Monthly Archives: February 2013

Doing R.S.’s Crispy Pata – Part 1

A while back, I saw a delicious, fried pork shank at R.S.’s site Ang Sarap http://angsarap.net/2013/02/05/crispy-pata/ and hoped that one day I could try it.  Today’s the day.  I had some amazing, German pork shanks that I found at Fresh Paradise … Continue reading

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Magret de Canard aux Figues

Back in the day when children ate as they were told (“What, you don’t like prunes?!  Here’s two more and I’d better see a smile on your face!”), my grandmother had a fig tree. She loved figs!  I would dread … Continue reading

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Spicy Aubergine with Beef and Sprout Stir Fry

Jade and I were both craving Asian food.  I was wishing for spicy Asian aubergine like we had at the REAL Chinese restaurant downtown https://cookinginsens.wordpress.com/2012/10/01/chinese-sunday/. And Jade craved the crunch of fresh bean sprouts in a beef stir fry.  These … Continue reading

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Le Vrai Gumbo

Back in the day in Haute Volta (now Burkina Faso) in the early 80s, we met a couple, Pim Zwaan from Holland and Clara from French speaking Cameroons.  Even though we moved on, we kept in touch, visiting them in … Continue reading

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Porc Filet aux Pommes

From my happy freezer, I took out two little 1 lb pork tenderloins thinking about a quick, herbal,  honey mustard roast with apples and leftover sandwiches.  It’s a shame that I didn’t have fresh thyme and rosemary 😦  The dried … Continue reading

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Hoisin Chicken, Spinach and Quail Eggs

Our son shares an hilarious philosophical exchange with a colleague: Me: As long as you learn from your mistakes then it’s fine. I mean if you keep making the same mistakes even though you fess up to them, you know…that’s…. … Continue reading

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Cassoulet de Lapin aux Feves

I came back from my shopping trip all “Frenchified”, ready to make something simple, fresh and delicious.   Rabbit sounded good to me and I also had fava beans.  Fava bean preparation is a little more fiddly or labor intensive than I … Continue reading

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