Once in a while, I like working on classical French dishes, trying to put some Asian influence in the process. I’m taking the very simple chicken stew in white wine here and spiking its flavors with some Indian curry. Well, it honestly worked. That fruity flavor of the wine perfectly complemented the spice from the […]
There is something perennially fall to me about poached pears. Maybe it is because my first ever pastry cook job at a massive restaurant began in the fall, so my task every day was to peel and poach two crates’ worth of pears. It became like a meditation, each day, peeling that many pears by hand!
In any case, find the best firm-but-ripe pears that you can– I like the Bosc variety as they travel well and are not hard to find. Make sure after you core them, you check to see you’ve cored them straight through the bottom and there are no bits of stem leftover. You can also forego coring if you like the look of them poached while they are still whole, just know that you need to cook them longer to compensate.
Who said French cooking needs to be all that complicated? Let this traditional French dish prove otherwise. Literally translating to Cock in Wine, Coq Au Vin is a dish of rooster braised in red wine together with a choice of vegetables and aromatics. Though most modern preparations would call for any commercially grown variety of […]
Alright so this dessert is a little next-level, I will fully admit. However most of the time spent is passive, waiting for the yeast to rise, and I will tell you firsthand it is worth the wait! So take the time and make this dessert from start to finish and you will end up thanking me!
In France it is tradition to serve this “with rum,” which in many bistros means they simply place a whole bottle of rum on your table and you serve yourself! Delicious, non? Serve it any way you like it, but the fact is this cake needs to be soaked with rum before serving. I have also called for it to be served with rum-poached cherries, because why not just keep going over the top when you are already!
Few dessert items are more elegant in my opinion than a classic French-style lemon tart. Here I have called for you to purchase pre-baked pastry crusts, any of your preference, in order to save time. But of course if you have the resources at hand it is worth it to make your own pastry crust.
The Basil-Gin Granita is a delightful and easy way to make something frozen that is less labor-intensive than an ice cream. Feel free to experiment with different summer herbs of your choosing– tarragon or cilantro would both complement the lemon tart here very nicely!
The lemon curd recipe calls for a bit of olive oil, and it is extra important that it be very high quality so that the bright fresh flavor comes through and accents the citrusy lemon. Cheap olive oil is often cut with less flavorful oils such as canola, and can leave a bitter or acrid flavor in something as delicate as a lemon curd. Plus in the end you can use it as a garnish, and later for salad dressings.