Month: July 2017

Ham Croquettes

Ham Croquettes

From my favourite restaurant, L’avant Comptior in Paris, and from chef Yves Camdebord. Translated from French. Serves 4. Preparation time: 15 minutes, cooking time: 45 minutes INGREDIENTS: 250 g ham hock (prosciutto), bone in, fat, tendons, etc. (or can be replaced with prepared stock). 35 

Homemade Pita Bread

Homemade Pita Bread

  INGREDIENTS: 2 teaspoons active dry yeast ½ teaspoon sugar 35 grams whole-wheat flour (1/4 cup), preferably freshly milled 310 grams unbleached all-purposed flour (2 1/2 cups) 1 teaspoon kosher salt 2 tablespoons olive oil DIRECTIONS: Make sponge: Put 1 cup lukewarm water in a large mixing bowl. Add yeast and sugar. Stir to dissolve. Add the whole-wheat flour 

Winter Vegetable Soup


  • 3 large leeks (1 to 1 1/2 pounds), white parts only, cleaned and sliced 1/2 inch thick
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 large carrots (10 ounces), diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 1 large or 2 medium turnips (10 ounces), peeled and diced
  • 1 pound russet potatoes, peeled and diced
  •  A bouquet garni made with a bay leaf and a few sprigs each thyme and parsley
  •  Salt and black pepper
  • ¼ cup crème fraîche, more to taste
  •  Chopped fresh parsley or tarragon, for garnish



  1. In a large soup pot or Dutch oven, combine the leeks, garlic, carrots, celery, turnips, potatoes, bouquet garni, 1 1/2 quarts water, 2 to 3 teaspoons salt, and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer 40 to 45 minutes, until the vegetables are very soft.
  2. Pass the soup through the coarse blade of a food mill (or purée using a blender or an immersion blender).
  3. Return soup to the pot and whisk in 1/4 cup crème fraîche (or more, to taste). Heat through, taste and adjust seasonings (be generous with salt and pepper). To serve, garnish each bowl with a spoonful of crème fraîche and a sprinkle of parsley or tarragon.
Anzac Biscuits

Anzac Biscuits

INGREDIENTS: 1 cup plain flour 1 cup rolled oats 1 cup dessicated coconut 3/4 cup brown sugar 125g butter 2 tbs golden syrup 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 160 degrees. Use 2 non-stick baking trays, or line them with non-stick baking 

Boeuf Bourguignon 

  Prep Time: 1 hr Cook Time: 3 hrs Stew Ingredients: 6 oz chunk of bacon 1 tbsp olive oil 3 lb lean stewing beef cut into 2 in. cubes 1 carrot, sliced 1 onion, sliced 1 tsp salt 1/4 tsp pepper 2 tbsp flour 

Le Relais d’Entrecote 


  • 1 12- to 14-oz ribeye (entrecote) steak, or two 6- to 8-oz steaks (1 in think preferably)
  • 2 shallots, grated for extra finesse and flavor (or finely chopped)
  • 3 garlic cloves, grated for extra finesse and flavor (or minced)
  • 2 bunches of fresh tarragon, finely chopped
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 tsp anchovy paste (or 1/2 tsp fish sauce)
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2-4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Sprinkle steak with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat oil in saucepan over high heat.
  3. Add shallots to same skillet and sauté over medium-high heat 1 min.
  4. Slowly add stock; simmer 3-5 min.
  5. Add tarragon, then add all the other ingredients one by one except butter, let simmer for 3 min or so.
  6. (Optional) Pour sauce into blender and blend until smooth, strain, transfer to large skillet for the reduction.
  7. Simmer (reduce) sauce while cooking steak. Just before serving, whisk in butter until melted.
  8. In a new skillet (or grill), heat oil and add steak, cooking until brown, about 1 min per side.
  9. Reduce heat to medium and cook steak to desired doneness, about 2-3 min per side for rare to medium-rare (saignant a entre saignant et à point).
  10. Transfer to plate; tent with foil.
  11. Cut steak into 2 pieces (if one large one); plate.
  12. Spoon sauce over and serve.


  1. Watch the salinity of the sauce, if too salty, cut with additional butter.

Herb Butter

Ingredients: 1/2 cup/110 g butter, softened 1 tbsp/14 g fresh basil, finely chopped 1 tbsp/14 g fresh parsley, finely chopped 1/2 tbsp/7 g fresh thyme, finely chopped 1/2 tbsp/7 g fresh rosemary, finely chopped 1/2 tbsp/7 g honey pinch of salt pinch of finely ground 

Poulet Roti

  Prep Time: 10 min. Cook Time: 70 min. Ingredients: 1 whole chicken, about 4 lbs/1.8 kg, giblets reserved salt (sea salt) freshly ground black pepper 1/2 lemon 1 onion, peeled and cut in half 1 sprig of fresh rosemary (do not get dried trash 

Ginger Soy Popcorn with Cashews and Sesame Seeds


8 cups (2 L) popped corn
1 cup (250 mL) packed dark brown sugar
½ cup (125 mL) butter
¼ cup (50 mL) corn syrup
3 tbsp (45 mL) dark soy sauce
½ tsp (2 mL) baking soda
2 tsp (10 mL) minced fresh ginger
1 cup (250 mL) toasted, salted cashews
2 tsp (10 mL) toasted black or white sesame seeds (optional)

1. Preheat the oven to 300°F (150°C).

2. Spread popcorn out evenly in a large, greased roasting pan; reserve.

3. Combine the brown sugar, butter, corn syrup and soy sauce in small, heavy-bottom saucepan. Cook, stirring, over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Continue to cook for 2 minutes without stirring.

4. Remove pan from heat and quickly whisk in baking soda. When mixture quits bubbling, stir in ginger. Drizzle this caramel over popcorn mixture, add cashews and stir until all the ingredients are coated evenly. Spread evenly in pan.

5. Dry in oven for 15 minutes; stir well and return to oven for 5 minutes. Stir again and sprinkle evenly with sesame seeds (if using). Cool on pan for 5 minutes before breaking clumps up into smaller pieces. Completely cooled corn can be stored in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Perfect Roasted Potatoes

For years I’ve tried to make a great crispy, roasted potato, I’ve always failed, until I came across this recipe, originally via Jamie Oliver. INGREDIENTS: 1.5 kg Maris Piper potatoes 1 bulb of garlic red wine vinegar FLAVOUR COMBO 1 3 tablespoons olive oil 1