Monday, June 30, 2008

Packing!

My dear friends sorry for not being here a lot! We are moving, not this web page but our home.
I'm very busy packing, packing and packing.
I will be back here sharing stories and recipes as soon as the move is over: packing and unpacking.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

No brainers citrus asparagus

Note: French version is on my other food blog La cuisine de Babeth
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"He even enjoyed a second-round!" Who: Mathieu, What: asparagus.
If you haven't been hibernating lately you've seen asparagus on every stalls: they are in the season at their best. Most of the time they end-up in my grocery shopping cart (I must tell you that I'm not ashamed to possess a grand-mother look-a-like shopping cart). Usually ladies asparagus and me are lunching in tête-à-tête and for once Mathieu joined our company. He wasn't super thrilled seeing asparagus on the menu but oh boy! I knew he couldn't resist to the tenderness of the baked asparagus. And I was right, he asked for a second-round!
My recipe is a no brainer: super easy, super quick (just like I like them). I was particularly lucky, my dear friend Jeff had brought me back from his Vallauris garden some fresh rosemary and lemon (untreated so I could used the zest to add a bright spark to my dish). That's all you need for a tasty asparagus recipe (nether the less they are fully loaded with vitamins A, B, PP and other nutriments).
A marinade later you get my "nobrainers citrus asparagus"

Ingredients:
For the marinade:
-e.v.o.o
-1 non treated lemon
-fresh rosemary branch ( you can always use dried one)

and 3 to 4 nice asparagus per person

Directions:
1- Prepare the marinade: -zest and juice the lemon (to get more juice before cutting it in 2 , massage it firmly).
- In a bowl: stir together 2 tbs of olive oil, lemon zest and juice and about 10 rosemary leaves (thinly cut).
2- Rinse, peel and trim the asparagus. (cut the tough lower edge)
3- Place the asparagus onto your cooking dish and massage them with the marinade. Set aside for about 20 minutes to get the most of the marinade flavor.
4- Cook in the oven at 400F for 30 minutes. After 15 minutes flip the asparagus.
Drain the excess of oil.

(short subliminal message for M.: when you use the grill function of the oven (for frozen pizza for instance) please put the button back to "normal" ...)

Monday, June 16, 2008

I met true angels!

Note: French version is on my other food blog La cuisine de Babeth
Rare cancer awareness: don't forget to check: Help beat sarcoma


Life is surprising in many ways. As you know I'm going through a rough time, my home was burglarized. The worst is not that they took some of our belongings but the aggression is more that someone went through our stuff than replaceable things (and Thanks God the cat is still there and healthy/lazy).
My facebook profil that day was telling out loud the robbery.
Valerie one of my friend asked me if that was the truth or a coded message for someone. Unfortunatly that was the naked truth ... and that day I was far away from home and scared that they would come back so Valerie suggested that one of her friend and employee should come and camp at my place. I didn't know her friend and that girl was willing to travel by train few hours just to babysit my home. Whouhaha that's a free gentle gift! I really deeply appreciate.

You may know Valerie as she is a well known coach. She developed a unique weight-loss program known in France as LeBootCamp.com and in the English speaking world as MyPrivateCoach.com. She's on top of that a business coach.
As she never stops, she's also the author of many coaching bookings.

And to mimicker Marion Cotillard at the Oscar: "Angels do really exist!"

Thursday, June 12, 2008

:-(

Note: French version is on La cuisine de Babeth
Rare cancer awareness: don't forget to check: Help beat sarcoma

Misfortune never comes alone, we got robbed in Antibes, even with my husband in town, at home.
They took among other things my beloved reflex camera and its lenses ...

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Oopsy daisie!

Note: French version is on La cuisine de Babeth
Rare cancer awareness: don't forget to check: Help beat sarcoma

This adorable swearing summarize my frustration: I cannot upload pictures to my blogs. I'm in Netherlands since last week and I have recipes, Dutch gourmet -it may not be appropriate - shopping, restaurants reviews and I cannot share them with you, my dear readers.

"Cry me a river" a certain A-lister would sing in a desperate attempt to find a decent internet connection, since them have fun! Hope to see you soon!
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