Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Croissant With Almond Cream- Croissant aux amandes

Jane's corner

Fanny had by no means forgotten Mr. Crawford when she awoke the next morning; but she remembered the purport of her note, and was not less sanguine as to its effect than she had been the night before. If Mr. Crawford would but go away! That was what she most earnestly desired: go and take his sister with him, as he was to do, and as he returned to Mansfield on purpose to do. And why it was not done already she could not devise, for Miss Crawford certainly wanted no delay. Fanny had hoped, in the course of his yesterday's visit, to hear the day named; but he had only spoken of their journey as what would take place ere long.

 Mansfield Park - Jane Auten (1814)

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Cod and Mushroom Gratin - Gratin de cod forestier

The Gratin is another French cuisine that I like to do. This is one of the recipe that include fish and mushroom. Great for the cold winter months.

Jane's corner

"Captain Wentworth is not very gallant by you, Anne, though he was
so attentive to me.  Henrietta asked him what he thought of you,
when they went away, and he said, `You were so altered he should not
have known you again.'"

Mary had no feelings to make her respect her sister's in a common way,
but she was perfectly unsuspicious of being inflicting any peculiar wound.

Persuasion - Jane Austen (1818)

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Pavé aux noix - Walnut delights with white chocolate ganache

After a busy week, I like to make some easy baking during the weekend. Something that is not time consuming and can be done within 30 minutes. Looking through my ' Baking for dummy' note book , I come across this easy recipe. The Pavé aux noix or  the' pavement of walnuts' , is some sort of brownies , I guess. And I've added a white chocolate ganache to go with it too. I don't really fancy white chocolate but for this recipe, it does make an amazing combination. It is really not a complicated recipe and it's perfect for tea time . It tasted even better when chilled overnight.

Jane's corner

Catherine turned away her head, not knowing whether she might venture to laugh.
" I see what you think of me," said he gravely- " I shall make but a poor figure in your journal tomorrow."
"My journal!"
 Yes, I know exactly what you will say: Friday, went to the Lower Rooms, wore my sprigged muslin robe with blue trimmings - plain black shoes - appeared to much advantage, but was strangely harassed by a queer, half-witted man, who would make me dance with him, and distressed me by his nonsense."
"Indeed I shall say no such thing."
"Shall I tell you what you ought to say?"
"If you please."
"I danced with a very agreeable young man, introduced by Mr King; had a great deal of conversation with him - seems a most extraordinary genius - hope I may know more of him. That, madam, is what I wish you to say."
"But, perhaps, I keep no journal."

Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen (1818)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Pistachio Roll - Bûche aux Pistaches

Every year for Christmas I would make at least 2 Bûche de Nöel (Christmas Log). The reason being that our younger son doesn't like the traditional Bûche aux Marrons. I must say that after an aperitifs and 5 course meal , it is quite difficult to eat the famous Bûche aux Marrrons. So I have to come out with some sort of light bûche . Last year I've made this Bûche aux Pistaches ( Pistachio Log). Pistachio and raspberry make a great combination. I have tried few recipes using these two ingredients. But for the Bûche aux Pistaches I wanted to add in a creamy texture but not too heavy. I found this recipe in one of magazine so I wanted to give it a try. It is certainly very light and  tasty but the downside is, it's not thick enough even after chilling it for few hours. Nevertheless  it's still delicious and all my families liked it. Even though  it's not Christmas yet but I still love to taste it again. And giving me a chance to share this recipe as well.

Jane's corner

The loveliness of the day, and of the view, he felt like herself. They often stop with same sentiment and taste, leaning against the wall, some minutes, to look and admire; and considering he was not Edmund, Fanny could not but allow that he was sufficiently open to the charm of nature, and very well able to express his admiration. She had a few tender reveries now and then, which he could sometimes take advantage of, to look in her face without detection; and the result of these looks was, that though as bewitching as ever, her face was less blooming than it ought to be. She said she was very well, and did not like to be supposed otherwise; but take it all in all, he was convinced that her present residence could not be comfortable, and, therefore, could not be salutary for her, and he was growing anxious for her being again at Mansfield, where her own happiness, and his in seeing her, must be so much greater.

Mansfield Park - Jane Austen ( 1814)

Ma vie en rose...

Michèle Morgan Rose

Here I go again talking about roses. Whenever I feel little melancholy , a rose will light my day. I guess that I am a romantic and some might consider me boring with my Jane Austen's novels. Well, nobody is perfect, right. As you can see , I'm not good at words but , let say that I prefer say it with a rose. I would love to share some photos of my roses from my garden. I believe there is a rose for each and everyone. I hope you can find yours in my album ' Ma vie en roses'. And hopefully you will enjoy looking at them as much as I did. How I wish I can add in the song 'La vie en rose' here and make it more romantic and meaningful!

Michèle Morgan Rose

Paul Bocuse Rose

Champagne Terrazza Rose

Bossuet, Aigle de Meaux Rose

David Austin Collection -  Raubritter Rose
David Austin Collection -  The Alnwick Rose

David Austin Collection - Jude The Obscure Rose

Pierre De Ronsard rose is one of the most popular rose in France.

David Austin Collection -  Golden Celebration Rose

Madam Alfred Carriére Rose

Empreinte De Dorieux Rose

Pink Cloud Rose

David Austin Collection -  Benjamin Britten Rose

David Austin Collection -  William Morris Rose

Honoré De Balzac Rose

Julio Iglesias Rose

  Leonard De Vinci Rose

Flora Danica Rose

Friday, November 11, 2011

Rose Panna Cotta

I think by now all of you should have guess that by seeing all my photos that I am a huge fan of roses. All these roses are from my garden. I have planted more than 20 roses over the past 5 years. It was a tremendous joy to see them fully bloomed. And I am the kind of person whose romantically superstitious about the meaning of certain flowers. The language of flowers are very important so that you will send the appropriate signal to that special person. The pink rose  means happy love. And now I'm sharing this Italian dessert , the Panna Cotta with a touch of rose to wish you all A Happy Love.

Jane's corner

 "Well, Marianne," said Elinor, as soon as he had left them, "for one morning I think you have done pretty well. You have already ascertained Mr Willoughby's opinion in almost every matter of importance. You know what he thinks of Cowper and Scott; you are certain of his estimating their beauties as he ought, and you have received every assurance of his admiring Pope no more than is proper. But how is your acquaintance to be long supported, under such extraordinary dispatch of every subject for discourse? You will soon have exhausted each favourite topic. Another meeting will suffice to explain his sentiments on picturesque beauty, and then you can have nothing farther to ask."

Sense & Sensibility - Jane Austen (1811)

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Fig Tart - Tartes aux figues

Yesterday my neighbour gave me a basket of figs . To thank her I've made a Fig Tart for her. I like to eat bake figs or cook figs. For me it's tastier and it bring out the lovely flavour .

Jane's corner

Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised, or a little mistaken; but where, as in this case, though the conduct is mistaken, the feelings are not, it may not be very material. Mr. Knightley could not impute to Emma a more relenting heart than she possessed, or a heart more disposed to accept of his.

Emma - Jane Austen (1816)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Pumpkin & Chestnut Cream Dessert

I am a big fan of cream dessert. I like the idea that every season should have their own cream dessert. With all the pumpkins and chestnut around, we should make the most of it by trying some new recipes. I love chestnut cream dessert. I made it every year during this season but this time I have added some pumpkins. Honestly I was worried that it will be too sweet. But I did reduced the sugar in the cream mixture and it turned out just nice, especially chilled.

Jane's corner

Though Edmund was much more displeased with his aunt than his mother, as evincing least regard for her niece, he could not help paying more attention to what she said, and at length determined on a method of proceeding which would obviate the risk of his father's thinking he had done too much, and at the same time procure for Fanny the immediate means of exercise, which he could not bear she should be without.

Mansfield Park - Jane Austen (1814)