At the surface my experience cooking tagines feels recent, that is within the last 10 years, but upon reflection my roots to Moroccan cooking run deep to the very beginning of my cooking experience. What is now over 30 years ago, I had the pleasure of taking a cooking class with Paula Wolfert. As a young bride and very young cook, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to take a class from this fabulous chef. Paula’s memorable class on Moroccan food transported me to the sights and smells of Tangier not only through the food, but also through her words. Her articles from Saveur magazine will transport you too. She shares that Tangier “was also the place where I found my vocation as food writer—where I discovered who I really was.” What a wonderful experience. Continue reading Chicken Tagine with Green Olives & Preserved Lemon
Lovage (Levisticum officinale) – if you don’t have it in your herb garden – plant it. Pretty saucy statement I know, but lovage is truly a Bijouxs. It is a large, vigorous (perennial) herb with celery-like leaves that harbor an intense celery-ansie flavor. Uses? Endless – think celery squared.
One way in which I like to use lovage is in this delicate, and fresh soup from Fifteen Minutes Meals. I have intensified the celery flavor with my addition of fresh lovage. Continue reading Celery, Lovage and Almond Soup
Compound butter: sounds pretty boring, what’s the big deal with whirling some flavors into butter? I know, but don’t pass on these little Bijouxs Basics for your pantry (um, freezer).
When I first started cooking, I began with the basics, and compound butters were a part of my classes, but acting very crow-like and being very young, I was more attracted to the shiny objects. My new copper bowl and giant balloon whisk held my attention, compound butters?, I’ll get back to those later. I don’t really know what every happened to my copper bowl and giant balloon whisk, but I can assure sure you compound butters are now given front row center in my freezer. Continue reading Café de Paris Butter
It’s Sunday breakfast with my son – a time to enjoy our family favorite Raised Waffles. A while back, I went on a waffle tangent, buying every waffle maker in production (almost) and trying hundred of waffle recipes in search of the elusive perfect waffle. At the end it was unanimous, the perfect waffle recipe was found, Raised Waffles. Continue reading Raised Waffles
This is a very light, simple take on Gazpacho, and the grapefruit is what really makes it such a fresh sup on a hot day. It’s a snap to make: chop everything up, put in a bowl with grapefruit juice, let the flavors develop for an hour, and give it a quick spin the food processor, pure Bijouxs. Continue reading Grapefruit Gazpacho with Mint