Archive for December, 2009

The perfect chocolate soufflé

Chocolate soufflé is the ultimate chocolate dessert, yet people shy away from it because of all the last-minute work and the fear it won’t rise. Even some experienced home cooks i know are afraid of soufflés and claim this dainty dish is difficult to make, susceptible to colds, drafts, applauds or maybe even poltergeists. As a kid, […]


Stuffed Squid with Chorizo, Piquillo Pepper, Black Olives & Basil Oil

I know. It looks fussy, doesn’t it? A fancy-shmancy tapas. I just wanted to have a little fun with the presentation because, well.. that’s what chefs do. In essence though, this is a pretty basic dish. Take a few squid, clean the suckers, chop some chorizo, onions, garlic, the tentacles of the aforementioned suckers and […]


Menu for Hope 6

Would you like to win a food or wine prize, as well as feel good because you have given to a special charity? Then why not participate in the 2009 Menu For Hope! Menu For Hope is an annual fundraising event in support of the UN World Food Program. It was started by Chez Pim about […]


Potato Latke with Smoked Salmon, Soft-Boiled Quail Egg & Watercress Cream

This post is highly unethical in the fact i cooked the potato latkes in duck fat. I expect a cease and desist letter from the potato latke council any day now. I have nothing to say for my defense except that 1) i can’t help being French and 2) potato’s best friend is duck fat.. […]


Quince Beignet with Orange Flower Crème Anglaise

Most cultures have some forms of beignet, i’m thinking of American donuts, Japanese tempura, Spanish churros, Italian Zeppole, German spritzkuchen, Greek loukoumades and many more. I grew up in France where fried dough come in many forms with a myriad of different names like bugnes, merveilles, oreillettes, pets de nonne (um.. literally nun’s farts), but don’t let this confuse you, […]