Maya’s yogurt cake : easy recipe for children

IMG_6185I must have been around 9 years old when I did my first cake all alone, and it was a Yogurt cake. Last Sunday, my daughter Maya was in cooking mode, she loves cooking and baking, it is in her DNA and I wouldn’t be surprise if she decides to pursue her career as a Chef ! (how cool could that be! 🙂IMG_6196
When I told her she could make a cake all on her own and I wouldn’t be there to supervise, she was over the moon. We read together the recipe and the directions, but then she did it all on her own. She was proud & happy … so was I 🙂
The cake was a success.  That is why this recipe is called after my daughter, Maya.  Continue reading

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Mini BLTs

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Mini bites and finger food are my favourites when you have friends coming over for an evening drink. Because, there is nothing formal, people can grab whatever they prefer and keep on “chit chatting”  with one another. But of course, each time we decide to do so, I like to have so many different kind of finger food on the table  that  I usually end up all afternoon in the kitchen but it is worthy, people love it ! This time, nothing fancy but the traditional BLT (Bacon Lettuce & Tomato) sandwich that I have adapted to mini bites, much easier to eat.  Continue reading

Madeleines: lemon or chocolate ? … Both !

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My youngest son is a big fan of Madeleines. They are his favourite breakfast, snacks, after dinner … If you don’t know madeleines, they are very small sponge cakes in a shape of a shell. You can find the madeleine moulded pan in any specialised kitchen store and if you don’t have any, a (mini) cupcake pan would do ! The great thing with Madeleine is you can make them out of any flavour, sweet or even salty kind. This time I choose to do lemon madeleine. But then, my daughter wanted to have chocolate ones, so we did both 🙂  Continue reading

Cheese SoufflĂ© / SoufflĂ© au Comte

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Last time I tried my first soufflĂ©, I was in my 20s and I remember I loved it. So why not try it again … many years later 🙂
The word soufflĂ© comes from the french verb: souffler which means “to blow up” or more loosely “puff up”. And for me, the soufflĂ© is a very french dish/starter that we don’t see that often on the menu of French restaurant nowadays due to soufflĂ©s’ tendency to collapse quickly upon removal from the oven. So here I was, warning everyone that once I will call for Dinner time, they all better be at the table because the soufflĂ© does not wait … By the way, you can do soufflĂ© with almost anything: salmon soufflĂ©, roquefort soufflĂ©, chocolate soufflĂ©, strawberry soufflĂ© … etc  Continue reading