Indian-Style Pearl Onion Confit Upside-Down Tart (Tarte Tatin de Petits Oignons Perles a l'Indienne) Recipe

The tarte tatin (upside-down tart) was originally made with caramelized apples. It was created by the Tatin sisters at the beginning of the century. The two demoiselles Tatin, Fanny and Caroline, ran a little eatary in a hotel in Sologne, in the countryside of France near Orleans. They were famous for their apple tarts. One day, one of the sisters clumsily forgot to place the puff pastry dough and put the caramelized apple layer first and that's how a fortunate mistake created the trendy dish.

A French way to make an onion confit would be with caramelized onions that were previously boiled in milk but I had some leftover curried pearl onions called do-pyaaza. It's cooked in a generous amount of ghee, yogurt and flavored with ginger-garlic paste and several Indian spices. My fusion result is called a tarte tatin de petits oignons perlés à  l'Indienne.


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Vegetarian Broccoli Risotto Recipe

Vegetarian Broccoli Risotto

03.03.09 by Jackie

I've already made several versions of risotto like the Asian Fusion Bamboo one or the more traditional cremini mushroom risotto. Today was a very cold and rainy day, so I decided to make another risotto. This version is risotto with broccoli, Lulu's favorite.  Broccoli pairs great with cheddar cheese, and is a great flavor and color accent to the risotto.  It's slightly upscale comfort food that your family will love.


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Homemade Kumquat Marmalade Recipe

Homemade Kumquat Marmalade

03.01.09 by Jackie

We've been very lucky this year. Our kumquat trees have produced a bumper crop. Yesterday, the girls brought me a huge bucket filled with beautiful kumquats. When I tasted them, I found them a bit sour, so I decided to make a nice batch of marmalade.

As a child, I ate a ton of marmalade on my vacations to Great Britain, but I have to say the best marmalade I've had is made by husband's friend Laura. She adds a dash of vanilla extract to her marmalade which I think really brightens and accents the citrus flavor. She also makes great homemade vinegar.


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Banana Cream Cake with Marshmallow Frosting Recipe

I was in the baking mood today and we had some ripe bananas so I decided to make a banana cream cake.  The little one was gnoshing on a bowl of marshmallows and that got me thinking that a marshmallow cream laced with banana jam that I got from Williams-Sonoma would be a nice accent to the moist yellow cake and fresh bananas.


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Soy Sauce Roasted Cornish Game Hen (Ga Mai Ro Ti) Recipe

Soy sauce roasted hen is a Vietnamese version of my French-Style citrus roasted chicken. It's almost the same procedure with a substitution of soy sauce and other Asian spices. I used a hen for the tenderness of the meat. It's always a winner amongst the carnivores in my house.  

My favorite part of the soy sauce roasted hen is the dark sweet crispy skin. The only downside to this dish is that you have to be prepared and marinate the hens for at least 2 days for a guaranteed moist, flavorful bird.


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