Croquembouche for Christmas Brunch

by Kitchen Butterflyon December 26, 2013
He is adamant about not wanting to have any buns, the first time we try them. We don’t get why. Oh well, he can be weird sometimes, our D. We sit at the table, bound by brunch. Feasting.

Technique: How to Bake Authentic French Bread, Pain a l’ Ancienne

by Kitchen Butterflyon March 3, 2013
I’ve been searching for the easiest way to turn out sticks of beautiful bread in the manner of le Francais. For I equate French breads with a gorgeous tan, exterior;  a soft, chewy interior and well developed flavour. Pain a l’ Ancienne. Bread made in the ‘old-fashioned way’. t6p says: They might look like a true baguette […]

Galette de Pérouges

by Kitchen Butterflyon August 20, 2012
Some call in armchair travel. I, on the other hand, think ‘belly travel’ is far more endearing, more involved, more inclusive, more embracing…of history, culture, cuisine, people.  Through cookbooks, the Food network TV channel and street conversations. This time my stomach’s compass points to France, the dial swinging around to the quaint, hilltop, cobble-stoned village […]

Le Beurre Fait Maison, Homemade Butter

by Kitchen Butterflyon May 15, 2012
I’ve got my arms around something. Its butter! But not just any kind of butter. And no, not sticks. Its real butter. Homemade butter. Le beurre fait maison.

Reasons to Believe: All things Creme Fraiche, Mascarpone and Ricotta

by Kitchen Butterflyon February 21, 2012
Domestic goddess that I am. I’m in red raffia heels. OK….wedges. I feel like Nigella. Creme Fraiche on the go, 2 fruit cakes in the making (last Christmas’s success), this time the recipe is adjusted to include some Maltina and pureed lemon sugar. Its the creme fraiche that I’d like to start off with. Thankfully, […]

Pan Micha from Panama, Une Miche from France

by Kitchen Butterflyon January 11, 2011
A bridge A connection Worlds. Hopes. Dreams, woven Destinies united Over water Across land Cultures, cuisines, language & skin United in humanity Separated by oceans and seas Mountains and valleys The Brief Welcome to the 2011 Culinary Tour, organised by Joan of Foodalogue. Traditional: make one of the country’s national or traditional dishes. Contemporary: take […]

Tarte Aux Pommes et Sucre

by Kitchen Butterflyon October 24, 2010
When I think of orchards, I always see sunshine, blue skies and windfalls – loads of apples littered about the base of a big tree with wide branches and leafy greens somewhere in Italia. I see grandpa with his golfer’s hat, sitting at the table, his elbows resting on the red and white gingham tablecloth […]

Mad about Macarons….and Happy Feet!

by Kitchen Butterflyon January 4, 2010
A tale of Macarons, with a very happy and steady ending!

A tale of lemons and peaches

by Kitchen Butterflyon September 6, 2009
I actually started writing this post a few days ago and am only just finishing it off! Saturday night’s dinner…and sunday morning’s brekkie. You must think I’m obsessed with all things French. And maybe Italian. First it was the Tarte Tatin and then the Caprese millefeuille and now it’s the Clafoutis. Anyway, I’m in London this week, as […]