Monthly Archives: April 2011

Gateau de clementines or Clementine soufflé cake

>This moist and flavoursome cake is best made with tiny seedless clementines or satsumas. It contains no fat and no flour and is really a souffle in essence, but it is delicious eaten cold and even better the next day.

Ingredients list:
Clementines 7or 8
Eggs 6
Sugar 225g
Ground almond 250g
Bicarbonate of soda 1 tsp

First rinse the clementines and put them whole in a pan, just covered with water.
Put on low heat and let it simmer for about 2 hours – remember to check the water level!

Drain and cut up the fruit, removing pips if there are any – I choose the seedless variety for this cake.
Puree the fruit in a food processor. Reserve.

Preheat the oven to 180°.
Line and oil a cake tin. Take one with deep sides because this cake will rise.

Separate the eggs and whip the whites with a pinch of bicarbonate until they make soft peaks.

Beat the yolks, almond powder and sugar together. Add the rest of bicarbonate. Add the clementine puree.
Blend the whites in that mixture, being careful to fold them in without breaking them.

Optional : Add a Tbsp of rum or orange liqueur if you wish.

Bake for 45 min. Cover with some foil half-way through if the top is colouring too quickly.
It should rise like a souffle and remain both light and airy even after it has cooled down.

This makes a delicious sunday lunch pudding. It is full of the clementines flavours and packed with a gloopy syrup that contains a fair share of vitamin C plus some energizing essential oil from the clementines skin itself. Perfect for anybody who doesn’t enjoy flour or is gluten intolerant.
This cake was inspired I believe by a recipe from Nigella Lawson that I tore from a magazine years ago.
I never throw away a recipe!

Our Easter lunch pudding

>The Full English on French TV


Still from Marie Anne’s TV- with thx!

Our family breakfast was filmed for M6 in their magazine “100%Mag”and is now on replay at

Go and view if you want to know everything the French think of a full English breakfast!  There you can learn how to use a spurtle and make a proper Scots’ porridge. Tempted? You should be: it’s delicious and nutritionally very sound – they’ve even brought in a nutritionist to explain – told you!

Make your porridge with three parts water to one part rolled oats and a pinch of salt. Cook it on low heat while stirring until it coats the back of the spoon. Serve hot with a dash of single cream.
Offer sugar, honey, raisins, cinnamon, maple syrup, grated apple and lots of other stuff your guests can choose from and then make their own scrumptious version…
I like mine with agave syrup and half a grated apple, sprinkled with cinnamon.

Of course, in the course of the filming, I HAD to mention Marmite : love it or hate it but try it!
You’ll be a true anglophile when you do… I love it over a scrap of butter on a dry toast. It’s also nice with cheeses like cheddar.

>Lemon skinny muffins with poppy seeds


It’s in the air, I think, but I have recently been experimenting with gluten-free recipes to see if I can get a good enough taste versus the health promise. 
Hence, I created by chance this light and delicious muffins recipe and I am so chuffed about this one that I will delay no more and give you THE LIGHTEST AND TASTIEST MUFFINS ever… See for yourself!
Ingredients list:
This makes 15 muffins.
Buckwheat flour 90g
Brown rice flour 45g
Cornflour 45g
Potato flour 50g
Fine oatmeal 50g
Almond powder 50g
Baking powder 1 Tbsp
Bicarbonate of soda 1 Tbsp
Xantham gum 1/2 tsp
Rapeseed oil 100ml
Sugar 180g
Eggs 2
Buttermilk 200ml
Grated lemon zest  and lemon juice of one lemon
Lemon extract 1/2 tsp
Poppy seeds 1 tsp
Mix the flours and raising agents together with the xantham gum.
Add 100ml of oil and mix in the sugar, eggs beaten as for an omelette and the lemon extract, lemon juice, seeds and buttermilk.
Whisk it all in a food processor until you get a light and creamy mix.
For best results, leave the dough to rest 15 min at room temperature.
Bake at 180〫for 20 or 25 min.
These muffins are amazingly light and cloud like!
I took them for tea to my friend’s Lala’s place and we had them as a Mad Hatter’s tea party in her wonderland basement flat, surrounded by lovely antiques and the smell of pot-pourri.
Nutrition notes:
This is a gluten-free and diet friendly recipe and there is no trade off on the taste front because they taste so yummy I still can’t believe they are good for you…

London is my oyster…

>London is my oyster!
With an unexpected summer upon us, I feel like a tourist or a belated student in my own town!
Free as a bird, I feel like sharing my latest wandering adventures around town:

My favourite addresses in Chiswick-Turnham Green:
Theobroma chocolate – Turnham Green – Just bought some lovely chicks for Easter!
The old cinema – where I just fancy everything! Especially things I do not need…
Insider Dealings – ask for Sally! Beautiful fabrics for the house

My favourites Berwick street-soho addresses:
Lina stores in Brewers street – best homemade pastas!
Gerrys liquor store – for the amazing syrups and weird cocktail ingredients
The wonderland that is the Cloth Shop – can’t saw but love fabrics…
The daily fruit street Market – the oldest in England, since 1778.
Yaoutcha – best fusion chinese food ever to have passed my lips… The patisseries are to die for and I could watch the exotic fish tanks for hours.

Lina Stores owner and chief pasta maker
Weird finds at The Old Cinema

My favourite addresses in Hammersmith-Barons court:
The Lyric Theatre with it’s gorgeous roof terrace, and its deep sofas perfect for a mum’s coffee meeting – didn’t you know…
TK Maxx of course – for the funky “red nose day” t-shirts by Vivienne Westwood
The Riverside Studios for it’s cool art exhibitions and great movies
Cafe Plum  in Crisp rd for the cooked breakfasts
HG Walters near Barons Court tube – best British butcher!
The Italian Connection in Rainville rd for great take-away pizzas the size of a tractor’s wheel
Suzu – a new Japanese tapas bar on Hammersmith rd
The Apothecary in Greyhound rd for first class treatments and therapists

My favourite addresses in Barnes:
Annie’s Barnes in White Hart lane, for Sunday lunch in the courtyard
The Wetlands Center café with it’s lovely wooden deck overlooking the pond and the wonderful photo opportunities “with ducks”! I have just spent a blissful half-hour in the sunshine there today, cooing over the just-hatched chicks. Run there if you haven’t yet, before they grow any bigger I mean!
Spring is such a great time for babies – not that I am getting broody or anything. It’s a season’s thing!

>Apple and raisin yogurt cake for the week-end!


This is an appley variation on the classic Yogurt cake recipe, and by popular demand this is now our yogurt cake recipe! A delicious family secret.
Note: Pre-soak the raisins and currants in brandy the night before, it will give this cake a nice but subtle flavour.
Ingredients list:
Butter 150g
Flour 200g
Bicarbonate of soda 1 tsp
Yogurt 150g
Brown sugar 150g
Eggs 2
Raisins and currants 150g
Apples cored and sliced, 2
1 capful of Vanilla essence
Mix the sugar and butter in a food processor until creamy and light.
Add the slightly beaten eggs, flour with bicarbonate and yogurt: Use whole milk yogurt, not fat free!
The mix should be light and create a ribbon.
Fold in the drained raisins and the apple slices.
Bake 30 min at 180° C.
This has become a family favourite and my children absolutely loved it! 
   Yet it is surprisingly quick to make.