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France — Whole wheat Crepês with Banana, Strawberry & Nutella filling

BM# 44: A-Z Cooking Series — Around the World in 30 days Country: F for France Dish: Whole wheat Crepês with Banana, Strawberry & Nutella filling Today we are going to France, Western European country that is definitely on my bucket list. One of my ex-colleague was from France and she has quite a few stories to tell about her country. Also I almost forgot to mention that I learnt French for about 5 years in school, but the most I can speak or understand is ‘Bonjour’. What I learnt from my French friend is that French people love their…

Rose Raspberry Macarons

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mothers out there. Hope all of you are having a fabulous Mother’s day and are being pampered by your kids. I wish my mom was here 🙁 One of my dear friends has a Mother’s day picnic today and that is where we are going to spend our time and have lots of delicious food and loads of fun. My family has become fans of Macarons after I made tried them for the first time couple of months ago. My son’s love actually started after his favorite characters in Pokemon ate macarons and he…

Basic French Macarons — My First Attempt

French Macarons have been on my to-bake list for a very very long time. Macaron is a meringue based confection made with egg whites, almond flour and powdered sugar. I have never tasted macarons, but saw a lot of them on various blogs. I read that macarons are very temperamental and there are a lot of variables that can go wrong while making them. So even though I was tempted to make them, I never actually tried for the fear of failure. When I saw them for this month’s Home Baker’s Challenge, I thought this might be time to give…

Faluche du Nord (North France Flat Bread)

For this month’s Home Baker’s ChallengePriya Suresh @ Priya’s Versatile Recipes chose some yummy French baked goodies. I picked this simple flat bread from Northern France called Faluche du Nord from Priya’s list. The recipe seemed very simple to make almost, yeasted dough then rolled out and baked into bread, almost like our own naans. But I thought these were much simpler to make because the rolled out dough is cut using a cutter instead of rolling each bread separately. I thoroughly enjoyed making these bread. I added some atta (whole wheat flour) to add some fiber and nutrition. The…

Mini Tomato Clafoutis

For some reason I chuckle every time I say “Clafoutis “, I have no idea why, may be it sounds similar to something that’s funny.. I don’t know, but I’m chuckling to myself typing this. Well to those of you who don’t know what this funny word is: Clafoutis, is a custard-like baked French dessert that is typically made by baking fresh fruit and a batter. I used grape tomatoes instead of fruit (cherries are most commonly used) and the result was awesome; light, eggy and quiche-like. Recipe is from Vegetarian Times magazine. These clafoutis are baked in muffin tin;…

Les Recettes pour A.W.E.D France

I took French classes for almost 5 years long long long time ago and don’t remember a whole lot now, except for a few words here and there. My only aim was to get a passing grade and get over with it. I struggled to understand why the French had to have genders for every “thing”. But now that I think about it, may be I should have paid attention in the class; knowing a second language is such a plus nowadays. So for this month’s A.W.E.D DK @ Culinary Bazaar chose French. My entries are Crunchy Croque Provencal and…

Ratatouille: WCC – Stew

As I was looking for a “Stew recipe” for this month’s Weekend Cookbook Challenge (WCC), I saw this colorful, full of veggies stew in my “Best Ever Vegetarian Cookbook” (edited by Nicola Graimes). Name of the dish sounded a little funny, Ratatouille, so I decided to do a little digging and this is what I found out from wikipedia. The name of the dish appears to have derived from the French verb touiller, to stir, although the root of the first element “rat-” is a slang from the French Army meaning chunky stew. The word ratatouille has also come to…