Rum raisin creamy frozen yogurt

Rum and raisin frozen yogurt

To celebrate the hottest summer in many many years – or as far as my memories of London can stretch- I give you a lovely frozen yogurt embellished by a touch of  spirit! and a scatter of sultanas.

IMG_7415 Ingredients list:

  • Demerara sugar 200g
  • Water 150ml
  • Raisins sultanas 200g
  • Greek yogurt 1 L pot
  • Vanilla in “jelly” or vanilla bean, scraped
  • Dark rum

Make a syrup with 200g of sugar, two capfuls of dark rum and a small glass (150ml) of water. Melt all of the sugar and reduce the syrup a little bit but without getting to a boil: You do not want to get to a caramel ! Switch off : Throw the raisins in the pan and get them to soak the juice for a little while.
Leave to cool.

Mix a large tub of Greek yogurt (1L) with the cooled syrup and a small spoonful of vanilla jelly – I have just discovered this product and I love it: it’s great and easy to use in puddings and pastry, plus it lasts longer and there is less wastage than with vanilla pods. In the Uk, it is sold at Waitrose: try the Organic vanilla bean paste by Taylor and Colledge.

Beat the yogurt with a whisk, add some rum to taste and pour the mix into your ice-cream maker or just into a container and in the freezer.

The tangy yogurt complements the rum and vanilla flavour so well I do not know why I had not thought of it earlier… This frozen yogurt is delicious and goes very well with fresh brownies. This is indeed how I served it last night to friends from Spain on a very hot summer evening in London… But this week-end, should the nice weather continue to hold, I am heading to West Wittering, my favourite British beach… See you on Monday!

I scream for Ice scream! except that's a yogurt...

I scream for Ice cream! Except that’s a yogurt…

 

Tartine of cream cheese, strawberries, fresh mint and… Pedro!

For me today, there is life BEFORE and AFTER Pedro…

Here is a fresh idea for a sophisticated breakfast or a light lunch:

Take a slice of Pain Poilâne – or chunky wholemeal- , spread it with cream cheese, slice fresh strawberries, chop some mint on top, give it a shake of black pepper and a swirl of Pedro Jimenez reduction and savour with a cup of Earl Grey, a jug of Pims or a glass of Prosecco! I am talking PROPER breakfast here : the kind you want just before you are off to Ascot or Henley or Wimbledon…  And the touch of Pedro here is just the thing to make you swoon. If no Pedro, then try just a dash of thick balsamic vinegar or even some dark honey… Though Pedro IS irreplacable, you can make substitutes – much like you do in a football match when things don’t quite work out!!! What on earth is happening to Brazil right now???!!! Come on Guys…

IMG_7254This is light snack food at its best! On top of that, it is super healthy and delicious so why not indulge…

Shop version from Le Pain Quotidien in Marylebone

Shop version from Le Pain Quotidien in Marylebone

More of a tip than a recipe but here is another photo to show you how it all gets together – in case you thought the above was complex. This is tomato, basil, artichoke in brine and PEDRO…

A more mediterranean version

A more mediterranean version

 

I feature in a new cooking and travel guide by GlobeKid

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I have the pleasure of featuring in the new “Globekid” guide: “Je cuisine à Londres”: Go there to find 4 of my British recipes, alongside with more from the famed “Ateliers des Chefs”. GlobeKid is a new publishing start-up, specialising in travel guides for children: You can download their guides for free in PDF or ebook, customise and personalise them or order them in book form for a few euros.

Vive la cuisine Britannique! Long live British cooking!IMG_2160

Beetroot and apple juice for healthy joints

This post I dedicate to my brother who has recently run his fifth half-marathon. Very proud of his time too…

Aged 5 and 3 at a fancy dress party - sisterly love!

Aged 5 and 3 at a fancy dress party – sisterly love!

This healthy juice is great for preparing to a long distance event because beetroot is extremely good at keeping your joints healthy and free from inflammation. Beet juice is antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and detoxifying. So when the lactic acid builds up during a race, the protective benefits of a few glasses of this potion can also make a great difference to how you will feel after the finish line. You know the feeling when you are actually scared to stop because you know it will really ache in those muscles…

With the addition of apples and mint, beetroot actually tastes quite delicious – you get to even enjoy the little “earthy and grounded” after-taste because it is exactly what you need.

Vibrant and good for the energies!

Vibrant and good for the energies!

Ingredients list:

  • Beetroot, one raw
  • Carrots,2
  • Apples, 2
  • Handful of spinach
  • Celery stick, one
  • ginger and mint, to taste

Wash but do not peel and put all the ingredients into a juicer.

Add the raw ginger root and the bunch of mint at the end, taste and adjust.

Serve in tumblers with lots of ice and a festive straw. Non alcoholic does not mean boring or tasteless. This has plenty of flavour and as I said it is extremely good for you – especially the day before a race or a long training session.

Recommended by Marathon runners! To try it is to adopt it!

 

Strawberry, mint and cucumber picnic salad

A great looking, great tasting salad for your next picnic. This would be the ideal menu to bring to a Bank Holiday lunch “al fresco” and in the sun…

Here dishes without "Pedro" and with "Pedro"! See the difference?

Salad and tortilla for a summer lunch outside

Ingredients list:

  • Bunch of mint (fresh pepper mint is best)
  • 1 cucumber, seeded
  • Strawberry, 1 punnet
  • Feta cheese, 1 cubed slab
  • Pedro Jimenez reduction or Balsamic vinegar

This came to me in flash as I was trying to use a punnet of strawberries but in a savoury way. I thought that strawberries are great with cracked pepper but also with mint and  from then on I imagined to pair them with the amazing “chocolate peppermint” I have been growing in my front garden. It is a spicy tasting plant with a real smell of “After eight” and the taste of strong Hollywood chewing gum! It is wonderful in that salad but sweet moroccan mint would be nice too.

Chop the strawberries and cucumber a similar size cubes and same with the cheese – although the cheese is pleasant in adding a bit of salt in there, it is by no means essential. It might even distract a bit from the wholesome simplicity of flavours so I have sometimes omitted it.

Dress with a simple drizzle of balsamic vinegar or my favourite Pedro Jimenez reduction. It hardly needs anything else and if it did it would be a hint of black pepper, if your fruit are a little bland. Toss and serve.

A healthy, skinny and super tasty salad.

Love the colours...

Love the colours…

Our first picnic of the year was in Hyde park and this is what we carried:

(The gorgeous metal plate are Heritage designs printed for the Wallace collection by Elite Gift `boxes)IMG_6623 IMG_6624Many happy memories are created around picnics so choose your spot, your day, your company and make it a picnic to remember…