Useful tips: get rid of garlic smell

Yes, garlic is a beautiful ingredient. It makes all dishes taste extraordinary. But: the smell it leaves on your hands isn’t so wonderful.

Here is a very simple way to get rid of it: simply rub your hands with a stainless steel spoon or other stainless steel utensil. I used to do this with my knife, like on this picture.

Steel against garlic smell

Careful with your fingers, though!

 

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Cute tips: radish mice

Do you eat enough vegetables? Honestly, I don’t, but recently, I am having a vegetable detox – and I am involving my friends in it. Last time I invited some friends, we started with raw vegetables (full of vitamins!!!). I didn’t want to have boring raw food appetizers, though. So I decorated with: radish mice! (it’s seasonal, by the way and they taste delicious)
radish mice
Ingredients

  • You will need some washed radish – don’t cut the tail!

Directions

  1. Pick a chubby radish and a slim one.
  2. Cut off a thin slice of the chubby radish to let the mouse sit on the surface. Cut the slim radish in thin slices (a little thicker than 1mm).
  3. Cut a  1mm slot on the top for the ears and cut the green top.
  4. Put the slices (ears) into the slot. There you go: a radish mouse!

Financiers

Sunday sweet recipe!

Lemon & orange flavored financiers

I decided to post my latest recipe, which is about financiers. Those are little almond-based devil cakes: once you started, it’s really hard to stop eating them… The story of their names is, according to french Wikipedia, the cake was invented by Lasne, a french pâtissier, in order to delights financiers without getting their hands dirty. Others says it derives from the traditional rectangular mold, which resembles a bar of gold. Another theory says that the cake became popular in the financial district of Paris surrounding the Paris stock-exchange. You choose the story you prefer. I like the first one! Continue reading

Madeleines

Finally, week-end has come! I don’t know how’s the weather on your side, but here in Paris, it was sunny. Today is one of those days you spend the afternoon out and when you get back, you are happy inside with a nice cup of tea. Here is a recipe for some little cakes which will perfectly match your hot beverage!

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  • 130g butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 40g milk
  • 80g sugar
  • 130g flour
  • 10g baking powder
  • vanilla extract

! you need special molds

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°F
  2. Melt the butter and set aside
  3. Mix the eggs and milk together
  4. Add the sugar, the flour, the baking powder and 2tsp of vanilla extract and mix together
  5. Add the melted butter and mix gently
  6. Grease the molds, fill them up to 3/4
  7. Put it in the fridge for 5 minutes (if you step theism you won’t get the cute little bump)
  8. Bake for 5 minutes
  9. Let them cool on a rack

Tips:

I bought mini-molds. It’s cuter and you make so much more.

When I baked half of the batter, I added two tbsp of matcha tea and mixed. Green-tea flavored madeleines are pretty awesome, you should try. Especially if you bought one kg of matcha tea and you have no clue what to do with it.

Macarons from Amiens

Keeping my promises: another recipe before Christmas! Those beautiful almond treats were given to me from a very good friend of mine who moved to Amiens. I had never heard of them before but since the first bite, I’ve become addicted! They are very sweet and are perfect for coffee time.

I took the recipe from the official Amiens city website, I am only translating for you to try them at home. French recipe is available here

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Chocolate bites

With Christmas comes new recipe! For those of you, who are fond of the christmassy time, I will try to post few recipes before the D-day (talking about the 25th, with all the food, love and family. Not the supposed-to-be-once-again end of the world)

Here is the first one: little chocolate something. They look like cookies, but are as soft as cake. We knew the half empty vs half full glass. Here is the half cookie/half cake issue (isn’t in more fun?)

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Zucchini nightmare – part one

Sheldon (Knock, knock, knock) : Penny (knock, knock, knock) Penny.

Penny: What?

Sheldon (Knock, knock, knock) : Penny. Zucchini bread.

Penny: Oh, thank you.

Sheldon: May I come in?

Penny: No.


When we came back from our holidays, our trunk was full of fresh (and so~ tasty!) vegetables from the garden: cucumbers, salads, beetroots, potatoes, zucchinis… It was awesome. No need to go to the market for a week. Thing is, the zucchinis were giant, I had been eating friend freking zucchinis for days and my stomach got bored. That’s when I watched an episode of The Big Bang Theory, in which Sheldon gives a zucchini bread to Penny. EPIPHANY!!! It was a new way to get rid of my endless amount of squash. So I tried and guess what? That wasn’t bad at all! If you like cinnamon, then there’s a chance you’ll love it.

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Hmmmm!!!!! Kouign-amann!!!

Today, a little post without any recipe. Why? Because I want to share with you about the kouign-amann (pronounce it like “Queen Yaman”), which is an awesome sweet, which also is so hard to make a perfect one at home, you’d better buy it. So, no recipe.
Why this post, today? Because the aunt of my beloved one is so kind, she brought back one big cake from Brittany. And not any cake: one from a pastry shop that got prizes for baking the best kouign-amman in France, so I HAD TO share it with you.
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Yes, it’s perfect: you can taste it with your eyes =)

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