Is time for Asparagus.. how to cook it !


Green British asparagus, with its intense, complex
flavour, is considered – by the British, at least – to be the finest in the world. It’s deep, verdant flavour is attributed in large part to Britain’s cool growing conditions. ( The green asparagus are better served hot with chicken, veal and soup).
White asparagus preferred in Europe ( France and Germany) has a delicate flavour and must first be peeled before use. Trim the woody ends and starting from the bottom and using a vegetable peeler, peel a very thin strip toward the tip. Often, only the lower half need to be peeled. (The white asparagus are better served warm or cold with hollandaise & mayonnaise sauce.

My Tips!

Blanched

When cooking asparagus, you can tie them into little bundles, which makes them easier to remove. Drop these bundles or individual spears into some boiling water, cover and cook for three to five minutes, depending on the thickness of the spears. Take them out, drain and plunge into some ice-cold water, or serve straight away.

Steamed

To steam, place the spears in a steaming basket with a little water underneath. Cover and cook for three minutes.

Griddled

Asparagus loves to be griddled in a pan – simply drizzle with a little olive oil and turn occasionally or try Jamie’s recipe for griddled asparagus with olive oil, lemon and Parmesan.

Stir fried

Asparagus is often used in Asian cooking, either in salads or in stir-fries. It needs only a minute or so in a hot wok, so always remember to add it in towards the end of cooking the rest of your dish. A splash of soy and a sprinkle of sesame seeds work well.

 

My favorite !  is It would be a crime not to mention hollandaise – a classic French sauce made of melted butter, fresh egg yolks, lemon juice and a little mustard or a pinch of cayenne – the pairing of which with asparagus is simply heavenly.

a bientot

Bertrand
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The best hot canapes ! Gougères recipe from Burgundy

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Whether you are going to a Michelin star restaurant or at a friend’s house in France, you will most likely be served gougères canapes to accompany your aperitif drinks (drinks served before a meal). Gougères are traditional cheese puffs made with either Emmenthal or Comté cheese. These little canapes luxuries are perfect with champagne or wine (they are often served during wine-tastings) – and so chic if you have them home-made. Originally from Burgundy, these puffs were invented in the 17th century in a patisserie called ‘Le ramequin de Bourgogne’. So next time you have guests, why don’t you dazzle them with these golden puffs.

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Ingredients (makes about 40)

250 ml/ 1 cup water

100 g/ 3.5 ounce salted butter

150 g/ 1 1/4 cups plain flour

180 g/ 2 cups grated Emmenthal or Gruyère cheese

4 eggs

A dash of ground nutmeg

1 egg yolk for glazing

A dash of salt and pepper

Pre-heat the over 180°

In a saucepan, bring the water and butter to a boil. Add the flour, stirring very fast and take immediately off the 6880354b233b989968432d063bf6700dheat. By now the batter will be roughly in the form of a soft ball. Add the eggs, one by one and stir. It’s important to add the eggs slowly – don’t worry if it looks too thick, just continue to stir as it will eventually become a smooth batter. Finally add the cheese, salt & pepper and stir to a good dewy batter.

Prepare a baking tray line with parchment paper. You have two choices for preparing the gougères: either put the dough in a pastry bag with a standard tip and pipe walnut sized mounds, or spoon and shape with the help of two teaspoons and evenly shaped ball (again like the size of a walnut). Glaze with the egg yolk for a golden baked finish. Sprinkle the puffs lightly with grated cheese.

Leave an adequate space between each gougères and bake for 25 minutes approx or until puffy and golden. Serve immediately.

ps: You can prepare these in advance and either refrigerate or freeze them. Just take them out again before serving and heat in a high-heat oven for 5-7 minutes.

bon appétit

Bertrand Munier

Pea Soupe a la Francaise served Hot or Cold

This is on of the best Pea soup recipe for Spring and Summer !

Pea soupe by Bertrand munier

Ingredients 
600 g shelled peas
4 spring onions
6 lettuce leaves or a big heart
1 tsp tablespoon olive oil
1 liter of water
4 c. tablespoons heavy cream
Salt and pepper
Shell the peas, peel and chop onions, wash the lettuce leaves.Heat the oil in a skillet on medium heat, add onions and let them meltwithout browning, then add the lettuce and peas, pour water, add salt, bring to a simmer and simmer for 20 to 25 min.When the peas are cooked, blend the soup in a blender or hand blenderuntil smooth.Put on low heat, add pepper and heavy cream, stirring, remove from heat tothe first stirrings.

Serve hot or cold .

Bon Appetit
Bertrand

The french donuts recipe .. the beignet !

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We got a very cold weather this weekend, this is a very good beignet (donuts) recipe to try at home .

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Ingredients

Serves: 12
• 125ml water
• 1 tablespoon yeast
• 50g butter or lard
• 100g caster sugar
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 250ml boiling water
• 250ml evaporated milk
• 2 eggs, beaten
• 950g plain flour
• 1L vegetable oil for frying
• 125g icing sugar for dusting

Preparation method
Prep: 30 mins | Cook: 30 mins
1.Pour 125ml room temperature water into a small bowl. Sprinkle the yeast over the water and let stand for about 5 minutes to dissolve.

2.Combine the butter or lard, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Pour the boiling water over the butter mixture and then stir in the evaporated milk. Wait for the mixture to cool down until it is lukewarm. Then, add the yeast and water mixture and beaten eggs.

3.Slowly mix in the flour until the dough forms a ball. Cover the dough with clingfilm and refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

4.Working with a small portion (a little larger than a baseball) at a time, roll out the dough 3mm thick. Cut the rolled out dough into strips 5 to 8cm wide, then cut again in the opposite direction and at an angle, making diamond shapes.

5.Heat your oil for frying in a deep and wide, heavy-bottomed frying pan over medium-high heat to 180 degrees C.

6.Slide dough slowly into the oil to avoid splattering and deep fry until they puff up and are golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Carefully remove onto a rack with kitchen roll underneath and allow to cool until you can handle them. Place in a clean paper bag with icing sugar and shake gently until covered generously or, use a sifter to dust the beignets with powdered sugar.

Chef Bertrand Munier

 

Paris-Brest Recipe, The French Plaisir …..

 The  Paris-Brest

History

The pastry was created in 1891 to commemorate the Paris-Brest-Paris bicycle race. Its circular shape is representative of a wheel. It became popular with riders on the Paris-Brest cycle race, partly because of its energy-giving high calorific value, and is now found in patisserie all over France

Recipe 

Choux pastry:
Quarter liter of water
200 g flour
100g butter
A pinch of salt
4 whole eggs
Praline butter cream:
8 egg yolks
250 g of sugar
250 g of softened butter
120g of  praline paste
finish:
100 g sliced almonds
50 g icing sugar
1 egg yolk (gilding)
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To make this recipe the Paris-Brest, first prepare all the ingredients.

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Place water, butter and salt in a saucepan on the fire.

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 boil it .

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Remove from heat and add the flour all at once.

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mix all

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stirring with a wooden spatula, until it pulls away from sides of the pan and it forms a ball.

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Cool 5 minutes. Add eggs 1 by 1 …

Paris-Brest - 8 mix it
Paris-Brest - 9 Add remaining eggs 1by 1.
Paris-Brest - 10 choux pastry is ready
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Fill a pastry bag with a choux pastry.
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Lay the puff pastry as a crown.

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Have two strings of dough side by side …

Paris-Brest - 14  then a third on the top
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Brown surface with egg yolk, using a brush.

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Sprinkle a few slivered almonds …

Paris-Brest - 18 … over the entire top .
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Backe at  (180°C – 356°F) 30 minutes
Paris-Brest - 20 The dough will rise and brown.
Paris-Brest - 21 cool the crown
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Mix sugar with a little water.

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Bring to a boil and cook until 121 ° C. Using a probe thermometer

Paris-Brest - 24 Put the yolks in mixer bowl. When the sugar is cooked pour it gently at low speed mixer to the egg yolks. Make sure the yolks are at room temperature.
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When the sugar is fully incorporated into the egg yolks beat until completely cooled high speed mixer.

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Make the preparation cooled ….
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Gradually incorporate … the butter .

Paris-Brest - 28  Stir in the last praline paste. The amount will depend on the intensity of flavor that you want.
Paris-Brest - 29 Using a knife saw, divide the crown in two
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fill up the piping bag with praline cream

Paris-Brest - 31 Fill it at Half
Paris-Brest - 32 Decorate the botton crown
Paris-Brest - 33 decoration is finish!
Paris-Brest - 34 add the top
Paris-Brest - 35 the finish touch. icing sugar !leave it for 4 hours in the fridge before to serve .Bon appetitBertrand Munier

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Ideal party the French touch

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We designed as well the Menu Fraicheur at £37.00 per person and the Menu Détente at £43.00 per person(4 courses)  Click on menu

All designed to guide you in your preparation, meeting all your needs, without leaving the confort of your home.

Prices include chef service and bread rolls. (VAT , waiter, hire equipment are not included in the price) Chosen set menu has to be the same for every guest and we can also help you to design your own menu

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Planning a dinner or a party? You can order food online or by phone. Our catering service  is perfect for office lunches, dinners, canapes cocktail and buffet, we’ll even deliver direct to your workplace.

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You can choose any tray selection from our website

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Choose from our excellent selection so you can enjoy a high quality meal at a price to suit you.

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So why not leave the hard work of your dinner party catering to us, giving you time to enjoy exceptional food and great company with your friends.
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Today we prepare all canapes for our party this week-end and I thing people today like to much design on canapes, that why canapes are very expensive between £0.99 to £3.50
if I have to design canapes for my-self to eat I will kip canapes very simple like a nice tomato mozzarella with basil classic…… I like to get classic recipe simple, with full of flavor and you can make it very interesting to eat .
what your view on food ?
merci
Bertrand Munier

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