Salut tout le monde, I mentioned that the French in general eat more simply and definitely more seasonally than I ate back in the UK.
Starters and desserts are often simple and vegetable/salad or fruit based .
YES we do have wonderful patisseries, but for me these are for special occasions only.
I do make very good tarts though and some delicious chocolate desserts which will be coming up very soon, in fact I plan to ask you to make both my French and English signature chocolate puddings and ask you to vote for your favorite……….
But oranges are something that I never considered as a dessert unless just eaten as they come.
Here however I often serve oranges sliced and drizzled with a dressing made from Olive oil with madarin and apple vinaigre, both bought from the wonderful ‘Oliviers and Co.’ (available only in France I think – sorry guys, you will have to improvise with a good not to strongly flavoured olive oil and a touch of cider vinegar) and sprinkled with flaked almonds and slivers of crystalised ginger.
Serve with again a good dollop of crème fraiche and sprinkled with cinnamon. A simple delicious, healthy way to end a meal!
This dish originates from North Africa, many North African dishes, such as tagines, (I have at least two tagines in the pipeline) have been adopted into French cuisine, the same way that Indian cuisine and curries have been adopted by the British.
At the moment we are approaching the end of the oranges, apple and pears. But the pineapples have just begun to appear, so all is not lost!
Apples are still good to remove the core and bake in the oven stuffed with raisons, drizzled with runny honey and served with crème fraiche sprinkled with cinnamon.
Pears of course are great simmered in a syrup of red wine and raw cane sugar until the pears are soft and the syrup gooey, and again served with a good dollop of crème fraiche, I like to sprinkle some flaked almonds over the top just before serving.
(SPOILER ALERT – my fab pear and chocolate tart recipe will be appearing very soon, so keep following, you do not want to miss this…….)