Sunday, February 28, 2010

Pudding Diplomate, Crème Anglaise (Ladyfinger Pudding with Crème Anglaise)

Books have been written about the humble Bread Pudding. In fact, I have one called New-Fangled, Old Fashioned Bread Puddings.

What was originally a simple English Bread Pudding can now be found at almost every bakery in Paris. Le Cordon Bleu, however, takes Bread Pudding to a whole new level – using ladyfingers in place of bread and adding candied fruits and raisins to take it beyond the ordinary. Not to mention the Kirsch. The humble bread pudding is transformed to a posh and classy dessert!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Bubble Tea Remix

There has been much buzz recently about the health benefits that come from drinking green tea. David Sandoval, who wrote The Green Foods Bible, says that whenever he does radio call-in shows or speaks at conferences, he inevitably gets asked a lot of questions about green tea.

Green tea comes from the same source as ordinary black tea, but is different in that its leaves are either steamed or pan-fried rather than fermented. It contains less caffeine than black tea and also some vitamins, minerals and powerful antioxidants known as polyphenois.

Green tea is touted as being a great addition to any diet but is especially powerful in warding against cardiovascular disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. It is even credited with breaking down fat and thus assisting with weight loss.

So how much of this wonder tea should one drink per day? Some say from two to 10 cups per day with most studies saying that five or more cups a day will achieve the greatest benefit.

It occurred to me that one good way to consume more green tea is to drink at least some of it in Bubble Tea. Therefore, for your health benefit, I am re-posting this Bubble Tea article!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Strawberry Sorbet

Sorbet is easy to make, as long as you have a Cuisinart ICE-50BCC Supreme Commercial Quality Ice Cream Maker! Although it makes ice creams and sorbets LOUDLY, it's worth the price of the appliance since you don't have to think ahead to freeze a canister. It comes with its own compressor, so you just have to plug it in and use.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Génoise with Chantilly Cream and Strawberries—Perfect for Valentine's Day

Here's the thing. I'm ready to leave white pepper and chicken liver behind for a bit and pull out the sugar, so I'm starting to work through some of the lessons in Basic Pastry. The first class is all about Les Biscuits (Cakes).

What is Génoise
Génoise (pronounced JenWAHZ) is a delicate, Italian sponge cake named after the city of Genoa, a coastal city in northern Italy.