Category Archives: Food

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Fresh

Today I’m participating in the WordPress weekly photo challenge and this week’s theme is “fresh”. I thought I’d focus on the fresh produce we grow in our garden and some of the kid-friendly fresh foods we prepare in our kitchen. Warning: if you’re hungry at the beginning of this post, you may be starving by the time you reach the end.

I love growing bright red cherry tomatoes in the garden. The only problem is, the darn squirrels love them too. And unlike me, they have no problem eating them if they’re not completely ripe. I do get lucky when I get to see cherry tomatoes get this red. Delightfully refreshing in the summer.

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Fresh cherry tomatoes

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Fresh cherry tomatoes

The squirrels will let me grow a few things without touching them too much, mostly zucchini and green chard. I love cooking the chard, then add heavy cream, garlic and salt. It just melts in your mouth!

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Fresh green chard

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Fresh green chard

When I have some time in the morning, I love to make pancakes with my youngest, who’s my sous chef in the kitchen. Don’t these fresh blueberry pancakes look yummy? That’s because they were!

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Fresh blueberry pancakes

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Fresh blueberry pancakes

A few months ago I tried making cinnamon rolls and I now understand why they’re so popular at the grocery store. Even though I used the bread machine to mix the dough and let it rise, it still took a long time and some work to make them. But you can’t beat the taste of fresh, homemade cinnamon rolls (with no frosting for us, thank you).

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Fresh homemade cinnamon rolls

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Fresh homemade cinnamon rolls

We like making pizza too, by just putting fresh tomatoes, olives and cheese on top of fresh whole wheat pizza dough from Trader Joe’s. I haven’t tried making my own pizza dough yet, but I should. Can you smell that freshly baked homemade pizza?

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Freshly baked homemade pizza

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Freshly baked homemade pizza

Of course we love dessert, but in the summer one of the few baked desserts we’ll tolerate in the heat is a fresh mixed berry pie, full of berry juices. Mmmmm, I want to make one now!

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Freshly baked mixed berry pie

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Freshly baked berry piWordPress weekly photo challenge: Freshly baked mixed berry pie

What do you like to make fresh in your kitchen?

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Nostalgic

Today I’m participating in the WordPress weekly photo challenge and this week’s theme is “nostalgic”. I’m not nostalgic about many things (I’m more of a forward looking person) but I have the perfect item for this week’s theme: Nutella.

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Nostalgic - Nutella jar

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Nostalgic – Nutella jar

Having been born and raised in France, I grew up on Nutella, eating it on many different things: baguettes, croissants, biscottes, bananas, crepes, and one of my favorite, simply by the spoon. There’s no better pick-me-up and I think productive brains thrive on Nutella.

I’ve eaten Nutella my whole life and every time I open a jar and smell its hazelnut chocolate paste, random childhood memories come back to mind. And now I’ve passed on the childhood memories to my kids, in a good and a bad way. My youngest loves it, my eldest doesn’t like the smell of it. He doesn’t know what’s good for him!  One thing the three of us have in common though is, we can’t stand peanut butter. The overwhelming smell and the sticky texture turn us off big time. None of that with Nutella!

If you’re a Nutella fan, please free to chime in!

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Forward

Today I’m participating in the WordPress weekly photo challenge twice: once here and the other on my photography website, so feel free to hop over and view my selected photos.

As a parent, I have a lot to look forward to. I’m looking forward to my son’s birthday party tomorrow.

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Forward to a birthday party

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Forward to a birthday party

I’m looking forward to more thank you notes when I bake yummy food with my kids. Oh, and I’m also looking forward to teaching my son how to spell “chocolate” correctly. ;-)

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Forward to chocolate chip cookies

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Forward to chocolate chip cookies

I’m looking forward to more great reading over the next few weeks.

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Forward to great reading

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Forward to great reading

And I’m looking forward to showing my kids how beautiful the world around them is, especially when they take a closer look. This is what we spotted this morning by the school: morning dew and leftover raindrops from yesterday’s heavy rain. Nature is so pretty.

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Forward to beautiful nature

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Forward to beautiful nature

A thank you and a recipe for drooling

Before I forget, if you participate in the WordPress weekly photo challenge and would like to see my entry, go over to my photography website since it’s where I posted it this week.

I’d like to thank those of you who kindly accepted my invitation to like my Facebook fan page for my photography work yesterday. If you haven’t done so, please go to the page and like it. I’d really appreciate it.

By the way, Zazzle’s great coupon has been extended for one more day! Use 50VETDAYSALE at checkout and get my calendar for 50% off! You can also get 40% off my ornaments and 15% off on most other products, so visit my Zazzle store now.

Now, I want to follow up on a recent photo challenge theme that seems to have produced a lot of drooling. Do you remember which one? It was about geometry and the photo in question was this one:

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Geometry - square of a birthday cake

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Geometry – square of a birthday cake

I know a picture is worth a thousand words but I thought you might actually want to taste this cake yourself, so… are you ready? I’m sharing its recipe. But wait, there’s a catch. It’s in French!

Alright, calm down, I didn’t say I’d post the recipe in French. I’m just saying my recipe is in French so I’ll have to translate for you. Now, I’m not a professional food writer and you should watch me cook. I read between the lines when I follow a recipe. So I’ll probably use non-fancy terms but I’m sure you’ll get most of it right when you try it. And I have to translate all the measurements from metric to US. That is the worst, by the way. Come on America, get on with the metric system, already! You’ll need a scale for this recipe, alright?

The best chocolate cake you’ll ever eat

(aka I can’t believe French people are not fat eating this stuff)

Ingredients
– 4 and 1/2 oz of dark chocolate (70% best)
– 3 eggs
– 1/2 cup sugar
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– A little bit less than 1/2 cup of flour (it’s actually 2/5 cup)
– A little bit less than 1/2 cup of cornstarch (it’s actually 2/5 cup)
– 1 stick of butter (softened but not melted)
– A pinch of salt
For the chocolate cream:
– 1 cup of heavy cream
– 7 oz. of dark chocolate

– Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a square baking pan or use non-stick spray.
– Melt chocolate on low heat with two tablespoons of water and one tablespoon of butter. Let cool down.
– In a large bowl, beat the rest of the butter, the sugar and the vanilla with an electric beater. Add the egg yolks one by one and beat until volume has doubled. Add the chocolate and mix everything together.
– With a spatula, slowly add the flour and cornstarch and mix.
– In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt until firm. Add them to the mix slowly.
– Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 40 minutes or until cooked. Remove cake from pan and set aside to cool down.
– In a sauce pan, bring the heavy cream to boil and take off the stove. Slowly add the chocolate in small chunks and mix with a wooden spoon until all the chocolate is melted. The mixture should be smooth and shiny. Let it cool down until it firms up a little.
– Slice the cake in two halves horizontally. Spread some of the cream on the bottom part and put the top part back on. Spread the rest of the cream on top of the cake with a spatula, making wavy patterns.
– Keep in fridge until serving time.

That’s it! It’s really not that complicated and it’s absolutely delicious. Are you ready to satisfy your drool?