Just to bring some light-hearted and very personal information to the discussions. Truffles are around. Obviously and from hereon in, these are my views and I guard them, jealously. A friend stayed the night, recently; he lives in the Périgord and he brought with him, just over 3 kilos of black truffles. The truffles had been harvested (for want of a better word) the same morning. Now, maybe others of you have seen 3kg of truffles in one box, but I, as a chef, have not. Unfortunately, the truffles were to leave with him in the morning, as nearly all of them were for a client of his. However, enough were left for us to have the most wonderful breakfast of "Oeufs Brouillés aux Truffes". The eggs were cooked to perfection, soft and buttery (not rubbery and over-cooked, as is so often the case, especially in the U.K.) and the truffles were, both, grated into the eggs and finely sliced over the eggs. Heaven! I have always said that there are luxuries that I can live with and luxuries that I cannot live without. Truffles are in the latter category.Sorry, I was having a moment :-)
My wife is having trouble locating glazed cherries in Paris. We have tried local supermarkets, and finally found raisins, currants and sultanas, but cherries seem to be impossible to find. Nothing in M&S neither. My next port of call is Leclerc, but I don't hold out much hope. Anybody have any ideas?
Happy New Year to one and all - I love making these and giving them away at this time of the year.You need: two lots of puff pastry (good, bought is fine); 150g soft butter; 150g icing sugar; 150g ground almonds; two large eggs; one large egg yolk; 1 Tbs of dark rum.You do: Heat overnto 108°C; mix butter and icing sugar to a cream; add ground almonds, eggs and egg yolk and rum.Place one disc of pastry on a baking tray; spoon almond cream onto the pastry and smooth out; leave a border all around. Hide the fève (you can buy these from your local bakery if you ask nicely :) and cover with the second disc of pastry. Press the edges to seal and score with a knife. Score the top of the galette with a semi-circular movement with the back of a knife to make it look pretty. Put into the fridge for at least 10 minutes to set.Bake for 35-45 minutes until golden brown. Serve with cider or champagne. (Coffee or tea will also do)The lucky person that finds the fève is king or queen for the day!
hi all, My husband and I are baptizing our son in Paris in December and have 4 adults joining us. Although the baptism will be held on a Sunday, we would like to organize a dinner for our family on Saturday night, as most of us will need to catch a train back to Geneva on Sunday afternoon. I was wondering if someone could suggest a nice, centrally located restaurant with good food/reasonable prices where we might enjoy a family meal together? As of now, we have not booked a hotel, although we will try to find something centrally located in Paris. Thanks in advance!
I'm looking for a caterer to do lunch and daytime snacks for a group of 13 on 6 and 7 November. We have an event at the Espace Plus racetrack in Marcoussis and are looking for someone to bring us a hot lunch (ideally) or a cold platter plus a few snacks at 1pm both days. We can offer 12€ per head per day for hot lunch, a bit less for cold platter.
Hi everyone, My husband, 2 young children, and I moved to Paris about 16 months ago. We live in the 16th, both speak good French, the girls are in French schools, and we are enjoying it. The one thing we are struggling with though is getting healthy meals on the table during the week. So we are trying to find a creative solution--we are looking for a person / chef / service that would deliver about 4 meals per week (for 2 adults, 2 children, fish okay, possibly chicken, but otherwise no meat). Would you have any recommendations or ideas? Thanks, Ashley