02 mai 2006

Hummus – Take 2

           Adzuki bean hummus When reading about macrobiotic food, I learnt a lot about Adzuki beans, an ingredient I only associated with moon buns and anko so far. They’re said to be yang (Good for your skin apparently).They are a good source a protein and are considered to have a positive action on kidneys. Having said that I rarely came across a savoury recipe for Adzuki beans. Apart from the boring “boiled adzuki and rice” or “Adzuki soups”. Such a wonderful ingredient deserves... [Lire la suite]
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27 avril 2006

Alternative diets

All from scratch: Pitta Bread, falafel and tzatziki After reading an article on macrobiotic food, I have increasingly been interested in this diet. The article started with a typical macrobiotic menu: Breakfast: Quinoa, pumpkin seeds, yoghurt and fresh raspberriesLunch: Tofu pattiesDinner: Fish green curry Having never been a fan of big fry ups, this simple menu convinced me to look for further information.  Like most people I was completely misinformed on macrobiotic. For me, it sounded like... [Lire la suite]
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20 avril 2006

La Gastronomie Française!

It seems to be ranking season in the food industry. Last week, Metro magazine published the list of Auckland’s best restaurants. “The French Café” was elected overall winner. This restaurant has won the prize for the 3rd year in a row.   Early this week, I came across "The World’s Best Restaurants 2006”. The number of Spanish Restaurants listed is impressive.It is rather hard to comprehend the voting process: No Asian, South American or African (excepted SA) restaurants are listed. Does it mean they are not assessed? ... [Lire la suite]
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11 avril 2006

The big dive into winter

Salmon raviolo and Rosé wine sauce  Back again. Sorry for being a yoyo! My sudden disappearance is due to a series of unfortunate factors. First a new job, then the end of summer. Less light, shorter and colder days…… I – and it is very sad to admit – turn into a two-minute-noodle-cook. When trying to get my spirit and desire to cook and shoot back, I realise that my “mojo” was gone. My maori potato gnocchis turned sludgy, an attempt to layer roast banana and white chocolate looked as... [Lire la suite]
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21 mars 2006

A sweet comeback

     Grapefruit Tarragon Millefeuille First: Sorry for having been away for so long. 2006 brought some happy and unexpected twists and turns. All in all I have not been able to log on internet very often.The above is my miserable attempt to make a 'Grapefruit-Tarragon millfeuille' as per Su Good Eats recipe. I learnt a valuable lesson, though: When it comes to assembling millefeuille, the thiner the layers the better. Mine were completely oversized and make my cake look like a very ugly "Tower of Pisa". A very... [Lire la suite]
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28 février 2006

A French 4x8 meme

Anne from "La Station Gourmande" just tagged me for the 4x8 meme, Merci Anne! The below meme is the French translation I - unsuccessfully - posted on my French blog a few months ago 4 metiers que j'ai exerceConseillere en investissementsTraductrice Free lanceEmployee dans un magasin de farces et attrapesAssistante Ressources Humaines 4 films que je pourrais regarder en boucleHercules return (Un film Australien sur fond de peplum Italien)Alice de Woody AllenN'importe quel episode de Miss Marple (oui, je sais, je suis... [Lire la suite]
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27 février 2006

Back from holiday

My first has a Japanese feel My second shines summer And my all is a little tartlet Shortbread tartlets with Anko and summer fruits First, time I head about Red bean custard, I was somewhat disgusted. I pictured the type of red beans used for chilies and a tonne of sugar - not the ideal combination. Then, a handful of friends and I were brave enough to try it in a Japanese restaurant and we were all surprised and happy to find out it was so delicious. The type of bean used is actually Adzuki, a japanese bean -... [Lire la suite]
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22 février 2006

A little break up North

Sorry for not updating "An Angel at My Table" at the moment. I am currently up North, about 3 hours drive from Auckland for a nice and sunny holiday. I will update the site when I will come back this week end: I have nice sweet tartlets and a white chocolate and tarragon cream mille feuille so far but cannot load the photos for some reason.
Posté par GiantSquid à 18:06 - Commentaires [2] - Permalien [#]
16 février 2006

Cooking up a storm

Hummus Quite often, recipes on food blogs are accompanied with a nice story. The highlighted dish brings back childhood memories, travel experiences, cultural enlightments... That's great reads, as readers we travel time and space, we experience, we are part of a culinary journey.I feel bad. My approach to food is only moved by my cravings and various experimentations. Most of the time recipes just "happen" to me. I love to eat and I find cooking quite exciting, even soothing in some occasions. Writing about food is a... [Lire la suite]
Posté par GiantSquid à 11:12 - - Commentaires [8] - Permalien [#]
14 février 2006

Ripe and bright

"We should look for someone to eat and drink with before looking for something to eat and drink"  Epicurus Mango curry snapper Some time ago, I took part in a "food group" to taste a new range of sauces. My mission was to cook their mango curry in every single way I could think of. I was handed a tall bottle containing a beautiful bright orange sauce. My hopes were high but the poor industrially processed sauce fell short of expectations: it was a plain dull and sour kind of ketchupy magma. What a... [Lire la suite]
Posté par GiantSquid à 09:54 - - Commentaires [9] - Permalien [#]