Monthly Archives: September 2011

This Is Not a Bhaji Omelette

Bangladesh was one of the family’s least favorite posts.   I don’t know what happened there, many expats loved it.   One of the things I  didn’t like was that women were not welcome in the open market.  Decent women … Continue reading

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Meatball and Bean Soup

Although we’re having this absolutely, ridiculous heat wave after a summer of near winter temperatures, my thoughts are still turning towards the fantastic comfort foods that I like to make this time of year. I found these beans in the … Continue reading

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Marinated Cod with Brussel Sprouts

I am shamelessly proud of the fact that both my children like vegetables.   I like it that Jade hovers around the vegetable section going, “Whoa, look at those brussel sprouts.   We haven’t had those in a long time.” … Continue reading

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Spicy Moroccan Lamb Burger

Back to Jamie.   Today’s recipe is inspired by this month’s edition of Jamie magazine.   While making the burgers, I started to feel slightly uneasy and disloyal because I wasn’t exactly following the recipe.  Again.   Willfully fiddling with … Continue reading

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Grilled Aubergine a la Velours de Balsamique

I made a simple grilled aubergine salad today with, young greens, cherry tomatoes, feta and velour of balsamic vinegar to accompany the lamb burgers.   Balsamic vinegar velour is a reduced, thicker and sweeter vinegar, perfect for glazes. Not really … Continue reading

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Chicken with Sauce Piperade

A while ago, I made a piperade tart from the Basque region of France http://cookinginsens.wordpress.com/2011/07/14/bastille-day-piperade-tart/. Today, I made a piperade sauce for baked chicken, using the same vegetables that I used for the piperade, but cooking them longer and adding a … Continue reading

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Eating Around: Ristorante Del Arte

Jade insisted that we try the last of the fast food restaurants that have sprung up on the outskirts of town.   Ristorante Del Arte has an Italian theme and serves fast food with Italian names and pizza. On entering … Continue reading

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Charolais Steak with Tomatoes and Onions

I went to the market today, and the butcher gave me a Charolais steak to try.  Shocked and grateful, I stuttered out my thanks, went home and immediately cooked it in butter, adding sauteed onions and tomatoes as a sauce and shared … Continue reading

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Deviled Pork Palette with Lentils

These pork palettes are cured pork shoulder, like small, uncooked hams.  Deviled, means that they have been en-robed in mustard and loosely wrapped in a thin, fatty, sausage-like casing. The ones I bought from the traiteur were about the size of baseballs, … Continue reading

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White Chocolate Panna Cotta with Berries

I’ve never had panna cotta before.   I’ve always seen it on restaurant menus but because I almost never order dessert, I just haven’t tasted it.   I tried to get one of the dessert fiends in the family to … Continue reading

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