Friday, October 22, 2010


Les anniversaires des filles sont espacés de trois semaines. Mais la semaine d'anniversaire de la grande a vu trois occasions différentes de faire des gâteaux au chocolat : le jour même, le lendemain à l'école et enfin le dimanche pour la petite fête avec les copines.

 L'occasion de revisiter des classiques et de tester de nouvelles recettes.

chocolate cupcakes
chocolate cupcakes
Combinaison gagnante, le gâteau au chocolat "léger" de Trish D. (in I <3 Cake) surmonté du glaçage fudge de Nigella (in Nigella Bites ou en v.f. Péché de Gourmandise). Superbe cupcake chocolat à fond, très bon et très gavant.

couronne au chocolat

Classique des anniversaires d'école car il se suffit à lui-même et les maîtresses n'aiment pas trop les glaçages et autres fourrages ou les miettes partout, mon gâteau couronne sans fioritures (in C'est du gâteau, mon livre, un must absolu  dans toutes les cuisines;-), en 1 fois et demi pour rassasier une vingtaine de petits enfants et leur maîtresse.

birthday spread

Nouvelle combinaison chocolatée(sur la photo du dessus), les cupcakes de la pâtisserie Hummingbird à Londres mais avec une simple ganache, trouvée sur le web. Pas mal mais disons que je devais commencer à saturer sur le chocolat (incroyable mais vrai) alors que les cupcakes vanille étaient tout nouveaux et tout beaux.

Les cupcakes double vanille de Billy, pâtissier à New York City. Mon copain Jesse m'avait conseillé d'y goûter mais par manque de temps, je n'avais pas pu. Un rattrapage en beauté grâce à Martha Stewart.

Vanilla cupcakes

Ces cupcakes sont excellents, vraiment. Faciles à faire, encore plus faciles à manger. Le gâteau se suffirait en lui-même, mais le glaçage vanille est aussi super bon. Sucré, c'est sûr, vous êtes prévenus. Les enfants, même les chocoliques avérés, adorent, surtout les filles, car c'est ROSE!

Billy's vanilla cupcakes

De la bombe, je vous dis. J'en ai refait cette semaine pour l'anniversaire de la petite. J'ai fait un glacage plus aéré cette fois-ci.Yum!

Et un gâteau banane, coco et cerises tiré de Nigella Kitchen pour varier les saveurs.

Nigella Kitchen's coconut and cherry banana bread
...with Dora and Boots

Allons-y! Let's go!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Cooking from Kitchen -Recettes de Kitchen (Nigella)

Il est temps de parler de Kitchen, le nouveau livre de Nigella!
Il contient plein de recettes rapides qui changent, donc facile d'en essayer beaucoup. Nigella fait un effort pour recycler les restes, bien en temps de crise / eco-citoyenneté.

Time for a Kitchen post!
The book has many quick recipes, so it is easy to try a lot of them. Nigella also makes an effort to help us recycle leftovers, good in these crisis/sustainable times .

Korean Keema, super rapide / quick:


Teriyaki Chicken turkey /de dinde


Ici servi avec du riz brun thaï équitable et des poireaux vapeurs.

Here served with fair trade Thai brown rice and steamed leeks.

Mussels in cider/ moules au cidre


D'habitude je mets du vin blanc, mais là suis charmée par le cidre, qu'on ne sent pas vraiment mais qui donne un jus subtilement doux.

Usually I use white wine but I was pleased with the cider, you can't really taste it it's just subtly sweet and makes a great broth.

Japanese prawns / crevettes japonaises


J'adore, mais bizarrement pour Nigella, avec la salade en accompagnement, ce plat est très light. Prévoir du riz en cas de grosse faim.

Loved it but unusually light for a Nigella dish, with the suggested salad as a side. Plan to serve with rice if very hungry.

South Indian veg curry / Curry de légumes du sud de l'Inde


Bien aimé, ajouté des pois chiches. VEGAN!

Liked this very much, added some chickpeas for good measure. It's VEGAN!

Choc chip cookies


Les meilleurs. Je crois. Vraiment.

The best. Or so. Really.

Apple and cinnamon muffins / muffins pomme cannelle

Nigella Kitchen's apple and cinnamon muffin

Déjà racontés ici.
Already blogged here.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Happy Sunday

Today, I woke up super early and made myself proper chai -real spices, milk, teabags, brown sugar. Then I enjoyed the quiet to do a little yoga while the sun was rising. Bliss.


 The recipe makes 6 regular muffins and 8 silicon moulded ones.

I then went on to make some apple and cinnamon muffins from Nigella's new book, Kitchen. I don't know what happened but they took me ages to prepare, then I let them get too brown.
I blame Nigella who told me to set the oven on 200°C. Obviously she doesn't know my oven, so it's not technically her fault. W likes over-baked stuff (his mum raised him well) so he actually said thank you Nigella. Ha ha. (We, of course, do not communicate directly with her, we're not that type of insane ;)

Nigella Kitchen's apple and cinnamon muffin

The muffins are delicious, but a bit too sweet -there's a half cup of honey plus 125g brown sugar in there. The honey gives a great taste, and they were easy to gobble up. More for an afternoon snack too.

I don't know about you, but the sun is shining and the sky is bright blue here. It's been a good week weather wise. Yesterday we took a little walk in the surrounding countryside and woods. Then I went on a fruitful shopping expedition and ended up stocking up on Asian spices : among them gojuchang (the red box), a Nigella recommendation.

Asian condiments
I got dashi in sachets, miso-dashi, curry roux tablets, gochujang and coconut milk. I love the eco bag they gave me to carry the stuff, so cute and it says "bon chance".

I immediately put the curry roux to use with a pork curry, Japanese stylee. It's from the book in the picture. I had no idea the Japanese were as fond of curry as, say, the Brits. Of course you could also make the curry without anything containing MSG. Here's a little video to show you how, that guy is so friendly too.

Japanese-style pork curry

Today, we hope to get our act together and go apple picking in a pick-your-own orchard. Luxembourg has lots of native plum and apple trees. Just around the corner of our street, there's a pubic green with plum, apple and walnut trees. People collect walnuts and some even come equipped to get the apples. I am both envious and too embarassed to do the same, but glad someone's doing it anyway since some people don't even bother to eat the fruit that grows in their backyard, remember the neighbour?

Sorry about the mini rant. So, I also plan to make some pear jam, and work on some curtains for the living room. Probably won't manage all this today but I live in hope.

Hope you have a nice Sunday!

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Indian summer ....and Kitchen, Nigella Kitchen

Having a break from my breathtaking adventures in New York City to share a couple of pics from my day. Today has been really nice and warm, Indian summer like, not chilly and rainy and a day to turn on the heating like last week.
Today, I received my long awaited new Nigella book, Kitchen, so I made a little teapot of Mariage (Black Orchid) and sat down with it, then later on read it in the garden as it was so nice and mellow outside.
I thought of my blog and took some pictures both in and out and of the new book.

Let me show you my squah scultpure Kürbis , haha!

autumn sculpture 

No, seriously, pumpkins rock and make excellent seasonal decoration before being turned into food.

more Kürbis

Oh, yeah, we had some birthday celebrations with Elmo, more on that later...perhaps.


Autumn brings out fabulous colours from otherwise boring shrubbery inherited from past tenants.


I can't help but think of Monty Python when I hear shrubbery.

My dad planted these a couple of weeks ago before going home.

I love the colour and shape. Also, to give you an idea of the whole -tiny- garden :

the garden

and this is the wider view, usually haunted by three ginger hens


Two gardens farther, a beautifully laden apple tree. I'm wondering whether I should pester the neighbour to harvest them, she's oblivious to the fact that they are food.
the neighbour's apple tree

So here I am, with my new book, liberated from its boring dust jacket to reveal its clever real cover, a chopping board!

me and my book

The book is quite thick and offers a glimpse into Nigella's kitchen, question is, home kitchen or work/studio /test kitchen...?

Nigella K

It's been said before, Kitchen is a return to the Nigella we fell in love with, lots of text, tons of recipes, with the photography resembling Xmas and Express (same photographer obviously). Nigella's witty prose and self-deprecating humour shine through and make it an enjoyable read, though some-many-several recipes seem a bit déjà-vu.
I haven't read it all yet but with all that being said, my lust for cooking has been stimulated.

I liked this picture, that presumably hangs in her kitchen. Makes it easier to prepare a guest's cuppa to their exact taste.

Nigella Kitchen