A vanilla scone pause

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Take a freshly baked fluffy vanilla scone, break it open…

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Add a little butter and raspberry jam… Mmmmmmmmm….

Classic scones with a generous pinch of vanilla powder in the dough.

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Yep, the shape is not very regular, but that doesn’t matter.
Scone recipe here.

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Brew tea.

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It’s my home-blend Thé de Noël (Christmas tea, recipe here).

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Ding, ding… tea time !

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Tarte au sucre lorraine (grandma’s sugar bread)

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La tarte au sucre du dimanche. The sugar pie for Sunday afternoon visitors.
Yes, there are 2 of them in this post. Not the same days. OK, 2 days in a row. You start eating this humble simple sweet brioche, and you never stop…

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The grandmas (les Mémés ) and the aunties (les Tantines) would bake it. With little variations. Poked or not. Just butter or a little cream.

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Ideal with a cup of coffee. Yes, I have mismatch vessels… That makes the food taste more authentic.

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Dolling up, the simplest sweet for Hina doll festival

Hinamatsuri is arriving soon. Japan is full of cute girly treats and retro dolls.
Maybe my little stars belong to another festival, and I have not the best colors of cups, but that doesn’t matter. I’m giving you an easy recipe, then you decorate as you like.

You need boiled azuki beans (or other beans if you want), sugar/honey, powdered agar agar, a little brandy.
For boiling the beans, click here.

Take a cup of beans, put them in a bowl with their broth, add sugar to taste, a tbs of brandy. Heat 30 seconds in micro-wave. Let one hour.
Reheat 1 minute in micro-wave. When it’s very hot, stir in 1 tbs of agar. Reheat 30 seconds. Pour in little cups. Decorate.
Let cool.

Other wagashi tea sweet recipes (click here).

Cassoulet de la mer. Fish and beans.


Diet today ! This is the “fasting day” cassoulet. Oh, I can explain :
Cassoulet du vendredi

The dose of tomato was generous.

After a long while, these white beans get soft…

3 types of fish. Raw cod fish. Slightly salted salmon…

… and shishamo (Hokkaido eperlan) that are also salted and with eggs inside.

The fish and beans layered in the big cassoule (cassoulet pot)

Hot from the oven…

Veggieful crêpe festival…

February 2nd, Chandeleur, French crêpe day. Let’s make them colorful to celebrate the Spring. The weather is really cooperating…

Carrot crêpes.

Spinach crêpes.

With 2 fungi, shimeji and shiitake.

Wrapped !

Haggish cabbage

It’s inspired by Scottish haggis that I have never eaten. Well, the original is a round sausage made with sheep innards, boiled.
I have made it with chicken and cabbage instead of casing.
I had no idea what it would taste like. Maybe you wonder too. Then read till the end.

Inside.

Toasted oatmeal, minced onion and minced cooked chicken liver and heart make the base. I also added a little ginger and garlic, tarragon and laurel, nutmeg, black pepper, paprika and sea salt for flavoring. Then for the fat a tbs of lard, two of neutral oil. Plus 2 tbs of brandy. Some hot water. Be generous in spices to avoid the smell. The paprika makes the aspect much more appealing.

Wrapped in blanched cabbage leaves.

I put them in plastic bags and steamed about 40 minutes. Let cool.

Reheated with carrots in some herb broth. And enjoy ! Like that it’s delicious.
Well, I tried a bit just after steaming and that was not so good and too soft. A few hours later, reheated it got perfect.
The global taste is in the line of boulettes de foie (liver meat balls). The oatmeal is not perceptible but gives that crumbly texture. Since it’s a bit dry, having the juicy cabbage around and the broth makes it more pleasant.

Koshogatsu, red rice soup day


This the food for today in Japanese tradition :

Little New Year (click here)

Hey, why not ? An okayu (rice porridge) makes a nice… brunch. It’s simple just fill the rice cooker the day before.


This version is not traditional. It’s genmai brown rice. Then I’ve added fish bone stock and a few red items as final toppings. All that together was really tasty.

Dessert.