A fresh lunch tray

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Today’s lunch. No fuss.
Hot days are arriving… and going back… and back. Chaotic weather, so the food looks random too.

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Spring roll du jour : lots of raw veggies and herbs.

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Sesame, natto…

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Rolled !

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Dessert waffles : batter is flour, baking powder, sugar and vanilla. Garnished with grated apple, almond slices, cocoa chips.

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Cooked !

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Chicken liver, onion, paprika and balsamico sauce leftover (from here).

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Royal elegance of a simple radicchio risotto.

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My version of the beautiful and tasty Italian dish. Only rice and veggies, another weekday lunch.
Actually that was delicious and so luxurious that I regretted having it for a casual lunch. I mean, for a rice like that, you should throw a party, a royal wedding or something like that.

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I had a radicchio (Trevise salad) waiting to be cooked. Why not a risotto ? I have cut the leaves in thin ribbons, and mixed them with good Japanese rice (polished hatsuga mai germinated rice).

I made a few risotti before with step-by-step photos

risotto compil’

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I use my rice-cooker pot on the stove, then I can put it back mid-way into the cooker and use the stay-warm function.
Olive oil, garlic, a few red raisins, red wine and a broth of (edible) beer yeast and salt. Flavored with thyme.

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The velvety rice !

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A piccata of parsley, olive oil, lemon zest and a few spices.

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Toasted almond slices.

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Le Nancy. Grandma’s so soft chocolate cake.

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Gâteau au chocolat de Nancy

Nancy, the city.
Lorraine has two capital cities. The real one and the fake one that pretends. Well, I know which is real but that’s not the topic.
The situation has advantages. The region has two iconic traditional chocolate cakes. One for Metz, one for Nancy.


Gâteau de Metz

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Gâteau de Nancy

The official recipe.
My proportions : 2 eggs, 60 g each for chocolate and butter, 1 tbs each for cocoa and flour, 1 ts sugar.

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Galette des noix. My pie is a nutcase.

You knew French 3 Kings’ cake, la galette des rois . Here it’s the galette des… noix. Noix are nuts. It went a little crazy.

It was going to look like that. Something like this :

galette des rois au chocolat

But it would be filled with a classic crème d’amande. It became that :

MDR (ROFL).

It’s made like a crème d’amande but…

It’s a crème with two nuts, cashew nuts and a few walnuts. Both are infinitely cheaper than almonds, and just as good.

Then… a mistake : not waiting enough to chill the filling. Bref, the crème was runny, no way to properly seal the pie.

Then… oops, the fève (token) is not inside : forgot it !
Bref, that was too late.

Then… the pie burst in the oven.
Bref, some filling leaked.

Then… the runaway filling fell in the bottom of the oven, burnt and made tons of smoke, the cooking sheet started burning.
Bref, the whole city of Osaka was totally burnt.

Then… the pie was not burnt at all.
Bref, the monster survived the tragedy and came to scare guests on the table.

Then…1/3 of the pie wedges had no filling ! And no king, no queen, no quiing, this year.
Bref, we are all losers (yes, everybody picked one of the damned wedges).

Then… we’ve eaten the good wedges after that.
Bref, we’ll be super-fatty losers.

Besides, for 2/3 of it : it’s perfect. Great fun, great dessert.

Bayonesa angel hair pie, with yuzu.

When it’s good…

… you repeat the recipe. I made the bayonesa recently. Here already a new variation.

Let’s sacrifice one more togan (wax squash).

…and a green yuzu

Green yuzu flavored cabello de ángel (angels’ hair jam).

Yes, you’ve seen that decoration before…

Mmmm… I’ll make some again… and again.

Bayonesa, angels’ hair and almond fragrance…

After the fish empanada, here is a sweet one.
This one is popular in Catalonia and from there ? It’s called a bayonesa. So that could be from Bayonne in French Basque region. It doesn’t seem so.

The particularity is the filling of cabello de ángel, a typical sweet. Normally the dough would be classic butter feuilletage pastry, but I’ve used an almond oil base dough instead. It’s too hot for working butter.

Angels hair jam, a Spanish sweet. Maybe you can buy it ready, I don’t find it here. Go to a past post (click here) to see how I make it with Japan’s ingredients.

I filled the dough with the jam, decorated, painted with olive oil, sprinkled sugar, added almonds…

My dough is a mix of bread dough and pastry. The result is a slightly flaky crust.

Almond dough :
Mix 1 cup of cake flour with 1/4 ts of powdered instant yeast, wet with water at about 60 degrees C. (mix 1/3 boiling water, 2/3 tap water).
After 15 minutes kneed 5 minutes.
After 25 minutes, take a ping-pong ball, spread finely, paint with sweet almond oil, roll thinly. Do the rest.
Join the rolls in a rectangle, flatten them, fold in 3, flatten.
After 15 minutes, cut in 2. Fold in 3 each square, spread not too finely. Make the pie.

More sugar, marasquino cherries (soaked with a little bitter almond essence), raisins. That looks like some Spanish celebration cake and surely not for this season. I wanted it pretty.

If you don’t eat it whole… No, be reasonable : share. Well, cut stripes in the width so each serving has some deco.


Would sting for cake… honey, it’s a beehive torte


Bienenstich (bee sting) or nid d’abeilles (beehive) is a Summer brioche. Serve it very very cold, on a garden table, in the shade of a tree. You’ll see thousands of bees preying on it. Well I have not tried, I don’t want to risk losing even a bit of it to insects…

What’s the deal ?

1+1+1= une tuerie(food to slaughter for).

The honey is hidden in the cream fudge…

… or this looks like honeycomb ? Well, if you had the good taste to make it flat, you could place the almond slices one by one on the top…

Cream is hidden in the brioche… not well hidden. There is more cream than cake.

Rich brioche. I flavored it with honey, pomelo zest and orange blossom water.

Very cold milky vanilla cream.