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

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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

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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.

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Get These Canapés Delivered In London For Your Next Event

When it comes to organising an event, one of the taxing tasks is to arrange food for the attendees, isn’t it? So, let’s decrease that stress from your shoulders and introduce you to different types of canapés that you can order in London. Let’s have a look at this article.

Canapés, also famous as tidbits, are treated as appetisers and are served before the main course. These dishes compliment almost every drink and are perfect for every event or a party of short duration. One of the best things about them is they don’t demand enough time for preparation; hence, giving you another reason to select them.

So, if you are going to organise any event very soon, you can easily get Canapés in London. If you are dubious about what to choose, then different types of Canapés can gel well with the theme of your event. Read on and find out which one is going to suit your requirements best:

1.Cold Canapés:

When it comes to organising appetisers that would go perfectly with drinks at the event, Cold Canapés should be your choice. Regardless of the duration of your event, get an abundance of Canapés Delivered in London and offer something unique to your guests to taste. Be it a wedding or a business event; they can be a precise fit everywhere.

2.Shot Glass Canapés:

Also known as Verrine, these shot glass canapés can fill the void of stylish food items. With each layer, these appetisers just become more delicious. One of the best things about shot glass canapés is their structured presentation. They come in short glasses and are quite easy to assemble; hence, perfect for cocktail or bachelor parties.

3.Hot Canapés:

You have to prepare these hot canapés with fish, vegetables, or meat, just before the start of your event. Delicious and tempting in taste, this variety of canapés is surely going to allure your guests. Not just that, but they also come in distinct variants, such as mini pudding, mini burgers, and more. They just need a little warming up and then are good to serve.

4.Sweet Canapés:

These delicious canapés are prepared by using French recipe. These canapés can satiate the craving for a dessert after a happy meal as they are made with finest and handpicked ingredients. Be it Tart, Chocolate, Macarons, or something else that you want; these canapés prove out to be an amazing thing at any event.

To sum it up, these are the top acknowledged canapés that you can order whenever you are hosting an event. Along with several benefits, these canapés save your time as well as money. So, if there is an event coming around and you are the sole manager of it, these different types of Canapés can lower down your burden of arranging food for your guests. Order them and treat your guests to something new and delicious. However, make sure you choose the right shop to get good quality canapés right at your doorstep.

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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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Dinner? Lunch ? Canapes? Look no further than the services of Ideal Party

Established in London in 1999, Bertrand Munier brings his passion for food and 25 years of experience in the catering industry. French heritage and Michelin starred experience- hard to go wrong! Bertrand Munierbertrand munier

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Ideal Party by Bertrand Munier offers a fantastic range of canapes, starter, main courses and dessert  which can be boxed up for home delivery.

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The canapes range from cold selections, hot selections and Verrine selections in short glasses. It is difficult not to drool over the extensive and innovative list of canapes.  They also arrive on clever Presentation platters which you can keep !!

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IMG_8838The dinner range from stater to  main courses is also very easy to warm up in the oven and you can have any help from bertrand’s butler to set up and serve the dinner like a michelin start restaurant in your own home !!

The final touch,  the dessert !! Bertrand Munier and is pastry chef give you always the best of the french tradition Tarte tatin , Chocolate Opera, eclairs and many more French Patisserie, 

Savour your favourite french Classic on  ideal party website by chef Bertrand Munier .www.bertrandmunier.co.uk 

This is soon the Season to make your own Quinces Jelly …

  • Quinces  are rather odd fruit; they look half-way between an apple and a pear, they are not good to eat off the tree, they are quite hard, they are loaded with pectin (a natural jelling agent), and they make the most lovely rose-colored jelly.
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  • Wash the quinces, scourer off the down, and then quarter them roughly. Put the cut up quince into a preserving pan with the water and simmer long and slowly until they become soft. It can take over an hour to reduce well.
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    Strain through a jelly bag overnight (by jelly bag, I mean a tea towel or very fine sieve – whatever you have at your disposal that fits within that criteria will be fine). Do not force the juice, as it will make it cloudy.
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  • Measure the juice into the preserving pan, and for each 600 mls of juice add 375g caster sugar. Bring juice to simmering point, add the sugar and the strained lemon juice. Dissolve over a very low heat. Boil fast and begin testing for a set after 10 minutes. When soft set is reached, pour into small, sterislised, hot jars and seal.
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    This jelly stiffens during storage, and looks like a ruby jewel in the jar. It is delicious is served with lamb or boiled or baked pork, or simply as jelly with toast and butter for breakfast.

Thank you enjoy

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I’m Crazy for a chocolate Eclair !!

Chocolate éclairs are among the world’s most famous pastries and they are certainly one of my  great Dessert .

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But must of the pastry shop in england and US  sell then with Chantilly cream and chocolate fondant on the top .

This is why I like you to discover the French version of this golden cake …

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Some best Patisserie in France  Like Fauchon, Lenotre bake some fantastic selection,( Rose, caramel, pistachio, coffee, vanilla, chocolate )

As a chef I start do do some different Flavours with raspberry, lemon,  strawberry and this eclair are working so well  with my cocktail party.

For me a eclair need to be Classic and Fashion at the same time ( the Summer eclair …. )

Eclairs are set to become the new cupcake, according to  London retailers.

Selfridges said sales are up nearly a quarter compared with this time last year, and its afternoon tea venue — Dolly’s — is set to sell 12 new varieties. M&S and Jamie Oliver’s restaurant Fifteen have also launched flavoured éclairs, with the latter offering rhubarb and custard.

Experts put the resurgence of the choux pastry treat down to the popularity of afternoon tea and the revival of home baking brought about by TV’s The Great British Bake Off. M&S said: “We think this will be the year of the éclair … it seems their popularity will soon be challenging the mighty cupcake.”

The chocolate éclair has long been a staple in UK patisseries, but new flavours are key to the boom. Selfridges’ executive chef, Mark Taylor, said: “On a recent trip to Paris, the range of flavours was vast — pistachio, mint, violet cream.”

Discover the french Patisserie ( french video )

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How living in France changes your lifestyle..

Whether for better or for worse, many foreigners find that their habits alter when they move to France. Here, a few veteran expats share their experiences of how French culture has changed their lifestyles.

For Janine Marsh, editor of The Good Life France, it’s her attitude towards meal times that has altered the most since moving to France.

“During my 15-minute lunch ‘hour’ in London, I’d rush to do my shopping, pay cheques into the bank, phone the utility services, etc,” she recalls.

In France, however, time off for lunch is sacred

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“For two hours, banks and shops close. Road workers, doctors, butchers, bakers, candlestick-makers simply va va voom at lunchtime to the restaurant of choice.”

Any tips? Visit you local council office before the lunch break, advises Janine, if you want to get anything important done.

There may be increasing fears over the rise in binge-drinking in France, but there’s still a big difference between the British and Gallic drinking culture, according to “A Year in the Merde” author Stephen Clarke.

“I now drink much less than British friends, who are capable of sinking twice as many pints as me during an evening. France just isn’t as much of a binge-drinking culture (though it’s now taking root here),” says Clarke.

Colin Randall, editor of France Salut and the former France correspondent for the Daily Telegraph, has also noticed a change in his drinking habits.

“I think nothing of having something from the trolley on the train into London from airports but never even think of looking for a pre-flight bar in France,” says Randall.

Piu Eatwell, the British expat author of They Eat Horses, Don’t They, agrees.

“A decade of Gallic influence means that I now almost never drink spirits such as whisky or gin, and certainly not as an ‘apéritif’. The only pre-dinner drinks I drink now are Champagne or Kir,” she says.

“I pretty much exclusively drink wine, and only ever accompanied by some sort of food (generally at meal times, or with an apéro).”

Quality over quantity

Paris-based American writer Lindsey Tramuta, who runs the Lost in Cheeseland blog says she’s learned to value quality above all else.

“My base expectations on quality – ingredients, craftsmanship, experiences – have gotten higher since living in France these last nine years.

“Surrounded by artisans in everything from food to home goods who themselves place a premium on quality, has indeed influenced my own consumption habits. Buy less, buy better.”

Author Stephen Clarke says he’s abandoned the weekly supermarket shop since moving to France.

“I go food shopping every day rather than filling up a supermarket trolley and trying to live off the contents for a week.

“Sometimes I go out and buy fresh bread twice a day, straight from the oven. My whole idea of freshness has changed.

more ….

a bientot

Bertrand Munier

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food party entertaining ! Poached salmon on belle Vue.

POACHED SALMON ON BELLE VUE

PORTIONS £7.20

minimum order 8 portions on shopping basket

A whole side of skinless & boneless Scottish salmon, poached fish stock with lemon, garnished with king prawns.

Served with mayonnaise and cocktail sauce

Delivered in a Disposable Packaging

For food ready to serve on presentation trays , Please contact us,VAT will be applied on this service.

Serves 8 portions as a main course and 12 as part of a buffet.

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