Sunday, September 24, 2017

Cake With Olives, Ham and Goat Cheese : The ideal autumn brunch

The term cake in English denotes a sweet desert. In France, the French word for sweet deserts is the “gateau”. However “cake” in France and for that matter throughout Europe rather refers to a baked salted cake made with olives, ham, cheese etc. This recipe is about that European cake, which is really popular in French cuisine.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Fig and Coconut Cake : Best tea time delight for the fall.

So fall arrives, the sunny summer days are on the decline here in Paris, being replaced by the dark rapid fleeting clouds and the mundane rains. But with the winds, arrives the figs. It is the season of figs which starts in September and runs till October. So to have fresh figs, the period is really short and so we have to be quick to use up these juicy delicacies before they are converted to candied figs (called confit de figues in France) to be cherished with foie gras during the winter. So here is my recipe for a cake based on figs.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Homemade Confiture de Prunes (Plum Jam, French Style)

I surely do not have to give any introduction about plums. They grow all over the world from Japan and Asia up to the USA passing through Europe. But just a few points about the fruit must be mentioned. Firstly the plums are very seasonal and can be enjoyed only during summer and early fall. The season for the plums in the USA is generally from May up to September while those here in France (called the prunes, they are the European plums) are available in their best state from June to October. To savor their sweet taste even after the season, it is generally dried and rather known as prune (the French term for the fruit) in English. The other way is of course to convert them into a sweet jam to bring flavor to ones breakfasts.