La Galette des rois .. a French treats, Easy recipe !

La Galette des Rois, traditional recipe .

Traditionally, the galette des Rois is made to celebrate Epiphany, which falls on the 6th of January, twelve days after Christmas. The cake is eaten in celebration of the arrival of the three kings who have travelled from afar with gifts for the newborn baby. In practice, people eat this galette throughout January and, dare I say, it is a rather unreligious event for most.

A dried bean, known as la fève, is hidden in the cake, and whoever receives the bean in his piece of cake, is crowned king or queen for the duration of the party. Other popular traditions, include having the youngest member of the gathering sit under the table and designate to whom each piece of cake should be served.\

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Baking time: 30 min

  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup ground almonds
  • 2 eggs + 1 egg for painting
  • 1 tablespoon rum (optional)
  • 1 pound puff pastry (2 rounds)
  • 1 large dry bean or fève figurine

To make the frangipane, blend the butter with the sugar until well combined. Blend in the almonds thoroughly. Beat in the 2 eggs one at a time and then the rum if you are using it.

In a small bowl, beat the remaining egg.

Roll out half of the puff pastry into a round about 12 inches in diameter. Place it on a wax paper lined baking sheet. Using a pastry brush, paint the outer 1 1/2 inch circumference of the pastry with beaten egg.

Spread the frangipane in a round in the center of the pastry so that it just meets the painted on egg. Press the bean into the frangipane somewhere close to the outer edge.

Place the other puff pastry (rolled out into an equally sized round) on top of the first. Use the times of a fork to press the edges closed. Brush the top of the galette with the beaten egg.

Use a paring knife to etch a pretty pattern into the top of the galette. Traditionally this is in a cross-hatch pattern, or concentric half circles, but you can make up your own pattern if you are feeling creative. Don’t cut through the pastry, just etch.

Cut a small hole in the center of the pastry to allow steam to escape. Place the galette in the refrigerator to cool for at least 30 minutes before baking. You can make it a day in advance as well – just be sure to keep it refrigerated.

Preheat the oven to 200°F. Place the refrigerated galette in the center of the oven and bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until the top is dark golden brown. Serve warm.

Makes 8 servings.

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How to choose the best canapes for your next event!

What is a canapes menu? Delicate piece of mini hors d’œuvre with toast, vegetable, bread etc., with small savoury or sweet delights; food in miniature; perfect flavours constructed in one mouthful.

What goes with champagne nibbles? I will recommend some fish or caviar and crustacea canapes with blinis based. for those who like meat, I will suggest canapes brioche with foie gras or a nice organic duck terrine on bamboo. I will never forget the vegan and the vegetarian, I have the Grape with Cream Cheese and Pistachio Nut and  Mushroom forest vegan homemade paté on white bread, pickled onion and thym, we have a lost many other vegan selections on my website.

How many canapes I should serve for a drink party? For cocktail parties lasting between 1.30 to 2 hours and where no other food is being served, we would recommend 10 -12 pieces per person (5 cold canapes, 5 hot canapes and 2 sweet canapes). For other events such as weddings or business event lasting between 1 to 1.30 hours and where food is to be served later, we would suggest between 5-8 pieces per person.

Ideal party reputation for truly talking point canapés – presented in the most amazing ways, constructed in perfect miniature, and tasting just delicious. We use the best, freshest, seasonal produce, just in tiny portions.

We can create a full meal option based on canapes alone or you can compliment these with some bowl food, in order to give your guests a more substantial alternative to canapes.

We can take care of all aspects of organizing your cocktail party or if you prefer, we can simply deliver the food freshly prepared to you. Have a look at our canapes box option for more information

Bertrandwww.bertrandmunier.co.uk

How to cook your asparagus? my Tips !

Green British asparagus, with its intense, complex

flavour, is considered – by the British, at least – to be the finest in the world. It’s deep, verdant flavour is attributed in large part to Britain’s cool growing conditions. ( The green asparagus are better served hot with chicken, veal and soup).

White asparagus preferred in Europe ( France and Germany) has a delicate flavour and must first be peeled before use. Trim the woody ends and starting from the bottom and using a vegetable peeler, peel a very thin strip toward the tip. Often, only the lower half need to be peeled. (The white asparagus are better served warm or cold with hollandaise & mayonnaise sauce.

My Tips!

Blanched

When cooking asparagus, you can tie them into little bundles, which makes them easier to remove. Drop these bundles or individual spears into some boiling water, cover and cook for three to five minutes, depending on the thickness of the spears. Take them out, drain and plunge into some ice-cold water, or serve straight away.

Steamed

To steam, place the spears in a steaming basket with a little water underneath. Cover and cook for three minutes.

Griddled

Asparagus loves to be griddled in a pan – simply drizzle with a little olive oil and turn occasionally or try Jamie’s recipe for griddled asparagus with olive oil, lemon and Parmesan.

Stir fried

Asparagus is often used in Asian cooking, either in salads or in stir-fries. It needs only a minute or so in a hot wok, so always remember to add it in towards the end of cooking the rest of your dish. A splash of soy and a sprinkle of sesame seeds work well.

My favorite !  is It would be a crime not to mention hollandaise – a classic French sauce made of melted butter, fresh egg yolks, lemon juice and a little mustard or a pinch of cayenne – the pairing of which with asparagus is simply heavenly.

enjoy!! Also see selection of my delicious  cold and hot starter https://www.bertrandmunier.co.uk/online_shop/starters

a bientot

chef Bertrand Munier

Keep your guests happy with the mouthwatering canapes

Food is an important part of a party, as this is how you encourage your guests to relax and unwind. Finger food, and canapés, in particular, are a great form of food to serve as they taste fantastic and look just as great too. This is sure to impress your guests and keep them content throughout the event.

When arranging a large party or social event, there is a lot to organise. This can make it a particularly stressful and daunting prospect, especially if you have little to no experience in hosting such large events. The location, guest list, decorations, music, guest list, theme, dress code, drinks and food are just a few of the aspects that need arranging. One key element which is sometimes overlooked is food. If you do not supply your guests with a range of delicious food, then they will struggle to relax and feel content, which could result in most people leaving early. However, if you have a large spread of food it will help people to get into the mood, feel content and it can even work as a fantastic conversation starter and get people to mingle.

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There are hundreds of different types of canapés that you could serve, including hot and cold canapés, as well as sweet canapés. As there are so many different bases, garnishes and toppings, it should see suffice everybody’s wants. Creating this many canapés for a large group is a daunting prospect, which is why it is best to use the services of professional catering companies. This way, you can get a huge range of delicious and beautifully presented canapés delivered to the location with plenty of time to spare. You can then just serve this up and focus on other aspects of the party. As they will both taste and look fantastic, it is sure to impress your guests and help your party to be a complete success.

Food is an essential ingredient for any successful party. Finger food is the best type to serve as it encourages people to mingle while they eat, and canapés are a fantastic and elegant form of finger food to serve.

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The best Luxury canapes to buy for your next party and more than 84 food template to suit any events!

Come rain or shine, our mouth-watering Ideal Party foods will make every meal an occasion. So whether you’re indoors or out, throw a fantastic feast for family and friends.

ideal party is our made-to-order food service with more than 85  irresistible products to help you relax and enjoy hosting parties and gatherings. You can order online and put together a menu where you cook a little or not at all, giving you more time to spend with your guests.

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Once you’ve established what type of party you’re hosting and how many people you’ll be inviting, it’s time to plan the menu. The selection on Ideal party offers plenty of choice and mouth-watering ideas:

Buffet – Including quiche, Charcuterie, gravelax Salmon and lots more…

Canapes – Our fantastic selection allows you to choose between everything from cold canapes  and verrine shot glasses to sweet canapes

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Starters – Dressed lobster for four or vegetable milles feuilles terrine for eight Whatever you choose will come beautifully presented

Main courses  – Our oven bakes, meat and poultry joints and en croute dishes can cater for special dinner partiesDessert – Go healthy with a fruit Salad or satisfy a sweet tooth with our delicious desserts, including a range from Bertrand Munier

Continue reading “The best Luxury canapes to buy for your next party and more than 84 food template to suit any events!”

Have you ever dreamed of visiting a chocolate factory?

Visiting Switzerland always brings me good memories of my childhood. Chocolate, of course, is one of them.  When travelling to the Swiss Alps with my parents, we would always bring lots of chocolate.  I have to say that the Swiss milk chocolate is, in my opinion, the best. I have trained as a chef and during my career, I had the opportunity to work for the Swiss Embassy as an executive chef for the Ambassador where I have learnt about the delightful Swiss specialities.

I would like today to share with you on my blog the fantastic Callier chocolate factory located in Gruyère in the heart of the Swiss Alps. The finest chocolate creations continue to be produced at Maison Callier with fresh milk from local dairies, sustainable cocoa, fine select ingredients and in-depth knowledge of the art of chocolate-making.

I invite you to discover the process of chocolate manufacturing and the smell which come from the famous Maison Callier chocolate factory.

My  journey begins with the Aztec cocoa ceremonies and takes you through to today’s chocolate innovations. Touch roasted cocoa beans and follow your nose towards the irresistible scent of freshly made chocolate. Our chocolate tasting will titillate your taste buds with the aromas of exquisite cocoa, fresh Alpine milk and the best ingredients.

A sweet adventure awaits visitors at Maison Callier. The interactive visitor experience is a unique museum that leads you through the history of cocoa to the present day. Discover how Maison Callier use exquisite cocoa beans and high-quality ingredients to make the finest chocolate creations and indulge your palate with the amazing variety of flavours of cocoa.

you can order our chocolate speciality like sweet chocolate canapes and chocolate dessert ! free delivery in london

thank you to read my blog

a bientot

Chef Bertrand

The French classic, Potatoes gratin Dauphinois recipe.

This classic French potato gratin dish is world famous, and rightly so! I am very happy to have this as a main meal, with just some crusty bread baguette and a nice roast lamb. I have heard that this famous dish was created as a way of encouraging the “Dauphin” (the young prince destined to become King Henri II), to eat up his vegetables, hence the name! Maybe – it is certainly just as popular with children, as it is with adults. Try to slice the potatoes as thinly as possible for the best results. A wonderful accompaniment for all sorts of roast meats, stews, casseroles and poultry

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1Kg 500g potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced (such as Desiree, Golden Wonder, Maris Piper, Idaho or King Edward)

6 ounces gruyere cheese, grated

3/4 pint double cream

salt

fresh ground black pepper

2 -4 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed

2 sprigs fresh thyme

1 ounce butter

cheese, for topping (optional)

Directions:

1 Preheat the oven to 300F/150C/gas mark 2.

2 Take a heavy-bottomed dish or an ovenproof gratin dish (a Le Creuset is ideal – the potatoes tend not to catch), and grease it will with some of the butter.

3 Layer the potato slices in the dish, slightly overlapping each other, seasoning lightly with the salt and pepper, and sprinkling a liberal amount of cheese on each layer.

4 Sprinkle cheese on the top of the last layer.

5 Put the double cream, garlic and sprigs of thyme in a pan and bring to them gently to the boil, then remove the thyme and pour hot cream over the potatoes.

6 Dot the top of the gratin with the remaining butter and some extra cheese if you wish, and bake for about 1 hr to 1 1/2 hrs, or until the potatoes are soft, and the top is crispy and golden brown.

7 Serve bubbling hot as a main meal or as an accompaniment.

Bertrand Munier

My favorite Winter Treat ! Italian Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate Recipe

Italy is famous for their Cioccolato Caldo, especially during the fall and winter months. This hot chocolate is sometimes served so thick (like a pudding), that you need a spoon to actually eat it! this recipe doesn’t make it that thick. The luxurious richness comes from using top-quality chocolate.

What You Will Need:

  1. 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate 70% or higher
  2. 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  3. 2 tablespoons sugar
  4. 2 teaspoons corn starch

What To Do:

  1. Into a saucepan over LOW heat add chocolate and a drop of milk. Stir with a wooden spoon until melted.
  2. SLOWLY add remaining milk until it’s well combined. Add sugar. Mix to combine. Whisk in corn starch.
  3. Continue cooking over LOW heat until it becomes thick, creamy and coats the back of the wooden spoon.

Hot chocolate Italian-style is one of the most amazing treats in the world! You have to try this pudding-like chocolate decadence! Add some Irish cream, cinnamon, and whipped cream for a fun variation, or create your own!”

I suggest some petit four or sweet canapes and  sandwich to serve your afternoon tea

a delice !!!

for Chocolate lover watch the chocolat movie you will like it !!

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enjoy!! Also, see our selection of my delicious Desserts https://www.bertrandmunier.co.uk/online_shop/desserts/dessert  by Chef Bertrand Munier

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Christmas season is on the way ! is time to plan your event with delicious canapes bits.

Get the party started with our range of impressive canapés. With everything from fine Large Bits to hot canapes bites and french Petits four, we have all tasty options to suit all occasions and don’t forget we can provide butler service to serve you like a King or a Queen !

Our Canapés are delicious, seasonal and tasty morsels creations which are freshly prepared from the highest quality products. I suggest for this autumn and winter the top 6 best selling luxury canapes for this festival season. delivery is free in London! delivery is available on Disposable card box packaging or on black Slate ready to serve .

Guide for canapes catering

Cold canapes are the perfect addition to a drink reception parties. They are easy to serve and are made with local ingredients.

For cocktail parties lasting between 1.30 to 2 hours and where no other food is being served, we would recommend 10 -12 pieces per person (5 cold canapes, 5 hot canapes and 2 sweet canapes).

For other events such as weddings or business event lasting between 1 to 1.30 hours and where food is to be served later, we would suggest between 5-8 pieces per person.

We also supply the hire equipment and butler service. Please contact us

CANAPES RIVIERA 

17 Open Prawn with Tomato Mousseline on White Bread
16 Parma Ham on Ciabatta with Parmesan Shaving
17 Stilton Mousse with Pecan Nut, Fig Puree on Blinis

CANAPES ANNA

17 Open Prawn with Tomato Mousseline on White Bread
16 Smocked salmon tartar with mascarpone and Blinis
17 Baguetine with Parfait de canard and orange confit

CANAPES FASHION

17 Smoked Salmon mousse Twist on Madeleine

16 Blinis with Mascarpone and Avruga Caviar

17 Baguetine with Parfait de canard and orange confit

CANAPES EVASION

17 Duck Parfait with Rhubarb Vanilla Essence on Brioche

16 Smocked salmon tartar with mascarpone and Blinis

17Grape with Cream Cheese and Pistachio Nut

CHRISTMAS MENU

FOR 7 COLD CANAPES

minimum order 25 people

Baguelline of duck mousse and orange confit

Tartare of smoked salmon, mascarpone and agouva caviar on blinis

Grilled courgette with olive and mozzarella on clear stick

Cocktail crab Dome on tartelette

Grape and cheese pistachio

Grape and grilled almond paprika

Turkey medallion with cranberry sauce on clear stick 

For Private party our canapes got they final french touch on-site times before serving, to ensure Bertrand’s Vision of taste, texture and colour can be realised by you in every bite.

For the delivery service, our canapes are made fresh on the day on our special packaging design by us.

Chef Bertrand Munier will help create a perfect custom menu for your party. We will advise you on the size and content of your menu, regarding the logistics of the game ( number of guests, location and hours) . Seasonal canapes can be found here.

Chef Bertrand Munier

a bientot

Bertrand Munier

A Few Simple Cold Starters that Will Impress Your Guests

The starter is often the dish which causes the most stress for dinner party hosts. In addition to not being a meal that many prepare regularly, it is also the first dish and will set the tone for the entire evening. Instead of attempting something overly complex, there are a few easier options that are sure to impress your guests.

Dinner parties can be stressful events for the host. In addition to ensuring that everybody has a pleasant evening, you will also want to dazzle your guests with your culinary skills. Preparing a range of dishes for a large group can be extremely daunting, stressful and time-consuming. In addition to this, there is also an expectation that you will serve something extra special for the evening.

Often, it is the starter that causes the most stress. It’s because it is a meal which people often do not prepare themselves and only eat at restaurants. Not only this, but the starter is the first meal and will set the tone for the entire evening. The presentation is a key factor with the starter, and this is another area that many people struggle within the kitchen.

Here are a few easy cold starters for dinner party that will still impress your guests and gets the meal off to a great start.

POACHED SALMON ON BELLE VUE

this a stater to impress your guest, a french classic with fresh  Poached Salmon Bellevue. Smoked Scottish Salmon, King Prawns, Lemon Mayonnaise, cocktail sauce. Medley of Salad Leaves and Soft Herbs with Olive Oil and Balsamic … 

Salmon on belle vue

Lobster en Belle Vue

If you are finding ways to impress, then Lobster is synonymous with fine dining and is a great way to amaze your guests. Lobster en Belle Vue is half a poached lobster served with lobster sauce and mix salad. If you are not confident in your abilities, you can order starters from us 

Caesar Salad

When it comes to impressing your guests, sometimes it is best to go with a classic. Caesar salad is a popular starter in restaurants, plus it can be easy to make. The ingredients are romaine lettuce, parmesan cheese, lemon juice, croutons, egg, garlic, black pepper, olive oil and Worcestershire sauce. You can always vary this recipe as per your choice like for instance; many people add chicken for a more filling dish.

These are just a few cold starters that are sure to impress your guests and get the meal off to a great start. please visit our website for any lunch and dinner delivery! free delivery in London