Monday, January 7, 2013

Pablo's menu this week... & a list 12 tried & true recipes

Lists are very popular it seems, especially this time of year. I like them myself, I have to say. It's an opportunity to discover new blogs, new recipes, interesting posts and people. So I shall succumb to the temptation, and give you a list of 12 tried and true recipes (I could have made it 20, but I know you've got stuff to do! ;-)) you will most definitely find in our weekly meal plans again in 2013. They're some of our family's favorites (though definitely a non-exhaustive list), I hope you will find them inspiring as well. In no particular order:

This so nutty delicious spelt bread from Mummy I can cook!
The absolutely therapeutic cardamom flatbread from Vanilla Bean
The ever so original oak ice cream from Local Milk
The just plain delightful clam fennel & shallot soup from Cannelle & Vanille (I've tried many of her soups, all fantastic)
The highly satisfying carrot risotto by Food Loves Writing
The addicting chilled  pea soup from TasteFood 
The unbeatable buttermilk brined roasted chicken from Life is Great (already on the menu this week)
The exotic carrot ginger soup from Deer Eats Wolf
This summer smile of a tomato polenta pie by Fig & Fauna
The finger-lickin' good honey pork belly recipe by Just One Cookbook
This surefire easy (and awesome) little bread by Girlichef
This savor-every-bite zucchini rice gratin by Smitten Kitchen

All right, enough salivating, moving on to the week's menu. And some images and produce that have inspired us this week...


Cheeses of the week: Following French tradition, I always offer a little bit of cheese at the end of every meal, between the main course and dessert. Rotation this week: Italian truffle cheese, Petit Basque sheep's milk cheese, and St Marcellin (creamy cow).

Desserts: At lunch, I offer a fruit yogurt (or plain yogurt with fresh fruit), but at night, I prefer sticking to plain yogurt (regular homemade* whole milk, sheep’s milk, goat's milk and Greek yogurt for extra protein) to avoid too much sugar before bedtime.

If you would like a particular recipe on the menu, feel free to contact me! (I marked with a * the recipes that will be the topic of upcoming posts).


Lunch- OUT

Goûter (4pm snack) – Arkansas Black apple


Appetizer / Finger Foods: Butternut squash leek soup from Cannelle & Vanille
Main course: Buttermilk chicken from Life is Great, parsnip puree with Gruyère on top


Appetizer / Finger Foods: Green beans & blue potato salad
Main course: Bison patty with baby bok choy puree

Goûter - Apple mango compote

Appetizer / Finger Foods: Cold tofu & salmon eggs Japanese style verrine*
Main course: Cheesy mushroom polenta


Appetizer / Finger Foods: Artichoke and pea shoot custard* (similar to the savory herb custard I posted a while ago)
Main course: Mushrooms stuffed with cream of sardines*

Goûter – Banana

Appetizer / Finger Foods: Artichoke leaves with vinaigrette and green olives
Main course: Roasted duck with vegetable jardinière


Appetizer / Finger Foods: Grated carrots French-style
Main course: Ham and quinoa

Goûter - Apple pear compote

Appetizer / Finger Foods: Fava beans and goat cheese soup from MyLittle Fabric
Main course: Salmon wrapped leeks au gratin


Appetizer / Finger Foods: Cannelini beans & tomato salad
Main course: Roasted beet goat cheese tarte

Goûter - Kiwi

Appetizer / Finger Foods:  Endive mâche hearts of palm salad
Main course: Squash risotto from Rachel Eats


Appetizer / Finger Foods: Cucumber with yogurt tarragon sauce
Main course: Trying the herbed lamb meatballs in coconut milk from Cannelle & Vanille's cookbook, Small Plates and Sweet Treats

Goûter - Tangerine

Appetizer / Finger Foods: Lentil leek soup from Vanilla Bean
Main course: Shrimp in soy ginger sauce baked in a parcel* with coconut rice


Appetizer / Finger Foods: Leftover lentil leek soup
Main course: Pan fried chicken liver with mâche salad

Goûter - Apple blueberry compote

Appetizer / Finger Foods: Celery Root, sweet potato, quinoa crumble from Cannelle & Vanille's cookbook, Small Plates and Sweet Treats
Main course: Soft boiled egg

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  1. Oh, I love lists like these! So much inspiration! Thanks, Helene!

    1. Hi Shanna! Thank you for that amazing carrot risotto! Many of your recipes are family favorites, it was a tossup between the tomato jam and caramelized apples and onions :-)

  2. Oh my gosh, I'm honored to be included on your list.. thank you! And like you, I love lists...and I'm off to check out some of those links :) Happy New Year!

    1. Thank YOU Heather, I made a few times, it was delicious every time. Happy new year to you, thanks for coming by!

  3. Happy New Year Helene! I'm always amazed how organized your life is... I need to learn a trick from you. Like tonight I have no idea what I'm going to make...I just pick up my son and have to do homework now...and still have no dinner plan. Do you allocate some time on Sunday? But then you need a grocery shopping for a whole week's recipes too. I don't know how you do it. It will be fun to read if you can write about it. Thank you for including my pork belly recipe!

    1. Thanks Nami, happy new year to you! I really don't feel that organized! And I couldn't pull this off without help either, from my husband and/or my mother. Making meal plans has really saved me though, I'm so glad I started doing it. I do take an hour or so on Sundays to put it together, from cookbooks, blogs, pinterest pins. That way I can make sure there's good variety. I shop 2 or 3 times a week to get as much fresh things as possible... But I don't have homework to deal with yet! We'll see when that happens! :-)

  4. I mostly just want to come to your house for lunch or dinner, either one. I will bring the wine :)

  5. i've just stumbled onto your blog recently and I LOVE it. Marvelous list of recipes to try!

    1. Hi Jenny, and welcome! Thanks so much for the kind words :-)


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