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[La Marmite) - Baba and Bretzels
March 10, 2011
Bonjour et bienvenue to La Marmite! Here is a recap of some of the culinary exploration that went on at Easy French Food this past month.
This is heady stuff, a rich and luxurious mouthful. I recommend enjoying it in small sips as a dessert or adding just a splash to various recipes. However, the company that makes it, like many alcohol manufacturers, seems to feel obliged to market it with any number of cocktail suggestions.
Learn more here: Chambord Liqueur - French Raspberry Liqueur
Eiffel Tower Decor
Have a look at these fun Eiffel Tower Centerpieces and Party Decorations.
Learning about the foods of the 22 different regions of France is an absolutely fabulous way to become familiar with French geography. And the food and recipes of each region reflect not only geographical but cultural differences. Who could ask for a better way to learn about something than with some delicious food?
Don't miss the trip: The Food of France Region by Region.
The Food of Alsace
Alsatian food includes lots of pork, cabbage and potatoes. Both beer and wine are made in Alsace. Bretzels are popular and desserts, surprisingly, tend to be less rich than other parts of France. Lots of fruit tarts and spice cakes.
Learn more and find some great recipes: Alsace France - Food and Recipes.
Baba au Rhum - The Easy Way!
In keeping with the easy theme I like to stick to, my baba au rhum recipe is made with a very simple baking powder leavened cake. This takes literally minutes to make, but the results are most excellent.
Rum lovers, don't hesitate, this is delicious: Baba au Rhum - Easy French Rum Cake Recipe
Choux Pastry Conquered
It does have a reputation though for being a bit difficult. I spent a week exploring all of the ways you can fail choux pastry and I wrote it all down so you can do it just right the first time.
Here is the basic recipe: Choux Pastry Recipe - Basic Choux Paste for French Pastries.
Making your own chocolate eclairs is possible, dare I say even easy. It is a bit of a process however, so you will probably find the well detailed recipe given here a great introduction.
For an afternoon project (maybe with the kids?) try this Chocolate Eclair Recipe With Easy French Pastry Cream Filling
All you do is add some shredded cheese to the basic choux pastry. You can also add other things like chopped nuts, ham, chives and hot pepper. The only problem is to not eat the whole tray of gougeres yourself.
For your next party maybe? Cheese Puff Recipe - French Gougeres - Easy Appetizers.
Special NoteYou may have noticed a little change in the look and feel of La Marmite this month. I am considering publishing shorter newsletters but with a greater frequency - every two weeks or so. I would love to hear any feedback or comments on this or anything else you would like to share about La Marmite. Please feel free to contact me!
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A bientot and remember to enjoy your food!
Your friend in France,Kim
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