Curried chick pea dosa, with coconut gravy

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An Indian brunch maybe not so Indian… Well, dosa is the pancake from India, but this recipe has traveled via Canada, it seems.

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This month is a retro challenge, as we had to pick an older one we had not done yet, so mt choice was September 2009’s Indian Dosas (Vegan Style) :
Recipe here.

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The 3 elements : curried chick peas and veggies, dosa crepes and the coconut sauce.

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The curried chick peas with shishito peppers and kabocha pumpkin.

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The coconut gravy with a shishito pepper and a little bit of habanero pepper.

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I made the dosas with plain flour. Well, that’s easier and quicker, I prefer rice and lentil dosas :

red dosa
green dosa

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Side veggies : goya bitter squash and cucumbers.

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So let’s fill the crepes…

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… pour the sauce and sprinkle coconut snow.

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An axoa with 1, 2, 3, 4 peppers…

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Another Basque dish, to match the cakes. It’s called axoa, and you say that : “ashowa” like ” Ah ! shhh ! wah ! “. Because it’s …mmm, and you never make enough of it.

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The name would refer to hashing, the meat, the veggies…

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Veal is more common. I’ve used pork. To compensate the absence of the famous Espelette pepper for which this dish was invented, I’ve mixed :
-fresh long green sweet peppers
-fresh red paprika
-a bit of frozen hot Korean red chili
-some paprika powder

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That’s ready :

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That goes well with garlic flavored potatoes.

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Okonomi-green, cabbage, avocado, sea weed…


Many greens for this lunch okonomiyaki. OK, I admit it, that was a way to empty the veggie box in my fridge. And the result was delicious.

About the veggieful Japanese hot-plate specialty, recipes, etc :

Les okonomiyakis gourmands (compilation, click here)

Of course, it is base on shred cabbage. Lots of it in the batter. I’ve added an egg too.

Onions, green peppers and avocado stir-fried together make the filling. It’s original, but that works perfectly.

I’ve painted the top with shoyu (soy sauce, thickened with potato starch). Then aonori sea weed flakes, dry bonito flakes, shichimi-togarashi (7 spice mix) and negi leeks…

Tarte flambée à l’oignon blanc et aux 3 poivres

The “tarte flambée” is made with creme fraiche in my place, cottage cheese in other areas. Toppings are onion and bacon bits.
What did I have ?

Onions, white ones. The sauce is yogurt blended with cream cheese that was getting old and dry. I had to finish the cheese. The white mix was very liquid but dried a bit too much. If I had to do it again, I’d add a little butter or oil in it.

No bacon in view…. I flavored it with 3 peppers freshly grounded : pink, green that you see in the mortar and black that has its own mill.


The dough raised a lot, but it was very crispy under. Well, with a little white wine, that’s a good dinner.

Casser la croûte. On the table, at the farm…

Let’s break the bread crust and the meal starts… Casser la croûte, breaking the crust is eating for the French. That’s the magic : close your eyes. Your are in a French farm in the timeless era of fairy tales. There is a herd of unicorns grazing in the field…

Break the bread and put food on it…

That’s a meal. No, I forgot to take photos of the wine.
At our farm we make everything from scratch… but not the wine.

Un pain de campagne. Merci Kiki, la MAP (home bakery machine). It’s an old style peasant bread with a little rye flour in it.

3 terrines that you’ve seen before :
terrine de canard aux marrons et aux noix (chestnut marron duck )
terinne de volaille aux herbes (herb poultry)
pâté au foie (liver)

Salade de chou rouge (red cabbage).

Flavored with apple, Italian parsley (despite the name, it’s not foreign at all in France, it’s persil plat, the common flat parsley). Of course, a cider vinegar vinaigrette.

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pickled cornichons

pots de pommes de terres et champignons (mushroom, potato)

Dessert chausson

I hope you enjoyed the visit !

Dépannage de cornichons (pickle rescue)

Can you imagine this tartine de paté without cornichon pickles ? That would be so sad…
No pickles in the cellar. No cellar in this building actually.
What’s a girl to do ?

Take kyuri Japanese small cucumbers. Cut to size. Rub them in salt.

Laurel, green pepper, black pepper… in hot vinegar and water. Pour. Wait 1 week.

Voila !

Nooo, I don’t wait 1 week. I nuke them and I wait… 30 minutes. LOL.

Salmon trout with salsa loca

It’s a recipe given on the blog Truth 2 Being Fit. The original tittle was “salmon with blueberry mango salsa”. A bit crazy as mangoes and blueberries are unlikely to grow at the same place and time, but why not ?
Thanks for this recipe. Quick to prepare and tasty.

The originality of the salsa is the combination of mango and blueberries. It’s very good, really. But… a little but. My vlueberries were very good on their own. Still in the salsa, they become decorative, you don’t feel them much as the mango and peppers dominate.

The salmon trout is pan-fried in its one fat. Crispy around. Miam !

As a side, couscous. I found some super fine grain from Tunisia. Really tasty. In it a few dry fruits (raisins, gojis) and a little butter.