Saturday, October 8, 2011

Chocolate Mousse in a jar!

Here's an easy chocolate mousse recipe,  it doesn't even require cream or sugar because the sweetness comes from the chocolate!

Recipe for: Chocolate Mousse
To prepare: 
Blender ready, Bain Marie, small pan for Raspberries, jars to put mousse in, sifter

200 g. Chocolate

3 egg yolks
5 egg whites

5 tbsp. sugar
5 tbsp. water
Basket of raspberries

Prepare the Raspberry coulis.  Boil the water and sugar until it becomes like syrup.  Blend with raspberries in the blender. Sift the sauce out to take the seeds out.

Melt the chocolate over the Bain Marie (metal bowl over heated water).  Add the egg yolks and mix it in with the rubber spatula and cool in fridge.  

In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until fluffy, beat real fast. 

When chocolate is cooled, fold the egg whites into the chocolate slowly and little by little.  The consistency should be like a mousse, fluffy & full.  

Fill the jars and refrigerate for an hour.

Top it off with the raspberry coulis and/or whip cream.

Lemon Tart / Tarte au Citron

To prepare: 
Pre-heat oven 375*, for 9 inch tart use 3 lemons, 3 egg yolks, 150 g of sugar, this recipe is for 11 inch tart

Zest of 3 ½ lemons
Juice of 3 ½ lemons
About 165 g of sugar (7/8 cup)
2 whole eggs
4 egg yolks

In a bowl, mix the zest, juice sugar, eggs and egg yolks until it’s liquid.

Warm up the mix in a small pot, low to medium heat

Pour the filling in a prepared pastry shell, the filling will still be liquid.

Bake for 15 min at 375*
Let it cool down and then add the meringue on top and bake again, until brown.
Let cool for 30 min.

 I had to make it twice to make sure this recipe work! The way me and hubby experiments with recipes is to mix the American way of baking and the French way of baking and this was our outcome! Enjoy!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Chicken in a Cast Iron Pot / Poulet en Cocotte

I love my dutch oven/cast iron pot (cocotte), heavy as hell but it's easy to use and it has its advantages.  Some of you may use a slow cooker but this is my slow cooker!  They are known to being able to hold their heat for a long period of time, so they are best for recipes that require a slow consistent heat. The cocotte has an even heating surface and lid which in turns helps keep the heat even throughout the entire pot! 

We received this for Christmas from my parents in-law and every time I cook with it, I think of them!  It's not a Le Creuset but a Fontignac, same type, different brand! Don't exceed 400 degrees in the oven with this type of duroplast knob....

Here is one of my simple recipes that I mixed and matched, including Julia Child's "Poulet en Cocotte".


Whole Chicken
Olive Oil / Butter
Rosemary / Thyme / Bay Leaves

Whole Organic Chicken

Rosemary from my terrace!

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Cut the potatoes in 4 or 6 chunks, depending on the size of them.

Blanch the potatoes for a few minutes, take out and strain.

Olive oil in cocotte and brown the chicken on both sides, give it more color than the way my chicken looks in my picture.....

Take chicken out and brown the potatoes and the onions.

Stuff the chicken with all the herbs, lemon cut in half, garlic, butter.....also butter the chicken between the skin and chicken, this can help flavor the chicken!

Truss the chicken....yep that's right! Tie him up!


Cover with Foil
Now put the sucker in the cocotte and cover with foil.  The oven should be ready to receive your cocotte at 325 degrees!  

2 hours should be good!


Poulet en Cocotte

As you can see, I should've browned the chicken a bit more, either way - it was delicious and very juicy. 

Use your imagination and make whatever chicken stew you want in this Cocotte.  I like using this for my chicken because it really keeps the juices in!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Yum.....local Hawaiian food...

I do miss Local Food!  I must go to a Hawaiian restaurant real soon..... Hawaiian food is a mix of the cultures; Filipino, Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese & Korean.  Did I miss any?

Here are some of my favorites!

Lomi Lomi Salmon Recipe

Lomi means massage in Hawaiian and you will see how that name applies to this recipe.


8 oz. salted salmon fillet
fresh tomatoes, peeled and diced
1 medium Maui onion or any mild onion or 3-4 thinly sliced green onions
This is the basic recipe for Lomi Lomi Salmon, you can add additional ingredients based on personal taste for ie; pepper flakes or Hawaiian red chili peppers and lime.
Wash hands thoroughly.  Shred the salmon into small pieces with your hands.  Add onions & tomatoes.  Massage this mixture with your hands until all ingredients are broken up and thoroughly mixed.  Chill.

If you can only find unsalted salmon, rub the salmon with rock or kosher salt and let stand overnight. Rinse thoroughly and soak in cold water for at least one hour, changing water a few times.

Loco Moco  

Hawaiian comfort food.......ono!

Ingredients for 2 big servings:
Ground beef to make hamburger patties, us locals don't use lean because we like the fat!
Onions - optional
Salt/pepper to taste
4 eggs
hot cooked white rice

1 cup beef broth
Flour for thickening
1 tb butter
couple of dashes of Worchestershire sauce

Make rice, make hamburger patties, make gravy, cook up the eggs and put it all together!

I think my husband wonders why I eat rice when I make him the French version of this! 

French version is called Steak Hache' same ol' recipe minus the gravy and rice!
Eat with ketchup like my French hubby or ketchup and hot sauce, like me!

Here are some other typical Local Food......delish!

Don't have a recipe for the Lau Lau because I never made it.  I would if I only knew where to buy the damn Taro leaves around here.  Basically it's  pork or chicken wrapped in taro leaves, steamed!  Oh so good with rice!
Pork Lau Lau

Well, you can look up the recipe on line for the Kalbi, if I give away my secret ingredient, my friend Heejin and Esther won't like that!  It's a Korean secret!


Everyone knows how to make Saimin!  Secret ingredient:  Dashi powder......from there - add what you like....wonton, strips of beef, boiled egg....and for those of you who doesn't know what that pink thing is in the picture, well it's Fish Cake!

Spam & Egg Masubi

 Typical Hawaiian snack or get the picture!  Easy to make!

Steamed Manapua

Macaroni Salad

Don't ask me to make this, to me it seems really difficult!  Usually filled with a meat, mostly chinese sausage and spices.

Don't forget the scoop of Macaroni Salad and 2 scoops of rice!

deep fried in oil!

Oh and last but not least......Malasadas, the Hawaiian Donut!  Well the recipe is no different from the French Beignets...except Beignets is covered with powdered sugar.  Use your imagination and fill them up with cream or chocolate, or dip them like fondue.

I hope you enjoyed your eating experience in Hawaii....I guess I forgot to add chorizo, poi, taro (oh my how I miss Taro buns) or kalua pork but that'll be another day, for now I just named a few local dishes that you can enjoy at home!  Don't forget to play the music in the background for the ambiance AND eat with a plastic fork - just's a local joke.....


Now sing with me:
Fish & Poi,
I'm a big boy,
Lomi salmon, pipi kaula,
extra large lilikoi,
squid & chicken lu'au,
don't forget the laulau
beef & tripe stew,
just to name a few
oh yeah!!!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Pork Chops with Dijon Sauce

Am I just giving all my secret recipes away?  Well, why not, you hear about it so much!
This recipe is easy but you gotta love Dijon mustard! Take note - I never really measure so sorry if I'm not detailed in my recipes!

Center cut pork chops
Heavy to medium whipping cream-not the sweet kind (I did that once on a quiche...ugghh...worse feeling when your cousin chef and hubby judged it and still ate it)
Dijon mustard
Olive oil
Optional: chopped parsley, shallots, green onions

Rice or potatoes

Brown the salt and peppered pork chops on both sides, take out and pat oil off.
Brown shallots.
Mix the cream and add the Dijon - the more the better - add the mustard according to your taste, salt and pepper, simmer low.
Add the pork chops and cook for a while on low.

Add the parsley and green onions.

Serve over steamed rice or side of potatoes! 

*you can use chicken instead of pork chops

I don't know where this dish derives from, all I know is that my husband yelled out how to cook it from the living room couch.....this is why I rarely ever measure!!!


Saturday, March 12, 2011

Madeleine Cookies

Okay, here's what you all have been waiting Madeleine Cookie recipe!
Now....I'm going to give you the American version recipe.  The one that I use is in French and its a bit hard for me to translate.  First of all you are going to need one of these Madeleine cookie molds.  I only have one but I end up using twice amount of time so if you're in a rush and want to make all 24 at the same time, I suggest you buy two of them!

Madeleine Cookie Mold

3 Eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla or lemon extract (lemon zest is better)
1/3 cup of milk
2 cups of flour (preferred, self rising flour)
1 tsp baking powder
6 tablespoons soft/melted butter
Baking spray
Makes 24 Madeleines

Preheat oven at 375 degrees
Sift the dry ingredients, put on the side.
Beat eggs with sugar, vanilla and 1/2 of the milk until thick and light yellow.
Add sifted flour and baking powder bit by bit and continue mixing until smooth.  
Stir in the rest of the milk and melted butter.

Grease your Madeleine cookie mold or use lots of baking spray.
Spoon about 2 tablespoons of batter in each mold.
Bake about 12-15 minutes 
Cool on a rack, continuously turning it over every 15 minutes as they cool.
If you only have one mold, re grease and repeat the above.

Et you taste better than the ones they sell at Starbuck's!  You can get creative and start dipping them in chocolate!

So, my husband is lucky to eat this every morning!  He eats about 4 or 5 of them so you can imagine I have to make them once a week and I can do it with my eyes closed!  Until this day, I still only have one mold....yeah, okay, I better invest in another! I also use no milk and less sugar, if you prefer that, email me and I can send you my French version of it and give you the measurements in grams.

Madeleine cookies originated from the Lorraine Region in northeastern France.  There are 2 stories from where the name came from, the first being named from a 19th century pastry cook, Madeleine Paulmier but others say Madeleine Paulmier was a cook in the 18th century for Stanislaw Leszczynski (Polish, Duc de Lorraine), whose son-in-law, Louis XV of France, named them for her.

Let me know how your cookies come out!  Comments and questions are welcome!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Rabbit Pearl

Did you Know?

Do you know that there is a smiley face on the tip of the rabbit pearl? The smiley face was actually a result of conservative Japanese customs. When the Japanese created this, their Japanese consumers frowned upon "the production of sex toys that too closely resemble phalluses", so the smiley face was added! There are now many rabbit pearls to choose from...different colors, different lengths, and different is the original one...

Sex & Marriage

Sex tip:
Marriage doesn't mean the death of hot sex, it takes some effort from both of you to keep it steamy as the years go by.

1. Try to stop thinking of her as your adorable and adoring wife when the two of you get frisky, allow your imagination to run wild. (vice versa)
2. Don't wear pajamas-continue to wear your sexy lingerie.
3. Make a date night with your spouse and meet at your local bar.
4. Stop saying you have no time or you're tired, make the time.
5. Use sex to get past your ruts, it'll help you reconnect.
6. Just do it, don't plan it.


This sleek hand-blown glass massager will take you to new heights! Designed for comfort, your Tapered Teaser can be used chilled or heated up. Simply put it in the freezer for a cool refreshing sensation or run it under hot water to get things heated up! This non-porous glass is hygienic and easy to sterilize after you've had your fun!

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