Monthly Archives: September 2014

Fig and creamed goat cheese bake

Figs are one of my favourite fruit and the season is sadly so short…  Therefore I cannot resist buying them when I happen to find them on a London fruit stall. I found these in Bayswater as I was coming out of my exam room last week and bought a huge bag of it. The smell was all I needed to feel on holiday again… 

This recipe was inspired by a dish my friend Sandrine made for us once at her beautiful place Le Domaine des Clos in Provence. Sandrine is married to a childhood friend of mine and I love spending time with them in the summer because they love what they do and they do it well and their friendship is one of the things that I always can count on when I head back to my birth town. I had kept a fragrant memory of this meal and especially of the plump figs, stewed in thick juice and creamy goat cheese that were served as a starter.

Fruit stall one of Berlin's markets

Fruit stall in one of Berlin’s markets

Ingredients list:

  • 10 to 12 figs, unpeeled and washed
  • 200g of fresh goat cheese
  • 150 of cream cheese
  • Handful of chopped basil
  • Cracked pepper

Wash and cut the tail end of the figs.

Slice them and arrange in an oven proof dish.

Mix the goat cheese and cream cheese together – This is only for the local version as English goat cheese tend to be dryer ; whereas elsewhere you might use a fresh creamy goat cheese on its own.

Drop dollops of the cheese amongst the fruit. Add pepper and basil leaves.

Bake in a hot oven for 30 minutes until the fruit are cooked and the juice has thickened. It is usually even better reheated the next day!

Serve as a starter with some Muscat de Rivesaltes or Sauternes. I adored this with a bottle of Macia Batle Dolce from Mallorca – a sweet white with remarquable balance and powerful aromas of white flowers and almond.

Figs and cheese

Figs and cheese

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Salade de chou rave, pommes et noix au miel et à la cannelle

This is shared from one of my favourite blogs – all in French by an Italian lady : and you can “hear” the accent, which I love! So read in French or use Google translate (Pouah… ) just for the ingredients, and enjoy this pretty autumn salad on my behalf. I give you just one hint: “Chou rave” is “Kholrabi” in English and the season is short.
Back soon!!! Heads down revising for an exam…

Blog de cuisine de l'AMAP Belles Fontaines de la vallée

De chou de chou rave du chicoré sauvage…est-ce que c’est bien ça les mots de la chanson? Quand je chantais les comptines à mes filles et elles étaient toutes petites, ça marchait même si je me trompais de mot (et en sachant que…hum…chanter n’est pas mon fort)…mais maintenant elles me corrigent “Mais maman c’est ridicule, ce n’est pas cela!!!!” et donc sur le mot “chicoré” j’ai quelques doutes…Je vous chante la comptine parce que je l’ai chanté pendant toute la préparation de cette salade…eh oui il faut être bien bête pour faire cela, mais c’est ce qui se passe pour moi depuis huit ans, donc depuis que j’écoute, à tous moments de la journée, des disques de comptines (je vous rappelle qu’ici pas de tél) et c’est inévitable que, en préparant la salade avec mon beau chou-rave violet, j’ai poussé grave la chansonnette, comme dirait Charlotte avec son langage de presque pre-ado…

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