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Oeuf Mollet (Soft-Boiled Egg Recipe) Recipe

Oeuf Mollet (Soft-Boiled Egg Recipe)

04.02.13 by Jackie

After more than 10 years of knowing each other, my husband Lulu still reminds me how much I enjoy his sense of humor even though I often don't want to admit it. Yesterday, he came to me and said from now on, after much thought, he has decided to incorporate animal protein into his vegetarian diet. I got really excited, and naively, I prepared oeufs mollets (French for soft-boiled eggs) for him. It took exactly six minutes to prepare. Lulu looked at the eggs and said: "Nah. April Fools!"

It wasn't a big deal because Aria and I ended up eating the eggs. They were delicious, especially because they were freshly laid. The preparation is very easy. Start by quickly boiling the eggs, then peel and serve them on a bed of béchamel-topped spinach and asparagus.

I'll post another preparation that's as simple as oeufs mollets, where the eggs are boiled for an even shorter amount of time. They're called "oeufs à la coque".


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Sweet Potato Pancake Recipe Recipe

Sweet Potato Pancake Recipe

03.26.13 by Jackie

When I was working on my first cookbook, Haute Potato, I went through a list of all the basic potato recipes I've made throughout the years. There's one in particular I really like but it received a thumbs down from my mostly vegetarian taste-testers, also known as my husband Lulu and his sisters. 

The meat eaters loved the sweet potato pancakes, but the vegetarians thought they were too eggy. For the book I decided to go with the recipes that enjoyed more uniform support, so here's the recipe. And for all the herbivores out there, I haven't tested it with an egg substitute such as lecithin yet, but I will definitely do so in the near future. 

The recipe is ultra-easy. I paired the sweet potato pancakes with veal scallopini and "fines-herbes" flavored cream cheese and pineapple relish on the side. I often make these sweet potato pancakes for Thanksgiving and serve them with poultry. With a couple of big holidays around the corner, this is a recipe to keep in mind.


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Crispy Potato Flower Recipe Recipe

Crispy Potato Flower Recipe

11.08.12 by Jackie

The preparation of this visually striking potato dish is fairly easy if you own a mandoline. Very-thinly-sliced potatoes are parboiled, then brushed with a butter and oil mixture. The slices are then stacked in individual ramekins to mimic flower petals.

It’s an elegant and innovative way to have potatoes as a part of your Thanksgiving table. With my first cookbook on shelves very soon (it's due out on December 18th), I'm going to be posting a lot of potato dishes that didn't make into to the book. If you’re interested, you can pre-order it on Amazon or Barnes and Noble!


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Sinh To Mit Recipe (Vietnamese Jackfruit Smoothie) Recipe

Sinh To Mit Recipe (Vietnamese Jackfruit Smoothie)

04.20.12 by Jackie

Sinh tố  trái cây are popular Vietnamese snack drinks. The phrase literally translates to "fruit vitamins", but you know them better as smoothies.

This particular smoothie is flavored with jackfruit (mít in Vietnamese). The secret ingredient though is the mung beans (đậu xanh), which provide a creamy and consistent texture. The fresh ripe fruit gives a natural sweetness to the smoothie, which is enhanced by the addition of condensed milk and ice cream.

Note: Glossary of relevant Vietnamese cooking terms.

Sinh tố
= vitamins

Trái cây = fruit

Đậu xanh = green lentils

Mít = jackfruit


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Tuna Nicoise Salad with Goose Eggs Recipe

Tuna Nicoise Salad with Goose Eggs

08.15.11 by Jackie

Today, I made a French salad recipe called nicoise salad. I filled the salad with a combination of salad greens, capers, tuna and goose eggs. I was testing the recipe because school is about to start, and I'm not a big fan of the ready-made all-inclusive food trays. They don't contain much except a few crackers and small pieces of cheese and cold meat that are usually packed with salt, sugar and fat.

The salad received two thumbs up from my little munchkin. She loves hard-cooked eggs, which makes folding in the other ingredients much easier. As an added bonus, hard-boiled eggs are easy to pack. If you're planning on making this for your kids, the nicoise salad dressing can be packed separately so the salad is still crunchy and fresh when lunch time finally arrives.

A Pham Fatale reader named Karen left a wonderfully insightful comment last week where she described the challenges of preparing lunches for her kids. While my little munchkin hasn't experienced the teasing from her classmates (yet) even though her lunch box is different from her friends, I understand the issue. It has inspired me to come up with back-to-school recipes that covertly sneak nutritious ingredients into dishes that are familiar to kids. What could be more femme fatale worthy than that?

 


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