Category: French

onion soup with gruyere toast

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Has it really been 10 days since my last post? My word, the days are flying by all too quickly! Have been meaning to put up more recipes as I have been cooking up a storm in our kitchen. If you’ve seen me around lately, you’ll know that although I haven’t been posting, I definitely have been eating! 😮 🙂 😮 I blame it on the weather! 😉 Hibernation mode on. Last night, we had our first snow. And today, we brought out all of our winter coats and jackets ready for the cold winter season ahead. (more…)

branzino

potatoes and grilled branzino

Do people still have house warming parties? I remember going to so many house warmings and open houses as a kid. There would be elaborate buffets of food and a pastor would come and bless the house. I was taught to formally greet adults when we’d go out. I would greet any and every adult I saw at these open houses. It was funny to hear them tell me how much I had grown, especially because I’m sure they didn’t have a clue who I was. Like seriously, I don’t know you! HAHA. Last summer, my friend and I went for a hike in Patapsco Park and we ran into a woman who looked like my other friend’s mom. We went over to say hello and she was like ‘oh you’re here, it’s great to see you, have a good hike.’ As soon as we walked away from her, my friend and I turned to each other ‘Uh, that wasn’t her mom! HAHA. Who was that?’ Anyway, as an adult, I feel like I’ve only been to one or two house warming parties. Maybe it’s not as big a deal anymore. When we moved into our current house, we didn’t have a formal house warming. Our first guest was my mom. We prepared a lovely meal and had her over for lunch. This is a photo from that day. (more…)

petit louis bistro columbia

I’m not one of those people you’d usually find at grand openings for things. But when I heard The Whole Foods Market in Columbia, MD was finally opening its doors, I couldn’t resist…I tried, but somehow around lunch time, I found myself there. I came up with a clever way to trick Kevin into going with me. We had a morning meeting in Baltimore City and on our way home I “suggested” we go for an early lunch somewhere. We haven’t been to Iron Bridge Wine Company in Ellicott City, MD for some time so we thought we’d head there towards Howard County.

“…actually, Kevin…we haven’t had Petit Louis Bistro in a while either…mmm I could go for a Quiche Lorraine. A nice brunchy lunch. Doesn’t that sound good today? …And maybe if we have time we can quickly drive by Whole Foods and see if it’s really busy, I mean it’s just right by there…and if it’s not too busy maybe we could go in…OMG You know what? We’re out of Raisin Bran…” INCEPTION! I’m such a genius! 😉 (more…)

radishes

On hot days like today, Kevin and I prefer to snack instead of having a full-on meal. So today, we snacked on radishes (French breakfast variety) and little crudité sandwiches. They were light, crunchy and delicious. I scrubbed the radishes, made an herb butter by mixing a pinch of sea salt and finely chopped parsley with maybe 2 tbsp of butter at room temperature. Tore the baguette with my hands (I also cut slices like in the photo below), buttered it up, put on the radishes, sprinkled some sea salt and added 3 or 4 onion flowers on top. No cooking required and almost no clean up. I felt like I was pruning a bonsai tree, cutting the flowers off the tops of the onions. 🙂 You can serve these as an appetizer or with a pot of tea in the afternoon. Enjoy!

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flower onions

radish ensemble in salt

 

baked eggs au provençal

baked eggs avec toast

Have you ever been asked the question ‘If you could eat one food item for rest of your life what would it be?’? I remember growing up we’d always play those kind of question games with friends. ‘What would your last meal be?’ ‘If you could eat this or that which would you choose?’ ‘Would you rather run a mile in the snow with no shoes on or jump in a pool of rats covered in peanut butter?’ WHAT?! haha. Back to the original question, my answer would always be rice. You can do anything with rice – onigiri, kimbop, maki rolls, sushi, fried rice, rice with soup, rice porridge, rice cakes, rice tea, soju (that’s made with rice yea?), rice salad, rice everything! Can you tell I’m Korean? You’re probably asking yourself ‘What does baked eggs au provençal have to do with rice?’ Well, of all the rice dishes in the world, my go-to rice dish is rice and eggs. So simple – so perfect! If you were to ask me now what food item I’d eat for the rest of my life, I’d say the humble egg (I could still do rice too – rice and eggs haha). Every which way you prepare an egg, it’s always so delicious.

Egg and rice is something you make when you’re home alone and couldn’t be bothered to cook. It wouldn’t make much of a blog post, so today I’d like to share with you one of my more fancier egg dishes that I absolutely love – Baked eggs au provençal. I came across this recipe a few years ago. It’s from Barefoot in Paris: Easy French Food You Can Make at Home. I don’t necessarily follow her exact measurements, as with most savory dishes I make. It must be the Korean in me – a pinch of this, a pinch of that. It’s so hard trying to learn recipes from my mother, but I’ll save that story for another day. Here are the ingredients we will be working with today, plus parmiggiano reggiano, salt, pepper and a nice crusty baguette.

ingredients with dish

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cherry clafoutis

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I love to cook for my friends and family. It’s kind of like my love language. And if you’ve ever had our clafoutis, well that my friend is a big fat I LOVE YOU! <3

I remember the first time I had clafoutis was in Milan. I was hosting a potluck in my apartment and my friend Laura brought over a clafoutis she made with seeded grapes. It was a gorgeous buttery baked custard with warm juicy grapes. I didn’t care for the seeds so much and spit them out. But there were so many, after a while I gave up and just ate them. Mmm, grape clafoutis. I really should’ve asked her for the recipe.

The first clafoutis I made was awful. I don’t know what I did wrong but it was bland and thin and wasn’t buttery at all. Well I suppose I know what I did wrong – I didn’t put enough sugar and butter! And really, I think the recipe I found was useless.

Then one day last summer, we found a video recipe on youtube from Alain and Michel Roux Jr. We were in Ireland visiting Kevin’s family and we decided to give it another try. Merci Beaucoup Monsieur Alain et Monsieur Michel! It was quite possibly the best clafoutis I’ve ever had. Here is their recipe.

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