Chez Luce

Kitchen adventures on Wandsworth Common

Green is Good! April 29, 2010

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Recipe: Green Pancakes with lime butter


Waiting for post to be delivered is so infuriating, don’t you think?


After scraping together the funds to treat myself to a new cookbook, this time the much-awaited Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi, I happily placed my order online. It was only then I realised that I don’t want to wait 3-5 business days! I want to start cooking now!


In the meantime, I am being placated by the extract of the book published in the Guardian a couple of weeks ago, which includes some beautiful looking recipes. The one that caught my eye the most was a brunch recipe (yes, i’m a sucker for anything remotely brunch-y…) of light tender pancakes flavoured with fresh spinach, spring onion, chilli and a zingy and aromatic lime butter. What’s not to like?


Served with grilled halloumi and wild rocket, this dish really surpassed my (high) expectations and I am even more hungry for my parcel to come!




Daring Bakers Challenge April 2010: Traditional British Pudding April 27, 2010

Recipe: Sussex Pond Pudding






The April 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Esther of The Lilac Kitchen. She challenged everyone to make a traditional British pudding using, if possible, a very traditional British ingredient: suet.


My previous forays into the world of suet have been entirely casserole-and-dumpling-based, so it was interesting to try something new and use suet in a dessert. It was a shame though, as we have been having unseasonable warm and sunny weather in England, that the challenge wasn’t to make something a little lighter!


I decided to go for a Sussex Pond Pudding, as I do like citrus desserts, and got the recipe from good old Delia. Can’t really go wrong with that…


The little brown bits, which you can see in the suet crust, are pieces of grain from the only bread I had left!


The pudding tasted good, if a little heavy for the beautiful sunny day we were having. Thanks for the challenge, Esther!




Rhubarb and Custard reunited April 11, 2010

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Recipe: Melting Moments


You may remember some time ago I made some rhubarb sorbet to celebrate valentine’s day. Well, the poor sorbet has been dwindling away since then, and although it has been served with a few desserts, including one of it’s very best friends panna cotta, it refused to give up the ghost. Until now, that is.

Rhubarb has been reunited with it’s oldest friend, custard, in these beautiful buttery melting moments.

The custard gives the biscuits a lovely sunny yellow colour, and they literally melt in the mouth. Rather unfortunately for our arteries, the two of us managed to finish the batch of melting moments, together with all the remaining rhubarb sorbet, within one day. And if that isn’t recommendation enough, I don’t know what is.




Feeling nostalgic for your childhood in France? April 7, 2010

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Recipe: Apple Tart ‘Maman Blanc’




…no, me either. But this tart sure looked lovely when I saw Raymond Blanc making it on his most recent series, ‘Raymond Blanc’s Kitchen Secrets.’

What I enjoy most about this programme, yeah, maybe even more than the presence of desserts served in their own edible chocolate or praline bowls, is the top-notch glowering of Raymond’s world-weary assistant, Adam. He seriously looks like every time he is asked to plug something in, or to get a bigger whisk, he is quietly plotting Monsieur Blanc’s demise. I just hopes he reaches breaking point when the cameras are still rolling.

Anyway, schadenfreude aside, this tart is delicious! As made by the famous Maman Blanc, the pastry is beautifully crisp and the apples soft and buttery. A welcome departure from our usual tarte tatin. Give it a try!




A Match Made in Heaven April 1, 2010

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Recipe: Pear and Dolcelatte Tart





If pears and blue cheese were people, they would be those guys that seem to have nothing in common but get on like a house on fire. An unlikely friendship, but as they say, opposites attract, and the salty sharp cheese and the juicy fragrant pear is a winning combination. Add some thyme, honey, pine nuts and pastry in the mix and you’ve got a winning team!


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