How to make the french Gougères canapes, My home recipe from Burgundy.

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Whether you are going to a Michelin star restaurant or at a friend’s house in France, you will most likely be served gougères canapes to accompany your aperitif drinks (drinks served before a meal). Gougères are traditional cheese puffs made with either Emmenthal or Comté cheese. These little canapes luxuries are perfect with champagne or wine (they are often served during wine-tastings) – and so chic if you have them home-made. Originally from Burgundy, these puffs were invented in the 17th century in a patisserie called ‘Le ramequin de Bourgogne’. So next time you have guests, why don’t you dazzle them with these golden puffs.

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Ingredients (makes about 40)

250 ml/ 1 cup water

100 g/ 3.5 ounce salted butter

150 g/ 1 1/4 cups plain flour

180 g/ 2 cups grated Emmenthal or Gruyère cheese

4 eggs

A dash of ground nutmeg

1 egg yolk for glazing

A dash of salt and pepper

Pre-heat the over 180°

In a saucepan, bring the water and butter to a boil. Add the flour, stirring very fast and take immediately off the 6880354b233b989968432d063bf6700dheat. By now the batter will be roughly in the form of a softball. Add the eggs, one by one and stir. It’s important to add the eggs slowly – don’t worry if it looks too thick, just continue to stir as it will eventually become a smooth batter. Finally add the cheese, salt & pepper and stir to a good dewy batter.

Prepare a baking tray lined with parchment paper. You have two choices for preparing the gougères: either put the dough in a pastry bag with a standard tip and pipe walnut-sized mounds or spoon and shape with the help of two teaspoons and evenly shaped ball (again like the size of a walnut). Glaze with the egg yolk for a golden baked finish. Sprinkle the puffs lightly with grated cheese.

Leave adequate space between each gougère and bake for 25 minutes approx or until puffy and golden. Serve immediately.

ps: You can prepare these in advance and either refrigerate or freeze them. Just take them out again before serving and heat in a high-heat oven for 5-7 minutes.

bon appétit

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by Chef Bertrand Munier

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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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

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.

Bertrand

How to Have a Romantic St Valentine’s At Home! Special menu for 2 for £98.00

The best way to show your love? A romantic meal for two.

Impress your significant other with one of these Valentine’s Day dinner menu for 2 will ensure you have a delicious evening to remember.

Browse our individual menu below to discover our unique Valentine’s Day menus. The menu include canapes, starter, main course and dessert.

The menu is a cold delivery and instruction how to warm up the main course is clearly labelled on the packaging .   Order now

Menu for 2 people at £98.00 

Assortment of canapes  

( mini beef burger, mini vegetarian samosas, mini sweet Potatoes tart ) 

starter 

Sweet Heart tomatoes confit and Goat cheese  (suitable For Vegetarian) 

or 

Plaisir of gravlax salmon tarte, sweet mustard and fine salad 

Main course

Red wine beef casserole a la Bourguignone, vegetable Primeur 

or 

Monk fish and vegetable Tagine with couscous  

Dessert 

assortment of mini dessert 4 per person 

Mini Raspberry heart shortbread 

Mini Chocolate Dome tartelette

Mini Sweet choux of rose cream 

Mini quince crumble with custard in shot glass 

To order please send an Email to chef@bertrandmunier.com for availability,  48h notice is the minimum required and Free delivery in London 

How to organise a romantic and original Valentine’s day at home !

Valentine day is always for me a special night for many people,  frankly, I’d rather stay at home and wait for it all to blow over. But a cozy night at home with your valentine can be pretty special if you take a few extra steps to make it more of an event than your regular weeknight dinners.

1/Prepare the House

2/ don’t exhaust yourself with cooking preparation !  

3/ order a nice meal to your cater 

4/ set up the table with candle 

6/ Pick Up a Great Bottle of Wine

7/ Make a Romantic Playlist

8/ never forget a nice dessert with champagne 

Wshing you a happy st valentine Day ! 

Chef Bertrand Munier 



Be the perfect Host by getting the best Dinner party caterers in london

If you are hosting an event whether it is a party or conference, you will want your guests to have the best experience. You can make sure this is exactly what they get by hiring dinner party caterers who will ensure that everybody gets something delicious to eat.

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There is no better way than to treat your guests when you are hosting an event than with delicious canapes. These are the perfect addition to any evening as guests can have as few or many as they like without you needing to worry about serving a full dinner. Having delicious and carefully prepared canapes  can make the world of difference for your event.

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Canapes come in many shapes and sizes, such as cold canapes, hot canapes, sweet canapes or shot glass canapes. You can tailor your menu to your tastes and the type of event you want to host, whether evening or daytime, formal or informal.

 

To ensure you pull off your party with panache, dinner party caterers in London can help you out. These companies can offer a bespoke service which fits your needs and leaves your guests happy and impressed.
Whether you want mini eclairs and other delightful small versions of well known desserts, or something different with shot glasses of salmon mousse and more, you can have it all. By serving canapes London you will leave your guests’ taste buds tingling. Make sure you arrange your caterers today to ensure your big party goes off without a hitch.

 

Thanks

Bertrand Munier
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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

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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

www.bertrandmunier.co.uk 

 

Canapes Party ? the Elegant French touch !

Our Canapés  are delicious , seasonal and tasty morsels creations which are freshly prepared from the highest quality products.

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

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Canapes by ideal party

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canapes by Ideal party

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

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canapes from ideal party

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.

Retail balances and presenting elegant Canapés with practicality . Part of 350 customers place needs a different approach to a private party for 20 .

a bientot

Bertrand Munier

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Pea Soupe a la Francaise served Hot or Cold

This is on of the best Pea soup recipe for Spring and Summer !

Pea soupe by Bertrand munier

Ingredients 
600 g shelled peas
4 spring onions
6 lettuce leaves or a big heart
1 tsp tablespoon olive oil
1 liter of water
4 c. tablespoons heavy cream
Salt and pepper
Shell the peas, peel and chop onions, wash the lettuce leaves.Heat the oil in a skillet on medium heat, add onions and let them meltwithout browning, then add the lettuce and peas, pour water, add salt, bring to a simmer and simmer for 20 to 25 min.When the peas are cooked, blend the soup in a blender or hand blenderuntil smooth.Put on low heat, add pepper and heavy cream, stirring, remove from heat tothe first stirrings.

Serve hot or cold .

Bon Appetit
Bertrand

Plan a nice spring cocktail with your canapes for your party

To go with your canapes parties! the perfect cocktail ….
For canapes http://www.bertrandmunier.co.uk/online_shop/canapes

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SPRING HERBS GIN & TONIC

INGREDIENTS
Brimming with fresh, seasonal flavours, this G&T spring herbs offers a sophisticated, Scottish spin on a classic gin and tonic.

1 part gin
2 parts premium tonic water
1 thin celery stalk
1 Granny Smith apple
Szechuan black pepper

METHOD
Build the ingredients over cubed ice.
Garnish it with a thin (10inch) celery stalk, coated with ground Szechuan black pepper and Granny Smith green apple slice

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canapes from ideal party

happy party

Bertrand Munier