mardi, octobre 21, 2008

L'Epi d'Or, Nancy

It has been a while for place-to-eat post.
L'Epi d'Or is a salon thé + bakery + small restaurant, all in one.
At first I only buy the all-time famous pain au chocolat, and their beignet de carnaval, but then I tried once to eat here, and I like the choices that they offered. Especially the choice of salads that you can get here. Shaz and salad? That can't be right. Yup it's not easy for me to eat salad (or vegies) but L'Epi d'Or has the right stuff for me.
And yes.. they opened since 1928.. hmmm....

Other than Salade de Chevre Chaud (Warm Goat Cheese Salad), this is another salad that I like, la Salade de Brie Au Pilat.
It's basically green salads, tomatoes, bits of Brie cheese, and the brown on top is Brie cheese fried with crumbs... yum yum!!!

Of course their desserts are so so nice... My fav is la crème brulée. The mousse au fruit (framboise ou abricot: raspberry or apricot) are equally yummy...

Bon app!!

dimanche, octobre 12, 2008

Hari Raya is Makan time!

Hey!! It's that time of the year again!
Despite of my passion of cooking and baking, I don't like that much to have guests coming over to my house. One reason is that I don't have much place in the appartment to receive guest. Anyway, it's always a pleasure to have this Hari Raya makan-makan. This year is the 3rd year (out of 7 years in France) am organizing the makan-makan.

Here is the company this year. Seems like this year is the smallest group I ever had. Next year there will be some changes too. Two of them will finish their studies,1 practical staff will go home as well.

FYI, I made all these (only with the help of my butcher for the lamb ribs).
I started my day at 10:00 in the morning, and finished - with all table set and round of Singstar in between, at 5:00 p.m. I had time to take shower, eat, update facebook, before my guests arrived at 8:00 p.m.

So what are in the menu this year?
1- Kuah Kacang.
This is my first attempt to make kuah kacang. I just googled for the recipe and took a simple recipe. The reason for making this is because I just found in a shop the asam jawa (tamarind paste). First thing that came to my mind is.. kuah kacang!

2- Roasted chicken.

3- Deep fried chicken liver.

4- Nasi Briyani.

5- Keropok ikan (Fish crackers).

6- Nasi impit (ketupat segera mini)

7- Gigot d'agneau (Lamb gigot-this is the thigh part) - Ready for the oven...

8- Carrot?? Well, I forgot to snap a photo of the oxtail soup. In it I put some carrots. Just to add some "health" in the menu hehehe...

9- Lamb ribs.
I asked my butcher to make this. Very nice eh??
There are paprika, curcuma and chopped coriander leaves. Very very nice!

Grilled and ready to be cut.

10- Beef rendang (whatelse at hari raya.. hehehe)

Did you notice that there is no picture of desserts?
I didn't make desserts because I don't have any idea what is the best dessert to make. Last time I made agar-agar. But this year suddenly I don't have any idea. Wierd. Anyway, we had cookies, macarons, chocolates, grapes, dates...

That's all for this year... See you next year!

dimanche, octobre 05, 2008

Honey Cornflakes

I tried new Hari Raya "cookie" this year. Honey Cornflakes.. it's sweet and crunchy yum yum!
What you need is cornflakes, honey, butter and chopped cherries.

Mango Lassi

One day I had the urged to drink mango lassi.
Remember my post about Yoplait's Smoothie? Well, the supermarket downstairs doesn't sell it anymore. They always do that that!!
Anyway, another great lassi is at indian restaurant. But you have to eat there.
So I resulted to make mango lassi myself. I searched for mango lassi recipe on the Net and of course there are too many different approaches.
I settled for the simple one: Lait Fermenté (fermented milk), and Mango, with some sugar.
I bought frozen mango from Picard - this is a store which sells frozen foods. For the fermented milk, I got one of the yoplait's at the supermarket.
The result: yummy!! I managed to almost fill up a litre mineral water bottle.