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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Meat and fish

30-minute Mediterranean salmon

By on September 28, 2014

Because life is busy but we still want something flavorful in our plate.    Because salmon is the low calories dish that is nutritious and the whole family will enjoy.  Yes, even the kids love it.

How about a meal in 30 minutes from the fridge to the table?  Tempting, right?  And I love saying that I am eating the ‘right’ kind of fat.  Ah!

Mediterranean salmon

I didn’t even have to marinade my salmon because of its freshness.  Buy Canadian Salmon, there are so good!  With the dish, I used fresh ingredients to enhance my piece of fish.

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Meatless

If you don’t have something, just do without. Today, vegetarian pastas.

By on March 13, 2014

The amount of energy that we waste into complaining about something we don’t have.  The time we lose talking about something we forgot at home while we are on vacations.  We forget the essential: just live the moment.  Enjoy it while it last.  I did say “we”, I am French, remember?  So yup, I do complain.  A lot actually.  When I have my mind sets on something, I am little obsessed.  Some days, I can be an amazing whiner when I decide to.   No, no, stay here.  I am not just that, I am fun too!
This is why I married El Cubano, he will always try to see the bright side of a situation.  “Make the best of it” he says.  He is right.  We all should.

On a less serious note but still in the subject, I wanted to prepare some pasta for my lunch.  Healthy with some grilled chicken.  But I did not have any chicken.  I wanted some basil in it, a little bit of summer in my plate… Did not have either.  However, I had some pesto, fresh tomatoes, fresh garlic and onion so there we go.  Something yummy should come out of this!

Once a little cooked the tomatoes were a little tart but it balanced their sweetness perfectly.  The garlic taste was just enough to compliment the pesto.  And the pasta was just Al Dente!   It made a perfect lunch break at work!

Whole wheat garlic pesto pasta

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Meat and fish

Picadillo, a flavored ground beef from Cuba

By on February 26, 2014

Funny thing, I am French and I am sharing more cuban recipes (like this one or that one) here so far!  After all, I fell in love with a Cuban, his lovely Cuban family and his beautiful island.

Of course, at home, when it comes to cooking, I bring my French touch, el Cubano, his culture and well, we are in Canada so some North American flair too!  What a combo but that makes things in the kitchen more interesting.  I have discovered some Cuban dishes and then adapted them.  I have adapted French recipes because I could not find certain ingredients here.

Picadillo

I remember my very first shopping trip after arriving from France, I had orange juice in my basket and I was just walking around in looking in the aisles like you look at the paintings in a museum.  But that was 7 years ago, almost 8.  I can fill up my cart now, no problem!

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Desserts and cookies

A family affair: the cousin of the crème brûlée, la crème aux oeufs

By on February 23, 2014

This recipe, la crème aux oeufs or custard or pudding,  is in fact a recipe affair because it is my Maman’s!  What a success that recipe has in the house!  I really like that recipe compared to the crème brûlée because you are using the entire eggs not just the yolks.   Also, I always have milk for sure in the fridge, the heavy cream not all the time.  Crème brûlée is still my favorite though.

The consistency is still creamy but less richer and heavy.  It makes the perfect not-too-sweet dessert for all ages of the family.  Oh and did I mention how easy and quick it is?

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