Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Toulousains' Paradise

This is a Marche Victor Hugo, a market in Toulouse, France. This is a paradise for all chefs and food lovers. Fromage, Jambon, saucisson, fresh foie gras, fresh seafood(including huge scallops), french pastries and espresso can be found here. YES!

A fromagerie. All kinds of French cheese are available here. The variety here is more than regular french supermarket. Shopping here is very fun as free samples are always drawing the crowds.

French Pastries. My favourite is Opera. It contains a crispy biscuit at the bottom, 3 layers of cream(Chocolate, Coffee and Butter), alternating with cream and genoise. It is finally topped with a dark chocolate ganache and some gold dust.

Handmade Chocolate by a Chocolatier. A lot of times, a patissier is also a chocolatier. So it won't be a surprise to see a impressive number of pastries and cakes as well as fine chocolates in a same store.

Makrout aux dates, a Tunisian delight made with semolina, butter and dates dipped in honey. It's my family favourite.

Tender and Juicy Lamb with Pan-Seared Foie Gras with crispy potatoes and steamed carrots. A plate I ordered in a restaurant that served only lamb. (outside Marche Victor Hugo, France)

Minty Cucumber Yoghurt Dip for Summer!!

This is my favourite dip. It is not only refreshing, it simply goes well with anything. Anything: Oven-Roasted Garlic Potatoes with Parsley, Taboule, Chinese Fried Rice, etc.

Minty Cucumber Yoghurt Dip:

Ingredients

  • 1 Cucumber
  • 2- cups of low-fat plain yoghurt
  • 10 leaves of fresh mint
  • salt & pepper
  • a sprig of mint for decoration
  1. Peel the cucumber and slice it lengthwise into 8 strips. Remove
    seeds. Sprinkle some salt all over the cucumber and leave it on a
    colander for 15 mins. Then Rinse the cucumber and dry it with paper towels. Chop the cucumber into tiny pieces.
  2. Chop the mint
  3. Mix mint, cucumber and yoghurt together. Season with salt and pepper. Decorate it with mint. Serve cold only.