Monthly Archives: February 2013

versatile carrot custard

There are flavored custard, easy to make, that’ll make everyone eat carrots!

I prepare them in mini cocottes, it’s so cute and so much fun comparing to classic white ramekin.

You won’t need a lot of ingredients and is super versatile.

I’ll give you the basic recipe that I got from a French book “mes MINI avec Le Creuset” from Julie Andrieu but I couldn’t resist twisting it in many ways! 

600g washed and peeled carrots

2 peeled and minced shallots

3 eggs

4 tbsp of sour cream (cow or soy)

1 tbsp olive oil

a few sprigs of chives

salt, pepper

tomato coulis

Preheat the oven at 210°C.

Melt the shallots in a frying pan until lightly golden.

Cut the carrots in thin slices and steam them for about 15 minutes until tender.

Mix the carrots with 4 tbsp of the cooking water and season with salt and pepper.

Beat the eggs with olive oil, sour cream, half the chives.

Add the carrot mix, half the shallots and rectify the seasonning (if you don’t want to taste it raw, cook a spoonful in a pan).

Divide the mix in the mini cocottes. Put in the oven and cook 15 minutes. Down the temperature to 180°C and cook 15 more minutes.

Leave to cool.

Heat the tomato coulis with a bit of olive oil, the remaining shallots, salt and pepper.

Serve the custard, sprinkle with ciseled chices and a bit of the tomato coulis.

Instead of chives, you can replace it with:

-fresh cilantro and add caraway powder to the custard mix

-fresh mint and add star anise in the custard 

-fresh basil and add a few roughly minced pine nuts on the custard

-fresh flat leaves parsley and add roughly minced walnuts, hazelnuts or peanuts to the custard

-thaï basil, replace the sour cream with coconut cream and add curry and hot pepper to the custard

And for the carnivorous, a thin slice of smoked bacon, grilled to be crunchy to set upon the mini cocotte.


The Liebster Award – my nominees

First, I’d like to thank the blog for nominating me!

I think it’s a good idea to try to get our blogs better known!

What is the Liebster award? It’s a way of getting blogs with smaller followings (under 300) noticed, as well as newer blogs noticed. It gives them chance to be viewed by more people. It’s suppose to originate from Germany; Liebster’s translations in German means dearest.

There are a few rules to participate:
1. Answer 11 questions asked by your nominator
2. Post 11 facts about yourself
3. Nominate 11 blogs
4. Ask your nominees 11 questions

and then of course, tell them you’ve put them forward for it.
So here we go – My 11 answers to my nominator’s questions:

1. What inspired you to start blogging?
It was a way to share my love of food, cookbooks, and ustensils. It’s also a good motivator to change cooking habits and try new recipes or new ingredients. It’s challenging and fun. I also wanted to share more of my recipes to the people that come to my cooking classes and to those who have difficulties with food intolerances.

2. Do you have an all time favorite book, which one?
Just one??? That’s hard! But I guess I’ll take “Maggie’s harvest” from Maggie Beer. It’s nice to read, there are a few stories, some great pictures and delicious, inpiring recipes. All in one!

3. If you could meet someone famous, who would it be?
David Bowie

4. What was the most scary thing you did in your life?
Taking exams? Really, it doesn’t seem like I did anything that scary…

5. What did you want to be when you were little?
A lot of different things! Air hostess, teacher, aviator, mother, ride a horse with a princess like gown… but I always love turning into mushy mix so cooking isn’t that far from that!

6. Which is your favorite movie?
The Big Lebowsky

7. If your life was a book, what would be the title?
Julie’s nine lives

8. What one happy memory do you have always coming to mind?
The sun, a nice river, a quiet place with almost no people around.

9. What is the most extreme/interesting/terrifying thing on your bucket list (if you have any)?
Having kids

10. If you had to leave this planet and could take only 1 item with you, what would it be?
A good knife

11. If you win some millions in lottery, what would be the first thing you do?
Go to Japan

The 11 facts about myself: I’m an impatient optimist who loves to cook and eat, to share with friends and loved ones. I like my hair short but right now it’s longer. I’m drinking green tea and eating dark chocolate with hazelnuts. I’m impatient for spring to be back and can’t find an eleven facts about myself.

My 11 nominees who deserve more attention:

My 11 questions:
1. What is your favorite kind of food?
2. If money wasn’t in question, in which restaurant would you like to eat?
3. Whith whom (fictional or celebrity) would you like to share a meal?
4. What is the worst food/ingredients you ever tasted?
5. What ingredients can’t you have enough of?
6. What spice would you take if you could only take one?
7. What would you like to try but haven’t had a chance yet?
8. What would be your last meal?
9. What kitchen tool can’t you live without?
10. What kitchen appliances are you dreaming to have?
11. Sweet or savory?

Bon appétit everyone!