Tarte Bourdaloue au Chocolat

Sometimes only the French can make something so simple sound so elegant. This tarte bourdaloue au chocolat. is, in essence a chocolate French Pear tart.  But that doesn’t sound so posh now does it??

Tarte Bourdaloue au Chocolat

Ingredients:

2 tins of pears in syrup

400g of water

200g of sugar

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

For the pâte sucrée: (Tarte case)
130g flour

20g cocoa powder

75g butter

30g sugar

100g raspberries

1 egg yolk & about 15g iced water (I never measure it)

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Pork Belly with Potatoes cooked in milk

There has been alot of controversy in the media lately about pork. Rightly so.  Society due to various recessions and “modernisation” has led to cheap food produced through mass farming. And it’s not a good thing.  I always try to be as ethical with my purchases as possible.  And with pork and chicken this is essential.  Pigs are very closely related, disease wise to humans, therefore are often pumped full of drugs to prevent disease as they live so close in proximity to each other when being intensively reared.  So my point- eventually- read the label.  Do your best. This dish is crying out for some really well reared pork.  This method of cooking it in milk is an Italian classic…

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Filled Brown Butter Cookies

Brown butter seems like such a cheffy thing.  It’s not.  Promise. And really gives a depth of flavour.  Mind you, you can’t leave it alone while browning, and it’s a little like caramel.  Turn your back on it for one second and it’s gone too far.

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Finnish Blueberry Tart Recipe

As you know I’m a BIG fan of Scandinavian cooking.  And this Blueberry tart is, for me. quintessentially Finnish. The pastry for this is so simple, and I’m reluctant to even call it a pastry as it’s not done in the traditional manner, but using a mixer with- shock horror- soft butter.  BUT this makes it easy to make, even for those terrified of their warm hands…. It also uses my FAV – Cardamon

Finnish Blueberry Tart

Cardamon Love

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My Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe

“Let’s face it, a nice creamy chocolate cake does a lot

for a lot of people; it does for me.”

~Audrey Hepburn

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What I’ve learned from Erin Brockovich

I’ve been taking my own advice quite seriously these last few weeks. Taking time out. Conveniently we have also replaced our sofa of about 25 years, so I’ve been sitting down with the family, watching the movies (Ahem Erin Brockovich) recorded for watching over Christmas, but which we never got around to seeing. And loving it.

I am continuing my education of my daughter in matters of achieving dreams through adversity. And Erin Brockovich, starring the most beautiful woman in the world (in my opinion!), Julia Roberts, was the film of choice for the last few evenings.

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My Chewy Chocolate Cookie Recipe

Even though everyone is probably sweeted out in January. A nice dark chocolate, Soft and Chewy, goes down very well with a nice coffee.

These are simple to make, and keep either cooked and frozen, or un-cooked and frozen.  Everybody needs a good cookie recipe in their repertoire.

The secret is the best quality chocolate and some leftover Christmas chocolate that noone really thinks they could/should eat.

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Did I ever tell you how lucky you are?

When the kids were all small Dr Seuss and his plethora of books were always popular.  His words just roll off the tongue with a candence that makes reading them enjoyable even though some of the words are completely unreadable.  But when someone is having a moan we roll out this cliche. And everyone smiles. Eventually. Cause we are Lucky.

Did I ever tell you how Lucky you are?

Did I ever tell you how Lucky you are?

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Chicken Thighs & Asparagus Recipe

I’m aware always of using ingredients that are

A) Seasonal

b) local, or at least national

But I’ve a bit of a grá (love in Gaeilge- and perfectly describes my love of this veggie) for asparagus.  Every now and then it’s just the epitomy of luxury for me.  My father-in-law grows some in his garden.  It’s perfectly delicate, and the entire crop would usually fit in the palm of your hand.  So I have to purchase.  And try to do this around June/ July, when it IS in season in this part of the world.

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Green Exercise

I’m all about being green. In general. Recycling, upcycling, air miles, composting, you get the drift. But I’m also all about Green exercise. Getting outdoors, into the non recycled air.  And for me, that’s one of the benefits!

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In general you are pretty limited in the gym. Sure you can adjust the incline, but nothing beats the undulating terrain of the outdoors. Working out outside promotes “muscle confusion,” which can help your body burn more calories.  Very cool. And it’s totally cool to be green.

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