Saturday, March 27, 2010

The Daring Bakers #12 Orange Tian ...

The 2010 March Daring Baker’s challenge was hosted by Jennifer of Chocolate Shavings. She chose Orange Tian as the challenge for this month, a dessert based on a recipe from Alain Ducasse’s Cooking School in Paris.

This was quite unusual DB challenge for me as... it's my first anniversary since I've joined Daring Bakers community :) THANK YOU all fellow DB and DC bloggers for support, kind words (when sometimes something didn't exactly go as planned...), great fun and what's more - opening my mind (and my kitchen) to all those amazing new recipes!!! I still remember my first challenge - which was a lasagna... it was hard but rewarding work :)



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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Coq au vin - by Julia Child...

I know I'm mad about Julia Child recently - I finally decided to cook as many dishes from her 'Mastering the art...' as I can (and the second part of that great cookbook was already ordered and is on its way to may home :D ). My Hubby once attempted making coq au vin but it was completely his version, out of his head, how he thought it should be - and it was delicious. For comparison we decided to cook Julia's version - and it was amazing! As with all her recipes it involves quite a work but way less than her famous boeuf bourguignon... Again all the work was worth it and we enjoyed it a lot! It gave us 2 amazing dinners: first one served with baguette, second with potatoes - one whole chicken will give you four generous portions.





"Coq au vin is a French braise of chicken cooked with wine, lardons, mushrooms, and optionally garlic. While the wine is typically Burgundy wine, many regions of France have variants of coq au vin using the local wine, such as coq au vin jaune (Jura), coq au Riesling (Alsace), coq au Champagne, and so on. The most extravagant version is coq au Chambertin, but this generally involves Chambertin more in name than in practice... Various legends trace coq au vin to ancient Gaul and Julius Caesar, but the recipe was not documented until the early 20th century; it is generally accepted that it existed as a rustic dish long before that. In 1864 a similar recipe, poulet au vin blanc, appeared in Cookery for English Households, by A French Lady. In one of the earliest printed recipes, published in 1913, the text claimed the recipe dated to the 16th century." - by Wikipedia.org

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Friday, March 19, 2010

Champignons sautés au beurre... Sautéed Mushrooms...

Another principle from Julia Child. You can use these mushrooms either as a vegetable alone, with other veges or as a part of stews etc. It's very easy to make them and I assure you that they are delicious (I used them in a scramble eggs - yum!). They have that burn, buttery, almost like wild mushrooms taste. So as per Julia's 'Mastering the art...' here it is.


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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Oignons glacés à brun... Brown-braised onions...

Brown-braised onions are used when you need a brown effect for example in coq au vin, boeuf bourguignon or in a mixture with other vegetables. I know that I've already placed this recipe in my other post (about boeuf bourguignon) but it's used it many other Julia's recipes (so it will be easier to just link to it in the future) and it's perfect for ex. in stews. So here we go with a full Julia's instructions.



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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Diet... no way! But I can make some changes...

On our recent visit to Poland my Hubby had some bad blood test results. It seems he has to go on a diet - which he already did. I can't go on a diet (you can't do that while pregnant!!! even when not pregnant I'm not a big fan of dieting... love eating too much ;P ) but I can make some changes in my menu - to help and support my Hubby and avoid 'double cooking'. We already dusted our steamer and we're planing our meals slightly different. With all that in mind, I thought of a nice, but quite healthy dessert. Not difficult at all and something which will satisfy cravings for sugary snacks.



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Monday, March 08, 2010

Kołduny aka Pyzy aka Pyry - Polish dumplings...

"Kalduny or kolduny are stuffed dumplings made of unleavened dough in Belarusian, Lithuanian, and Polish cuisines, akin to the Russian pelmeni and the Ukrainian vareniki. The origin of kalduny is uncertain: they may have originated with equal likelihood in the West (Germany or Czech lands) or in the East (brought by the Tatar-Mongols across Siberia and the Urals). Kalduny come with a variety of either savory or sweet fillings." - by Wikipedia.org


I just got back from a trip back home - to Poland. As always it was very busy time - meet the family, doctors :/ do some necessary shopping and of course... lots of good food :)
This is one of my all time favourites. What's funny though is that I hated it when I was a child - maybe because of the ingredients ;) My Nan makes them, my Dad makes them and I hope I will make them too. Those were made a week ago by my Dad. I was just sitting and observing. Luckily it's not that complicated at all :)


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Sunday, March 07, 2010

Leg of lamb with creamy mint sauce...

As you know it was a little quite lately on my blog. The reason is I was in Poland for over a week (last time I could travel with my baby still 'inside me' ;) ). Of course, as always when going back to my family home there was a lot of cooking. This time it was my Hubby in the kitchen. We decided to introduce to my parents a lamb. They never ate it - being it not a popular meat in Poland, very hard to get and VERY expensive too - they just didn't have a chance to try it. Hubby decided to cook it in a rather traditional, Irish way - the way that lamb is the best (of course that's only my personal opinion). The only 'not so Irish' was vodka, rather than Guinness, which was drank with it ;) It was served with: first boiled and then fried new potatoes (pealed of course after not before boiling) and carrots - boiled, pealed, cut into thick sticks and fried on butter and a tablespoon of oil. Lamb itself turned out delicious, tender and flavorsome. My parents liked it a lot!



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Thursday, March 04, 2010

Vegetable soup...

This soup was created more cos of necessity than anything else... I got back home from a whole day of work and had nothing(!) for dinner, but... My fridge was full of veges, some leftover boiled potatoes - so what do you need more...? Nothing! I didn't have any recipe at all. I'm sure that if you have some other veges in your fridge than me this soup will work as well (for example I HATE peas but you may have a can of those in the cupboard) - just use your imagination ;)



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