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Interview of a 4-year old

By on May 15, 2015

This year, my participation for Food Revolution Day will not be a recipe but an amazing interview I did of my mini-superhero!  Everyday, he amazes me with his comments about food, remarks about what he observes and questions about our bodies.  He is so curious and we love it!

A few notes about this video:
– We are so proud that he understood the concept of indulging once in a while but being healthy is a priority!
– I am the one asking the questions and it was as natural as possible since I communicate with him ONLY in French!
– I did NOT tell him to say something in particular, we just chatted for 15 minutes in front of the camera!
– I did questioned him in a way to get him to repeat some sentences he has said in the past.

A few ideas that he says a lot but did not express:
– He loves to cook/help with his parents in the kitchen
– His younger sister is following his footsteps!

Finally…
– Introducing any food as soon as they started solid food  has been a key in the developement of their palate!  I am so proud that they eat EVERYTHING!

The recipe is referring for the Kale salad is this one! He loved it!
Cranberries-Walnuts kale salad with goat cheese dressing

As for the real food and the pizza, the kids loves when we make it and they customize theirs. The recipe is here.

Mini Caprese pizza

 

Thank you for watching the video and TEACH YOUR KIDS, GET THEM INVOLVED and do not find bad excuses, yes you can be HEALTHY in your busy mom life!

Last year, I wrote a few articles for Food Revolution 2014:
Grow your food
 Get them involve: Meat balls with the mini-chef
 Healthy dinner on week days, yes! Pecan-crusted chicken
 Healthy snack: Creamy avocado dip
 Fruity Smoothie and Healthy rasberry muffins

 

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Chestnut cake

By on March 30, 2015

Chestnut cake or Ardéchois is An amazing recipe that will surprise your guests.  It is easy and will hit the spot at craving-o-clock, what do you think?

I say YES!  I take my coffee black to go with it.

I have been making this recipe for about at least 20  years.  And I am sharing it just now.  I know, I am sorry, you’ll be even more mad at me after you tried it.  Mélanie, why are you giving it just now?  I am sorry.

Oh, I started baking young… Just in case you started crushing numbers to guess my age.

Chestnut cake

This cake is offering moisture, sweetness but not too much, just from the spread.  There is also that buttery nutty taste….

Guys, just try it.   I am torturing myself describing it and I don’t have any to bite into.  Tor-ture. Sight.

If you are not big on chestnut spread, no worries.   Give it a try regardless, chances are you will like it.  Hubby, El Cubano, did.  And other persons have too.  I love chestnut spread, they used to sell it in a tube, like a toothpaste tube but smaller.  I would eat it just like that. J. might remember our recess breaks and my snacks?  This and condensed milk.  Hi Sugar-rush!

Chestnut spread

This recipe makes me nostagic of those years, those people I  baked it for.  The taste brings me back in my parent’s kitchen in France.  I sound very sentimental but living far from your family  does that to you.  Thankfully, I found a marvellous hubby, El Cubano, and our mini-superman and mini-princess are perfect.

Now, those pumpkins are the ones I share my nostalgic recipes and create new ones.  They love it and ask for more.  It is the best reward after spending time in my apron!

Chestnut spread cake

About the Chestnust spread: I might not have seen it in every single supermarket but it is quite common in the aisle of jams and chocolate spread.  Or, you can go to France to pick some up and do your Ardéchois.

Chestnut cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 1 cake of 8 x 8

Ingredients

  • - 2 large eggs
  • - 1/2 a cup of butter
  • - 1 cup of chestnut spread
  • - 20 cl of milk
  • - 1 cup of flour
  • - 1 teaspoon of baking powder

Instructions

  1. - In a bowl, put the wet ingredients: eggs, butter previously melted, the chestnut spread and milk. Mix well.
  2. - Add progressively the flour and the baking powder, mix until smooth.
  3. - Pour the mixture in an oven dish,previously buttered if necessary.
  4. - Bake in the oven at 385F for 30-35 minutes or when the tip of your knife comes out dry when you pick your cake.
http://bonappeteat.ca/2015/03/30/chestnut-cake/

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Cranberry Walnut kale salad with goat cheese dressing

By on March 13, 2015

Hello nice weather and positive temperatures!  Everybody seems so merry and smiley lately and it might be thanks to Mother Nature.  It’s not summer yet but after so many -25C or -30C in Toronto, let me tell you that +2 is worth jumping all over!

Gorgeous blue sky, snow melting, does it put you in a spring/summer mood?  Of course it does!  I love it and now I can say Bye to soups and Hello colorful salads!

Cranberries-Walnuts kale salad with goat cheese dressing

 Last year, I tried kale and I really fell for it!  Since it’s a chewy salad, I chop it off really small.  I use to pound it with the meat tenderizer but I skip that task and it’s just fine.  I add some nuts for crunchy-crunchy, some cranberries for some sweet taste.

Aaaaand… Wait for it (**drum roll**), I make that super simple, quick and easy goat cheese dressing.  Kale dressed in white and creamy love.  I mean, you have to try it to believe it! So simple and yet so crazy amazingly good!

True story: (Don’t tell El Cubano I told you) He likes his green salad dry, so without dressing.  Not his thing.   Well, as he wishes.  The other day, he said he was ready to try some kale (you know he’s not big on veggies and all… we talked about that). And TA-DA!  He loves this recipe with the dressing!  It’s that good.

Cranberries-Walnuts kale salad with goat cheese dressing

My little super-hero who is 4 loved it too!  He wanted some for his lunch but I didn’t have any left over without the nuts but good to know!  Isn’t he amazing eating kale and spinach?  That’s my boy!

On another note…

Lately, I have been having a hard time balancing life and blogging, as you can see.  It’s not always easy and blogging is a lot of work.  I needed to relax and not think about it for some time.  So little by little, I’ll be back.  Also, the sun is here more often.  I just don’t know how to take pictures without natural light.  I tried and I have horrible pictures….

Anyway, hope you are still reading and you’ll be back soon!

Kale salad goat cheese dressing

 

Cranberries kale salad with goat cheese dressing

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Keeps well in the fridge for 2 days, even after adding the dressing.

Ingredients

  • - 2 cups -packed- of chopped kale
  • - 1/2 cup of dry cranberries
  • - 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts
  • Dressing:
  • - 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • - 2 tablespoons of goat chees
  • - Salt to taste
  • - Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. - Rince your kale. Dry. On a chopping board, chop the kale. Set aside in a bowl.
  2. - Add the dry cranberries and walnuts.
  3. - For the dressing, pour the olive oil in a ramekins, add the goat cheese and stir until smooth.
  4. - Add salt and pepper to taste
  5. - Pour on your salad and toss.
http://bonappeteat.ca/2015/03/13/cranberry-walnut-kale-salad-with-goat-cheese-dressing/

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Rustic chocolate pear tart

By on February 2, 2015

Or shall I call it Poire Belle-Hélène tart?  You see, a Poire Belle Hélène is a pear served with vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup.  Sounds good, eh?  Well, I am offering it to you in a slice!

Chocolate pear tart

That’s the decadent dessert that you want to end your dinner.  This recipe is a small batch. It’s perfect for a romantic dinner for 2 or in our case it was 2 adult sizes and 2 small ones for the kids.  Score!

You need it in your life now!  It has the comforting chocolate, the juicy pears and a flacky chocolate crust, does life get any better than that when you take a bite of it?  Probably not!

Chocolate pear tart

On top of those pears, there is some white chocolate and then some shaved dark chocolate.

Sometimes, in life, this gets rocky and you have some ups and downs and I am part of those people who eat their emotions and need comfort in my plate.  Mostly sweet but I also love savory-feel-better-dishes.

I always talk about me.  Well, I know it’s my blog but I’m wondering.  You, how are you?  Are you in need of my tart?  Since we ate it all (oops sorry), please spend some time in the kitchen, which by the way is therapeutic and enjoy dessert!

Chocolate pear tart Pssst!  Also, save, pin, bookmark this recipe for Valentine’s Day.  You better half will love you more for it!

Rustic chocolate pear tart

Yield: 2 love birds

Serving Size: A small 3 inch tart pan

Ingredients

    For the crust:
  • - 1/4 a cup of soft butter
  • - 3/4 cup of flour
  • - 2 teaspoon of cocoa powder
  • - 30 ml of milk
  • For the filling;
  • - 2 pears, medium sized, in cube
  • - 1/4 of white chocolate chips
  • - Some shaved dark chocolate to taste

Instructions

  1. Mix the butter, the flour and cocoa powder together until it is crumbly. Add the milk at once and mix gently to form a bowl of dough. Don’t over-work it, just enough so all the crumbs are all picked up. Roll it (add a little bit of flour to prevent from sticking but very little) and place onto a pie plate.
  2. Place the pears on top.
  3. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes at 375F.
  4. Put the white chocolate chips in a ramekin with a table spoon of water and melt it in the microwave and drizzle it on your tart.
  5. Allow to cool down and place the shaved chocolate for presentation

Notes

I used my veggie peeler to shave the chocolate!

http://bonappeteat.ca/2015/02/02/rustic-chocolate-pear-tart/

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French Galette des rois

By on January 6, 2015

Because we don’t eat and indulge enough during the holidays, here’s an excuse for you to eat some more today, on January 6.  It’s a French tradition, la Galette des rois, or Kings’ cake, is eaten on Epiphany Day.

Galette des rois

No need to twist your arm to eat it, I promise.  It’s just amazingly good stuff.  A nicely golden puff pastry filled up with a frangipane.   Frangipane is a filling made with almond, it also has butter and sugar.  Admit it, you can’t go wrong.

La galette des rois is the reason you need to push your new year resolution to later.  How can you resist that buttery pie?

Galette des rois

Speaking of which, I am not a big believer in New Year resolutions, why do people feel like a resolution should be taken on a new year, new month or a new week? I know that there is this sense of clean slate but I kinda of think I can be on a Tuesday, 14 of the month, in March? or July? Why not?

Regardless, El Cubano decide to get healthier since he tends to be the picky eater of the house and started exercising.  So to encourage him, while he exercises downstairs, I do cardio upstairs.  The kids love it, they jump for 30 minutes.  Let’s see how long we last!

Galette des rois

Back to this Kings’s cake, I took a few pictures along the preparation.  I don’t do it ofter but I’ll try to do this more.  I do like to see it on other blogs so…

First, some little hands helped me rolling down the dough.  My Princess was too cute!  If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll recognize those little colored fingernails, just like Maman.

Galette des rois the making

Galette des rois, the making

I don’t mean to put the fault on my daughter (kinda :)), I meant to make nice decoration, French bakery like but she kept call me and grabing my arm.  Doesn’t matter, this did not alter the taste!

She’s been my little assistant lately and quality controller!

galette des rois the making

Please do join this French tradition!   Normally, in France, a mini charm would be hidden in the filling and the person getting it (without breaking a tooth) would be king or queen for the day.

How wonderful are we, French people? 🙂

 

French Galette des rois

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 8 small pies

Serving Size: 5 inches diameter

Ingredients

  • - 400g of puff pastry
  • - 1 cup of butter
  • - 1/4 of a cup of brown sugar
  • - 1/4 of a cup of white sugar
  • - 1 and 1/4 cup of ground of almond
  • - 2 eggs
  • - 1 egg yolk for the dough.
  • -

Instructions

  1. - Roll down the puff pastries and make 5'' circles (I used a bowl), You should be to make 16 circles for 8 small pies.
  2. - In a pot, melt the butter.
  3. - In a bowl, put the sugars, the ground almond and mix. Pour the melted butter on it and whisk.
  4. - Add the eggs one by one. You now have your frangipane.
  5. - On 8 dough-circle, pour some frangipane, equally on all the dough.
  6. - Cover the 8 pies with the other 8 circles you had left. Using a fork, press the borders to seal the pies.
  7. - Take your egg yolk and with a brush, spread some of all the tops of the pies.
  8. - Place in the oven at 380F for 20 minutes.

Notes

I used a whole box of puff pastry of Tenderflake for this recipe (http://www.tenderflake.ca/en/Products/Tenderflake/Pages/PuffPastry.aspx)

http://bonappeteat.ca/2015/01/06/french-galette-des-rois/

Galette des rois

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