Saturday, October 31, 2009

Trick or Treat - Squash Squash Squash! Part.3 : The pudding

Hmmmmmm! I love pudding and especially pumpkin pudding! I have a recipe for this one, cause it's serious business lol!

Ingredients (for 4-6):
  • 125g of butter
  • 165g of brown sugar
  • 250g of flour
  • 2 eggs (slightly beaten)
  • 60 ml of cream
  • 250g of squash puree
  • baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon of nutmeg
First you have to melt the sugar and butter. Wait for it to cool down and add it to the mix of the dry ingredients (flour, nutmeg, baking powder and some additional spices if you want). Mix it with a wooden spoon, don't use an electrical hand mixer. Add the eggs , the cream and the puree and mix a little again.

You can cook the pudding however you want but you have to use the bain-marie technique as well as to cover the cake pan (tin foil is ok) to have a moist pudding at the end.  I cooked it in the oven @ 400F for about 1h15.

The cake is small but very heavy.

Trick or Treat - Squash Squash Squash ! Part.2 : The lasagna

I have an alternative to the "real" lasagna that I do with squash and chicken.
  • Instead of using the tomato sauce and the ground beef, I replace those with a puree of squash and some shredded chicken. It's really good.
  • I know that some people use ricotta but I use a white sauce instead. I like the texture better. I have to say though I added some extra ricotta to the puree of squash but I also used the white sauce with the chicken.
  • I usually have two layers, one with the "vegetable" and the other one with the meat.
  • Finally I only add the cheese at the end (so it doesn't burn) and just grill the lasagna for the last 3 minutes.

Trick or Treat - Squash Squash Squash! Part.1 : The Soup

The soup is really simple. It's just a puree of squash and I add some water to it.
  • I prefer to add some broth, and to be honest I quite fancy miso, I love to use it as a broth for my soups.
  • I like to spray some pepper on the plate and to swirl some cream for presentation. But the soup is also good with cottage cheese.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Coco Avant Chanel - 4/5

So yesterday I went to see Coco Avant Chanel. I featured it before in my blog mostly because Audrey Tautou is such a fresh face and a good ambassador for my country (Amelie)  and I know a lot of my readers are big fans of Benoit Poelvoorde after his role in Podium. I wasn't sure what to expect to be honest.
I was quite blown away. The acting was genuine but most of all it was the story that stole the spotlight.
It was definitely interesting as a woman to see the struggle of our sex back in the days and to see how Coco was an avant gardiste in her time. Her views on fashion, love and her attitude were so out there!

I found a new role model.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Dating a friend/relative ex

I was wondering  what you guys thought about this because I had a talk with a friend of mine and he told me
How weird would it be if you were going to  like a "family" reunion and your sister was there with her boyfriend, who turned out to be your ex.
 He was saying it was just drama waiting to happen.
Let's say he looks at you funny? Or he just brushes you, touches you?

I don't agree. I mean if you are really into someone would you let this opportunity go by just because he happened to date your friend or your sister before? I would not mind as well if my sister would go out with one of my exes. If he is my exes it means it didn't work out between us and if it works out well with my sister it means again that it wasn't meant to be with us. We're so different!
I don't know if I would go for one of my friends ex because of this, I mean if it didn't work out between them, why would it work out between us?

Anyway let me know.