Lemon & Brown Butter Madeleines

Lemon & Brown Butter Madeleines

When I think of French pastries there are a few that come to mind like financiers, macarons, croissants and off course madeleines. This is what kids eat after school for their "goûter" or tea-time treat. You can find infinite versions; they sell them at the supermarket (you can find many different brands), you can buy them at many boulangeries and there are even some stores in Paris that specialize in Madeleines. One in rue de Martyres that exclusively makes this delicious treat (Mesdemoiselles Madeleines) and a patisserie in Montmartre (La pâtisserie Gilles Marchal) that has a big variety of madeleines amongst their pastries. I tried the caramel version there and it was to die for! If you are ever in that area... Just saying!
And finally you can make these spongy, buttery treats at home. In my opinion the better option. On one hand your kitchen will smell so good you’re going to want to sleep in it, and on the other hand freshly baked madeleines have no contender. Eating them warm minutes after they’ve been baked is the best time to have these. Trust me!
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Crème Caramel

Crème Caramel

I spent the holiday season in Buenos Aires, where I come from. And I think all we did was eat. Because over there everything is organized around food. You get together with friends and family either to have breakfast, lunch, tea (we do this a lot, it’s kind of big deal), aperitif or dinner. Take your pick.
We take food seriously down there. In my family it’s a very serious matter. Usually we make enough food to feed an army, because nothing worse than not having enough to feed your guests!!
My grandamother invited us over lunch and I knew I should maybe skip breakfast. There was Manena (my grandma), me and my boyfriend. Only three. And you can’t imagine all the food there was!! And the best part was the Crème Caramel we had for dessert, or as we call it in Argentina "El Flan" that was accompanied by a small scoop of dulce de leche! The one you can see in the picture below is the one we had that day!
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Blood Orange Marmalade

Blood Orange Marmalade

Funny thing: the first time I saw a blood orange was 2 years ago when I was interning at a restaurant in Paris. I had to press around 100 citruses amongst which I found some blood oranges. I must confess that the I first though that I had blown one of my first assignments... But I hadn’t. Lucky me. So that was the beginning of my romance with this delicious citrus.
I went to the market last week and saw blood oranges. Oh oh oh. I love blood oranges, their color for one thing is absolutely beautiful. And the taste. They are not with us for long so I knew I had to make the most of them.
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