Oh So Quiet in Saint Yzans



Theory of relativity

To most people,describing my kitchen as a quiet place would seem a stretch.如果你在一年中的某一天走到门口,你很可能会发现我在我的锅碗瓢盆上徘徊,经常以兴奋的方式。You'd probaly notice some dogs on the floor or,in Jeanie's case,on a chair.会有很多孩子在做生意,我的意思是给他们带来麻烦,彼此,to me,to themselves.会有音乐,most likely some jazz,a crooner or if it was Friday and I had control of the"Bose"一些颓废的80的音乐。That's when my husband would walk in and lower the volume slightly then complain why every威廉希尔高尔夫球thing wasn't as perfect looking as it is in his photos.He would scan the room for plastic objects (plastic is his enemy) and without being told,明智的孩子会让他们消失。At some point I might get defensive about my messiness and point to the dog hair on the floor.然后他会采取防御措施,不说真话,他会明确地说,狗,well are the dogs and are immune to prosecution.I am in a constant state of bemusement at how a man so affected by the visuals around him is so tolerant of creatures so utterly incapable of sustaining those visuals.My only answer: we are all a muddle of contradictions and my husband is no exception.At some point someone would cry and someone would quickly say"it's not my fault".There might be an unexpected visitor popping through the back door,Sasha our Russian builder giving us an update or Monsieur Teyssier bringing flowers.All in all not quiet at all.But that's where relativity comes into the picture.Not quiet but quiet COMPARED to the last few weeks of back to back workshops.与夜晚相比,我们有五位杰出的墨西哥女士在绿色房间享受着文明的扇贝和花椰菜泥晚餐,而在厨房里则是一群兄弟,马特和奥斯卡(见meatball challenge)Dewey Nicks,他的助手亨利,Oskar's assistant Wilfried,奥多和蒂姆,我们的音乐家/园丁,把人类知道的每一块肉都烤了,后来,I am told,突然唱起来。更不用说孩子们和我的岳母约翰娜鬼鬼祟祟,选择最好的东西。威廉希尔高尔夫球After nights like that.After weeks like that.Going back to just being a big family with lots of dogs feels oh so quiet and oh so good.





Of aging fruits and vegetables

And what have I done with this quiet time.在我们的新邻居周围散步和开车。A time to test our new car monster (confession here – I don't drive… umm,I don't know how to drive,it's a long story),在非洲的甜点区,一位路虎卫士摆出一副悍马的姿态,带着可疑的过去。The vineyards are all springing to life,玫瑰正盛开。蒂姆正在花园里前进,我们每天都吃菠菜和甘蓝菜。But a side-effect of having a kitchen go"quiet"is all the food that's left and needs cooking … urgently!The stacks of asparagus and artichokes,苹果、蚕豆和木炭。We always have generous piles of food but lately they've grown into mountains.一群老年人每天提醒我他们的价值。"我们不会轻举妄动的”,"we're not going gently into that good night"they've been buzzing in my ear.And I listened and I cooked them all.The aging apples ended up in a sauce paired with pork chops,芦笋被当作汤。Many artichokes took to the stage disguised as a risotto.And the chard,this time the chard was the hero,the leading man.Last week-end I made some potato and chard galettes,we've used it for my next ELLE William Hill斯诺克recipes (I contribute every month for French ELLE,it's called ‘Fiches Cuisine‘) but since Easter (and yes I know I am late sharing this recipe) I've made this Italian Easter tart from a recipe by the ever-inspiring Angela Frenda (she's the superb food editor-in-chief for the leading Italian newspaperCorriere della Sera) at least twice a week.We've done if for the workshops,我在业余时间做的,along with an Artichoke soufflé I can't think of a more perfect spring lunch.Talking of spring,it always warms my heart to go to a market and see fresh strawberries at this time of the year.At first they come from foreign lands but then the day arrives where the sign next to them says FRANCE and a few days or weeks later I don't even need a sign because the lady selling them is my neighbor and I know she has the finest strawberries I've ever tasted.Of course fresh strawberries taste best just like that,how they were born,maybe with a little cream.But after a little while one gets more creative and voilà,an ice cream is born.






You can't win'em all.

Today is a special day,my husband's birthday.We've had 4 children together in 10 years and altogether we have 7 between us.I think that's a decent crop,I'm happy with it and I'm done.我完蛋了!But yesterday my mother-in-law dug an old photograph out of her suitcase,it's her grandparents,Ingveldur and Olafur,and their 10 children.Some people say that my husband,Oddur,inherited a few of his great-grandfather's looks and character.我可以看到,up to a point.The cheekbones,the encyclopedic memory,the fondness for making children.The hairstyle,没那么多!!

My darling I just want to say this.Happy birthday,I love you.Some records are not meant to be broken.







Chard&Egg Pie/Torta Pasqualina餐厅

This delicious pie is adapted from Angela Frenda,the food editor-in-chief at Corriere della Sera.It's a typical Italian Easter pie,some call it the Easter cake.There are many variations of this recipe,but I fell in love with Angela's version.Here's a plus,you can even see her make ithere.Isn't she lovely??


350 g/ 12 ounces Swiss chard/blette
150 g/1/3磅乳清干酪
50 g/ 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
20 g/ 1/4 cup Pecorino cheese
2 puff pastry sheets,230 g/ 8 ounces each
5 eggs

把炭漂洗干净,放入一壶盐水中煮8分钟左右。Drain and squeeze out all the water,as much as possible (this is very important or the pie will be soggy).Chop into strips.

In a bowl,结合里科塔,one egg,Parmesan and Pecorino cheese.Add the chard and mix all the ingredients together.Season with salt and pepper.

Line a rectangular baking/cake pan with the pastry sheet.用叉子在底座上刺几下,然后加入烧焦的混合物。

With the help of a spoon,lightly dig 3 small holes so you can crack an egg in each one.在馅饼上盖上第二块糕点皮,然后用洗蛋器封住边缘。The eggs will cook in the oven and set beautifully.

Brush the surface with the egg wash.Bake in a preheated oven at 180°C/350°F for about 40 to 50 minutes.


Strawberry ice-cream

即使我有冰淇淋机,I love the simplicity of making a quick and easy ice-cream,no churning needed – all you need is a bit of time in the freezer.I have recently started to experiment lots of different William Hill斯诺克recipes (getting ready for summer),and the results have been marvellous.Ice-cream forever!附言:如果你愿意,你可以留下一小块草莓,but I prefer without,它提供了一个奶油冰淇淋)

350 ml/ 1 & 1/2 sweetened condensed milk/lait concentré sucré
240 ml/ 1 cup heavy cream/ crème entière
400 g/ 2 cups strawberries,脱壳的
50 g/ 1/2 cup confectionner's sugar,sifted

Place the strawberries in the food processor and blend till smooth.

Whisk the cream until light and fluffy.倒入炼乳和草莓。Add the confectionner's sugar and mix well.

Pour the mixture into a glass container,cover with a lid and place in the freezer for at least 6 to 8 hours.

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