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  This is the time to start planning the holiday menu and why not start with dessert! Putting together these ice cream tartlets couldn’t be simpler really, I make a simple digestive cookie base, fill the tart moulds with my vanilla ice-cream and top the tarts with caramelized orange slices before serving. You can ofContinue reading

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Classic Panna Cotta is one of those foolproof desserts which are beautiful, delicious and easy to make. You have the choice of making the heavier version using 1 little of cream, or to be calorie conscious and use whole milk only. In this recipe I suggest a combination of cream and milk for a notContinue reading

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Roasted Red Pepper Salad is among the most satisfying salads for my palate. It is all about the quality of the peppers and the way you roast and season them. Handpick the brightest red pepper you can find, grill them to perfection on a barbecue or over gas stove burner and season them generously withContinue reading

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Coq au Vin is a traditional French chicken stew cooked in white or red wine and usually served with mashed or boiled potatoes and green beans. It is a comforting meal to share with family on a Sunday for lunch and yet elegant enough to serve to guests for supper. The process does involve aContinue reading

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Serves 6 Iles Flottantes or Floating Island is a classic French dessert consisting of a poached meringue floating in a sea of crème anglaise as the name suggests it. It is known but not overwhelmingly popular in North America while it is much appreciated until today in France and can be found on the menuContinue reading

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My latest posts are dedicated to my son’s food cravings. Homemade Bounty Bars are among David’s favorite guilty pleasures, fortunately they are quick and simple to make. It is important to use full fat desiccated coconut, the low fat variety will not do. As to the chocolate, I use alpine milk chocolate bars but youContinue reading

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Pizza Margherita is my 5 year old son’s favorite take out food and over time I decided to perfect the recipe and start making the pizza at home rather than constantly looking for pizza joints. The pizza dough can be made in advance in large quantities and frozen. Fresh tomato sauce and good mozzarella cheeseContinue reading

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    Baba au Rhum is another French classic which I like to prepare when expecting guest for dinner. It s elegant, wildly appreciated by most and can be prepared hours in advance. Use the best quality rum as you will clearly taste it in the babas. I use artisanal vanilla pod flavored rum fromContinue reading

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Bagels is what the kids and I make when we feel homesick. Montreal being our hometown, we have a thing for bagels. My five year old son was basically raised in expatriation, first in the Middle East and then in Africa and yet he is probably the most fervent fan of the Canadian breakfast institutionContinue reading

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