It’s been a while since I posted. I’ve been very busy with my work and I’m sorry but this week I’m going to try to make up for it by sharing my Christmas menu with you, hoping it can give you some ideas.
This years, I tried to make simple and relatively inexpensive recipes because I had the idea of organizing a meal for the children of the club who could not have had Christmas with the family but this year everyone was able to leave and that makes me very happy.
Starters / appetizers :
Chicken cucumber bites (45 bites) :
Preferably prepare the day before so that the chicken marinates well and assemble the bites the same day.
2 or 3 chicken or turkey breasts (can be tuna)
125g of yogurt
1 to 2 drop of tabasco (optional)
A pinch of mustard
½ lemon juice
½ red onion
A bunch of chives
4 to 5 chestnuts, crushed (remove it if you use tuna)
40g of crushed hazelnuts
Mix the lemon, yogurt, chives, a pinch of mustard, and the finely chopped red onion.
Prick the chicken breasts with garlic, salt them and cover them with paprika. Thoroughly cook the chicken until it can shred
Mix the chicken with the yoghurt sauce, the chestnuts and the hazelnuts.
The same day, cut the cucumber into slices, add the chicken mixture and finish if you want with a few sprigs of chives.
Mushroom stuffed smoked ham and parmesan :
A small piece of foie gras (optional)
Remove the stems from the mushrooms and mix them with smoked ham and foie gras
Fill the mushroom caps
Sprinkle them with parmesan and bake them for about twenty minutes until the mushrooms brown.
Serve hot or cold.
Foie gras on French toast :
Slice of bread or brioche
Raisin and/or dried apricot, diced
2 tablespoons brandy
Dip the raisins in cognac
Mix egg and milk
Soak the bread in the mixture
Melt butter in the pan and cook the bread in it
Sprinkle with cinnamon and some raisins
Place a thin slice of foie gras on it.
Main course :
Tournedos honey and spices :
4 tournedos (duck, beef or turkey)
2 tbsp of mustard
6 tbsp fresh cream
½ tsp of 4 spice powder
2 tbsp of honey
Salt and pepper
Mix the cream, spices, mustard and honey, wrap in film and chill for 1 hour
Turn on the oven at 60°c
Start cooking the tournedos in a cold pan after salting and peppering them on each side for 6 to 7 minutes.
Remove them to an oven dish and cover them with baking paper. Leave them in the oven for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a saucepan, heat the spice-infused cream
Let simmer to thicken the sauce.
Serve the tournedos with the sauce.
Mashed potato and hazelnut :
1kg boiled potato
25 cl Fresh cream
1 tsp hazelnut or walnut oil
A finely chopped onion
Mash the hot potatoes with a fork
Add the fresh cream, crushed hazelnuts, hazelnut oil and onion and mix well.
Lamb’s lettuce salad, caramelized walnuts and grapes :
1 tsp of sugar
Raisin or fresh
1 tbsp of mayonnaise
Melt the sugar in a pan without stirring it, add the walnuts and coat them well.
Mix yogurt and mayonnaise
Wash the salad and mix it with the sauce, raisins and nuts.
My mom’s tangerine Christmas cake :
Finally, I offer you a recipe that is close to my heart because it was my mom who made me these little cakes during the holidays. I hope you like it as much as I do!
0.5 packet of baking powder
2 tbsp. rum
1 tbsp. tangerine juice
The zest of 2 tangerines
Icing sugar for decoration
Preheat the oven to 180°C
Cream the butter, add the sugar then the whole eggs one by one and continue beating. Then add the sifted flour with the baking powder, the tangerine zest and juice and the rum. Mix well to obtain a homogeneous paste.
Pour the batter into mini silicone kouglof moulds.
Bake 20 min.
Turn out onto a baking rack, let cool and serve dusted with icing sugar.
Today I went to a vernissage for the exhibition of the mother of one of my friends who is a painter. it’s a little stuffy and it’s not with petit fours that we eat so I made us burgers with what I had in the fridge and here is the result! These can also be eaten cold if you want to take them to work or for a picnic.
CHICKEN BURGER PATTIES:
500g ground chicken (mince)
250g panko breadcrumbs, 1 egg
75g parmesan finely grated,
green onion finely sliced (~2 stems)
2 garlic cloves minced,
1/2 tsp dried sage,
1/2 tsp salt and pepper , each
2 tbsp olive oil,
4 soft burger buns or brioche buns,
1 avocado (big!) (or 2 medium)
60g /rocket / arugula or other lettuce,
2 tomatoes sliced,
4 slices Swiss cheese (or other cheese)
Mayonnaise, relish, ketchup or tomato sauce (to smear lid)
Mix Pattie ingredients in bowl, form 4 patties, 1.5cm / 3/5″ thick, slightly larger than the buns (shrinks slightly). If mixture is super sticky, either refrigerate mixture for 30 minutes, or wet hands or lightly spray hands with oil (I do this).
Heat oil in skillet over medium high heat, cook 2 min until deep golden, then flip. After 1 min, top with a piece of cheese and place lid on to melt.
ASSEMBLE: Split buns and lightly toast, smoosh a generous amount of avo on bun base, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Top with Chicken Pattie, then rocket/arugula and tomato. Smear the top bun with mayonnaise (or relish, ketchup, other condiment of choice) and place lid on bun.
Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add garlic, cook for 30 sec.
Add flour and stir into melted butter. While whisking, gradually pour in about 1/3 of the milk. Once the flour-butter mixture is incorporated into the milk, pour in remaining milk and whisk.
Add Vegeta, mustard, onion and garlic powder, whisk. Whisk constantly to make sure the white sauce doesn’t catch on the base, 4 – 5 min until sauce thick enough that you can draw a path across the back of a spoon (see video). Stir in parmesan.
Add tuna into pasta, flake into large chunks with fork, add corn, pour over sauce, then gently stir. Scrape into baking dish, top with Crunchy Topping.
Bake 25 min until top is golden and edges are bubbling. Sprinkle with chives if desired then serve!
Take care of yourself and your loved ones. See you soon!
With the return of the cold and the arrival of autumn, soup season has come but as it is a little early to say goodbye to the sun, I offer you a soup that is full of it and which I am sure will stimulate you. the taste buds with its Middle Eastern accents.
Spices: 2 tsp EACH cumin powder, coriander, paprika 1 tsp cardamon powder (can omit if you don’t have ¼ tsp cinnamon powder ½ tsp cayenne pepper (adjust to taste) 1/2 tsp black pepper 1 tsp salt Soup: 2 tbsp olive oil 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 onion, finely chopped 500g / 1 lb lamb mince (ground lamb, or beef) (Note 1) 2 tbsp tomato paste 2 carrots, peeled and chopped (about size of chickpeas) 600g / 21 oz canned chickpeas, drained (1.5 standard cans) 400g / 14oz can crushed tomato 3 cups / 750 ml chicken broth / stock 1 bunch spinach, roughly chopped (about 4 packed cups) (wilts a lot) Garnishes: Plain yoghurt (or sour cream), fresh coriander / cilantro
Heat oil in a large pot over high heat. Add garlic and onion, cook for 1 minute until starting to turn translucent.
Add lamb and cook, breaking it up as you go. When it has mostly turned from pink to light brown, add spices.
Cook for 1 minute, then add tomato paste and cook for another 1 minute. (It smells amazing!)
Add carrots, chickpeas, tomato and broth. Stir and bring to simmer.
Cover with lid, lower heat so it is bubbling energetically but not crazy rapidly. Cook for 10 minutes until carrot is tender but not super soft – I like it to have a bit of bite still, if you want super soft, keep cooking.
Stir through spinach. Once wilted, adjust salt, pepper and spiciness (cayenne) to taste.
Ladle into bowls, add a dollop of yogurt and a generous sprinkling of cilantro. Enjoy!
Beef is the next best sub. Chicken, turkey and veal an also be used.
Last Friday I have friends came home to watch the latest Thor. For the evening I had made waffles with spinach and goat cheese to snack on in front of the screen. The movie was really bad but the waffles saved the evening!
INGREDIENTS (for 12 waffles) :
340 g wheat flour T80 if change, then modulate the added milk
200 ml oat milk vegetarian milk or not of your choice
100g fresh spinach leaves
100 g log of goat’s cheese or other cheese
70 g pine nuts or other nuts, almonds, hazelnuts…
80 ml olive oil or butter
Mix in a container the flour with the milk, the eggs, the previously mixed pine nuts, the salt and finally the olive oil. Mix until you obtain a homogeneous preparation.
Then add the pieces of goat cheese and the fresh spinach leaves as they are. Mix so that the waffle batter coats the cheese and spinach well.
Then pour the equivalent of a good tablespoon into the waffle iron and so on until the preparation is used up.
This weekend my sis was at home so sunday I did some italian food to celebrate her arrival, we watched The godfather, of which we know all the lines by heart. The theme of the evening being Italy, I cooked polpette for us. These are Italian meatballs, I hope you like the recipe.
• 2 slices of stale bread, crust removed, cut into pieces • 1 cup of milk • 500g of premium minced beef • 1 egg • 1 handful of chopped parsley leaves • 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg • 40g grated parmesan • 2 teaspoons of salt • 1 teaspoon ground white pepper • 1 brown onion, chopped • 1 garlic clove crushed with the back of a knife • 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil • 150 ml of red wine • 2 cans of crushed tomatoes • 250ml of water • 1/4 bell pepper, in one piece • salt to taste
Soak bread in milk for about 10 minutes.
In a bowl, mix the ground beef with 1 egg, salt and pepper, the chopped parsley, the tip of a teaspoon of grated nutmeg and the grated Parmigiano (or Grana Padano). Use a spoon if you fancy touching raw meat, but in my opinion, hands are your best cooking tools.
Squeeze the milk from the bread, add it to the meat mixture and mix.
Using the palm of your hand, roll the polpette the size of small tangerines and set aside in the fridge to firm up for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, sauté the chopped onion and garlic in a little olive oil until the onion is tender and translucent.
Add your meatballs and brown them on both sides, then add 1/2 cup red wine. Let the alcohol evaporate, then compose 1 bay leaf, a piece of green or red pepper (pepper) two cans of tomatoes and water. Bring to the boil, then lower the heat and simmer covered for at least 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Adjust with salt and pepper. Add the basil leaves and serve with bread, mash or al dente pasta
Today, we have planned a cinema afternoon to watch Asian films. For the occasion, I cooked a Thai Curry for my friends and also to celebrate my move to Priya.
The recipe is simple and very tasty, I will gladly share it with you.
1 to 2 tablespoons of red curry paste (be careful it can be hot)
2 minced garlic cloves
2 teaspoons finely chopped ginger
1 tablespoon lemongrass paste in a tube or finely chopped lemongrass.
3 or 4 chicken thighs (boneless and skinless), cut into bite-sized cubes (chicken breasts are fine too)
250ml chicken stock
400 ml of coconut milk (or 250 of 12% fat fresh cream)
150g diced squash (not liking squash, I substituted 300g potato and 100g carrot)
120g green beans
12 leaves of Thai basilicas
2 lime leaves
2 teaspoons of fish sauce (nuoc man for example)
Heat oil in a large skillet. Add the curry paste, garlic, ginger and lemongrass. Let simmer for 2 minutes
Add the broth, stir and reduce by half. Add coconut milk, lime leaves, fish sauce and chicken. (Add potatoes and carrots if you don’t want squash)
Cook for 20 minutes over medium heat.
Add the squash and the beans and we are off again for 10min of cooking.
Add a handful of Thai basil leaf and serve with garnish
Garnish (recommended): slices of fresh red pepper, cilantro leaves and jasmine rice for a traditional version. My recommendation: It’s a little less traditional but personally I really like to accompany this dish with couscous semolina.
This week I offer you a recipe for cold soup from Eastern Europe: Okroshka with beer For me it’s more a wet salad but let’s not offend our eastern European friends. In the end it remains good and fresh, perfect in this moment of good weather.
Ingredients for 4 persons :
4 red radishes;
1 fresh cucumber;
3-4 stalks of green onions;
2-3 slices of raw ham;
2-3 boiled eggs;
1l dark or white beer (or 1l of water and a teaspoon of vinegar);
2 tablespoons of dill;
sour cream or mayonnaise (optional).
Cut the radishes into rounds;
Dice all other ingredients;
Pour in the beer, dill, salt and pepper;
You can finish with mayonnaise or sour cream. (if you don’t have yogurt and a little lemon juice).