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Fried Egpplant with Balsamic Coffee Reduction Recipe

This recipe is heavily inspired by an antipasto we had during our family trip to Italy last month. I didn't think "melanzane all'aceto balsamico", or eggplants with balsamic vinegar, would give me much of a thrill. But I was blown away by the flavor of this simple preparation with minimal ingredients. I decided that when I got back home, I’d prepare a similar starter dish.

First I pan-fried tender eggplant slices, then coated them in a balsamic reduction flavored with garlic, fresh oregano and dark, bold coffee. To provide a great contrast of color and texture, I topped the very nice and tasty eggplants with crumbled goat cheese, sweet basil and chocolate-covered coffee beans as a reminder of the flavor of the reduction.

It's the first time since the launch of PhamFatale.com that I've been away for so long. I've been swamped with work and my personal life is so chaotic these days, I didn't have a minute last week to be in front of the computer. I want to announce that I just completed my first, professionally filmed episode of a new cooking series. We worked day and night and finally wrapped the 20-ish-minute episode after taping on the last day for more than 15 consecutive hours, until dawn. It was challenging but it really gave me an insight into what really happens behind the scenes. A lot of mishaps happened on the first days (broken glass, crickets, yellow jackets and wildlife were part of the fun), but overall it was such a positive experience.

Thanks to the amazing filming crew, I had a lot of fun in a very friendly atmosphere. To show my appreciation, I concocted and packed a full meal for each member so I could be forgiven by their spouses after taking them away for such long hours. Thank you so much Polar Production Team for your professionalism, hard work, dedication and most  of all for believing in me. You guys rock! 

Cooking Series
Behind-the-scenes at the first episode of my new cooking series.


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Chicken Kale Salad with Papaya Recipe

Chicken Kale Salad with Papaya

08.06.14 by Jackie

My initial plan was to make a sweet and salty, spicy and bitter Vietnamese-style salad using green papaya and the chicken leftovers from yesterday. It turns out I didn't pay attention at the market and bought a very ripe papaya, so I opted for a completely different dish with kale and pesto walnut vinaigrette. 

It wasn't what I envisioned from the beginning but I ended up with the flavors I wanted for this salad: sweet and salty and spicy and bitter. I'll probably do it again. This is one result of many experiments that turned out successfully!


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Strawberry Almond Summer Salad Recipe Recipe

We're back to our routine. Lulu has been focused on his work and I'm in charge of providing delicious meals for him. Last night we hosted another dinner party. To save time, I put together a healthy yet delicious strawberry and almond salad for the first course, to the delight of our guests.

Almonds are rich in protein and gave extra crunch to the salad. Strawberries provided color and natural sweetness. I wished I had found the same out-of-this-world mara des bois strawberries I had last week in Paris but thankfully the ones from our garden fit the bill wonderfully. 

Throwing a dinner party doesn't have to be time-consuming. I usually try to make one elaborate dish and a quick and easy dish so I'm not too exhausted when it's time to greet our guests! 

If you browse through the website, you can find many party-planning tips and recipes , especially a number of elegant appetizers.


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Italian Corona Bean Salad Recipe Recipe

For those of you who recently started following me on Instagram, you've probably noticed our family is traveling in Italy. We landed in Rome and took a train to Florence. We wake up early in the morning to start our sightseeing, visiting the most incredible places such as Palazzo Vecchio, Pitti Palace or the Duomo and going to the most fabulous restaurants. I also wanted to check out the Mercato Centrale where I bought Corona beans. They're considered the "poor man's meat" and have a very starchy texture. So when I prepared a simple, supersized bean salad, the beans gave incredible body to the salad.

I added marinated olives, artichoke hearts, freshly-made buffalo mozzarella cheese and loads of fresh sweet basil and parsley.

 


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Lentil Stuffed Portobello Mushroom Recipe Recipe

I'm presenting to you another vegetarian recipe for Meatless Monday. I pan-seared Portobello mushrooms that I stuffed with lentils and various colorful vegetables.

Our family is heading to Europe this summer and I'd like to be able to fit into a bikini this season, so this hearty, yet super-healthy dish will not only satisfy our taste buds but will also help us look trim in a few weeks. 

The recipe is gluten free because we recently found out my mother-in-law is gluten intolerant. I served the mushrooms with pan-fried polenta medallions and garnished the dish with crumbled French feta cheese. 


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