Friendship dinner #KohSamui #SouthofFrance

[LOVE TIP] As life goes by I find it somehow more difficult to make new friendships. Is it the lack of time? or less flexibility to accept and welcome new people? In any case it still happens and I love it. I leave it to the magics of life to make this little miracles happen, and make sure I can nurture and feed – litteraly- these new bounds!:)

Yesterday night I gathered some very old friends with brand new ones. But the common point was that instinctively I felt I could totally trust and enjoy these new relationships.

The “friendship dinner” was made of a blend of Western and Asian dishes:

sour and sweet soup with clams, cilantro and thai basil
amok : a dish often eaten in Thailand, Cambodia and Laos. White fish flavored with lemongrass, galangal, chili, simmered in coconut milk and lime. A blast, perfect for hot weather. To be served with green mango relish
back to the South of France for dessert with an apricot tart. The dough is very soft and mellow as it is a “briochée”. Cardamom makes wonders with apricot, as most of aromatic herbs such as verbena, lavender, rosemary.. Try it , you will never look back!

Amok: 4 portions of fish, 2 ss of red paste curry, 15 cl of coconut milk, 2 eggs, 1ss of fish sauce, 1 ss of sugar, 10 lime leaves finely shredded

Steam the fish, gently mash it with a fork. Add all other ingredients.Cook it in the oven (average temperature) for 30′. enjoy with white rice and cucumber/mango/chili relish

Apricot tart: 2 eggs, 180g flour, 80g butter, 80g sugar, 1ss orange blossom water, 1ss of yeast+1tsof sugar diluted in half a cup of warm water, 500g apricots, cardamom
Combine all ingredients for the dough and let it rise for 2 hours in a warm airless place. When ready arrange the dough in a pan, add the apricots, sprinkle with cardamom and sugar. Bake at 6-7 for 30′ Enjoy!

Sniffkiss and enjoy your week!

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Sakura- sake-cherry ice cream, straight trip to Tokyo

[LOVE TIP ] If I had to pick up 3 fragrances/flavors to sum up Japan, I would for sure opt for matcha, yuzu and .. sakura (cherry blossom flowers) ! I was lucky enough to be in Japan some years ago precisely at the time of cherry blossom and still to this day vividly cherish these memories. By the way I can’t resit sharing with you some pics taken this year by a Japanese friendsakura JUnko

sakura Junko3Isn’t this amazing?

One of my friends brought me back recently some salt pickled cherry blossom. I have been wondering what kind of recipe I could come back with with such a special treat. And this is how this ice cream recipe emerged!

It combines the delicate aromas of cherry blossom with a special milky sake (brought back from Kyoto), with some fresh fruity cherries (home made jam)…

sakura ice cream

sakura ice cream

For 4: Easy but needs some ahead planning : 20 cl of liquid cream, 70g of condensed milk, 10 cherry blossom, 10 cl of saké (you can substitute with cherry liquor) , 3 ss of cherry jam, fresh cherries to serve (optional) 

1. Soak the flowers in fresh water and rince at least twice. Then let them infuse in sake at least for a whole night.

2 Whip up the cream into Chantilly. Add the condensed milk, the sake and the cherry jam.

3 Put it in the freezer for at least 3 hours

4 To serve, garnish with fresh cherries. This ice cream is also super good with black sesame ice cream!

sakura ice cream

So, are you ready to taste a bit of Tokyo? Let me know & enjoy your week!

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Tuna tataki with smoked chili, lime and garlic

[LOVE TIP] It’s incredible how a good marinade can change the game. I had some tuna in the freezer and wasn’t really motivated to cook it. But this recipe changed my mind. It’s very easy and fast to prepare provided you have all the ingredients at bay. So once you will be done with your shopping it will be almost done.. To serve with a goi, a Vietnamese coleslaw seasoned with tons of fresh herbs, black vinegar and sesame oil. tataki

Tataki :  300g of tuna, juice of half lime, sesame oil 1 ss of soy sauce, 1 ts of smoked chili, 2 garlic cloves, 1 ts of grilled rice powder.

Goi (Vietnamese coleslaw): 1/2 green spring cabbage, 1 carrot, shiso, chives, 1/2 lime juice, 1 ss of black vinegar, 1ts of soy sauce, 1 ts of fish sauce, 2 garlic cloves, 1 unseeded red chili, 1 ts of sugar, 1 ss of oil

1. Slice the tuna and marinate with all ingredients EXCEPT for the lime used to serve (or it will cook your fish) for 20′. The grilled rice powder will enrich the flavours and is a perfect combination with sesame oil.  You can prepare it easily at home or buy it ready made in exotic stores.

2.  Mince the cabbage and grate the carrot . Clean and chisel the herbs (you could replace shiso and chives by mint and cilantro). Season with all other ingredients. The oil will help give a nice soft texture to the cabbage. This is the only recipe where I combine lime AND black vinegar , fish sauce AND soy sauce. But it is really worth it, once you will have taste the depth of the flavours I bet you will stick to it.You can prepare this sauce ahead of time and stock it for 2 weeks at least in the fridge

3. Grill the tuna quickly in a pan

4. Serve with fresh salad and goi. Enjoy!

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Cheesecake with elderflower and red fruits #doubleservings

[BONNE MINE] If you are a cheesecake lover, this recipe is for you! this is a baked version, flavored with elderflower syrup and red fruits. If you don’t have elderflower at hand you can totally susbtitute with lemon zest and juice.

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This is what I prepared to thank a special press delivery and customized coaching session! :)

Ingredients : 2 eggs, 1/2 pack of Philadelphia cheese, 250 g of cottage cheese, 5 ss of elderflower syrup (or 3 ss of sugar+ juice and zest of an organic lemon), 10 cookies (I used some speculoos for extra flavour, but you can use regular shortbread cookies), 75g of butter or a mix of 3 ss of olive oil+2 ss of honey+lemon juice , 250g of red fruits to serve.
1 Whip up the whites. Add the philadelphia cheese, the cottage cheese and elderflower syrup.
2 Scramble the biscuits, add the melted butter or olive oil mixture.
3 Bake the bottom at low temperature (4-5) for 10′. Retrieve from oven and let it cool at external temperature. Add the white cheese mix and put it back in the oven for 20′.
4. Once cooked, let it cool and then serve with red fruits
Sorry about the finger prints… I wanted to check if it was cooked, added some cherry blossom flowers brought back from Tokyo, retrieved them…A bit of a mess really…

But this recipe comes with a  bonus : once your guests will leave and that you will be free to pick up all the remaining rapsberries.. you can have the final serving for breakfast with some strawberries. Yes We Can! Do you usually smirk on the remaining parts of the dessert? or is it just me praying for some to be left?

Sniffkiss and enjoy your weekend!

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Blanc-Manger with orange blossom water and pistacchio

[HAPPY VEGGIE]  If I tell you tartare and fries, pizza, beer and sausage, will you answer me testosterone and football match? Is this innate or acquired taste? Do you have to be a man to like sausage and a woman to like salad? Do you think there is a feminine touch when it comes to cooking?

Yesterday, I had some thinking about this because we were having a girls dinner. Girls only – dinner. I was in charge with the dessert. Well, what would be an ideal girls dessert? pavlova? chocolate? tapiocal pearls?..At the end I wanted something light and fun..just like our small talks! something cute and appealing… just like us! and primary and foremost something that would be really good and tasty

So I came with a blanc manger fragranced with orange blossom and pistacchio , a blend between a mouhallabieh, a delicious Lebanese rice cream, and a Morrocan orange salad flavored with mint and cinnamon.  You name it, I wanted to bring some sun along!

Blanc manger fleur d'oranger pistaches

Blanc manger fleur d’oranger pistaches

For 6, 35′, easy: 3 oranges, mint, orange blossom, 250g of soft white cheese, 100g of mascarpone, 50g of agar agar  (you can also use some gelatine for a softer texture, but it is extracted from pork bones, so I’m not totally at ease..), 4 ss of sugar , 1 handful of pistacchios, cinnamon (optional), honey (optional)  

1- Peel the oranges and slice them. Add a ts of blossom water, 3 sprifs of mint and a pinch of cinnamon

2- Melt the agar agar in 250 ml of water. Retrieve from fire and add white soft cheese, mascarpone, orange blossom water and sugar . Let it cool a little

3- In a mold arrange the slices of orange in the bottom. Pour the liquid on it and let it fully cool

To serve : unmold the blanc manger. Use the remaining oranges and pistacchios to ornate. If you wish, you can pour some honey here and there. When you slice it the oranges will add a beautiful touch of colour. Enjoy!

NUTRIgastronomie: Orange Blossom water is a natural soothing ingredient that will enhance your sleep. Agar agar is naturally very filling so perfect for diets..

What about you? what do you like to prepare when you have a girls night? do you have some special dish? Please share!:)

Sniffkiss!

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Happy Easter! Chocolat hazelnut pearls and pineapple brunoise

Chocolate_hazelnut_pineapple

Chocolate_hazelnut_pineapple

For all the bubble tea lovers, here is a nice twist for Easter, an easy quick tasty recipe!

1-Warm chocolate hazelnut mylk (I used Bonneterre’s already made one that I recently discovered and is very yummie). Add a spoon of cocoa powder to boost the chocolate taste. Mix with 3 soup spoons of tapioca pearls . Let it simmer for 10 minutes, mixing it slowly to prevent it from sticking. It will be ready when the pearls get translucid .

2- Cut 1/4 of pineapple in small cubes (“brunoise” as we call it should be 2mm size cubes) Set aside

3- To serve : pour the chocolate pearls in 4 small bowls. Add the pineapple cubes. Enjoy!

This can be eaten mildly warm or cold.

Sniffkiss!

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Mrs White Chocolate Matcha is waiting for her little strawberries..

[HAPPY VEGGIE] Let’s get straight to the point: This is an emergency sweet that will take you no more than 5′ to prepare. And it’s absolutely irresistible…

White chocolate and matcha cream

White chocolate and matcha cream

Melt 50g of good white chocolate in the microwave. You need to dilute it with a soup spoon of water. Add a ts of matcha and mix well.

It’s ready! Dip your strawberries in there and enjoy!

This is a kind of trailer recipe… More to come on the subject, stay tuned!

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