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Soupe à l’oignon gratinée (French Onion Soup)

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Soupe à l’oignon gratinée (French Onion Soup)

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Onion soup is a vegetable soup made of sauteed onions and stock. Onion soup was traditionally served in poorer households and lower-class restaurants.
Onion soup is, and was, found in many countries, prepared in many different variations. What all recipes have in common are the onions and stock. From there on, anything goes……….:
Added red or white wine, beer, egg yolk, flour, cream, cheese, herbs, bread, vinegar, sugar, caramelized onions, sauteed but kept-white onions, puréed onions, sliced onion, diced onions, shallots, sausages, sherry, carrots, and probably another thousand different additions, depending on where in the world you encounter your onion soup.
Names/variations include “Pfälzer Zwiebelsuppe”, “Soupe Soubise”, “Schwaebische Zwiebelsuppe”, “Cipollata”,  “Cherbah”, and countless more.
And then, of course, there is the queen of all onion soups! –
Known and loved most everywhere in the world, it is “French Onion Soup” (Soupe à l’oignon / Soupe d’oignons aux Halles/ Soupe à l’oignon gratinée)
What makes this variation so special is the addition of bread and gruyere to the top of the onion soup, then it get’s some time in the oven or under the broiler until the top is a bubbly, fragrant, addictive, gooey mass of melted bread and cheese.
Each heavenly spoonful should contain some of the bread and cheese, some soup, and some onions.
Voilà, now you know why “French Onion Soup” is the best onion soup in the world 🙂
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Soupe à l’oignon gratinée (French Onion Soup)

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Soupe à l’oignon gratinée (French Onion Soup)

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Soupe à l’oignon gratinée (French Onion Soup)

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Soupe à l’oignon gratinée (French Onion Soup)

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Preparation :
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NOT !!! The Prettiest Dish Of The Day –

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– but  without a doubt one of the tastiest dishes of the day 🙂
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Serrano-Ham And Brie-Cheese Bread

Serrano-Ham And Brie-Cheese Bread

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Today I set out to prepare a pizza for dinner, the way I love it with very little cheese and just a bit of tomato. Then I came across this jamon serrano and brie cheese in my fridge and I thought, maybe a calzone? But I am not really a fan of the texture of a calzone, so I tried something new by mixing all the garnish into the dough before rolling it out. The result was THE BEST ….. whatever it was – Pizza? Bread? Pie? or whatever name one deems most appropriate (bread, probably?) for this sexy little thing.
At first, when I started to fold the garnish into the dough, it did not look and feel as if it would come together and I thought I just screwed it up – I should really have put it between two layers of dough (calzone style).
But after a bit of a push, it worked out just fine and although the final product would not win a beauty contest (this can easily be improved), the texture and taste were absolutely first-rate. Definitely a new standard in my ever-increasing repertoire of quirky dishes 🙂
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Pizza Dough Recipe:

Ingredients :

A/P flour,   2 cups (plus more for kneading)
Water,   3/4 cup, warm
Active dry yeast,   1 envelope
Sugar,   1 teaspoon
Olive oil,   3 table spoon
Kosher salt,

Method :

Pour water into small bowl, mix into the yeast. Let stand until yeast dissolves, about 5 minutes. Brush large bowl lightly with olive oil. Mix 2 cups flour, sugar, and salt. Add yeast mixture and 3 tablespoons oil, knead until dough forms a sticky ball. Transfer to lightly floured surface. Knead dough until smooth. Dust with flour as you work the dough. Transfer to prepared a bowl; turn dough in the bowl to coat with oil. Cover bowl with a moist towel. Let dough rise until doubled in volume.Punch down dough. Pull dough until desired thickness and shape is achieved. If this is too difficult, roll the dough with a rolling-pin. However, in my opinion, the pizza will turn out superior if the dough is pulled.
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Serrano-Ham And Brie-Cheese Bread

Serrano-Ham And Brie-Cheese Bread

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Serrano-Ham And Brie-Cheese Bread

Serrano-Ham And Brie-Cheese Bread

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Serrano-Ham And Brie-Cheese Bread

Serrano-Ham And Brie-Cheese Bread

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Preparation :
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Hans’ Wonder Bread – Best Bread Ever? Nope, But……

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Yesterday  afternoon I prepared some pizza for myself and had some leftover dough. Today I came home late and did not feel like cooking up a storm, so I made this stuffed bread for dinner. I guess I could call it a calzone?, but I am more comfortable with “Stuffed Yeast Bread”.
I ate the whole thing piping hot and I must say: Simply delicious 🙂

Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !

Pizza Dough Recipe

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Stuffed Yeast Bread

Stuffed Yeast Bread

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pizza dough, diced salame, spicy tomato salsa, gorgonzola, corn meal, red onion, olive oil, sage, rosemary, thyme, scallion

pizza dough, diced salame, spicy tomato salsa, gorgonzola, corn meal, red onion, olive oil, sage, rosemary, thyme, scallion

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roll dough, top with salame

roll dough, top with salame

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top with gorgonzola

top with gorgonzola

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top with spicy tomato salsa

top with spicy tomato salsa, thyme and sliced sage

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top with another sheet of dough. Coat finely sliced onions and chopped rosemary with generous amount of olive oil. Sprinkle over bread. Sprinkle with corn meal. Place on corn meal dusted baking pan. Cook at 375 F

top with another sheet of dough. Coat finely sliced onions and chopped rosemary with generous amount of olive oil. Sprinkle over bread. Sprinkle with corn meal. Place on corn meal dusted baking pan. Cook at 375 F. When done, sprinkle with scallions and chili flakes

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Stuffed Yeast Bread

Stuffed Yeast Bread

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Calzone

Calzone

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Stuffed Yeast Bread

Hans’ Wonder Bread

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Stuffed Yeast Bread

Stuffed Yeast Bread

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Mondongo A La Soupi (Ox Tripe & Chicken Gizzard My Way)

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If  this recipe does not make you like ox tripe and gizzard, nothing will do the trick. This is on my list for one of the ten dishes I don’t want to live without 🙂

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Mondongo A La Soupi

Mondongo A La Soupi

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Mondongo A La Soupi

Mondongo A La Soupi

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Canapés



Tv  snacks at 4.00 pm.
Seafood & artichoke – canapés, iced tea and “The Great Gatsby” on the screen.
Toasted bread, garlic & herb butter, “Iberia” octopus, “Iberia” marinated mussels,
“Vigo” artichokes, “Vigo anchovies with capers and “Beach Cliff” spicy sardines.
– Sometimes, a simple sandwich just won’t do 🙂

Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !

Canapés

Canapés



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Breakfast Of Champions # 24 – German Style Breakfast / Vesper

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8.30 am.  These goodies, a huge glass of iced milk and a movie ( Tampopo ). Good stuff 🙂
Happy fourth of July !

Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Breakfast Of Champions # 24 - German Style Breakfast : Boursin, Gorgonzola, Liver Pate, Asiago, Smoked Salmon, Vine Ripened Tomatoes, Capers, Bread.

Breakfast Of Champions # 24 – German Style Breakfast : Boursin, Gorgonzola, Liver Pate, Asiago, Smoked Salmon, Vine Ripened Tomatoes, Capers, Bread.

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” Bauern Vesper ” # 2

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Today  was a very lazy sunday for me, I did not even feel like cooking. So, instead of a hot meal, I had a simple  “Vesper”  of bread, horseradish, salame , brie and gorgonzola. Good stuff 🙂

Bon Appetit ! Life is Good !
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Bauern Vesper

Bauern Vesper

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Bauern Vesper

Bauern Vesper

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Bauern Vesper

Bauern Vesper

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Simple Cooking – Perfect Meal

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Sauteed cowboy steak medium rare. Spinach sauteed in duck fat with freshly grated horseradish, bacon, garlic and onion. Very thick cut slice of sourdough bread to soak up all the juices. Scotch bonnet & garlic compound butter to give it a bit of a kick.
Do I need to write more about this dish?
Hell no, just look at the pictures and start drooling 🙂

Recipe for Scotch Bonnet & Garlic Compound Butter

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Cowboy Steak, Spinach & Chili Butter

Cowboy Steak, Spinach & Chili Butter

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Breakfast Of Champions # 20 – Mascarpone And Banana Filled French Toast, Caramelized Pomello

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Usually,  sweet stuff for breakfast is not my thing, but today felt so different in many way’s that I thought what the heck! Why not try something different this morning. So I made this great breakfast of french toast with vanilla, cinnamon, sugar, banana and mascarpone, a bowl of strawberry yogurt, chilled chocolate milk, and a giant pomelo with caramelized sugar glaze. What a decadent, wonderful way to start the day 🙂
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Life is Good !   Happy Sunday Everyone ! .

Breakfast of Champions # 20

Breakfast of Champions # 20

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Mascarpone And Banana Filled French Toast, Caramelized Pomello, Strawberry Yogurt

Mascarpone And Banana Filled French Toast, Caramelized Pomello, Strawberry Yogurt

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Note :
You might have noticed in the pictures that contrary to standard procedure, I have not whisked the milk and eggs together but dipped the bread in the sugared and vanilla spiced milk first, then in the egg. This makes for a very different texture of the bread which is in my opinion superior to the traditional method. Just be careful not to soak the bread for too long in the milk or it will disintegrate 😦
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Saint Patrick’s Day “Breakfast Of Champions” # 19

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” Irish  soda bread with raisins & caraway seeds,
topped with corned beef, asparagus, tomato and brie”
Great breakfast in honor of St Patrick.
(The brie might not be Irish, but it lift’s this dish to another dimension 🙂

Erin Go Bragh !

Recipe for Irish soda bread HERE
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Saint Patrick's Day Breakfast Of Champions

Saint Patrick’s Day Breakfast Of Champions

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