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Cherry Clafouti

Cherry Clafouti

Clafouti, the simple French custard and fruit dessert is great for the Beach House. Use whatever fresh fruit or combination of fruits. The batter goes together in a flash in the blender. Bake in a pie pan most rentals will have, and voila, dessert is served. A little whipped cream or vanilla ice cream too, it’s summer.

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Grapefruit Herb & Rose Olive Oil Cake

Grapefruit, Herb & Rose Olive Oil Cake

For the Roses. This year so many events have been cancelled, but not cooking here at Bijouxs, confinement creations abound. Grapefruit Herb & Rose Olive Oil Cake, the gift of a little jewel Now residing in the heart of citrus country along the coast of California, let’s just say I have my pick of any citrus, mostly gifted from friends. A bevy of grapefruits from inland groves came my way and recipes have ensued.
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Spiced Lentils & Brown Rice (Mejadra)

Spiced Lentils with Brown Rice

Spiced Lentil & Brown Rice first came onto my radar through Jerusalem the Cookbook, now a classic. Humble ingredients, lentils and rice, are spiced to create a wonderfully satisfying
vegan dish, for lunch dinner, or breakfast. A savory dish that truly is a little jewel.


The flavors and spices used in Middle East cuisine are among my favorites: cinnamon, cumin, ginger, and allspice. My friends from the Middle East have over the years given this California girl some lessons, and the dishes work wonderfully in our California cuisine template.

Kitchen standards like Chickpea & Fava Stew (Ful), Zahtar Chicken & Tangerine Couscous and Roasted Strawberries with Labneh and are among my go-to recipes, fresh, simple and healthy eating. Once I began cooking the cuisine, I sought out cookbooks to widen my knowledge. Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi’s book, Jerusalem, not only shares recipes but stories from both of the chef’s childhoods and the food they grew up on.

Here at Bijouxs Little Jewels, I keep the recipes surprising, delicious and created for the home cook. I love to experiment with new recipes from cultures all over the world – good food is universal. Many times my friends introduce me to new recipes, food is all about sharing.

Spiced Lentils & Rice (Mejadra)SPICED LENTILS & BROWN RICE

I love simple dishes that combine a grain with a legume, such as Arroz Congri (Cuban Rice and Black Beans and Frijoles de la Olla (Beans in a Pot). This combination is satisfying and economical dining. The recipe can be made either in the Instant Pot or stovetop. I have made this both ways, and since I purchased the Instant Pot I have been giving it a try to simple and hasten long cooking dishes. In about 15 minutes Spiced Lentil & Brown Rice is ready to serve.

Spiced Lentils & Rice (Mejadra)

I have made a few minor adjustments, such as using less oil to sauté the shallots, and topping with fresh cilantro, a drizzle of olive oil and additional fragrant spices. A spoonful of yogurt sauce would lend a creamy texture. Finish with a green salad and some fresh fruit. Cuisines from around the world are little jewels.

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Brown Sugar Apple Crisp & Miso Caramel Sauce

Brown Sugar Apple Crisp & Miso Caramel Sauce

The Fallidays are apple time. This Brown Sugar Apple Crisp & Miso Caramel Sauce pairs fresh local apples with lots of coconut brown sugar, spices and a drizzle of sweet & salty Miso Caramel Sauce, a simple little jewel from the Bijouxs Kitchen. Continue reading Brown Sugar Apple Crisp & Miso Caramel Sauce