Mini Coconut Financiers / Minis Financiers À La Noix De Coco

Mini Coconut Financiers / Minis Financiers À La Noix De Coco
Galit wanted something Kosher for Passover and asked Karine Vigaelles for advice. Karine suggested “Minis Financiers À La Noix De Coco” off her site, but substituting almond powder for flour. A great success. Very moist and light; a delightful contrast to common fare at passover.

French Glacé Cherries and Pistachios Financiers

French Glacé Cherries and Pistachios Financiers
Galit and I were introduced to these small French cakes by Karine Vigaelles. A financier is a small French cake. Financiers are light, moist and springy, with a crisp, eggshell-like exterior. They usually contains almond flour, crushed or ground almonds, or almond flavouring. The distinctive feature of the recipe is beurre noisette (brown butter). Financiers ...

Roux – For Thickening Sauces with Flour and Oil

Roux is a mainstay of Cajun and Creole cooking being used to flavour, thicken and colour many sauces and dishes, e.g. Gumbo. Traditionally roux is cooked very slowly on low heat, sometimes for hours, but cooking times can be reduced by using higher temperatures. To achieve success you need a long handled wooden spoon, a ...

Pain de Campagne (French Country Bread) 2

Pain de Campagne (French Country Bread)
This is my favourite bread recipe at the moment – a French country style loaf using a sourdough starter. I’ve been making a loaf every Saturday morning for months now. The original version of this recipe is from Treuille and Ferrigno (1998), which is a book I’d thoroughly recommend for those just starting to make ...

Chicken, Garlic, and Mushroom Pie

This is basically Coq au Vin as a pie (although I leave out the bacon). Easy, looks great, and tasty. Takes about one hour to prepare and cook and serves 6-8.  

Tarte Tatin (French Apple Tart)

Tarte Tatin (French Apple Tart)
Imagine going out to the pub and when you get home your new flatmate had left an exquisite homemade French apple pastry for you to sample. This was my introduction to Bernard’s cooking and to Tarte Tatin. Yum. I tweaked Bernard’s recipe a bit to cope with my 28 cm Tarte Tatin pan and with ...

Feta Quiche

Good for a heavy main. Accompany with fresh salad. Note, it doesn’t require salt because of the Feta.

Crepes – French Style Pancakes

I like crepes – there is something special about the texture. They differ from other pancakes by not having baking powder or baking soda – eggs provide the only rising. I sometimes use them in place of tortillas. This recipe makes 24 x 18 cm crepes, or up to 32 smaller ones. Crepes freeze well ...

Coq au Vin – Chicken in Wine

This recipe came to me via Teresa’s son Bernard . It is best to serve with steamed or boiled potatoes.