Skillet pizza, plant based



When it’s hot, you don’t want to heat more the kitchen by boosting the oven in pizza mode… plus you’re too lazy to knead the dough. So that’s how you can make a pizza :


1. Quick dough : flour, baking powder, salt, olive oil and water.
2. The dough can be cooked immediately in a skillet (no oil, a wet lid on top to create steam).
3. Tomato paste and olive oil on the dough…

That really “grills” the dough and brings a pizza flavor.


Summer produce.


I’ve steamed the aubergine and the onion. The sweet corn and the peppers are raw.


Veg’ cheese : sakekasu (sake lees), miso and olive oil


Passed under the grill 3 minutes to color the sauce. That step could be skipped and the garnished pizza could be fully cooked in the skillet.



Pineapple biryani



That’s biryani party at the Daring Cook’s challenge.

Grace, one of our talented non-blogging Daring Kitchen members, was our Daring Cooks’ August hostess who shared with us some of her family’s tried and true Bengali Biryani recipes – all of them delicious and all of them prepared fresh from our own kitchens!

I had a weird one in archives :

fusion biryani

I made 2.

DSC07256-001 seafood biryani (coming soon)

And this veggie biryani with a fruity touch :


Pineapple biryani. I took the recipe at the end as a guideline…I drifted away a little to adapt to my products.


Pineapple is the accent.


Pearl sweet corn.


Okra and red bell pepper. I used these season veggies for the gravy. I replace the coriander by mitsuba leaves.


The gravy, with home-made ghee.
Besides I prepared a ghee flavored rice with turmeric, cashew nuts and pineapple dices.
I had no basmati or other biryani specific rice. The only long grain rice I could get is Thai jasmine rice. I cooked it in the rice-cooker.


Layer rice and gravy, close the lid and reheat slowly.


First side dish : chick pea raita. I mixed boiled chick peas, coconut yogurt, very little grated garlic, salt, lemon juice and stalks of mitsuba. Let a few hours in the fridge.


Aubergine chutney as a second side.


Basic recipe from the challenge :

Vegetable Biryani:

Servings: 6


4 tablespoons (60 ml) (2 oz) (60 ml) ghee
½ teaspoon cumin seeds
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
½ inch (2½ cm) ginger, peeled and finely chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
4 tablespoons (60 ml) (2/3 oz) (20 gm) desiccated coconut
1 teaspoon garam masala
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon chilli powder
½ teaspoon turmeric
14 oz (400 gm) canned tomatoes
9 oz (250 gm) frozen sweetcorn, thawed
5 oz (150 gm) paneer, cut into ½ inch (1 cm) pieces
2 tablespoons fresh coriander, chopped
2 tablespoons (30 ml) lemon juice
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped

6 tablespoons (90 ml) (3 oz) (90 ml) ghee
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
4 whole cloves
4 whole black peppercorns
1 small cinnamon stick
2 bay leaves
1 cardamom pod
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 cup (240 ml) (6½ oz) (185 gm) basmati rice, soaked for 30 minutes and drained
1 teaspoon garam masala
1 teaspoon cumin
1 cup (250 ml) (6-1/3 oz) (180 gm) raisins
½ cup (120 ml) (85 gm) (3 oz) blanched almonds, halved
½ cup (120 ml) (85 gm) (3 oz) cashews, halved
2 cups (500 ml) water

1. Melt the ghee in a large saucepan over medium high heat and fry the cumin seeds until fragrant. Add the garlic, ginger, and onion and fry until golden brown. Stir in the coconut and fry for 2 minutes. Stir in the spices, salt, tomatoes, sweet corn, and paneer. Cook for about 20 minutes or until all the liquid has been absorbed. Stir in the coriander, lemon juice, and mint. Remove from the heat.
2. For the rice, melt the rest of the ghee in another large saucepan and fry the whole spices until fragrant. Add the onion and fry until golden brown. Mix in the rice and fry for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in the spices, salt, raisins, nuts, and water and bring to a boil. Cover and cook over low heat for 10 minutes or until the rice is dry.
3. Layer the rice and vegetables in thin layers in a large saucepan, starting and ending with a layer of rice. Cover and cook over low heat for 5 minutes.


Sweet corn masala and tartelette a la mangue


A fusion version of the Indian dal masala (lentil curry). Really quick and easy. And a gorgeous dessert.


Stir-fried sweet corn with green soy beans and onion, The spices are a dal masala mix and turmeric.


Added enoki mushrooms, and some greens (umaina). A little lemon juice.


The earthiness of the soy beans.


The sweet freshness of corn.


With leftovers of dough for the gâteaux basques, I baked the crust of a tartelette and a few cookies. On the crust, big dices of mango. Plus a pinch of ground salt and hot chili. You have to try that, just a pinch on mango, and it enhances spectacularly the flavor of a fruit that is already delicious.
Great dessert.



Petite soupe de poisson (fish soup 2.0)



Adaptation of the fish soup from Provence that often served with bread croutons, rouille sauce and grated cheese.


I had the fish soup base (explanation here), reheated with saffron, turmeric, red bell pepper, hot chili.


Prepared croutons, then rubbed them with raw garlic.


Rouille (garlic sauce).


That should be cheese, it’s my beloved sake kasu + miso.. (read here).


Side one : Raw veggies.Thinly cut goya (bitter squash) and red bell pepper.


Side two : steamed veggie. Sweet corn and romanesco.
All that makes a meal !


Summer veggie couscous and pattzukis


Another simple plant-based lunch…


Cooked couscous, with turmeric, ras-el-hanout spice mix, carrot chips and sweet corn. Cherry tomatoes. Rape blossoms.


Pattzukis (azuki bean patties) and goya (bitter squash).


Add a little harissa.


2 plates for a lunch ready in 10 minutes.


Fairies’ midori udon

Can’t you see small fairies flying around my bowl ? I needed comfort, sweetness, vitamins and fantasy. So I made udon noddles with this creamy midori (green) sauce.

I got a pack of fresh udon, that I boiled a few minutes. I made a sauce with fava beans, onion, both boiled, avocado and greens of taasai, both raw, yuzu lemon juice, salt, and sansho.

For decoration, yuzu peel, sweet corn… and I steamed a little bunch of taasai greens. Serve very hot.

Mmm… I feel better. Magic works.

Paté chinois

When you get a North Canadian weather, eat like the Canadians. OK, it’s relatively hot here, but as it’s as cold inside the flat as outdoor, I need that.
The particularity of the paté chinois is the delicious layer of creamed sweet corn trapped between the meat and potatoes.


Our Daring Cooks’ December 2012 Hostess is Andy of Today’s the Day and Today’s the Day I Cook! Andy is sharing with us a traditional French Canadian classic the Paté Chinois, also known as Shepherd’s pie for many of us, and if one dish says comfort food.. this one is it!

Well, I have made 3 versions, the Canadian paté Chinois of this post and these 2 :

petits hachis parmentier France, (on 15th)
keftas Hassan Pasha Turkey,(on 17th)

Then some archive recipes in the same league :

from top, from left :
-veggie mix and fish pie (click here)
-“special” pâté chinois(with French pâté , 2 colors of potatoes and white corn) (here)
-hachis parmentier with carrots (as my Mum always does) and leftovers of duck (here)
-brandade parmentiere, traditional of the South of France,with salted cod fish and potato, it’s not layered (here)
-cottage pie (with spiced grated potatoes) (here)


So let’s go ! I’ve followed the recipe at the end. It’s really excellent. It disappears from the plates so quickly….

The beef (not ground, but knife minced), the potato with butter and the corn. I have creamed half in the blender.

The 3 layers, plus a little butter on top. Into the oven.

Chaud devant !

Andy’s recipe from the challenge
Paté Chinois:

Servings: 6-8

2 ½ lbs (1 kg) lean ground (minced) beef
2 onions diced
1 clove garlic minced
1¾ cups (115 gm) (4 oz) mushrooms diced
½ teaspoon (2 gm) dry mustard powder
2 teaspoons (8 gm) prepared horseradish
½ cup (120 ml) red wine (optional)
salt and pepper
19 oz (550 gm) can of cream corn
2 ½ lbs (1 kg) potatoes
½ cup (120 ml) milk
¼ cup (55 gm) (2 oz) butter

Pre-heat oven to moderate 350°F/180°C/gas mark 4.
Wash potatoes and cut into quarters
Boil potatoes until tender. Drain.
Mash potatoes with butter and milk. Set aside.
In frying pan, brown ground beef with onions, garlic and mushrooms. Season with horse radish, mustard powder and optional red wine. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Cook until well done and no pink remains.
Evenly spread ground beef on the bottom of an oven proof casserole dish.
Top with cream corn.
Spread mashed potatoes on top. Use a fork to make drag marks through the potatoes for decoration.
Bake in oven for 15 minutes until heated through.
Place under broiler (grill) for 2-3 minutes to brown up potatoes.
Serve and enjoy