Recipe from: The Taste of the French Caribbean

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The Taste of the French Caribbean

by

Chef Denis

Stir up an authentic taste of the Caribbean at home with Chef Denis Rosembert’s first ever cookbook. The St Lucia born restauranteur lovingly curates his favourite dishes — from delicious jerk chicken to spicy mutton curry and sweet golden apple cake — for you to recreate, bringing the unique flavours and exotic aromas of the island — renowned for its seafood and exquisite chocolates — vividly to life in your own kitchen.

At his much-loved restaurant Chez Denis in Norwich, England, Denis Rosembert blends the eclectic cuisines of Africa, Europe and Eastern India that combine to make St Lucian food so rich and so special. His colourful, infectious, easy-to-follow recipes are the ultimate celebration of island life, food and drink and entertaining and will soon have you inviting friends and family round to experience your own taste of the Caribbean.

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About Chef Denis

Denis Rosembert was born on the island of St.Lucia where he started training to be a chef in 1973. After a couple of years he was invited to England to continue his training. Since then Denis has worked in various hotels and restaurants across Britain and America in the role of Commis, Sous and finally Head Chef. In 1989 he moved to Norwich, where after a brief stint working for the Sports Village, he finally realised his dream and opened his own restaurant Chez Denis.

Website – http://www.chezdenis.co.uk/

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RECIPE
by CHEF DENIS

Stuffed Aubergine

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Ingredients

2 large aubergines

2 tbsp oil

1 small onion

1carrot

1 parsnip

1 small leek

  • stick celery

1/2 tsp mixed herbs

  • cloves of garlic

150g haricot beans (cook day before)

100g bread crumbs

100g plain flour or gluten free

2 eggs

150ml milk

1tsp mustard

500ml vegetable oil

Creole tomato sauce

SERVES 4

  1. Cut the aubergine into 20mm thick slices. Remove the flesh in the centre of the aubergine wheel by cutting 15mm away from the skin. Keep the flesh for the stuffing.
  2. Dice all the vegetables and sweat with the inside of the aubergine in vegetable oil with the herbs until they are soft. Remove from the heat and let the mixture cool.
  3. Add the cooked haricot beans to the vegetables.
  4. Mince the cooked vegetables and haricot beans, then add bread crumbs to bind the mixture together. Salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Stuff the aubergine wheels with the vegetable mixture, then place the wheels on a tray. Make sure the stuffing stays in the aubergine wheels.
  6. Break 2 eggs in a bowl add milk and mustard, whisk together.
  7. Dust the wheels with flour, put the wheels into the egg wash and then put the wheels in bread crumbs, making sure the aubergine wheels are coated.
  8. Place the aubergine on a baking tray with some bread crumbs on the tray.
  9. Cover the wheels with cling film, put in the freezer until frozen.
  10. Remove from the freezer and place each wheel in a hot fryer until it looks golden brown.
  11. Place the wheels in the oven at 200 degrees for 15 minutes.Serve with Creole tomato sauce

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From Absinthe to Zest: Book review. I love France #59

I LOVE FRANCE!

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From Absinthe to Zest:

An Alphabet for Food Lovers

by

Alexandre DUMAS

33 pages

Published in 2011 by Penguin Classics
From work originally published in 1873

From Absinthe to Zest

This book counts for the following Reading Challenges:

               Books on France Paris in July 2013   

 

MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK

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The publication last year of The Black Count reacquainted with the fabulous author of The Count of Monte Cristo. What was then my surprise and joy when stumbling on this little book by Alexandre Dumas: From Absinthe To Zest. I had no idea he had ever published un grand dictionnaire de cuisine. As I can’t have access to it here, it was delightful to read at least some samples of it in this short volume.

As you can see through the few excerpts I list here below, it is a real gem, combining recipes of the time with great humor and little anecdotes related to the ingredient Dumas describes. Good food and good writing, what else would you want?

WHAT IS IT ABOUT

 As well as being the author of The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas was also an enthusiastic gourmand and expert cook. His Grand Dictionnaire de Cuisine, published in 1873, is an encyclopedic collection of ingredients, recipes and anecdotes, from Absinthe to Zest via cake, frogs’ legs, oysters, Roquefort and vanilla. Included here are recipes for bamboo pickle and strawberry omelette, advice on cooking all manner of beast from bear to kangaroo, all brought together in a witty and gloriously eccentric culinary compendium.This edition is part of the Great Food series designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith. [Goodreads]

EXCERPTS

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Alexandre Dumas

Alexandre Dumas, père (French for “father”, akin to Senior in English), (July 24, 1802 – December 5, 1870) born Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie, was a French writer, best known for his numerous historical novels of high adventure which have made him one of the most widely read French authors in the world. Many of his novels, including The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers, The Man in the Iron Mask, and The Vicomte de Bragelonne were serialized. Dumas also wrote plays and magazine articles, and was a prolific correspondent. [Goodreads]
Here is a great website with tons of things on him, both in French and English.

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Foodies Read 2 Reading Challenge

Well, as I already have a couple of books related to that theme on my TBR for 2012, I joined this challenge as well!!

I am aiming at this level:  Short-Order Cook: 1 to 3 books, with these possible titles:

1. BALZAC’S OMELETTE: A Delicious Tour of French Food and Culture With Honoré de Balzac

2. Paris, My Sweet: A Year in The City of Light (and Dark Chocolate), by Amy Thomas

3. Adam Gopnik,  The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food

I only managed to read 1!

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