31 janvier 2006

4 x 8 meme

Barbara from winos and foodies just tagged me for the 4 x 8 meme (Woooohooo my first meme) 4 Jobs I've HadFinancial advisorFree lance translatorEmployee in a trick or treats shopHuman ressources assistant 4 Movies I could watch Over and Over (4??? that's a lot)Hercules returnAliceAny of the Miss Marple seriesIn the Mood for Love 4 Places I've LivedPont-Croix, FranceParis, FranceBrixham, UKAuckland, NZ 4 Websites I Visit DailyLe MondeMy BankNew Zealand HeraldVarious food blogs 4 TV Shows I love To WatchCadfael (not on TV... [Lire la suite]
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26 janvier 2006

Fresh basil is my new muse

Pesto cauliflower soup I remember writing an article about soups on my French blog last year; more precisely about the perception of soups in France and New Zealand. Young French people would tend to consider soups as some kind of food reserved for old people. Indeed, in collective imagination soup sound like some kind of tasteless broth where overboiled leaks and carrots are floating.I have been living in NZ for a while now and got to understand the funkiness of soups. Even in summer, I am quite happy to transform any... [Lire la suite]
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25 janvier 2006

SHF # 15 - Light as a cloud

Sugar Low FridayWhite Sesame Mousse on pain d'épices and caramelised apricots.My first entry in a foodblog competition... I'm rather anxious. Reading about sugar low Friday early January got me very excited, I had to be part of it!I had just came back from France then, after two weeks of intense eating and drinking. Intense consumption of Foie Gras, chocolates and wine had its impact on me... I was feeling like a diabetic whale. This is why this challenge appealed so much to me. Why sesame? well, I incresingly became a... [Lire la suite]
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23 janvier 2006

Kiwi winos

Read on Spitton "Just been reading through last Tuesday's scribbled notes; some stunningly good Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminers kick off the list. I concentrated on whites for the simple reason that I ran out of time before I got to try the reds. Had a welcome diversion from the 'best of' tables with an introduction to Mike Just a winemaker who took the 25th Anniversary New Zealand Wine Tasting as an opportunity to launch his own range (Clayridge Vineyards) to the UK. He is also winemaker for Maven Wines and... [Lire la suite]
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23 janvier 2006

Delicious rainbow

While at the beach yesterday, I suddenly came up with an original idea: Snapper, raspberries, cream on a cushion of braised leaks. I was peacefully reading my book (a novel, not a cookbook), lying in the sun, I had lunch not so long before and out of the blue, I visualed this dish. How bizarre! Back at home, I gathered the ingredients but figured out leaks and raspberries would not work, so I replaced the leaks with Kumara. This looks everything like a dessert, but it's savoury and mind you, the flavours really work... [Lire la suite]
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20 janvier 2006


One of my favourite Artist ever is Sophie Calle. She appears, under the pseudonym of Maria in Paul Auster's novel: Leviathan. In non-fictional parts, she is described cooking monochromactic dinners. One colour per day of the week. I have always been fascinated with this concept. This week end, I will try to think of 7 sets of menus, let's go for 2 course meals - 3 would be too much hassle. To summarise, I will have to work on:-Green, the easiest-Red-Orange-white now I'm in trouble .... uh, blue? no, certainly not! ... [Lire la suite]
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19 janvier 2006

Kitchen whizzes

From stuff.co.nz. I just read about this food challenge organised in Christchurch. This is very exciting, I wish I could go. STACY SQUIRES/The Press Professional cooks get plenty of merit. Now there's a contest for talented home cooks who love to entertain, writes Kate Fraser.  For five years Christchurch Casino executive chef and New Zealand Culinary Team manager Gary Miller has been selecting and training professional chefs to represent New Zealand at international culinary competitions. To date... [Lire la suite]
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18 janvier 2006

Pie on the cob

Here is one of my favourite challenge: To combine random ingredients from my pantry and transform them into something edible. This challenge dates back from my poor Uni days.This time I had a can of creamed corn, eggs, courgettes, honey, mushrooms and a few boxes of spice. My first idea was corn fritters but I was not happy with the idea of ending up with little patties dripping with oil. I then decided to combine all the ingredients and throw the whole thing in the oven. Giving a recipe would be difficult. I generally do... [Lire la suite]
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13 janvier 2006

Happiness lies in the lens

I finally got my very own didgital camera!!! It's maybe not the best period for that but I could not wait anymore. It's an entry-level type of camera, not a SLR (sic) but it has a manually adjustable zoom, a very cool feature. It takes really good pictures, a good buy. From now on, I can shoot every single dish I cook. This is just a dream come true. Stepping into this side of things made me more critical and more earger to learn about photographying techniques and food presentation, etc.. I have heaps of... [Lire la suite]
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10 janvier 2006

Back for good

White Chocolate and Praline MousseI got back from France a few days ago. I had a great time, it was so good catching with my family and friends. On Boxing day, the temperature dropped to -7 degrees c to later reach a freezing -16!! I did not have much chance to go food shopping under these circumstances and only managed to bring back 2 bottles of Champagne. (My parents live in Champagne).Fortunately, I got a box of praline coated in white chocolates for Christmas, I used to be addicted to them. Leaving in New Zealand must... [Lire la suite]
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