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Pan-Fried Grouper Recipe Recipe

Pan-Fried Grouper Recipe

05.20.14 by Jackie

This is a simple preparation for cooking white fish fillets. I used skinless grouper fish fillets because the skin can be strong tasting and unpleasant. I let the fish sit in milk and a mixture of onions, fennel, celery seed, bay leaf and thyme. Then I simply pan-fried the fish, basted it with clarified butter and waited until the flesh turned opaque. 

Grouper has succulent, moist meat on the inside if cooked properly. Its mild, slightly sweet taste is great to introduce to children. Baby Aria loved it. I think her favorite part was that I let her drizzle lemon juice over her fish.  


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Marble Cake Recipe (Marbre au Chocolat) Recipe

If you were born in the 80s and lived in France, you probably know of the marble cake called Le Savane de Papy Brossard. Ça a bercé mon enfance, which I'd translate to "it sweetened my childhood". This coffee cake is a marbré cake. The beauty of this cake is its appealing look once sliced with its gorgeously marbled, streaked appearance made of vanilla and chocolate.

A generous amount of quality butter and a little milk made the cake moist and fluffy while milk chocolate provided the contrast in color needed for this sweet treat. I think the result was very close to the one I had when I was a child. My hope is that baby Aria will keep the same fond memories of this chocolate marble cake once she grows up!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0jUuEgNMrw

 


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Summery Bulgur Napoleon Recipe Recipe

Summery Bulgur Napoleon Recipe

05.13.14 by Jackie

With the beautiful summery weather we're having, a refreshing savory mille-feuille that consists of bulgur is ideal to cool off. A mille-feuille in French literally translates to "thousand leaves" but in fact it's just a fancy name for layered puff pastry (the famous Napoléon). 

I flavored the bulgur with marinated artichokes, red, green and yellow roasted bell peppers, shiitake mushrooms and a lot of mint. The pastry layers were simply brushed with an egg wash, sprinkled with herbes de Provence and a little cheddar cheese and baked until completely puffed. I tried to create a visually appealing dish bursting with colors and invigorating flavors, and i have to say, mission accomplished. Remember, we eat with our eyes first!


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Mushroom Potato Galette Recipe Recipe

Mushroom Potato Galette Recipe

05.12.14 by Jackie

Sometimes the simplest things make the most delicious dish. For this vegetarian recipe, I only used 3 ingredients plus seasonings and tried to showcase them in one easy dish. Red potatoes from my garden, button mushrooms and ghee (clarified butter). Very thinly sliced potatoes were arranged into a galette and stuffed with mushrooms. That's all. I also flavored the ghee with oregano and seasoned the potatoes with salt and white pepper.

If you check out my Instagram account, you'll see multiple photos of my gardening experiences, the dishes I prepare for the family and of course, baby Aria. I upload them to Instagram on a daily basis. If you like it, don't hesitate to follow me PhamFataleCom.

It's amazing how easy it is to grow potatoes: bury the potatoes into the soil 3 weeks before the last "frost" date. For the Bay Area, I usually wait until late March. Remember to water regularly. You'll be able to harvest the first potatoes when the flowers open up. Check back often; the main part of the plants should be pulled once the foliage has died. 

Gardening tips

Photos of the girls gardening a few years back... 


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Drunken Apple Cake Recipe (Gateau Invisible aux Pommes) Recipe

My girlfriend is coming over for lunch after we work out together and she's not a chocoholic, so I've had to rethink my normal dessert selection. This light pastry should get the job done. In French, it's called gâteau invisible aux pommes. By its name, you've probably already guessed that it's a dessert made exclusively of apples. I would say it looks like a healthy version of a Dobos torte. They're sliced paper-thin  and coated in a delicate, evenly-distributed, layer of cake batter. This creates a light, multi-layered apple cake. The apple slices are so thin, it makes the cake almost translucent once baked. The apples are soft, almost creamy. The hardest part is to wait to let it cool and set.    

In English, it's called drunken apple cake because it's traditionally covered with a caramel sauce (I often serve it with a caramel au beurre salé sauce) or a crème anglaise topping (light, thin, pourable custard) but I wanted to keep the dessert healthy so I substituted berry coulis using the strawberries from our garden. I haven't been able to harvest any apples yet though (I need to wait at least 2 more months for these!).

Invisible Apple Cake Recipe with Picture


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