I like wrapping, rolling, packaging food – it brings love and elegance to your table. Here, beetroot leaves make a perfect coating for fish fillets topped with mushroom duxelles. Just excellent!
I owe this recipe to an excellent Turkish restaurant that I used to visit when I was living in Berlin many years ago. The place, called “Merhaba” (meaning something like “Hi, there!”), makes the Mediterranean cuisine shine. What I always found very intriguing was how the chefs there were elegantly adding acidity to their dishes by using (cold) yoghurt. Acidity, in fact, is one key element of tasteful cooking. Without any, your dishes will have a tendency to come across […]
On the markets of Paris, chanterelles are sold under the name girolles and both are quite different kinds of mushroom. The latter are firm and fleshy with thick stems, almost golden and snow-white on the inside, the former are softer, skinny guys, more on the brownish side and clearly less classy. A nice pan of girolles counts among the great pleasures of this late summer/early fall season. I used a chunk of the excellent pancetta I drove home from Italy to spice up […]
In the past four weeks of fancy summer holidays, my Body-Mass-Index has shot up from 25 to over 27. So I switch to the leaner, greener, cleaner stuff for some time, alas, but the French greengrocers won’t let me down.
Summer times are tomato times, at least in Europe where the “paradise apples”, as the Austrians say, are really good only between June and late August. But then they’re really good – and you can create simple, yet delicious dishes without limits.
For your next party: Prepare a “Parfait de foies de volaille” that will bring about the “Ah’s” and “Oh’s” of your peers and plenty of demands for the recipe! All you need is a food blender.
Baking the French way is an operation quite similar to heart surgery. But once you have prepared your own “tarte aux framboises”, a raspberry tart(e), you’ll feel quite proud, and rightfully so!
Asparagus makes an excellent salad, the white or green stalks are great when pan-fried or grilled, steaming would be a good idea – but I cook them à l’anglaise, as the French say when they mean: in water. It’s fast food but it’s great.