What about baking a cake for Mother’s Day! The lady’s cake is always a strawberry cake!

Mother’s  Day is just around the corner and I know that the strawberry cake is always the girls & lady’s favourite cake.

Baking a cake for your mum or your wife is always the best present you can do for Mother’s  day celebration. However. if you don’t have any knowledge on how to bake one, just buy one! 

This fresh strawberry cake is perfect for any holiday, but it’s also perfect  to celebrate any Spring and summer day

My recipe is very easy to make for anybody with a little knowledge of baking. This strawberry and cream sponge cake is essentially a French light genoise sponge cake filled  with fresh strawberries, vanilla chantilly cream and fresh strawberry coulis (optional)  The making of the French genoise cake is not as daunting as most people might think, all you have to do is to follow a few simple sponge cake making tips outlined below and watch your cake rise as light as a feather.

The french genoise recipe 

For the génoise sponge

250g/9oz caster sugar

8 medium free-range eggs

250g/9oz plain flour

50g/1¾oz butter, melted

Preheat the oven to 180C/185c Fan/Gas 4. Grease and line two 22cm/9in round cake tins.

For the génoise sponge, place the sugar and eggs into a large bowl and whisk with an electric whisk until thick and pale.

Gently fold in the flour and melted butter until smooth.

Bake for 30–40  minutes, or until the cakes are risen and springy to the touch. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool. When cool enough to handle, turn out on to a wire rack to cool completely.

method to build the cake 

1/ Place a 20-22cm/8-10in stainless steel ring onto the flan case and use it to cut through, discarding the outer rim of sponge. Cut the flan in half horizontally so you end up with two thin layers.

2/Place the steel ring onto a large, flat serving plate. Place one of the sponge layers inside and press down lightly. 

3/Place the double cream in a bowl with the vanilla bean from the pod, and the caster sugar. Whip until semi-firm peaks form when the whisk is removed.

4 Line the ring with the large strawberry halves with some fresh strawberry coulis . – reserve the rest of the strawberries.

5 Carefully spoon the whipped cream into the centre of the flan and spread out gently to fill the whole mould – adding as much cream as necessary to cover to the top of the strawberries. Place the remaining flan case on top and press down lightly and cover the top of the ring with whipped cream.

6  Remove the ring by carefully warming the edges with a hot cloth and lifting it straight upwards.

Carefully heat a metal skewer over a direct flame until very hot (use oven gloves). Use the hot skewer to score the top of the cake with lines to create a diamond pattern.

Now is time to be creative and you can use a piping bag for the decoration and garnish with a fresh strawberry, you can use the remaining vanilla pod for the decoration.

enjoy

Chef Bertrand Munier

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

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

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 

How to Make your own French bread!

Baking homemade bread can be challenging to even the most experienced home cooks.


Ingredients 

350 Organic white bread flour
2 teaspoo organic rising dry yeast
2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups warm water + 1 teaspoon of sugar

1 Put the ingredients into the  bowl  (flour, Water + yeast+ sugar and Salt)

Mix all ingredients for about 15 to 20 mins

Blend until moistened,  Stir until dough pulls cleanly away from side of bowl.

Put in bowl to rise and cover with towel

Let rise until double for about 2h

Divide dough into 2 parts and shape into balls or mini Baguettes

Let rise in warm place about 1 hour

Bake at 210 degrees for 15 to 20  minutes or until loaf sounds hollow

Your mini baguettes is done ! enjoy the french flavour !

Bon Appetit

Bertrand

www.bertrandmunier.co.uk

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.

Please contact us for any information

Chef !! a movies for Foodies and food truck lovers ..

Foodies who feasted on “Big Night,” “Babette’s Feast” and “Eat Drink Man Woman” may flock to “Chef,” a lightweight but high-calorie confection in which the actors often run the risk of being upstaged by all manner of scrumptious-looking cuisine.

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Written and directed by Jon Favreau, who also stars as a professionally frustrated chef who earns a second helping of happiness while operating a food truck, this amiably rambling dramedy will play best with audiences primed to go with the flow of its leisurely pacing while enjoying the cross-country ride. And, of course, savoring the views of that tempting grub.

The slightly longish setup establishes Carl Casper (Favreau) as a stressed-for-success master chef in a trendy Los Angeles restaurant where he is absolute master of his kitchen — as long as he pleases the establishment’s demanding owner (Dustin Hoffman). When an even more demanding restaurant blogger (Oliver Platt) pans Casper’s menu as too safe and predictable — and snidely suggests Casper may be overweight because he’s eaten too many dinners returned by unsatisfied customers — Casper furiously tweets an invitation to the critic to return for a taste of the chef’s new bill of fare.

Unfortunately, the owner overrules Casper and insists that his chef prepare the same old same old. Even more unfortunately, a video of Casper’s angry confrontation with the critic goes viral — and the chef quickly finds himself not just unemployed, but virtually unemployable. Fortuitously, Inez (Sofia Vergara), Casper’s well-to-do ex-wife, picks just this time for a trip back home to Miami, where Casper got his start as a culinary artist. She buys him a plane ticket to join her on the trip, ostensibly so he can play “nanny” to Percy (Emjay Anthony), their 11-year-old son — but really so he can get back in touch with his roots.

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Potatoes gratin Dauphinois the best 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

Mini Chef Cooking School!

Cooking course for 4 years old  children

Bertrand Munier went to a French School teaching and Showing to 4 years Old How to cook a galette des rois.

This Lesson gives the children the  Opportunity to work as a team, Learn about fresh food explore new Flavour.

During the 2 hours, the children had lots of fun and enjoyed the galette des rois

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than you for reading

Bertrand Munier

www.bertrandmunier.co.uk

New article from France in London

News article about Bertrand Munier (ideal party)

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Get the caterers in. Whether you choose to use professional help for one course or all, there is no shame in this; people will certainly not think less of you for providing them with delicious canapés and restaurant-style meals. It may cost that little bit extra, but sometimes, when you balance that out against time spent cooking and clearing up afterwards, it really is worth it. Once again, the caterers you choose depend on what kind of evening you are going for.

Bertrand Munier is definitely an address I am glad to have, and which has helped me out on a number of occasions. He provides absolutely delicious food from the freshest local ingredients without additives or preservatives at good prices, be it for a private dinner for friends, a larger family gathering or even a business lunch. Munier’s “Ideal Party” service will make wonderful canapés selections for up to 300 guests and even a three course meal for a little as 6 or as many as 115 people.

From 3 course meals to buffets and canapes, Munier’s creations are beautiful and delicious

And if you want to cheat a bit, you could even get the meals pre-prepared and delivered to your door ready to be heated up and layed out by you and nobody would be any the wiser(minimum London delivery is £95)…

 

 

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Bertrand Munier