Eggplant Pizzas

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Good morning everyone, I am so sorry I have not posted anything in a very long time.

The summer was good and busy then it is time to get back to school/work. Finally I take the time to write to you in order to share a beautiful quick recipe. I found it on Pinterest and add few tips to make it even tastier.

 (Makes 3-4 servings or 6-8 appetizer servings

1 EGGPLANT

2 TBSP OLIVE OIL, FOR BRUSHING EGGPLANT BEFORE ROASTING

1/3 CUP FRESHLY GRATED PARMESAN

1/3 CUP FINELY GRATED MOZZARELLA

Sauce Ingredients:

2-3 TSP. EXTRA-VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

3 LARGE GARLIC CLOVES, VERY FINELY crushed

1 CAN GOOD QUALITY PETITE DICED TOMATOES WITH LIQUID (OR USE 3 CUPS PEELED AND DICED FRESH TOMATOES)

1/4 TSP. DRIED OREGANO (USE GREEK OR TURKISH OREGANO)

Alternatively you can use already prepared tomato sauce

Instructions:

Cut off both ends of the eggplant; then cut it into 1,5 cm thick slices (trying to make them the same thickness!)  Put the eggplant slices on a double layer of paper towels and sprinkle both sides generously with salt.  Let the eggplant sit with the salt on it for about 30 minutes to draw out the liquid.  (After the eggplant sits for 15 minutes, turn on the grill to 375F/190C.)

Watch out last time I did, it I had to drive my daughter to school therefore when I came back the vegetable was so drain of water that it was as salty as can be. Never the less I thought it could not be noticed. I was wrong it was so awful!!!!

While the eggplant sits, make the sauce.  (if using already made sauce no need to preaviously warm it up.

Heat 2-3 tsp. olive oil (depending on your pan) and saute the crushed garlic just until it becomes fragrant.

(carefully watch this Onion as it contains 64% water therefore it burns easily) . Add the can diced tomatoes, and dried oregano and let the sauce cook at a low simmer until it thickens, breaking up the tomatoes with a wooden spoon as it cooks.  (Add water as needed, a few tablespoons at a time as the sauce cooks, keeping it hot by simmering at very low heat until it’s needed for the eggplant slices.)

After 30 minutes, wipe the eggplant dry with paper towels (this also removes most of the salt.)  In a non stick baking tray brush lightly with olive oil or use baking sheet, lay eggplant slices on, brush the tops of the eggplant with olive oil, and sprinkle with dried oregano or other herbs.  Grill the eggplant about 10 minutes or so on each side. Watch out it burns easily.

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While the eggplant roasts, thinly slice the fresh basil leaves (if using) and combined freshly grated Parmesan and mozzarella.  After 25 minutes or when eggplant pieces are done, remove eggplant from the oven and turn oven setting to broil.  Spread a few tablespoons of sauce on the top of each eggplant slice, sprinkle with thin basil slices (if using) and top with a generous amount of cheese.

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Put pizzas under the broiler until the cheese melted and slightly browned.  (This took 6-7 minutes for me, but I was using a toaster oven and in a more powerful broiler it would probably only take a few minutes.)  Serve hot!

Enjoy!

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Pizza Aubergine

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Bonjour à tous,

Je suis désolée, je n’ai rien posté depuis des siècles.

L’été a été bien occupé et il est temps de retourner à l’école / travail.

Enfin, je prends le temps de vous écrire afin de partager une belle recette rapide .

Je l’ai trouvée sur Pinterest et ai ajouté quelques conseils pour le rendre encore plus savoureux.

Pizzas Aubergine

(3-4 portions ou 6-8 portions de hors-d’œuvre)

1 AUBERGINE

2 CaS HUILE D’OLIVE , pour enlever l’amertume du légume

1/3 TASSE DE PARMESAN FRAICHEMENT RAPE

1/3 TASSE MOZZARELLA RAPE

Sauce:

2-3 CaS. HUILE D’OLIVE EXTRA VIERGE

3 GOUSSES D’AIL ou plus si désiré, TRES FINEMENT hachées

3 TASSES de TOMATES FRAICHES (pelées  et coupées en dés )

ou pour économiser du temps une petite boite de conserve de tomates en dés avec son liquide

¼ CAC . ORIGAN SECHE

(Sinon, vous pouvez acheter une sauce tomate dans le commerce, en favorisant bien entendu une bonne qualité afin de magnifier le plat.)

Coupez les deux extrémités de l’aubergine, puis la couper en tranches de 1,5 cm d’épaisseur (favorisez la régularité afin de faciliter l’homogénéité de la cuisson.

Mettez les tranches d’aubergine sur une double couche de serviettes en papier et saupoudrer généreusement les deux côtés de sel. Laissez les aubergines dégorger elle pendant environ 30 minutes pour retirer l’eau. Au bout de 15 minutes , allumez le gril pour 375F/190C . )

Méfiez-vous la dernière fois que j’ai procédé de cette façon, je devais conduire ma fille à l’école quand je suis revenue  au bout d’une heure le légume était totalement vidé de son eau et ai devenu si salé. Néanmoins, je pensais qu’avec la sauce tomate et le fromage on ne le remarquerait peut-être.

Je me suis trompée, c’était tellement horrible ! !

Pour  la sauce. (Si vous utilisez de la sauce tomate déjà faite pas besoin de la réchauffer.

Faire Chauffer 2-3 c. l’huile d’olive et faire revenir l’ail écrasé juste jusqu’à ce qu’il devienne transparent.

(Ne pas laisser brunir, l’ail est composé de 64% d’eau de ce fait il brulera très vite).

Ajouter les tomates en dés et l’origan. Laisser cuire la sauce à feu doux jusqu’à ce qu’elle épaississe. Ecrasant les tomates avec une cuillère en bois pendant la cuisson.

(Ajouter de l’eau si nécessaire , quelques cuillerées à la fois, garder au chaud en faisant mijoter à feu très doux. )

Après 30 minutes, essuyer les aubergines, sécher avec du sopalin (ce qui enlève également la plupart du sel . )

Sur une plaque de cuisson légèrement huilée  ou avec une feuille de cuisson, déposer les tranches d’aubergine, badigeonner le dessus d’huile huile et saupoudrer d’origan ou d’autres herbes. Faire griller les aubergines environ 10 minutes ou plus de chaque côté.

Attention , cela brûle facilement .

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Alors que les aubergines rôtissent , trancher finement les feuilles de basilic frais ( le cas échéant) et mélanger le parmesan et la mozzarella .

Au bout de 10 minutes, ou lorsque des morceaux d’aubergine sont dorées, retourner les tranches et griller a nouveau 10 min.

Retirez les aubergines du four.

Sur chaque tranche, étaler quelques cuillerées de sauce, saupoudrer de basilic et y ajouter le fromage, soyez généreux cela sera encore meilleur.

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Mettre pizzas sous le gril jusqu’à ce que le fromage fonde et dore légèrement. Cela prend 6-8minutes,  en fonction de votre four.

Servir chaud !

CHINESE SAUTEED BEEF

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Serves 6

I love this dish but in most restaurants they add sugar which does not add anything.

This recipe is simple and very fast to make.

You only need 30 minutes to marinate, but I recommand 1 hour it enhance the flavor of the spices .

3 BEEF STEAKS (ABOUT 1 KG)

4 TBSP SOYA SAUCE

4 TBSP NUOC MAM

1 TBSP OF WINE OR

BALSAMIC VINEGAR

6 TBSP SUNFLOWER OIL

50 G FRESH GINGER

6 LARGE ONIONS

SALT, PEPPER

Marinade:

Peel and grate the ginger.

To have fresh ginger at all time, peel and store in the freezer. whenever you need just use at is.

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Peel and slice onions. Mix the ginger, onions, Soya sauce, and nuoc mam together, season with pepper.

Slice the steaks into strips, place in a plastic bag as seen on the recipe

“ chicken tandoori http://wp.me/p3pMRs-4D ” ,

with the marinade for 30 min. or plus.

Drain the meat; dab with kitchen paper to remove all excess liquid. Heat the oil in a sauté pan on very high. Add the meat and onions, fry for 10 minutes and stir continuously.

Then add vinegar and continue cooking for 5 minutes.

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Any longer and the beef may be tough.

Serve hot with white or pilaf rice.

 

Add some Fresh chopped coriander.

You can easily subsitute fresh ginger with ginger powder.

I you want to add color to your dish why not add green and red pepper sliced.

 

 

TATINS TARTLETS BY FELDER

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Here is an easy recipe that will impress your guests.

The tartlets are just too cute and so delicious.

I have made a few changes to the original recipe.

Christophe Felder, and yes after Christophe Michalak (of whom I’m a super fan, several of his recipes are available on the blog) we have Christophe Felder … Married to a Christophe I seem to get attracted to this forename!

This virtuoso and sugar passionate was pastry chef at the Crillon hotel in Paris at the age of 23.

He has written numerous books including an eight hundred page « Patisserie » 

It has been translated into English as <Patisserie: Mastering the Fundamentals of English Pastry>.

 

For about 25 tartlets:

125 g sweet dough: therefore half the recipe that you can find on this blog

ref.:http://wp.me/p3pMRs-bZ

250g Royal Gala, or if you prefer, Golden delicious apples as long as you use a fruit that caramelizes well.

75 g Granny Smith apples

 

For the caramel:

100g Sugar

27.5 g butter

25 ml of water

 

For the glaze:

30g mineral water

40g sugar

2g gelatin sheet or powder

Some orange and lemon zests

 

Peel the apples, core and cut into small dices.

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Make a caramel by placing the sugar in a dry pan, preferably with a thick bottom.

When the caramel becomes brown and while the pan is still over heat pour the warm water and stir until reaching a smooth consistency.

Remove from heat, add the butter and mix well.

 

Place the apples in a baking dish, pour the caramel over but keep the thickened and reduced part in the pan.

pour the caramel over.

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As seen in the photo above.

Cover with a foil and bake the apples for 30 minutes at 180 °C.

Then remove the foil and bake for another 30 minutes or until the apples are cooked and tender like “Preserve”. 

Use a silicone mold with mini half spheres or if not available, grease mini mold pies as substitute.

Fill the molds with the caramelized apples, smoothen the top well with a knife as it will sit on the biscuit and therefore must be totally flat.

Place the molds in the freezer for 1 to 2 hours.

 

Meanwhile roll the dough thinly and using a circle cutter or a small glass form 25 cookies.

Bake the cookies in a preheated oven at 180°C for 10 minutes or until the edges are golden.

Let them cool on a rack.

Melt 30g butter, and apply with a brush on the cookies, this will prevent them from becoming soft and it will keep all their

crispness.

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Glaze:

Boil the water, sugar, and zest.

If you are using powdered gelatin now is the time to add it and let it boil for 2 min.

If you are using a gelatin sheet soak it previously in water.

Whisk well. Strain to get rid of the zests.

Let it cool at room temperature, it will thicken.

 

The finishing touch:

 

Unmold the caramelized apples.

Keep in the fridge.

 

Remove these little wonders from the fridge 30 minutes before serving and keep at room temperature.

 

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Place one on each cookie.

With a brush, coat the domes of apples with the prepared glaze.

 

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Store in the fridge.

Remove these little Tatin from the fridge 30 minutes before serving and keep at room temperature.

Cheesy Bacon Oven Chips

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I found this lovely recipe on that blog below

I really did not change the recipe that much. I think it is a great idea, easy and can be done in advance. Can be easily reheated.

http://vittlesandbits.blogspot.com/2012/02/cheesy-bacon-oven-chips-with-chipotle.html

Serves 6

6 LARGE POTATOES,

3/4 CUP SHREDED CHEDDAR CHEESE

SALT & PEPPER TO TASTE

2 T. CRUMBLED BACON (ABOUT 2 SLICES) – I USED REAL BACON BITS

CHOPPED PARSLEY OR CHIVES, FOR GARNISH (OPTIONAL)

SALT, PEPPER AND PAPRIKA

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Scrub well and sliced potatoes into 1/8″ rounds.

Bring sliced potatoes to a boil in cold, salted water to cover for 5 minutes or until tender, stick with a knife it should come out easily.

Carefully drain, and transfer slices to a paper-towel lined countertop or cutting board.  Pat to dry, avoiding any humidity to enhance the crunchiness of the potatoes.

Use a baking sheet preferably silicon or grease with butter. Lay out potato slices so they are slightly overlapping on it. Sprinkle lightly with olive oil, paprika, salt & pepper to taste.

Then add evenly precooked bacon & shredded cheese.

Bake 20  minutes in preheated oven until cheese is melted & bubbly.

 

picture of the dish before putting it in the oven

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MOCHA FRAPPUCCINO JUST LIKE STARBUCKS

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Don’t you just hate spending tons of money for a drink using milk, coffee and caramel.

Try that recipe…. So delicious

1.5 CUPS OF CRUSHED ICED

1 CUP OF MILK (I USED LOW FAT AND IT WAS FINE)

1 ESPRESSO

3 TSP OF SUGAR (MORE OR LESS DEPENDING ON PREFERENCE)

2 TABLESPOONS OR MORE OF BUTTER SALTED CARAMEL

WHIPPED CREAM

 

Add some caramel in the bottom of a tall glass as well as on the border or as you like it.

Blend all the ingredients except the caramel and the whipped cream in a blender for 45 seconds.

Pour into the glass and top off with whipped cream and garnish with caramel.

 

You will love this drink

 

As a substitute for the kids I replaced Coffee by caramel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TIAN or VEGETABLE GRATIN

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Let me give youA little history to explain to you how this dish took its name
In 1803 it was as « tion » in a technical sense foundry is borrowing an Occitan word already attested in Old Provençal (1391) to designate a bowl, a pool of pottery, a clay pot. It comes from the Greek « têganon » variant « tagênon » (etymological form) « frying pan » no known technical word etymology.
This dish took it name as it was attested in 1940 in central and French
The French used to describe the Provencal clay pot, and metonymy, the dish (vegetable pie) baked in a Tian.

SERVING 6

2 EGGPLANTS
4 ZUCCHINIS
6 TOMATOES
2 BRANCHES OF THYME
4 TBSP OLIVE OIL
3 ONIONS
1 GARLIC CLOVE
SALT &PEPPER TO TASTE

Preheat the oven gas mark 6 (180 ° C).
Peel and slice the onions finely.
Sauté in olive oil get a golden color without burning them.
Set in the Tian dish or gratin dish.
I used the crushed garlic that I keep pot in olive oil.
Wash all the vegetables.
Cut the ends of the eggplant and zucchini.
Remove the stems of tomatoes.
(You can remove the skin by immersing in boiling water for a few seconds and then immediately into ice water to remove the skin easily.
Cut the zucchini, tomatoes and eggplant into slices of equal thickness.
Place all the vegetables in the dish vertically, alternating.
Make sure you tighten your vegetables as during cooking they will shrink. I put as many vegetables as possible to a maximum.
Sprinkle vegetables with thyme, salt and pepper.
Drizzle with olive oil and Bake.
Cook covered with aluminum foil for about 1h30 After 30 minutes I use a spatula and press on the vegetables to bring out all the juice from the vegetables that will give a good evenly cooking process
Remove from oven and serve immediately.

If you receive guests for dinner, you can easily bake in advance in the oven, and then add an additional 15 min it will only get better.
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