Chez Luce

Kitchen adventures on Wandsworth Common

Daring Bakers Challenge March 2010: Orange Tian March 27, 2010

Recipe: Orange Tian






The 2010 March Daring Baker’s challenge was hosted by Jennifer of Chocolate Shavings. She chose Orange Tian as the challenge for this month, a dessert based on a recipe from Alain Ducasse’s Cooking School in Paris.


Once again, this was not a dessert I had come across before, but had so much fun coming up with possible flavour combinations! For the uninitiated, here is Jennifer’s description of a Tian…


“The dessert is made of different layers: a pate sablée with orange marmalade, a flavoured whipped cream topped with fresh orange segments and served with a caramel and orange sauce.”


…which pretty much sums it up. The dessert is a beautifully light and refreshing with all its orangeyness, however the buttery pastry disc and whipped cream mean it’s an indulgent pud as well. I loved the tian, and would definitely make them for a smart dinner party. I didn’t make marmalade from scratch, as I still have loads left from when I made a batch earlier this year (you can see how I did it here).




Brunch time March 21, 2010

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Recipe: Chilli Cheese Scones


I was going to make Joy the Baker’s carrot cake pancakes for this sunday brunch, but for once I felt like I couldnt handle what was essentially a dessert before lunch time. A rarity, I know.  Instead, I had the ingredients kicking around for some simple scones, which when eaten fresh from the oven (just cool enough to handle) are so comforting and were just what I fancied.


It’s kind of a sunny day today, like spring is finally on its way, and the radishes and beets have just started sprouting in our little window-box garden. It’s making me long for summer, when we can crank up the Paul Simon’s Graceland (best. summer cd. ever.) and go strawberry picking at the crack of dawn…


But, in the meantime, the sunny flavours of chilli, spring onion and cayenne pepper will keep me smiling.





Some sea bass… and an apology March 15, 2010

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Recipe: Roasted slashed fillet of sea bass stuffed with herbs, baked on mushrooms and potatoes with salsa verde


Somehow, a couple of days has turned into a couple of weeks without me noticing.


Sorry about that, blog.


I have been a little preoccupied, I guess.


Hope you didn’t miss me too much.


Look – I brought you a recipe, from Jamie Oliver when he wasn’t trying to get political, when he just cooked nice things.


I hope you like it…




Summer-in-winter Tomato Tarte Tatin March 1, 2010

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I don’t know about where you are, but here in England it feels like the winter is never going to end. It has been grey, drab and rainy for what seems like forever, so I felt something summery was needed to lift our moods a little.


I am aware that the tomatoes around at the moment are a bit a lot on the watery side, but 2 hours of low roasting really concentrates the flavour and gives a little taste of sunshine!



I decided to try this recipe initially because I had some tarragon left over from another dish and the flavour combination sounded interesting. I can safely say that it was delicious, and I am looking forward to making this when the summer (eventually) rolls around again…