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Cordon Bleu

21 Jan

Last week I was watching the movie Julie & Julia with Amy Adams and Meryl Streep. The movie is about a woman who thinks she needs a new goal in life next to her boring job at an insurance company. She decides that she is going to write a blog about making the 524 recipes of Julia Child’s book “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” in one year. I loved the movie because it resembles my passion for cooking and writing a blog about it! In the movie, Julia Child, the wife of Paul Child who worked for the United Stated Information Agency in Paris, needs to find a new hobby, because she needs something to do in the city she loves, Paris. She starts with going to a hat-making club, but decides that a cooking club is more convenient. The name of the school where she goes to, is “Le Cordon Bleu” and that was my cue for this new recipe. I have never made Cordon Bleus myself. I always buy them in the store and then think they are okay. However, I started to think that making them yourself must be a boost for the taste, and god I was right! You can read the recipe below.


400 g. of pork meat (1,5 cm thick), 2 slices of cooked ham, 2 slices of young cheese, 1 egg, 25 g. of flower, 25 g. of breadcrumbs, salt and pepper, butter or olive oil.


Preheat the oven on 180 degrees. Add the flower, breadcrumbs and the egg in three low bowls. Take the pork meat and make sure they are 1,5 cm thick. If not, take a wine bottle or rolling pin and roll the meat until it’s more thin. Take two slices of meat that are of the same size (or cut them until they are) and put cheese and ham between the slices. Do this until all of the meat is used. Take the packages and roll them gently through the egg, flower and then breadcrumbs. Heat up a pan and use some butter or olive oil. Take the Cordon Bleus and bake them until they get brown along both sides. Then, put the Cordon Bleus to the heated oven for about 8 minutes. Then you are done! Buon appetito!

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French tarte tatin with shallots

18 Dec

Yesterday I made this great recipe that I would not want you guys to miss out on! Imagine a a Parisian bistro on a dark winter evening in Saint-Germain-Des-Prais and while you have dinner, you gush about the fantastic paintings of Edgar Degas you saw in Musee D’Orsay earlier. God, I love Paris!

I thought this recipe was quite easy to make because you only need to cut peel the shallots and cut the brie. So maybe this is also an idea for a night during the week? Just read the recipe and find out yourself!


50 g. of cane sugar, 150 ml. of red wine (merlot for instance), 5 slices of puff pastry, 500 g. of shallots, 1 egg, 150 g of (mixed) lettuce, 150 g of french cheese (I chose Brie, but you can also choose soft goat cheese or Port Salut), 100 g. of walnuts, 4 tablespoons of olive oil. You also need a closed cake pan of 24-26 cm. with a minimum side of 3-4 cm.


Put the sugar and the wine in a pan and let it cook on low fire until it becomes a syrup. This takes a while! Preheat the oven on 200 degrees. Peel the shallots and cut them in half in the length. When the syrup is ready, take it off the fire and pour it in the cake pan. Rotate the pan until every part of the bottom is covered in syrup. Press the shallots into the syrup and cover the whole bottom. You need to do this nicely, because you will turn the tarte upside down when it’s ready!

When the whole pan is covered, spread the puff pastry onto the shallots and cover the whole tarte. Smear the egg onto the puff pastry and pick with a fork some wholes in the tarte. Put the tarte in the oven for 25 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the salad with the lettuce, cut Brie parts and walnuts. Season it with salt and pepper and use 4 tablespoons of olive oil.

Buon appetit!

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