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Category: Baking

Tips for (nearly) perfect sourdough bread

Posted in Baking, and Food & Entertaining

Let’s make one thing clear: I excel at baking and pastries but I am not a bread guru. In fact, the two techniques stand quite apart, requiring different skills and different mindsets. I make loaves, focaccia and quick breads on a semi-regular basis but I am not entirely sure you should follow my bread-making advice. There are much more qualified people.

Christmas dessert: any suggestions?

Posted in Baking, and Food & Entertaining

A few days ago, lured by a recipe I saw on goop, I found myself at the stove stirring a tapioca pudding made with almond and coconut milks and a bit of maple syrup. Since the cancer diagnosis a year ago, I had to make some changes to my diet and eliminating refined sugars is one of them.

Pissaladiere

Posted in Baking, and Food & Entertaining

Pissaladiere__French_Food_at_Home__002Yesterday I walked in a restaurant kitchen for a training session and the first thing I noticed was that, among the cooks, there were no girls: a common state of affairs until a few years ago, but things are changing. Women are more and more present in professional kitchens, holding their own, and no longer relegated to pastry only.

Chocolate cookies for grown-ups

Posted in Baking, and Food & Entertaining

Chocolate espresso cookiesFor all my devotion to detective shows, especially of the British variety, I would have made a crappy detective. The clues were all there: my uncle complaining their Christmas lunch will be a small one this year; my sister explaining why she wouldn’t be spending Christmas with my mom; my mother inadvertently telling me she would reciprocate a friend’s dinner when she got back from the States (and me thinking dementia was setting in – why on earth would she wait until next October??). Let’s call it distraction on my part, and my mind being otherwise engaged this holiday season.

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