Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Pailles - Tuesdays with Dorie

Comprising store-bought puff pastry layered with sugar and baked until crisp, and thick fruit jam, our latest bake from Baking Chez Moi couldn't have been easier to make.
I really enjoyed the construction process, and the resulting pastry had great texture and flavour but don't let their size fool you...they were very rich. If I were to make them again, I would make them half the size.

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Spring Rolls, Italian-Style

It's Gino D'Acampo month at Cookbook Countdown, a challenge to cook from our unused cookbooks hosted by talented cooks Emily and Joyce. I confess I didn't know who Mr. D'Acampo was (and clearly don't own any of his books though that may soon change) when I saw the announcement but I quickly discovered that he's a very popular and prolific UK chef whose specialty is Italian cuisine, my favourite.

A quick perusal of his online recipe library yielded many that I wanted to try. To start, I went with his non-traditional approach to serving some rather common vegetables: Italian-Style Spring Rolls.
The filling was made with red bell peppers, mushrooms, leeks, carrots, celery (substituted for zucchini), and garlic, sautéed until golden and flavourful, and seasoned with red pepper flakes. Gino warns that the vegetables should be thoroughly drained so I cooled them in a sieve, pressing them against the sides to remove the excess liquid. The next step was to wrap the filling in buttered sheets of pyllo pastry and bake - yes, bake, not fry!

I served the spring rolls with a tangy homemade marinara dipping sauce, a nice complement to the spicy filling. This was such a fun and delicious take on spring rolls. They made a great snack but I can see making them smaller and serving them as pre-dinner nibbles.

The recipe is from Gino's book Fantastico! and is available on his website here as well. Don't forget to visit  CookbookCountdown hosted by Kitchen Flavours and Emily's Cooking (Makan2) Foray to see what else is cooking this month!


Sunday, March 4, 2018

Roasted Red Peppers with Eggs

I recently enjoyed breakfast for dinner with this dish of roasted red peppers, vessels for baked eggs hidden beneath a blanket of gooey melted cheese. Satisfying and so good.
The peppers were first halved and partially roasted before each half was filled with some cheese and an egg. Once the eggs were baked to your liking - I like a runny yolk with a fully cooked white - the peppers were popped under the broiler to melt the cheese topping. 
This easy recipe came from Canadian Living Healthy Family Meals, the magazine test kitchen's latest compilation book. It's also available on their website here and I'm sharing it with Cookbook Countdown hosted by Kitchen Flavours and Emily's Cooking (Makan2) Foray.


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Chocolate Crème Caramel - Tuesdays with Dorie

So creamy and chocolatey, and bathed in liquid caramel, one would never expect that this dessert is as easy to make as Dorie Greenspan says, but it is.
Family and I loved it!

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