Fresh & Healthy Taboulé / Tabbouleh

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I know this recipe since I was a child, my mom used to do it all the time in summer, for a BBQ, a picnic by the lake or a big family reunion … and it was always a huge success. Maybe I am not the most objective person, but this is the best Tabbouleh recipe I have ever tried ! Thank you Mom ! Marinated in lemon juice, olive oil and fresh mint, it is so refreshing and healthy, and you can serve it as an appetiser in mini verrines, as a starter or as a side dish with delicious BBQ ribs … yummy ! I love it and can never have enough of it ! This one is a vegetarian version but you can also decide to add some chicken, or any cold meat you have left over.

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Quick & Easy Green Asparagus wrapped in Smoked Salmon

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Dear friends, I am back ! … and I missed you !  I have been away for a few weeks, not able to  share any recipes with you, I think I was in “blog withdrawal” … So I decided that this week-end will be a cooking week-end (easy decision when I saw the weather forecast: rain, rain and more rain !). We celebrated the 11th birthday of my eldest daughter and tradition is to have family around, eat (& drink) all Sunday ! I spent my Saturday grocery shopping for my ingredients, table decoration, and of course making the birthday cake (picture & recipe to come …) , preparing as much as I can for the next day. As we are in the middle of asparagus season, I knew it will be part of my starter : Green Asparagus wrapped in Organic Smoked Salmon, with a warm Verrine of Lentils, Green Peas and small Spring Onions. You can cook almost everything the day before and reserve it in the fridge until you serve (a few minutes in the microwave for the terrine and … Voila !) IMG_8003 Continue reading

Baked Broccoli & Parmesan Egg Gratin with Homemade Garlic Bread

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It is finally the week end. However, the first shiny days of spring we enjoyed during the week have now been replaced by a grey-rainy morning.  I had my cappuccino and kids a late breakfast so I decided to go for a light quick & easy lunch, browsing what I have in the fridge: Broccoli, Eggs and Parmesan … and a few slices of bread of course 🙂 I noticed this recipe in the “Delicious” magazine (March 2014 issue) since some time and always thought it will be perfect for a brunch or whenever I don’t feel like having a heavy lunch. You can replace this vegetarian version by also adding some bacon.IMG_7297IMG_7298

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Zucchini, Bell Pepper & Parmesan Crumble


IMG_7268IMG_7257IMG_7267This week-end, we took the bicycles out and went for a short ride in the village. The warmth of the sun on my skin, it felt so good and I could have just stayed there, lying down on the terrasse all day, “sunbathing”.  After rainy and snowy days, we finally had the first signs of Spring: beautiful & clear blue sky, temperature rising up, birds singing, and of course : first barbecue with the family ! Last minute invitation, we all brought something to my parents and gathered around a nice meal and french wine. I looked quickly in the fridge and volunteered for the starter , I wanted something colourful, something that reminds me of summer … Continue reading

Curry Onion Tart with Walnut and Parmesan Crust

IMG_7185IMG_7183Onion Curry tart … it reminds me from my old days when I was a student in the south of France. It was one of my favorite easy dish I was baking when I was inviting my friends over for Dinner. When I saw this recipe from the Delicious magazine (Feb 2015 edition), I couldn’t resist, I had to try this “more elaborated” version and of course added my touch with the curry 🙂 . Some would say that it is too long to prepare, but actually, it is the perfect starter you can match with a green salad when you have guests, because you can do most of the work the day before. Also, you can imagine I did NOT tell my daughters what kind of tart it was before serving them. It is only after they finished their plate (and asked for 2 more slices …) that  I revealed the main ingredients … They had guessed by then and “admitted” it was really good: Mission accomplished !

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Spinach, Salmon and Red Bell Pepper Muffin

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Muffins are my favourites. Possibilities are endless: sweet, with fruits, double chocolate, moist, you name it ! But I also like them salty with vegetable, spices, ham, salmon, grains … And because you can eat them either warm (just out of the oven, yumm, I can never resist!) or cold the next day, they are the perfect choice for your pic nic, appetizer with friends, light lunch with a green salad at the office … So what is the story behind this one ? Actually, it is my birthday on Saturday, I am turning 34 (ouch!) and my family knows already my Zucchini/Salmon mini cakes or my Chorizo & Cheese muffins, so I had to create a new recipe that they didn’t know. I really like the combination of the smoked salmon with the spinach, but then, I needed some colours: … a red bell pepper, perfect ! A few sunflower & pumpkin seeds, pine nuts on top and here you go ! That day, I was happy with the outcome ! We ate them the same day for lunch with only a couple left over for the following day and they were as good cold than warm. So now, I can make another batch for Saturday ! 🙂  Continue reading

Granny Smith Salmon Tartare

IMG_6529IMG_6533These Holiday Season are for me synonyms of Champagne, Oysters, Chocolate (lots of it!) … and Salmon ! I love Salmon, in all its form: grilled, smoked, steamed (with Grapefruit) and Tartare. The Tartare is usually made from finely chopped fresh raw salmon that will be half cooked by the lime juice. You can eat it plain but I like this mix as the Granny Smith apple adds the crunch & the sweet to the acidity of the lime. And the final touch is the delicious crust of Salmon skin that you add at the last minute 🙂

HAPPY NEW YEAR to ALL OF YOU !

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