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Red oignon pickles

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These pickles are very easy to make and will perfectly accompany your grilled meats, burgers or potato salads.

The Ingredients
– 1 red onion
– 1 teaspoon of mustard seeds
– 1 teaspoon of pepper seeds
– 80ml of vinegar
– 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon or 1 stick
– 1 teaspoon of honey
– 1 pinch of coarse salt

La Recette

1. Peel and slice the onion.
2. In a saucepan, boil some water and blanch the onion (cook it a few minutes and then pass it in cold water).
3. In another saucepan, heat the vinegar and honey.
4. In a jar, place the onions, then pour the vinegar. Add all the spices.
5. Fill with water until the jar is filled. Let macerate at least 1 night before serving.


My favorite Christmas logs

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These Christmas logs are so pretty aren’t they? Here are my favorites of this year:

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1. La Maison du Chocolat (Nicolas Cloiseau)
A modernist construction of 17 chocolate plates, pomegranate mousse, Viennese biscuit with rolled cocoa of passion-mango-lime marmalade with a heart of lychee compote and pieces of fruit, on a crunchy praline almond-hazelnut-crêpe lace and hazelnut biscuit with lime.
95 € (6/8 persons)

2. Jean-Paul Hévin
A handbag made of dark chocolate biscuit, black chocolate mousse from Venezuela and crunchy black chocolate streusel.
39 € (7 persons)

3. Yann Couvreur
How beautiful are these foxes! They run on a chocolate biscuit, creamy vanilla, meringue, cream of chestnut and candied chestnuts.
90€ (8 persons)

4. Prince de Galles (Stéphanie Le Quellec et Nicolas Paciello)
A monolith made of gluten-free biscuit with buckwheat flour, chocolate mousse 70%, chocolate cream 70% and praliné Gianduja. The chocolate shell is sprinkled with roasted buckwheat seeds.
95€

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1. Le Bristol (Laurent Jeannin)
Stalactites in white chocolate icing, coconut mousse, almond dacquoise, grapefruit confit, fresh grapefruit inserts.
120€ (8 persons)

2. Thieret
Crystals in hazelnut mousse, kalamansi cream, dacquoise, hazelnut cream on a feuilletine hazelnut praline with hazelnut chips.
15,90€ (8 persons)

3. Peninsula Paris (Antony Terrone)
An aerial cloud: a creamy milk chocolate mousse, a caramelized hazelnut biscuit, a clementine-flavored pear confit with a crunch of salty dark chocolate, all surmounted by a plane – a replica of the real biplane ” L’Oiseau Blanc “, made in chocolate with a hazelnut praline.
120€ (8 persons)

4. Picard
A majestic owl in vanilla and caramel mousse with chocolate chips, creamy caramel, crunchy milk chocolate – almond – hazelnut, and cocoa – hazelnut biscuit.
18€ (6-8 persons)

5. Des gateaux et du pain (Claire Damon)
Soft biscuit, creamy caramel cream with vanilla and fleur de sel of Batz, light mousse with caramel, crunchy almond and soft tonka bean caramel tonka.
42€ (4/6 persons)

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1. Haagen Dazs par Jaime Hayon
One of my favorite designers signs this decadent teddy bear made of Almond Panna Cotta ice cream and Honey Walnut & Cream, resting on a dacquoise cookie with calissons and orange blossom, caramel sauce with salted butter and roasted almonds, and exotic coulis heart.
59€ (10-12 persons)

2. Bernard Loiseau
Inspired by the rooftops of Burgundy, this cottage hides a blackcurrant mousse, light chocolate mousse with gingerbread spice, Madagascar chocolate mousse on a base of homemade gingerbread.
65€ (6-8 persons)

3. Christophe Michalak
We embark on a soft biscuit pecan nuts, aerial mousse in maple syrup, confit raspberry-blueberry.
98€ (8 persons)

4. Pierre Hermé
Stars in the eyes with a crunchy shortbread with chestnut flour, sweet chestnut biscuit, pear compote, chestnut cream.
48€ (4-6 persons)


Green beans with black garlic

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I am so happy I found black garlic in Paris and not overpriced – usually it costs between 10 and 20 € the bulb; I found this one at € 6 at la Vie Claire (organic supermarket). The good thing about it is that it’s organic and it does not come from Japan (since Fukushima, I have been avoiding Japanese products…). Originating from Japan (Aomori) or Korea, blakc garlic is a normal white garlic which has been candied in sea water or cooked at low temperature for several weeks, which gives it this black color, melting texture, and sweet taste. Personally I digest it much better than normal garlic. In addition, it is filled with antioxidants – twice as much as white garlic because it has fermented; and acts as an anticoagulant and even as a natural antibiotic. If you want to know more about its many benefits I invite you to read this article!

The Ingredients (for 2 persons)

– 1 or 2 cloves of black garlic
– 1/2 lemon’s juice
– 1 tablespoon olive oil
– 1 tablespoon sumac
– 200g of fresh green beans

The Recipe

1. Boil salted water and dip the beans in it for about 8 minutes (they must be crunchy).
2. In a salad bowl, mash the black garlic and mix with lemon juice, olive oil, and sumac. Add the green beans, salt, pepper and mix well.


Pop-up hotel by Le Fooding x Nespresso

Le Fooding and Nespresso team up and create the first Parisian hotel pop-up called VERTUHOTEL. You will be able to enjoy exceptional meals with the best chefs of the Fooding guide, in cocooning mode at the edge of a chimney fire, attend private projections, have lunch in bed, or dine with coffee mugs at will. Attention, there will be only 150 seats!

When: Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th of December

WhereC.O.Q. Hôtel
15 rue Edouard Manet, 75013 Paris

How much:

Cocktail + dinner + night : 200€ for 2 persons / 260€ with lunch
Lunch : 30€ par personne
Tea time + movie : 30€ per person
Dinner + movie : 30€ per person

Chefs:

Fabrizio Ferrara, Osteria Ferrara (Paris 11) – Fooding d’amour 2010
Katuaki Okiyama, Abri (Paris 10) et Abri Soba (Paris 9) – Fooding d’honneur 2017
Moko Hirayama et Omar Koreitem, Mokonuts (Paris 11) – Fooding d’amour 2017
Laura Portelli, Le Garde Manger (Paris 17) – Coup de coeur 2017

Reservations on the Fooding

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Terre d’Or – Bed and Breakfast in Beaune

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I took advantage of this month of November to discover Burgundy and especially Beaune. The region and its city are known for their many vineyards and great wines, as well as their renowned and starred restaurants. I highly recommend going there in the autumn, the leaves are of all colors, from intense reds to golden yellows, it’s sublime. I was lucky enough to stay in a fabulous guest house, called Terre d’Or, overlooking the town of Beaune and its vineyards. Jean-Louis decided to transform the family home in 1999 into a marvellous guest house, made of 5 rooms and 2 separate houses. A true family story: Jean-Louis, the ace of DIY, builds everything; Christine his wife takes care of the splendid garden; their son Vincent welcomes the guests with kindness; his Lithuanian wife Jurga decorates the house with her poetic sculptures; their son Gaspard, a little prodigy of nine years, plays piano tunes with boldness; without forgetting his great grandfather Georges at the origin of the house. A family filled with generosity and extreme kindness, which makes you feel good as soon as you arrive.

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The spacious and luminous bedrooms and their bathrooms have a breathtaking view of the surroundings and are incredibly peaceful. If you can not thrive of the swimming pool in summer, you go in the arranged cave and jump into the hot jacuzzi, a unique place!

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You can havve breakfast around the fireplace, and enjoy currant and raspberry jam – exceptional – organic and prepared in copper cauldron. Comté, dried sausage, fresh bread, all accompanied by a homemade grape juice picked by Gaspard in the adjacent vineyards.
Jean-Louis just began a long-term project that he showed us with passion: an enclosed plot of ​​several hectares where he just planted truffles, but also grapes, red fruits, kiwis, and figs. In a few years, he will propose workshops around nature, with fruit picking and food courses on his ground.
Meanwhile, Vincent and him organize days of discovery in the Beaune region, off the beaten path, where they make you meet winegrowers, during which you can of course taste the wines of the region and admire the most beautiful Burgundy views.
Terre d’Or
Rue Izembart – La Montagne
21200 BEAUNE
From 185€ a night

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Domain Les Grèves

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In Jean-Louis “clos”, the yellow raspberries still point the tip of their noses in this November month!


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Special T’s pop up store

Nestlé opens its first ephemeral tea room in the heart of the Marais, to make you discover the special T., a capsule machine dedicated to tea. From September 27 to December 31st, you can taste one of the 35 teas or herbal teas of the brand, while enjoying biscuits specially created for the event by the great pastry chef Gilles Marchal.

Being a big consumer of tea, I was rather skeptical before testing the Special T, and I came out conquered and completely adept. The machine allows to infuse the tea slowly, to a perfect temperature and timing, keeping all its flavors and the complexity of its notes. Gilles Marchal’s biscuits combine marvelously with the selected teas. The gingerbread that will be available for Christmas is a true explosion of flavors, with Corsican candied clementines, homemade spices, candied ginger and mountain honey.

You can also participate in discovery and tasting workshops in the company of experts via the Facebook page.

When: 27 September 2016 until 31 December 2016
Where: 19 rue de la Verrerie 75004 Paris
From Tuesday to Sunday 11am-20pm
How much: Tea + 3 biscuits – 5€
Tea only – 3€

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Ⓒ Special T