Cheese Party

Recipe: Slow-roasted Tomato and Gruyère Tart     There is scarcely anything more comforting, in my opinion, than a great big quiche with crispy pastry and a super-cheesy filling. This tart, however, with its slow roasted tomatoes and black olives, lets me pretend i’m actualy a grown up while stuffing my face with cheese goo….

Green is Good!

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…

Daring Bakers Challenge April 2010: Traditional British Pudding

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…

Rhubarb and Custard reunited

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….

Feeling nostalgic for your childhood in France?

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…

A Match Made in Heaven

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…

Daring Bakers Challenge March 2010: Orange Tian

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…

Brunch time

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…

Some sea bass… and an apology

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…

Summer-in-winter Tomato Tarte Tatin

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…

Daring Bakers Challenge February 2010: Heaven on a Dessert Plate!

Recipe: Tiramisu             The February 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Aparna of My Diverse Kitchen and Deeba of Passionate About Baking. They chose Tiramisu as the challenge for the month. Their challenge recipe is based on recipes from The Washington Post, Cordon Bleu at Home and Baking Obsession….

Burger Night

Here in the Chez Luce household we take our burgers very seriously. There are no half-measures when it comes to burger night.   I would like to share with you today our painstakingly tested formula for American-style beef burgers, with all the trimmings including home made barbecue sauce and banana milkshakes!   So these are…