52 weeks of French cooking – Week 15: Gruyère Gougères

A gougère is a a baked savory choux pastry made with choux dough and mixed with cheese. This dough is very versatile and can also be made sweet to make profiteroles. I made a slightly modified version of this recipe from Williams-Sonoma (I used 1 cup gruyère to mix in the dough and did not use any parmesan. I then added more grated cheesed on top of the formed gougères before baking). This is a quick and easy recipe to make as everything is mixed in one pot, however it does required some elbow grease as the dough can be hard to work with when adding the eggs!

52 weeks of French cooking – Week 14: Goat cheese, leek and mushroom tart

This week’s recipe is a delicious appetizer that I found in my French cookbook but you can also find the recipe on Williams-Sonoma’s website. I used fig and balsamic soft goat cheese which turned out delicious with the leeks and mushrooms!

52 weeks of French cooking – Week 13: Fava bean soup

Well, at least it was supposed to be a fava bean soup, except that I wasn’t able to find any (not yet in season I suppose). I guess that’s what I get for not doing my research before deciding on a recipe… But anyway, I was still able to make this soup by replacing the fava beans with lima beans!

I did not really use any recipe for this soup. I just used a 1lb bag of frozen lima beans (use fava beans if you can find them!), cooked them in water until tender, drained them, and then added them back to the pot with some chicken stock and whole milk (about a 50/50 ratio). I pureed the beans with an immersion blender and just kept on adding stock and milk until I was happy with the consistency. Add salt and pepper to taste and finish the soup a nice big dollop of sour cream and serve warm!

In full bloom

The beginning of spring inspired me to go through some of my old floral image folders to see if there were some images I had overlooked. There were quite a lot. I love the contrast of colors between the green background and the yellow ranunculus. I will be going to the flower fields in Carlsbad in a couple weeks and can’t wait to take more photos of these flowers.