Mulberry Pavlova with Black Corinth Grapes Recipe

Pavlova is an easy dessert that consists of a meringue base coated with whipped cream and topped with fresh fruit. I used what's in season and flavored the dessert with freshly-picked black mulberries from our garden and garnished it with black Corinth grapes. For a nice contrast in color and flavor, I decorated it with crushed pistachios and toasted coconut flakes.

You can prepare the meringue way in advance and assemble the dessert at the last minute. I prepared the base in the morning and later in the day, I sent the girls to get messy and pick the gorgeous mulberries. Once they were slightly crushed, a delightful, naturally slightly thick syrup oozed out. With just a little assembly, the dessert was ready to be served right away.

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Spicy Tuna Maki Sushi Roll Recipe Recipe

We're having a houseguest this week. Mimi is Daddy's childhood best friend's daughter. She mentioned that she adores sushi, so I thought we would have a sushi party. Making your own costs less than the ones at your local sushi bar and you'll definitely know exactly how fresh the ingredients are. You can apply some of those savings and go overboard in choosing exquisite fish.

I made tuna maki rolls and served salmon sashimi to gain a little time. I filled the maki rolls with blue fin tuna (hon maguro toro tuna). Even though it was a little pricey, I couldn't resist when I saw the quality and the abnormally high level of marbling of the fish. I also added seaweed salad, fish roe, a few pieces of avocado and Granny Smith apple matchstick pieces, which add a pleasant, slightly sweet and tart flavor. 

The result was fabulous and as less than you would pay at a restaurant to get this kind of sushi!


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Veal au Poivre Recipe Recipe

Veal au Poivre Recipe

07.17.13 by Jackie

In my opinion, the best place to get tender cuts of veal in the US is a halal meat market. There seems to be more turnover of veal products in general. It’s cheaper than Whole Foods and fresher than the Asian market.

I bought boneless veal chops to make this steak au poivre recipe. It’s an easy dish to prepare, so the key is to prepare a flavorful sauce to accompany the meat. I made the sauce with green peppercorns and a splash of Cognac brandy. Instead of serving the veal au poivre with potatoes, I paired it with a tasty pumpkin and sweet rice purée. It’s a nice change of pace from your average steak and potatoes dish!

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Grilled Lobster Tail Recipe Recipe

Grilled Lobster Tail Recipe

07.16.13 by Jackie

I prepared lobster over the weekend because I wanted to cook something gourmet in honor of Bastille Day (the French equivalent of Independence day, but on July 14th). It's not a traditional thing to serve in France for Bastille Day, but it was a great excuse to make good use of our barbecue grill and cook up some seafood.

The dish is ultra easy. I simply grilled halved lobsters and garnished them with tarragon, chives, garlic and lemon, then drizzled them with truffle oil. It was almost too sinful to eat, but somehow I managed to find the strength!  


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French Green Lentils Recipe

French Green Lentils

07.15.13 by Jackie

Unlike in traditional Indian cuisine where lentils are usually the main dish, French green lentils are served as a side with sausages or various meats. Of course, with as many vegetarians as I have in my home, I typically serve it without meat.

In this recipe I cooked the lentils with fennel, fresh lemon thyme, black peppercorns, caramelized onions and a bay leaf. They lentils are known as “Puy” lentils because they originate from Le Puy, in the Auvergne region of France. They have an almost blue-ish shine with a delicate, peppery flavor. 


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