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Chim Cut Roti Recipe: Vietnamese Quail with Soy Ginger Glaze Recipe

As I've mentioned this before, there are a lot of Vietnamese takes on French dishes. This quail dish is called chim cút rôti; the mustard, coriander and white wine normally found in the French version have been replaced by red chili powder, ginger and soy sauce.

My favorite part is the sweet ginger glaze made with honey. I always end up eating with my fingers.  It may not necessarily be polite, but it's so delicious I wouldn't want to miss a single bite!


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Galette Complete (Savory Crepe Recipe) Recipe

Galettes are the savory version of a crêpe. Une galette complète, also known as crêpe jambon-œuf-fromage is a version filled with ham, eggs and cheese. I decided to have a little fun and made my version with smoked beef sausage, emmental cheese and sunny side up quail eggs.

We make crêpes at least once a month. It's my way of having a lazy day. The girls make the crepe batter themselves, following the instructions to a "t". Everyone gets involved with the measuring of the ingredients and the mixing, even the little ones. If you have kids, this meal is the perfect way to get them interesting in cooking, and everyone can reap the benefits.


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Mustard Deviled Quail Eggs with Smoked Salmon (Oeuf Mimosa Recipe) Recipe

Oeuf mimosa ("deviled egg" in English) is a first course (or appetizer) made of hard cooked eggs from which the egg yolks have been removed and mixed with mayonnaise and herbs and then filled back into the egg white.

Deviled eggs are a very common French bistro dish but instead of using large chicken eggs, I used quail eggs. There are simple rules on how to boil quail eggs. The freshness of the eggs is very important. Remove the eggs from the refrigerator 15 minutes prior to cooking to bring them back to room temperature, then cover them with cold salted water and add a hint of vinegar. Egg shells are porous and by salting the water, the eggs will already be seasoned; the vinegar helps the egg whites coagulate in case they break while boiling.

The eggs are usually dressed with anchovies rolled into a ring with a caper or olive on top. Today I wanted to glam them up though, so I served the deviled eggs with smoked salmon and dill. Our guests love the mini appetizers and so will you if you give this recipe a try!


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Salad Nicoise  Recipe

Salad Nicoise

09.02.09 by Jackie

If you're ever fortunate enough to go to Paris, you are bound to walk by many sidewalk cafés, brasseries, bistros and the like. As ubiquitous are the chalkboards that guard the entrances to these eateries, calling out the specials of the day. On almost all of them, you will find salade niçoise.

This is not the tuna salad that one traditionally finds in America, slathered in mayonnaise and sweet pickles. Salade niçoise hails from the Côte d'Azur; region of France, and is named after the city of Nice. It is a combination of tomatoes, potatoes, green beans, eggs and canned tuna packed in oil. It is typically topped with anchovies and Dijon vinaigrette.   Like many French dishes, the name may evoke visions of elegance and glamour, but in reality the dish is the result of the vegetables and proteins available in that region of France. Put another way, it's really just a fancy way of describing a tossed salad from Nice.

I personally love this dish, because it is easy to make and perfectly captures the flavors of  the Mediterranean. It won't replace the traditional American-style tuna salad, but instead provide you with a healthier alternative.


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Asian-Style Soy Sauce Quail (Chim Cut Ro Ti) Recipe

Soy sauce quails (chim cút rô ti in Vietnamese) are very popular in Asian cuisine. You might think the flavor is similar to my soy sauce hen recipe, but it's totally different.  Quail has a very distinct flavor. The meat is darker and more tender than the regular poultry and requires little marinating time.

This dish isn't meant to be fancy.  In Vietnam it's street food. That means you have to dig in with your fingers and get messy.


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