French

French Bread Pizza

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French Bread Pizza

During the holiday season, people seek nice recipes for desserts, fancy entrees, elegant soups and appetizers for New Year Eve.  In this age of instant gratification, it is all too easy to go to the corner store and pick up some junk food, like chips & dip or frozen pizza snacks.  Convenience does have its […]

Desserts

Classic Creme Brulee

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classic creme brulee

Crème Brûlée is one of those classic French dessert recipes that chefs seem to insist on “enhancing”: adding bits of fruit, nuts or – worse still – oatmeal! I suppose their reasoning is that nobody could possibly be interested in such a simple dessert in these complex foodie days. Well, they are wrong. Crème Brûlée is […]

French

Salmon and Lentils

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Slamon and Lentils

I just made this for dinner last night and I am once again reminded of how much I love lentils. the lentils really are the star of this dish. They are tender, brothy and fragrant with garlic and leeks and sweet from the carrots and a bit spicy from the crushed chilies. And, in addition […]

Desserts

Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes

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Molten chocolate lava cake

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a chocoholic. I love chocolate in all its forms, colors and sizes – dark, white, fudge, ice cream, cake, you name it. So when I saw a recipe for this luscious lava cake, I couldn’t resist. The best part is it was so incredibly easy and quick […]

Desserts

Strawberry Tart with Crème Patisserie

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Nothing smells of an English summer like strawberries.I have wanted to make crème patisserie for ages and thought it would be the perfect accompaniment to the strawberries in this classic, unfussy tart.For the base of the tart ,of course, we are using our yesterday recipe-‘ pate brisee’ ….and now you probably kow what I was […]

Breads

Tart Crusts Made Easy

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Today I wanted to publish a recipe for a delisious strawberry tart, but then I realised that making tart dough can be a frustrating experience without a good recipe and a few pointers!Hands get tired mixing ingredients and – oh my God – who wants to deal with sticky dough? Personally, I have always thought […]