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Mulberry Jam Recipe Recipe

Mulberry Jam Recipe

08.13.09 by Jackie

Mulberries look similar to blackberries, but they taste totally different. They are a combination of sweet, tart and peppery flavors.  They are native to India, Pakistan and Iran.  I believe the leaves are used to cultivate silkworms.

Lulu's dad, who is from India, loves mulberries.  I think they remind him of his childhood.  We always catch him red-handed when he sneaks out to the garden to pick mulberries. Mulberries are very difficult to pick without their leaking a little bit of juice. His white shirt and hands get stained with the juice of the berries and he comes back to the house with a grin on his face.

The darker they are, the better they taste. Daddy gathered a bunch of the fruit but the girls ate a lot of them and left me about a quart. No ripe mulberries were left on the tree. But what was left was more than enough to make some jam for breakfast. I made the jam so that we could enjoy mulberries during the fall and winter, but I have a feeling they won't make it that far!

Mulberry jam recipe


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Vegetarian Tajine Recipe

Vegetarian Tajine

07.07.09 by Jackie

Tajine is a Moroccan dish that is named after the special pot in which it is cooked. It's a melting pot of savory and sweet flavors and it's a staple in Mediterranean cuisine. I love all its interesting ingredients like saffron, cinnamon, cumin, ginger, apricots and sun-dried tomatoes.

A lot of my cooking is my own improvisation. I went into the garden and found only 5 apricots that were fully ripe. We've had a lot of problems lately with animals like deer, squirrels and rabbits eating the fruits of Lulu's labor. Of course, this would have never been enough for a tart or preserve. I had a few potatoes, some sun-dried tomatoes and tofu. Eating them as is would have been an option but I thought I would use them to make a vegetarian tajine.

There was a lot of the leftover sauce, so I saved it to make a real lamb tajine stew the next day. All I have to do is run to the store and buy some lamb shanks.


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How to make a perfect sweet French crepe batter Recipe

There is almost nothing as quintessentially French as crêpes. For those who don't know, a crêpe is a very thin pancake.  It is perfect for a quick dessert, or for a savory meal. I make them whenever I'm missing France. 

Today I was in the mood for something sweet. If, like me, you're craving for something sweet, make some crêpes. Generously stuff the crêpe with fruits (blueberries, strawberries, canned peaches), jam and whipped cream, just sprinkle some plain sugar or spread Nutella inside the crêpe. Yum!


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Mini Madeleine Muffins with Meyer Lemon Icing Recipe

The title is a mouthful, and so are these mini-muffins!  I used a base of a madeleine batter to create these bite-size treats for Easter.  The madeleine batter imparts a much richer, more buttery flavor than a traditional muffin mix.  I had a ton of Meyer lemons in my garden, and so I used the zest to brighten up both the batter and the icing.

The girls are on spring break, so I had lots of little hands helping out.  Everyone wanted to be in charge of sprinkles, but I was able to get them to do the measuring, pouring and spreading as well.  If you have children home on break and don't know what to do with them, cook!  You'll get to spend time with them, they'll have fun, and they will learn skills that will be valuable to them for their whole lives.

Madeleine Muffins with Meyer Lemon Frosting
Can you see the pink bunnies?


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French Madeleines Recipe

French Madeleines

03.28.09 by Jackie

If there is one thing I miss about France the most, its stopping by the local bakery in the morning.  The sites and smells are intoxicating, but I didn't really appreciate them until I moved to the US.  You know the saying - you don't know what you have until it's gone...

These madeleines are my attempt at recreating those memories.  When made correctly, madeleines are delicate and fluffy with a gentle sweetness that doesn't overpower the other flavors in the cookie.  As you can see from the pictures, my madeleines have a bump in the middle.  Most of the madeleines I've seen sold in the US are more tapered and flat, and as a result they are dense and unappealing.

I couldn't name my site PhamFatale.com if I didn't conduct some espionage from time to time.  I found out the secret for making light, airy madeleines with the characteristic bump through a contact of mine that is friends with one the most famous patissiers (bakers) in Paris.  I can't say his name because I'll blow the cover of my contact, but read on to learn his secrets.

madeleines


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