Desserts and cookies | Finger food

French Madeleines

By on December 30, 2014

French Madeleines? Say no more.  It’s French so it’s good, right?  Well, I’m might be biased. But I made it so it’s good!  How about that? And I’m French! Hehe, and quite modest, I may add.

French Madeleines

Although I have been living in Canada for 8 years, I still ask my parents to bring me several French products.  The very first years, the list was long and their suitcases heavy, it was anything from food to my favorite product to remove my make up or a deodorant.  Now, the list is way shorter and revolves mostly around food.

Don’t you love having something that comes from home?  I know that there are things I can find here, but it’s just not the same.  When you are an expat, products from your home country are always ”better”, just because.

French Madeleines

As you might have understood, madeleines were a good that used to be personally imported.  Special request for my breakfast.  In France, it’s also sold in a ”finger” shape, oh-my-god, the perfect shape for dunking!  That’s a little pleasure of life that warms up my heart and makes me feel like I am having a coffee in my Dad’s house with him and my not-so-little-anymore brother.  Yeah, because he is like taller than me and quite stronger too.  Still has been somehow, even though he is 13 years younger than me!

French Madeleines

About those madeleines…  Where shall I start from?  The perfect buttery taste that warms up your mouth?  Or the simplicity of the recipe?  Really, have some butter out of the fridge for an hour or so, so it’s easy to work with.

I got this recipe from my mom, she did it at school (she works in a school) and I have to give the credit to Bénédicte for the recipe that I have adapted.  I reduced the butter and the sugar a little.  Also, I choose to flavor it with some vanilla extract.

Easy and quick?  Yes m’dame!  Just a bowl and elbow grease, although you can use your electric hand mixer but don’t be lazy, it’s fast enough that you won’t need it.  Make sure your oven is preheated while your prepare the madeleines mix and there you have it.  Perfect French Madeleines!

French Madeleines

See, Little Princess had enough of my talking to convince you there are super tasty, she just grabbed it while I was taking a picture.  She is a 2-year-old-opportunist like that! 🙂

What is your little weakness that reminds you of home? Even if home is around the corner.

French Madeleines

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 9 minutes

Serving Size: 18 madeleines

Ingredients

  • - 1 cup of soft butter
  • - 3/4 of a cup of sugar
  • - 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • - 2 eggs, medium size
  • - 1 cup of flour

Instructions

  1. - Preheat the oven at 405F.
  2. - In a bowl, mix the butter and sugar until it looks like a creamy spread. Add the vanilla, mix some more.
  3. - Incorporate one egg and then the other. Mix well.
  4. - Sift the flour and mix until there are no lumps.
  5. - Put one tablespoon of the mixture in each madeleine mold and place in the oven at 405F for 9 minutes or until slightly golden.
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Appetizer | Meat and fish

Carrots and chicken patties

By on December 3, 2014

Carrots and chicken patties

Are do you deal with unexpected events in your life?  We are in our little routine and then we get thrown a curved ball. It’s not always easy to catch it.  I lost my job.  Wow, that was not planned.  Not at all.  One kid in day care, a mortgage and an emergency root canal.

Thankfully, within 10 days,  I found something else where I’m happier.   Let’s see what the future holds.  That was probably a blessing in disguise.  I hope.

After this happened, I just stopped blogging.  Why?  I lost my routine, my comfort, I did not know what to do about it.  Is my time well spend blogging?  Actually, it is.  The kitchen is my creative space, I try, I fail and I succeed.

Carrots and chicken patties

You never know how you will react and act in front a particular situation.   We always think that it happens to your neighbour but… don’t forget, you are somebody’s neighbour.

I bounced back, it’s a bump in the road and I did got a few lessons out of it… I’ll share them with you some day.  I learnt, I grew and got a few wake up calls.

On another note, those beautiful patties where not really meant to be either.  Unplanned but oh so good.  Unplanned is the best sometimes in the kitchen!  A few leftover: chicken, some rice and sad carrots.  Bingo!

Carrots and chicken patties

Of course, you add some cheese, cheese is love.  Ah ah, I sound like a commercial.  Also, I had some fresh parsley and I was really happy about a fresh herb added to it.  The sweet carrots seduced the kids and El Cubano.

I breaded the patties for some crunch and inside stayed moist and soft.  By the way, I baked them.  So much more healthier.  No regret, it was perfect.  It was kids and hubby approved.

The batch will be big enough for some lunch leftover.  Does it get any better than that?

Carrots and chicken patties

 So sorry, I abandonned the blog for so long… I missed it and above all I  missed you.  I guess the longer I was away, the harder it was to get back to it.  Anyway, I am back, although I was never gone.  But I’m still trying to find a balance.  Not easy, it’s new.

How do you cope with situations that change you all routine?

Carrots and chicken patties

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 12-15 patties

Ingredients

  • - 1/2 an onion or 1/2 a cup, minced
  • - 1/4 a cup of orange pepper, diced.
  • - 1 cup of mashed carrots (2 big carrots)
  • - 1 cup of shredded chicken mixed with 1 tablespoon of rosemary
  • - 1 teaspoon of salt
  • - 1 tablespoon of parsley
  • - 1/2 a cup rice, cooked
  • - 1 cup of grated cheddar
  • - 2 to 3 cups of parmesan bread crumbs
  • - Olive oil

Instructions

  1. - In a bowl, mix all the ingredients except the bread crumbs.
  2. - Make a ball the size of a golf ball, flatten it.
  3. - Roll it in the crumbs and place it on a baking sheet.
  4. - Repeat until you have used all the mixture.
  5. - Drizzle some olive oil on each patties
  6. - Bake in the oven for 20 minutes at 380F
http://bonappeteat.ca/2014/12/03/carrots-chicken-patties/

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Meat and fish

Shepherd pie or Hachi Parmentier?

By on November 7, 2014

I would probably go with the French title but you would be wondering what fancy French dish is that, well it is a Shepherd pie my dear! 🙂

Shepherd pie hachi parmentier

 It’s a perfect purée… ok fine I’ll stop speaking French ahah!  Where was I?  Oh yes, it’s a perfect mashed potatoes with the mix of a nicely flavored ground beef.   Garlic, onions and green onions.  Simple.  So we taste the meat.  Really, no covering the taste, just enhancing it.

Of course, you’ll add tons of cheese on top because everybody will love it even more.

Shepherd pie hachi parmentier

You can present the way you would like.  I found that with young kids, they love to have their little portion in ramekins.  It make them feel grown-up to have a mini dish just for them.

The version in an oven dish works as well too.  It brings the family together around a yummy and easy dinner.  Comforting too!  I mean, have you seen that weather outside?  Don’t you want a blanket and go sit on the couch?  Go!  I’ll bring you that little baby ramekin.

I wish I could spoil you like that.   For now, I share the easy-peasy steps to the recipe.  It’s a no fail.

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Appetizer | Finger food | Meat and fish

Mini Polenta Pizzas

By on October 28, 2014

I know, I know, I have been MIA for a few days now, I do apologize.  I missed you guys, and I meant to blog every day, like EVERY SINGLE DAY and life happens.  Kids are sick, work is crazy, tweeting evening while watching Pressure Cooker, falling asleep on Lightroom, falling asleep at 9.30pm on a Friday night.  I am such a party animal :)!

What do you want to hear about first?  My simple and yummy gluten-free mini pizza or my crazy fun experience on the show Pressure Cooker?

Pressure cooker, talking to Anne Marie Withenshaw
Photograph provided by W Network

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw those pictures (and if you don’t, follow me, it’ll be fun!) and if you follow me on Twitter you might have seen my tweets from last Tuesday when it aired.

What is the show about?  Pressure Cooker is a cooking competition for home cooks.  Grab 5 ingredients in your fridge and make a meal for your family.  It sounds easy, challenging and fun and it is! Well, drop the”easy” part.  Gosh, it was super stressful.  Whomever came up with the name for the show nailed it!
So there, you grad the ingredients on the conveyor belt and you run to your station to cook away for 30 minutes.   Along the way, a celebrity chef coaches you, and for me it was Duff Goldman.  His role is to help you to create a dish that will impress the intimidating food critic, Giles Coren.

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Finger food | Meat and fish | Meatless

French savory spinach Crêpes

By on October 15, 2014

Hellooo!  Today, I’m talking about a recipe inspired by my French culture and it’s awesome!  What’s so great about that recipe?  So many things!
– Kids and adults love it.
– Meat lovers and vegetarian eat it.
– You get to eat your green.
– It’s perfect for dinner and makes a great lunch for school or work.

french savory spinach crepe

 Saying it’s inspired by my French culture is not totally right nor fair… to my son!  My little superhero loves to watch Popeye and  asks me regularly to buy spinach at the grocery store. I know, I am a super lucky mom as not all the kids asks for spinach, broccoli and green beans at the store.

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