The French Beignets Recipe, a French classic to share with family and friends

What is a beignet?

The beignet is a French -style, square donut, decked in powdered sugar. And it is delicious! Beignet means fried dough in French and is similar to fritter in English.

Beignets originate from France and, depending on the region, can be prepared  in many different ways, hence carrying a variety of names: bugnes, merveilles, oreillettes, corchevets, vautes, etc.

My beignet  recipe is so easy to make and you can enjoy it with so many different dips flavour, cinnamon, chocolate or raspberry Jam .

Ingredients

Serves: 12

• 125ml water

• 1 tablespoon yeast

• 50g butter or lard

• 100g caster sugar

• 1 teaspoon salt

• 250ml boiling water

• 250ml evaporated milk

• 2 eggs, beaten

• 950g plain flour

• 1L vegetable oil for frying

• 125g icing sugar for dusting

Preparation method

Prep: 30 mins | Cook: 30 mins

1.Pour 125ml room temperature water into a small bowl. Sprinkle the yeast over the water and let stand for about 5 minutes to dissolve.

2.Combine the butter or lard, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Pour the boiling water over the butter mixture and then stir in the evaporated milk. Wait for the mixture to cool down until it is lukewarm. Then, add the yeast and water mixture and beaten eggs.

3.Slowly mix in the flour until the dough forms a ball. Cover the dough with clingfilm and refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

4.Working with a small portion (a little larger than a baseball) at a time, roll out the dough 3mm thick. Cut the rolled out dough into strips 5 to 8cm wide, then cut again in the opposite direction and at an angle, making diamond shapes.

5.Heat your oil for frying in a deep and wide, heavy-bottomed frying pan over medium-high heat to 180 degrees C.

6.Slide dough slowly into the oil to avoid splattering and deep fry until they puff up and are golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Carefully remove onto a rack with kitchen roll underneath and allow to cool until you can handle them. Place in a clean paper bag with icing sugar and shake gently until covered generously or, use a sifter to dust the beignets with powdered sugar.

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Moules à la Provençale, a French classic …

My favorite ” Recipe Mussel Provencal”

A classic way to serve mussels that’s great as an appetizer or side dish. Simple to cook and prepare. Pleasing a crowd just doesn’t get any easier, or tastier.

Ingredients

  • 2 lb fresh cultured blue mussels
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp fresh chopped thyme
  • 3⁄4 cup red wine
  • 28 oz can peeled and diced tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Rinse the fresh blue mussels in tap water. Place in a large saucepan with a small amount of liquid on high heat. Cover and let steam until shells open (5 – 7 minutes). Strain the fresh blue mussels, reserving the liquid, and removing the meat from the shells. Set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, heat olive oil and sauté onions under low heat for 6 – 8 minutes, until onions get soft but not burnt.
  3. Stir in garlic and thyme for 1 minute.
  4. Pour red wine and cook for another 5 minutes.
  5. Add tomatoes and reserved liquid, cover and let summer for 30 minutes.
  6. Remove lid and let simmer for another 15 minutes.
  7. Add fresh blue mussel meat, let cook 5 minutes.
  8. Taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with parsley.
  9. Serve with bread.

Bon Appetit

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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.

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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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Canapés & Entertaining, You need to Impress your Guests

Imagine a scenario where you’re hosting a sleek, reception for your event in London. Every one of your guests has turned out in their best clothes and are looking elegant and stylish. So, would you just stick to cocktails and call it a wrap? No, because as host, you cannot let your guests leave the party hungry. Also, due to time or space constraints, you can’t squeeze in a formal sit-down meal either. So, what do you do? Look for canapes Party !! 

What are  canapes ? 

The most preferred finger food at parties in London

Canapés are small finger foods that are usually served before dinner often accompanied with cocktails. It’s a type of hors d’oeuvre and is a two-bite food whose base is either a small bread or cracker with a topping of savoury or sweet ingredients.

What is the best food to serve at a party?

canapés are no exception to this adage. They are exquisite culinary creations that not only look good but pack a punch when it comes to taste. Thus, the ever-increasing popularity of canapés in London corporate events and other private parties requires no explanations.

Modern canapés use a kind of pancake called as blini or a pastry shell as the base. Even I make them  use of fluted cutters to cut round or shaped slices of plain white bread that serve as the base. At times, you can also find small baguettes as the base of the canapé. You can mix it up and serve different types of canapés and provide your guests with a broad range of choices.

Why are Canapés immensely popular at private parties?

There are various factors that contribute to the popularity of Canapés. Let’s have a short look at some of the notable factors:

Easy and fun to eat

Varied Selection of Flavours

Very economical 

Can replace a dinner after 12 bits 

Suit any taste from meaty to vegan guests 

Serve Canapés and Impress your Guests

Happy tummies make people happy. Serve a broad range of canapés to your guests, improve the mood of your event and, feel proud of hosting a successful party.

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Chef Munier

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

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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

Scalloped potatoes in an old blue enamel bowl.  Shallow depth of field.

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

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 !!

Chocolat trailer

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