Monday, February 16, 2009

lamb shoulder chops with pomegranate, so chic!

Note: You prefer Oulala? Read this post on my French blog: La cuisine de Babeth
Rare cancer awareness: don't forget to check: Help beat sarcoma

lamb pomegranate

My dear readers you may recall last week post and my 101 on how to peel and seed a pomegranate? Well this tutorial will become handy to prepare today's recipe without ending in the ER (I know girls George Clooney is back but still try to stay away from there) or redecorating your kitchen in red.



Lamb chops cooked with pomegranate seeds is as chic as Repetto ballet shoes on Paris sidewalks, and as usual with me prompto presto cooking will be done!
The pomegranate adds some acidity to the sauce and the seeds served with the meat add a watery texture "en bouche".

The following recipe only uses 1/4 of the seeds of one pomegranate, here how the remaining ones finished (happy endings of course!):
- in a power salad: some mache tossed with balsamic vinaigrette and some pomegranate seeds on top.
- to decorate desserts: to add some colors to plain yogurt, or to add some luxury to a normal ice cream
- or just to nibble ;-)

Lamb shoulder chops with pomegranate:
Ingredients: (served 4)

- 4 lamb shoulder chops
- 2 garlic cloves
- 2 thyme sprigs
- 1/8 cup of red wine
- 1/4 of one pomegranate seeds
- grape seed oil
- salt and pepper

Directions:
1- Seed the pomegranate, directions here.
2- Season each sides of the chops with salt, pepper and thyme leaves.
3- Heat a cast-iron pot over high heat with a tbs of oil. When hot cook for 1 minute each chop sides.
4- Remove them from the pot, set aside.
5- Smash garlic cloves with a spoon in the pot, toss in it the pomegranate seeds. brown them and then add the wine.
6- Bring it a to a simmer. Add the chops and let them cook for about 15 minutes, cover.
7- Serve immediately, lamb doesn't stand to wait.

Can be served with Vichy carrots:


Other lamb recipe: Easter chump lamb with rosemary and roasted potatoes

Sunday, February 15, 2009

6th share your Sunday brunch entry!

Note: French version is on my other food blog: La cuisine de Babeth

help beat sarcoma

Rare cancer awareness:
don't forget to check: Help beat sarcoma

Cancer sucks! With such an opening line I could easily win any beauty pageant, even without long legs like Gisele Bundchen or plumpy Angelina Jolie lips. Isn't that way wittier than the usual "world peace"?

Anyway in association with beatsarcoma.org we host a campaign on the web: "share your Sunday brunch for a good cause". We are well aware that won't change the world but it shows that we care and we may also raise some funds (adsense has been implemented on the dedicated blog and you can find a direct link for donations).

One of my friend Nathalie was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer: sarcoma. A cancer that doesn't get much public attention. With her support I launched help-beat-sarcoma-a-thon or how to share your Sunday brunch for a good cause. The idea is to raise awareness, and why not also donations, about this cause on internet, but a joyous way. And what more joyous than sharing a good meal! To participate don't forget to check here the rules here.


After David Leibovitz's light and fluffy spinach cake: check his participation to help-beat-sarcoma-a-thon here. and Cuisine Métisse is sharing with us a very British brunch idea: eggs bacon muffins, it's Vanessa who shares with us her express boiled eggs over bread taosts.

Merci!!
Who's next? Waiting for your delicious entries!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Overdose of pink ...

Note: French version of this post is here on my other food blog La cuisine de Babeth

Important: don't forget to check: Help beat sarcoma


Where am I heading to? I’m going to churn out a post about February 14th… about Valentine’s day. No no I wasn’t brainwashed in pink. The sheer idea Valentine’s day makes me shrug in despair, it’s just a commercial event to sell more flowers and chocolate. They don’t fool me. I can’t stand it:

-when you’re single it’s just a mean mirror of stupid-cute couples, making a fuss about giving and receiving flowers and chocolates. And God, all those fussy almost tacky pink heart-shaped decorations in every single shop? It’s way worst in the US.

-and when you have that someone special, either you’re on the same line no overpriced flowers or chocolates just because they say so. You cannot go out for dinner or you will be attacked by pearly pink decorations. Or if you have the bad luck –very bad- to be with a lover of pinky-pearly-hearts, ouch … That happened to me once. I should have run away and avoid a terrible free fall. Yep someone served me the red rose petals scattered all over the apartment and a fussy dinner. Since he dumped me by text message shortly after, now I can say thanks to his boorishness:

-I dieted for free right before the summer that year

-I did go out more often and I met great people

-I took more acting classes

-I met Mathieu and we got married

But let’s go back to our subject here: who was Saint Valentine anyway? What did he do to deserve such a pinky-heart shaped torrent? Well he loved human beings but his life story is pretty sad. He lived at the 1st century in Rome and was beheaded by the emperor Claude the second. Pretty gloomy isn’t it?

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

How to peel and seed a pomegranate

Note: You prefer Oulala? Read this post on my French blog: La cuisine de Babeth
Rare cancer awareness: don't forget to check: Help beat sarcoma

grains de grenade

Most French have a vivid memory of grenadine syrup, it was our childhood drink at "le gouter", after school snack. Pain au chocolat paired with grenadine is divine!
Mainstream grenadine is not anymore made from pomegranate, a shame, but only from mixed red berries.
We live in a world where we have to eat at least 5 fruits or veggies a day, avoid trans-fat or eat a lot of omega-3. Pomegranate wins the power-fruit title with its many vitamins and minerals, and its vaunted antioxidant qualities.
Pomegranate is easy to find at your local supermarket, no need to go to fancy organic stores. You can eat its seeds raw or cooked, or drink it juiced. The seeds are watery and have a sweet-tart taste.
Growing pomegranates in Afghanistan may help farmers not to rely on deadly poppy to make a living. More info: read related article in The Economist here.
So it's a tasty, power-fruit but as any mavericky thing, it can be a bit intimidating. Let me explain, with pictures, step by step how to collect the precious rubis pearls whitout hurting yourself, or painting your kitchen walls in red!



Step #1:
Cut the blossom end (top)



Step #2:
Cut the stem end (rear), for a better stability



Step #3:
Notch along the white membranes



Step #4:
Rip open. Work over a bowl of water, pry away the seeds with your fingers. The white non edible parts will float, and seeds sink.



Some tatsty pomegranate recipes can be found here on La vie in English!

Monday, February 9, 2009

5th help-beat-sarcoma entry!

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

help beat sarcoma

One of my friend Nathalie was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer: sarcoma. A cancer that doesn't get much public attention. With her support I launched help-beat-sarcoma-a-thon or how to share your Sunday brunch for a good cause. The idea is to raise awareness, and why not also donations, about this cause on internet, but a joyous way. And what more joyous than sharing a good meal! To participate don't forget to check here the rules here.


After David Leibovitz's light and fluffy spinach cake: check his participation to help-beat-sarcoma-a-thon here.

Véro blogging on Cuisine Métisse is sharing with us a very British brunch idea: eggs bacon muffins.

Merci!!
Who's next? Waiting for your delicious entries!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

DIY! Cardboard kitty pad

Note: You prefer Oulala? Read this post on my French blog: La cuisine de Babeth
Rare cancer awareness: don't forget to check: Help beat sarcoma


I'm not turning into Martha Stewart (I'm not that pretentious! she's the one and only one Martha), but I grew up with a crafts talented mom. BTW she a newcomer to the blogging world you can now follow her creations on Design by Suzanne.

Making home-made stuffs is rewarding and cost saving too. In those stormy times every pennies count!
Are you fed-up with your fury friend scratching your sofa/curtains/chairs? You can buy a scratch pad, but you can also, for free, make one with the empty card boxes lying in your garage.



I'm just a copycat, I found this brilliant idea on a great blog about everything design: Design Sponge. I did follow the instructions here, and it's just SO easy, not to mention that I was proud of myself :-)



Previously on La vie in English: Chandeleur versus Groundhog day!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Chandeleur versus Groundhog day!

Note: French version is on my other blog: La cuisine de Babeth

Rare cancer awareness: don't forget to check: Help beat sarcoma



Tomorrow is La chandeleur in France, basically in every French household crêpes (thin French-like pancakes) will be flying of the pans!
And in the US , ok it's Super Bowl but also I'm pretty sure all Americans anxiously waiting for report from Punxsutawney on ground hog Day. More precisely from Phil, the groundhog. Punxsutawney Phil is the only true weather forecasting groundhog. The others are just impostors.

There has only been one Punxsutawney Phil. He has been making predictions for over 120 years! On February 2, Phil comes out of his burrow on Gobbler's Knob - in front of thousands of followers from all over the world - to predict the weather for the rest of winter.
According to legend, if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather. If he does not see his shadow, there will be an early spring.

But Chandeleur and Groundhog day are quite similar, crêpes are symbolic representation of the sun and Phil is announcing when the winter is over, so when the sun will be back.

I don't have any Groundhog cookies recipe for you, but let me give you my secret crepe one!

What is so great is that you can let your imagination goes and fill them with whatever you like!
-for savory ones (here it's better to substitute the regular flour by wheat one) : sunny egg+Gruyere+ham, spinach+goat cheese, salsa+bacon ...
-for sweet ones:butter+sugar, butter+sugar+lemon juice, jam, crème de marron (chestnut purée), nutella, pear+hot chocolate+whipped cream

Ingredients: (for about 12 crêpes)
-2 cups of flour
-2 cups of milk
-3 eggs
-2 oz of butter
-salt
-1 beer or (any sparkling water)

Directions:
1- Melt the butter. Set aside.
2- Combine in a large bowl milk, egg, 1 teaspoon of salt. Add the melted butter and the flour and whisk well.
3- Add about 1/3 of beer to the mix and whisk. The beer or sparking water will make it airy.
4- Set aside for about 1 hour with a clean cloth on top.

4th help-beat-sarcoma-a-thon entry!

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

help beat sarcoma


One of my friend Nathalie was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer: sarcoma. A cancer that doesn't get much public attention. With her support I launched help-beat-sarcoma-a-thon or how to share your Sunday brunch for a good cause. The idea is to raise awareness, and why not also donations, about this cause on internet, but a joyous way. And what more joyous than sharing a good meal! To participate don't forget to check here the rules here.


I proud to let you know that the great, the only Parisian Californian pastry chef: David Lebovitz is being kind enough to share one of his brunch: a light and fluffy spinach cake: check his participation to help-beat-sarcoma-a-thon here. Not to mention that after 3 participations in French David's is the first in English!!

Merci David :-)

Who's next? Waiting for your delicious entries!


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