Addicted to Lofbergs Lila coffee

I have no idea why I have this obsession with Sweden. I have never been but I guess Ingmar Bergman sold me on Sweden’s atmosphere and colors with one of my favorite movies Fanny & Alexander. Another of my favorite movies is Babeth’s Feast which happens to be in Denmark… go figure! There is a great Swedish coffee shop close to my office called Fika . They have great food and the most amazing coffee. Lofsbergs Lila is the brand and as they sometimes run out of the ground coffee I buy for home, I have found this place online where you can order it. What is so special about this coffee.The flavor of the Arabicas. There is something unique they do when they roast it. Dark roast is better.

Published in: on December 26, 2009 at 2:13 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Nespresso Chestnut Cream

Joyeux Noel. I am about to start cooking a Capon and will put up the recipe tomorrow. In the meanwhile to all the chestnut fans who have connected to my blog, make sure you run to get the seasonal chestnut cream pods from Nespresso . The flavor is amazing and calorie free.

Published in: on December 25, 2009 at 1:20 pm  Comments (1)  
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Top 9 best French chestnut desserts. Ode a la chataigne.

Well I do love chocolate and coffee too but I have a soft spot for chestnuts dating back from my childhood. Chestnut translates to chata^igne or marron. I spent all my summers with my grandmother Paulette in Brive la Gaillarde in Correze. Basically in the South center of France where winters can be very cold and nutritious food such as nuts are a staple in local recipes. I like plain roasted chestnuts but it is the sugary version that has become comfort food for me. It can add up in calories so I am making low calories version with Splenda but here are my favorite French desserts with chestnut.

1. Chesnut spread

Chestnut, vanilla and sugar mashed together. Some people use it as jam, I think it works straight from the spoon (like Nutella) or mixed in with plain yogurt.

chestnut spread

2. The legendary marron glace

Very expensive because the cooking process is very long and difficult. It is presented in individual gold wrappers as they are very fragile. They have always been a little too sweet for me.

marrons glaces

3- Macaron a la chataigne

A rare and seasonal offer from Laduree. Chestnuts with almond paste! Waowwww!

macarons a la chataigne

4- Mont Blanc

The white part can be yogurt or at Angelina salon de the in Paris a mix of meringue and whipped cream.

mont blanc Angelina

5- Chestnut Ice Cream

Also rare and hard to find but sooo tasty

chestnut ice cream

6/ Maron Suis’

A chestnut mousse dessert that can be found in most supermarkets in France. Amazing and cheap 🙂

maron sui's



7/ La buche a la chataigne

The traditional French Xmas dessert (the Xmas log) can be made with chestnuts . Either in a frozen version with vanilla and pear. Or with chocolate in the more traditional way (with biscuit and butter). Lenotre has announced the release for this Xmas of a Buche designed with Kenzo with chestnut and green tea!!! Hope I will be in Paris to taste it.

Buche Lenotre Kenzo



8/ La barquette aux marrons

In the shape of a boat this almond, chestnut and chocolate dessert can be found in some patisseries.It is very dense and full of flavors.

barquette aux marrons

9/ La charlotte aux marrons

A chestnut mousse surrounded by wafers with a chocolate frosting. Lenotre made one that I was praying to get as my birthday cake.I think it was called la Chataigneraie.

chataignes

What can I say? I am a BIG fan.

Could Magnolia Bakery open in Paris?

Cupcakes have actually kind of made it to Paris or so I heard. However the recipes have been adapted to the French palate. What’s wrong with a good old Vanilla buttercream cupcake? Are the French just haughty and jealous? I eat my fair share of cupcakes as comfort food.

Magnolia Bakery chocolate cupcakes

Magnolia Bakery chocolate cupcakes

However I do think that the balance in taste is off and makes you very quickly unwell. Too much sugar too much butter. I do it, and have seen other people do it too –  remove part of the frosting. Going back to Magnolia Bakery , I have tasted other brownies and cakes and they have similar flaws. Too much of each ingredient not allowing you to taste any flavors. Except one, the god sent Banana Pudding.

Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding

Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding

OMG! Heaven on earth. Not to0 sweet , great flavor, great light texture… It tastes French! I ate the whole pot in a couple of minutes, my cat had to lick the box and I feel fine. I do thing that Magnolia bakery could open in the heart of touristy Paris and make cupcakes in. They would probably have to go a little easier on the frosting and work on more subtle flavors.

Banana Pudding Magnolia Bakery Feline Tasting

Banana Pudding Magnolia Bakery Feline Tasting

Published in: on October 24, 2009 at 10:56 pm  Comments (2)  
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