such, they are quite yummy, or you can make a dipping sauce.IMG_1301IMG_1304IMG_1306
  6. Mix all the ingredients for the dipping sauce together, and enjoy with our reservation. Miami, miam;-)IMG_1307

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking !!!

Cauliflower Bites

  • Servings: 6-8 people
  • Difficulty: Super Easy
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Ingredients for 6-8 people:

  • 3/4 bag of cauliflower from Costco, or 1 1/2 lbs of cauliflower heads
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of parmesan
  • 1/2 cup of italian bread crumbs
  • a spicy seasoning of your choice, I used Zesty Mediterranean from Demarle

Dill Dipping Sauce:

  • 1 tsp of dill seasoning from Demarle
  • 2 tbsp of mayonnaise
  • 4 tbsp of sour cream
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. In a small bowl, place the eggs and mix them well. In another bowl, mix the breadcrumbs, the parmesan and the zesty Mediterranean Spice from Demarle. Set aside.
  2. Either cut the cauliflower head into small florets or buy the florets, That is what I did.
  3. Dip the florets into the egg, then into the parmesan and place them onto the silpat.
  4. Roast at 425 for 10 minutes. You can eat as such, they are quite yummy, or you can make a dipping sauce.
  5. Mix all the ingredients together and enjoy with our reservation. Miami, miam;-)

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking !!!

If you like what you read or see, please share;-) Merci beaucoup!!!

Coconut Covered Shrimps


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If you live around me, you know that i offer cooking classes all the times. Cooking classes to novice chefs and to more advanced cooks. I try to offer various dinner ideas so as to appeal to everyone. It can be learning to cook healthy quick dinner ideas, or to perfect a technique, or simply to learn a style of cooking that one is not familiar with. No matter the audience, no matter the menu, I am having fun because I am in a kitchen playing and teaching.

If you go to this link, you will be able to view the times and menu of each cooking classes though this month, my availability has been limited due several elements.

Any way, at one of my latest cooking classes, we focused on Asian Cooking. On the menu, we had Coconut Covered Shrimps, Curry and Mint Chicken Kebabs, Organo Salmon Spring Rolls, and Sushi.

Today I would like to offer you the recipe of coconut covered shrimps. It is easy, fast, delicious, very inexpensive and most likely to please everyone at your house little and big.

Ingredients to make 50 coconut covered shrimps:

  • 1 bag of uncooked frozen shrimps from Costco ( I like to shop there, the products are great quality, and very inexpensive compared to many other grocery store. Of course, you would not have to fix the whole bag)
  • 1 bag of 14 oz of sweetened coconut flakes
  • 3 eggs 
  • 2 cups of flour
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 2 jars of sweet and sour ( unless you want to make your very own).
  1. Defrost the amount of shrimps you wish to use. I had a whole crowd, so we used the whole bag.
  2. Remove the tail of each shrimp.
  3. Mount the shrimp on a small wooden skewer. Set aside, ad prepare your food station.IMG_1066
  4. In a large bowl, place 2 cups of flour. In another bowl, beat the 4 eggs with 1/2 tsp of salt and 1/4 of pepper. Mix well. And in another bowl, empty the coconut flakes.
  5. Dip the shrimps in the flour, then in the egg mixture, then in the coconut and place them onto the large silpat that you would have placed on a large perforated sheet.  You will need 3 large silpats to cook them all.IMG_1040
  6. Turn the oven to 400, and when the oven has reached its temperature, spray some olive oil, or coconut oil over the shrimps.
  7. Bake the shrimps for 8 to 10 minutes or until the shrimps have turned pinkish and the coconut has become a golden brown.IMG_1042
  8. Eat them as they come out of the oven with a bit of sweet and sour sauce. Yum!!! You will see that it is hard to stop at a couple;-)IMG_1071

Easy, fast, healthy and delicious, my motto!!!

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

Coconut Covered Shrimps

  • Servings: 8-10 people
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients to make 50 coconut covered shrimps:

  • 1 bag of uncooked frozen shrimps from Costco ( I like to shop there, the products are great quality, and very inexpensive compared to many other grocery store. Of course, you would not have to fix the whole bag)
  • 1 bag of 14 oz of sweetened coconut flakes
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups of flour
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 2 jars of sweet and sour ( unless you want to make your very own).

 

  1. Defrost the amount of shrimps you wish to use. I had a whole crowd, so we used the whole bag.
  2. Remove the tail of each shrimp.
  3. Mount the shrimp on a small wooden skewer. Set aside, ad prepare your food station.
  4. In a large bowl, place 2 cups of flour. In another bowl, beat the 4 eggs with 1/2 tsp of salt and 1/4 of pepper. Mix well. And in another bowl, empty the coconut flakes.
  5. Dip the shrimps in the flour, then in the egg mixture, then in the coconut and place them onto the large silpat that you would have place d on a large perforated sheet. You will need 3 large silpats to cook them all.
  6. Turn the oven to 400, and when the oven has reached its temperature, spray some olive oil, or coconut oil over the shrimps.
  7. Bake the shrimps for 8 to 10 minutes or until the shrimps have turned pinkish and the coconut has become a golden brown.
  8. Eat them as they come out of the oven with a bit of sweet and sour sauce. Yum!!! You will see that it is hard to stop at a couple;-)

Easy, fast, healthy and delicious, my motto!!!

 

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

If you like what you read and see, please share. Merci Beaucoup!!!

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
  • 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!!!

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!!!

 

 

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!!!