Chefs & Cooks

Galette des Rois

6 January 2015

Post image for Galette des Rois

I have always wanted to make a Galette des Rois for the Epiphany and finally plucked up the courage today. In France, it is a cake which is traditionally eaten on 6 January, although some shops and bakeries make the most of this event by selling them up to a few months before the big date. But like any seasonal treat, such as the Yule Log or Hot Cross Buns, the window for making a Galette des Rois is brief and I’m glad to have finally tried my hand at making one. Here is Rachel Khoo’s version from My Little French Kitchen.

{Continue reading…}

{ 6 comments }

Merry Christmas! My Christmas Feast for 2014

25 December 2014 6 comments
Thumbnail image for Merry Christmas! My Christmas Feast for 2014

Merry Christmas everyone! It is a rare occasion for us to celebrate Christmas in Zurich, a rather welcome change as it has given me the opportunity to cook on Christmas Day, something which might prompt fear and dread in most people but has instead filled me with glee as the Christmas season started to approach.

{Continue reading …}

Chocolate Chip Gingerbread Cookies

10 December 2014 6 comments
Thumbnail image for Chocolate Chip Gingerbread Cookies

I love baking at this time of the year. With the scent of cakes and bakes heady with cinnamon and ginger wafting from the kitchen, you can really start to feel Christmas in the air. And what better way to kick off the festive season than with a batch of homemade gingerbread cookies?

{Continue reading …}

Madeleines with Lemon Curd

22 November 2014 15 comments
Thumbnail image for Madeleines with Lemon Curd

I am rather surprised that it has taken me this long to try this popular recipe from Rachel Khoo. In my defence, I already had a madeleine recipe to which I have been faithful to for many years, plus I felt that Rachel’s recipe was a bit fiddly for me. And with a tiny tot […]

{Continue reading …}

Cheesecake with Plum Compote

17 October 2014 6 comments
Thumbnail image for Cheesecake with Plum Compote

You may have noticed my sporadic presence online over this summer and I think I must, unfortunately, now call an end to what was nicknamed a “summer break” but was more a sofa-slumped summer due to the soggy weather which prevailed. I kept waiting for the hot summer sun to beckon me into one of […]

{Continue reading …}

Cinnamon Tea Cake

4 September 2014 21 comments
Thumbnail image for Cinnamon Tea Cake

I love a simple cinnamon tea cake at afternoon tea but, the truth is, I love it even more at breakfast. The combination of vanilla cake topped with a generous sprinkling of sugar and cinnamon reminds me of eating a donut, especially when the cake is still warm from the oven. While eating cake (or […]

{Continue reading …}

Chouquettes

13 August 2014 13 comments
Thumbnail image for Chouquettes

The constant deluge of rain this summer has led to flooding in many parts of Switzerland, including our own balcony. The window boxes which comprise my little kitchen garden have been flooded from the non-stop rain and most of my plants look somewhat miserable from having their feet wet for far too long. Perhaps the only solace […]

{Continue reading …}

Potato, Smoked Salmon & Dill Tart

25 June 2014 11 comments
Thumbnail image for Potato, Smoked Salmon & Dill Tart

Smoked salmon is, admittedly, not an everyday ingredient, but I do love to keep some in the fridge for a quick lunch with some lightly buttered white toast, thinly sliced onions, a scattering of salty capers and a good squeeze of lemon. But when I’m wanting to incorporate smoked salmon into a more substantial meal, this […]

{Continue reading …}

Spaghetti with Tuna, Chilli, Rocket & Lemon plus Donna Hay Giveaway

2 May 2014 79 comments
Thumbnail image for Spaghetti with Tuna, Chilli, Rocket & Lemon plus Donna Hay Giveaway

I have been a long-time admirer and follower of Donna Hay’s cookbooks, even as early back when she was the food editor of the Marie Claire cookbooks in Australia. Her clean and refined approach to food styling is what normally attracts the attention of readers in the first instance; food which looks so stunningly beautiful […]

{Continue reading …}

Three Cheese Bread

10 April 2014 17 comments
Thumbnail image for Three Cheese Bread

One of my favourite snacks when I lived in Australia were cheese scrolls from the local bakery. In fact, as a child of parents who ran a busy Vietnamese bakery, I often lived for the moment when the cheese scrolls came fresh out of the oven. Even better when there were onions in the mixture. […]

{Continue reading …}