This morning I dropped of Tom and his brother at the airport. They are going on a fishing trip in Norway… The last two years they went to France to do some carp fishing and well, hmmm, how shall I put this; they didn’t really catch much. So I hope that this will be a little bit more successful! Fingers crossed they catch a few tasty fish… (yes, they are also going to eat them)
With Tom being away for 5 days I figured it was the perfect time to try out a couple of things, so I have a weekend full of fun recipes! The first one was this afternoon where I made a cherry clafoutis. Now a lot of people will say that a clafoutis is very easy but I had never made it before and I always thought the name sounded like something very difficult…. Last week at the kookstudio one of the couples made a clafoutis, but quite frankly it tasted absolutely terrible. More like an omelet with fruit then anything resembling a proper clafoutis. I am sure that if you hear me talking you would maybe think that I have eaten many clafoutis before, but nothing is farther from the truth. Last friday was the first one, but you know how you can have an idea on how something should taste based on the general ingredients and the method of preparation? Well, that is what I had with clafoutis. Besides I think it’s a funny name (not sure why though) and I like food with funny names.
I had bought fresh cherries yesterday and traditionally it appears that clafoutis is made with cherries so I figured that would be perfect for my first clafoutis. I looked at the website of Bea to find a recipe and I did, so thanks Bea!
The making of the clafoutis was indeed very simple, just mix together the various ingredients put the cherries in their forms and pop them in the preheated oven. I had to try one ofcourse and it is delicious!! I am thinking it might even be better once cold, but the opinions vary on that. I also made one with strawberries, although I am not sure how long they will keep. I’m obviously not going to eat four today… Two I can handle… hehe..
The recipe comes from Le Tartine Gourmande. A beautiful beautiful blog and certainly worth a visit!
About 4 cups fresh black cherries
2 large eggs + 1 yolk
1/2 cup blond cane sugar (100 gr)
1 oz cornstarch (16 gr)
1 oz all purpose flour (16 gr)
7/8 cup whole milk, cold (200 ml)
1 vanilla, seeds removed
1/2 cup heavy cream (120 ml)
Biscuits roses, grounded (optional)
A few unsalted pistachios, chopped coarsely
Preheat your oven at 180 C.
Wash the cherries.
Beat the eggs and yolk with the sugar.
Add the vanilla seeds and mix.
Dilute the cornstarch in the cold milk.
Add the flour and cornstarch to the previous preparation, with the cream. Mix well until homogeneous.
Grease small ramekins (or a larger dish) and sprinkle with sugar. Remove the excess.
Divide the cherries between them and pour the cream over.
Sprinkle with biscuits roses powder and place in the oven for 40 to 45 min, until golden. Remove. Eat lukewarm or cold.
When ready to serve, sprinkle chopped pistachios on top.
I had no idea what biscuits rose powder is so I left that out as well as the pistachios as I could not find any unsalted ones around here…
A little while ago I received my first award from Sophie over at Sophies Foodiesfiles. Thanks so much Sophie! I wasn’t entirely sure how to use it, so I hope I am doing this correctly… lol…
It’s the honest scrap award and I am now supposed to tell you ten things about myself, that you ofcourse have been dying to find out. Now that is a hard thing to do ladies and gentleman! I can’t possibly think of anything you would really want to know about me, but ok here we go!!
1. I come from a family of non- cookers. My mum never really liked to cook, so she was not a great inspiration to me in the kitchen. I only started to like cooking once I was out of the house and living on my own. I was a student nurse at the time and we had a little cooking club going with two of my fellow students.
2. I am not married but have been living in sin with Tom for over 17 years now. We do not have kids and we live with three geriatric cats (21, 19 and 17 years old) called Joepie, Witje and Gizmo. Tom likes to cook as well, so we are regularly found in the kitchen together.
3. I love cooking and baking almost anything. I never ate fish growing up so I thought I hated it untill I learned that fresh fish is actually quite tasty and not ‘fishy’ at all, so fish is now among my favorite foods. The one thing I really do not like is Brussels Sprouts, although I have reason to believe I need to try that again too… (I did tell you my mom was not such a great cook right, so imagine what brussels sprouts taste like when completely overcooked.. Yukk!!)
4. Tom and I love to travel. We try and visit an exotic location at least once a year if time and money allows. We’ ve been to lots of countries in Asia (love the food!!) and for this year a trip to Indonesia is planned in August. I’m already looking forward to sampling the Indonesian cuisine, which I am sure will be delicious.
5. What we also love to do is we watch a lot of cooking shows. We don’t really watch a lot of tv in general, but we do have a collection of cooking dvd’s that we watch and re-watch on a regular basis (Jamie is our favorite to watch)
6. I have a large collection of cooking books and I cannot resist cooking magazines. In fact I have been known to buy cooking mags in languages I really do not understand. I still love to look at the pretty pictures and by looking you can actually sometimes make up the recipe that should go with it. So it’s not completely insane… I like to tell myself..
7. I’ve been a nurse, worked in a bakery, have been an audicien, have worked at the city council for building and housing, met Tom while working for a Lease company (Leaseplan), worked for Nike, worked for two different banks and now finally I am a photographer.
8. I have been a vegetarian once and while I liked what it did to my body (I actually only found out the difference when I started to eat meat again. It is SOOOO heavy in your stomach! You wouldn’t believe it until you try it!) I found I was missing out on too much good stuff to continue. I do try to eat organic and sustainable and freerange and biological or whatever else it is called these days. But I mostly go the supermarket like everyone else..:)
9. I started blogging about a year ago and would never ever have thought I would like it so much. It has improved my cooking and I’ve met wonderful friends and I am still amazed at how many people are blogging…. Seriously have you ever checked that?
10. Can’t think of anything else….