Friday, June 28, 2013

Fish in breadcrumbs (poissons panés).

Years ago, when we were young and crazy ... and without children, my husband and I used to eat  homemade fish in breadcrumbs.
They were good and flavored. And we liked to be together in the kitchen.

Then, we had children and they used to prefer industrial fishes and, quickly, to clean the messy kitchen after this dish's preparation, stopped us in our cooking surge !

What a shame.

But yesterday, my husband told me :
"WIFE ! ... "
... I love when he says that. It just gives him the feeling to be the master in our home ... Sometimes, you know, we have to let them this belief ...

So, he says :
"WIFE ! ... Tonight, I cook !"...

I do LOVE when he says that ! ... It gives me the feeling to be the master in our home. And this is not a belief but the Truth ! Yes, baby !

So, he prepared us our fish in breadcrumbs.
And I cleaned ...
I'm not sure to be the master in our home, finally.

Here what you'll need, for 4 persons :

  • 4 fish filet ( I took Tilapia, but of course, it's tastier with sole)
  • 1 lemon
  • 3 eggs
  • Some flour
  • Some breadcrumbs
  • Some parsley
  • Some neutral oil.


Step 1 :
Beat your eggs.


Step 2 :
In one or two separate dishes, pour some flour and some breadcrumbs.

Step 3 :
Then, grate an entire lemon in breadcrumbs.


Step 4 :
And cut some parsley.


Mix all that.


Step 5:
Pour some oil in a pan, on a medium fire.


Step 6 :
Flour your fish.

Step 7 :
Then, into eggs.


Step 8 :
And in breadcrumbs.


Step 9 :
Finally, let it cook for several minutes, on the both side, in your pan.



Bon appétit.



Recapitulative for 4 persons :
  • 4 fish filet ( I took Tilapia, but of course, it's tastier with sole)
  • 1 lemon
  • 3 eggs
  • Some flour
  • Some breadcrumbs
  • Some parsley
  • Some neutral oil.
Beat your eggs.

In one or two separate dishes, pour some flour and some breadcrumbs.

Then, grate an entire lemon in breadcrumbs.

And cut some parsley.
Mix all that.

Pour some oil in a pan, on a medium fire.

Flour your fish. 

Then, into eggs.

And in breadcrumbs.

Finally, let it cook for several minutes, on the both side, in your pan. 

Thursday, June 27, 2013

The wooden spoon's game.

Here's a cruel joke but  who makes me DIE OF LAUGHING !!
Yes, I'm ashamed ... I'll be punished one day !
But, at the moment, please, watch this video.

Principle is simple : you must beat your friend's head with a wooden spoon in your mouth.
Of course, you need an accomplice...




Tuesday, June 25, 2013

New easy meringues (nouvelles meringues faciles)

Because I couldn't stand on a failure !
Because I'M THE MASTER IN MY KITCHEN, once for all !
Because I can't accept that EGGS beat me !
Because I'm a winner !
...And most of all, because my mother gave me this and I couldn't say no :


... I've decided to try once again to give a beautiful form to my meringues. Remember, my easy meringues ?  Here they come again. And this time, I want you to do them with me and we'll SUCCEED !

Yeah, baby ! All together !

Here what you'll need :
  • 4 eggs whites
  • 250 gramme sof white sugar
  • 1 vanilla pod or 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract (I used both of them)
  • A pinch of salt.
Your oven must be preheated at 150°C (300°F / Th4)


Step 1 : 
Carefully, separate whites from yolks. There mustn't be any yolks in them. Add a pinch of salt. 


Step 2 : 
Whisk them until they become tough. There must be "birds peaks", as we say in French "Bec d'oiseau" and when you put them upside down, they must not fall. Cross fingers ...



Step 3 :
Cut your vanilla pod in two and with a knife's tip, recover the grains and add the to the sugar. No problem if it's not real well stirred at the moment. 


Step 4 :
Then, LITTLE BY LITTLE, whisking each time, pour the sugar into the whites, until combined. 


Step 5 :
End with vanilla extract. 


Then, THE COMPLICATED PART BEGINS ! 

Step 6 : 
Use a piping bag ... I failed at this step, do you remember ?
But I found a solution ! 

Use a high jar and follow me on this short video, that my daughter made : 

video


Then, you can play to form some little meringues or, as my children said : snowmen's pooh ... 
Children don't have any respect for their parents ! 


And finally ... 

Step 7 :
In the oven for 50 minutes, if they are small or 1 hour if they are a little bit bigger.  
Don't open the oven during the cooking time ! 



Believe me, please : they are VER VERY EASY to make. If meringues use to scare you (booooh ! Scary meringues !), those ones are for you. 
Trust me. 
If you don't want to make them with this form, you can make them much more simply : meringues for hopeless.


Recapitulative : 
  • 4 eggs whites
  • 250 gramme sof white sugar
  • 1 vanilla pod or 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract (I used both of them)
  • A pinch of salt.
Your oven must be preheated at 150°C (300°F / Th4)
Carefully, separate whites from yolks. There mustn't be any yolks in them. Add a pinch of salt. 

Whisk them until they become tough. There must be "birds peaks".

Cut your vanilla pod in two and with a knife's tip, recover the grains and add the to the sugar. No problem if it's not real well stirred at the moment. 

Then, LITTLE BY LITTLE, whisking each time, pour the sugar into the whites, until combined. 

End with vanilla extract. 

Use a piping bag .

In the oven for 50 minutes, if they are small or 1 hour if they are a little bit bigger.  
Don't open the oven during the cooking time ! 

Saturday, June 22, 2013

The Warrior !

Finally, some days ago, we heard our first seasonal's cicada ! Because it was not really hot, here ...

I'm sure this one is Rambo's Cicadas ! In her little town, under trees, that's how her friends call her ... Or him. Because Rambo is not a female. We all agree with this...
Or a very combative female.

 Rainy and sunny sunday time to dear friends. Pics took with my cell.


ANYWAY ...!

So, I was cooking when ... Yes, I was cooking ... Oh, for sure, I would prefer begin my story this way :

I was having a lie-down, in front of my swimming pool, with a glass of fresh white wine in hand, and watching at my HUGE TV when ...

But, this is not my life.

SO I WAS COOKING ... (Ooooh, good job, I feel frustrated now !) when I heard a little "creeecreee", prudent, low and very courageous.


You have to know that a cicada has a very hard life ! She stays, buried underground for years ! Between 5 and 10 years !! Some american cicadas can stay underground for 17 years !!
INCREDIBLE !

Then, one day, they feel it's time...
Heat is calling them : "CICADAAAAAAAAS !! COME OUT !".

Then, those poor cicadas just will live for one short month outside !
They l have a huge challenge on their shoulders ! THEY HAVE TO MAKE THEIR LIFE !

Can you imagine ??

For years, you're preparing yourself, for just one month ?

And during this month, you must :

  • Change your skin... 
That means, you spend years to have a beautiful skin-habit, taking care of it, choosing which color will go with your hairs, all that ... just only you're getting out, you have to change it. "Okaaaaay, thank you, friends ! Somebody could tell it before, don't you think ??".
  • Play cymbal ...  
"Hey, girls ! Sorry to bother you, but, I mean, I'm not very good with instruments ... Am I obligated to .... ? Yes, Bridgit ? Yes, We have to ?... OK, all right... Too bad for your ears. "
  • Have sex ! ... 
"Huuuu, Stephanie ?... I'm sorry but I saw him FIRST ! HE IS MINE, OK ?? I was here before you, so GO AWAY IMMEDIATELY, I don't have time to lose !"
  • And lay just 500 eggs !!! 
"Bobby darliiing ? Don't forget to take out the trash, please, there are some dirty diapers in it ... Thank you ! "


So they get out for one short month.
Can you imagine if this month is windy, cold and rainy ? They fail their life !

"OK, boys, don't-get-out ! I repeat : DON'T-GET-OUT ! We've been duped ! I repeat "WE-VE-BEEN-DUPED !"





And you think you've got a hard life ?

I just say : Respect for cicadas. They are the biggest warrior on earth !

End of my sheer lunacy.



Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Simple potatoes (pommes de terre au four)

Some days, you don't want to eat healthy.
Some days, you're fed up with vegetables.
Some days, you just need fat and sugar.
Some days, you're dreaming about a glass of white fresh wine. Or even two, or three, or ...
Some days, you're dreaming about Alex O'Loughlin...

... Then your children yell :"MUUUM !! Can we eat french fries tonight ??" and time catches you up.
So you have to find a balance between your dreams and the cruel reality.

You KNOW you can't eat french fries each day.
You KNOW vegetables are better for health.
You KNOW you've got a sweet husband ...

BUT ... you're just a woman and women need dreams !
So, here's a quick and not too fat recipe of pototaes. It will help you to fill your fat desire.
And for the rest, as me, watch Hawaii 5-0 and cry !

Here what you need :
  • Some potatoes (for 3, I used 6)
  • 2 tablespoon of Olive oil
  • Rosemary
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • Salt and pepper
Your oven must be preheated at 180°C (350°F / Th6)



Step 1 : 
Rinse your potatoes carefully.


Step 2 : 
Cut them in slices, in the length direction and arrange them on a sheet paper. 



Step 3 : 
Sprinkle them with salt and pepper, olive oil, rosemary and garlic not peeled.


Step 4 : 
Then, in the oven for 15 minutes. After this time, stir them gently. 


And let them cook for 15-20 minutes more.


Bon appétit ! 


Recapitulative : 
  • Some potatoes (for 3, I used 6)
  • 2 tablespoon of Olive oil
  • Rosemary
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • Salt and pepper
Your oven must be preheated at 180°C (350°F / Th6)

Rinse your potatoes carefully.

Cut them in slices, in the length direction and arrange them on a sheet paper. 

Sprinkle them with salt and pepper, olive oil, rosemary and garlic not peeled.

Then, in the oven for 10 minutes. After this time, stir them gently. 

And let them cook for 10 minutes more.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Talking dog

One year ago, my sister send me this talking dog. I just LOVE him and wanted to share it with you. 
Even if you must already know it.

:)



Friday, June 14, 2013

Tomatoes Pie (tarte à la tomate)

HEY, BABY !! Tomatoes are here !!
No, I mean, REAL tomatoes.
Not the one full of water, without any flavor, and with tennis ball consistence !
That being said, I don't eat "winter tomatoes". Unable...

No, no, THE Tomato, with a capital T.
The juicy one, the sugared one, the shiny one. Oh, how much I love those fruits.

Years ago, while I was to my childhood friend, the Hunter, her wife served me traditional mozzarella-tomatoes. I tasted and asked : "Do you sugar your tomatoes ??".
She replied :"Of course, not ! Just need sun and water".
The best tomatoes I ate for all my life. I swear.

So, we're finally in the good season for those fruits.
I'm going to share with you a very usual provencal recipe : the tomatoes pie.
There's a million ways to prepare it. But this one is very simple and yummy !

Here what you'll need for a 4 person's pie.
  • 5-6 tomatoes
  • pastry
  • 1 big tablespoon of mustard (I use sweet mustard, I mean, not too strong)
  • Oregano
  • Salt , pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon of olive oil
Your oven must be preheated at 180°C (350°F / Th6)



Step 1 :
Unroll your pastry on a dish and stick it with a fork. I used a cake pan, for fun. But you can use a pie plate.


Step 2 :
Slather the bottom with mustard.


Step 3 :
Then, cut your tomatoes in slices and arrange them, even in several stairs, into your pie.


Step 4 :
Salt, pepper, and oregano.


Step 5 :
And water with the olive oil.


Step 6 :
Then, I closed my pie. But if you use a large dish, you're not obligate to.


In the oven, for 25 minutes or so.


Bon appétit !



Recapitulative for a 4 person's pie.
  • 5-6 tomatoes
  • pastry
  • 1 big tablespoon of mustard
  • Oregano
  • Salt , pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon of olive oil
Your oven must be preheated at 180°C (350°F / Th6)

Unroll your pastry on a dish and stick it with a fork. 

Slather the bottom with mustard.

Then, cut your tomatoes in slices and arrange them, even in several stairs, into your pie.

Salt, pepper, and oregano.  

And water with the olive oil.

In the oven, for 25 minutes or so.