Friday, October 31, 2014

HAZELNUT MERINGUE CLUSTERS & A GIVEAWAY + BOOK REVIEW: YUMMY SUPPER BY ERIN SCOTT - BISCUITS MERINGUÉS AUX NOISETTES & UN CONCOURS + UNE CHRONIQUE: YUMMY SUPPER PAR ERIN SCOTT


Picture by Erin Scott.

Yummy Supper -
100 Fresh, Luscious & Honest Recipes From A {Gluten-free} Omnivore.

I can't excatly recall when I discovered Yummy Supper, but one thing that I am totally sure of is that the day I first layed my eyes on this unique blog, I knew it was going to get a name sooner or later.

Yummy Supper has it all. The food is wholesome, mouthwatering, fabulous and beautifully staged, the photography is stunning and the site is graphically pleasing. Besides, the talented and charming lady behind it is a kind and enthiusiastic blogger who takes pleasure in interacting with her followers and who treasures what she does.

As my gut feeling is rarely misleading, Erin Scott has managed to capture public attention with her gorgeous award-winning blog and she has just released (on the 19th of August 2014) a magnificent publication of her own via Rodale Books.

True to her generous nature, Erin proposed to send me a copy of her cookbook. What an awesome surprise! Being a big admirer of her work, her alluring offer made me extremely happy and there was no way I was going to refuse it...


Yummy Supper - Erin Scott
Picture by Erin Scott.

Erin Scott is based in Berkeley, California where she lives with her husband and two children. This passionate advocate for food that is healthy, local and sustainable is highly influenced by her legendary neighbors Alice Waters and Michael Pollan, and her work has been featured in Kinfolk, The Huffinghton Post, Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, Food 52, Gourmet.com, Tastespotting, Foodgawker and Fine Cooking.

A voracious eater and home cook, Scott was devastated after she was diagnosed with celiac disease several years ago (her two kids also suffer from the same condition). But, as she is a fighter, instead of giving in and purchasing the easy and bland packaged gluten-free fares, she decided to take her situation in hand and stop aiming her attention on what she couldn't eat and instead, embraced all that she could eat. Her diagnosis was an impetus for her kitchen habits to become richer and more varied. The limitations of her diet forced her to use her creativity and expand her approach of nutrition. As a result of that, she teared out her lawn and transformed her tiny backyard into a lush organic garden.


Yummy Supper - Erin Scott 
          Picture by Erin Scott.
This book shows how to eat with intention - and reveal through simple, vibrant recipes that when you are attuned to freshness, flavor and seasonality, health is the natural outcome.
- Alice Waters
Erin's first cookbook is sublimely crafted, refreshing and offers covenient as well as family-friendly recipes that are original, genuine, soulful, delicious and which focus on seasonality and vibrant natural ingredients. Every dish that is presented in her 256 pages paperback is extremely appealing, colorful and full of oomph.

Organized into whimsical chapters ("Slurp", "Egg", "Veg", "Sea", "Butcher Shop", "Grain + Seed", "Nut", "Fruit", "Kid Favorites" and "Odds + Ends"), Yummy Supper transcends the gluten-free genre and will inspire you to cook real food and motivate you to extend your culinary repertoire.

This book is for conscious people who respect their bodies and the environment, but who also want to find comfort at the table and savor a soul-uplifting meal without restraining themselves or getting involved in overcomplicated culinary projects.


Yummy Supper - Erin Scott 
             Picture by Erin Scott.

I have really enjoyed going through the pages of this delightful cookbook as I can wholly relate to Erin's philosophy and lifestyle. Even if I am not celiac and I love to cook or bake with wheat (and related grains), I nonetheless try to nourish myself with as little gluten-based products as possible since I take my health seriously and aspire to stay slim. In addition, it is important for me to respect the seasons, feed mindfully, have environmentally friendly habits and serve food that is not only eye-catching, but also tasty, whole and lively. And of course, let's not forget to mention Erin's marvelous pictures which never fail to enlighten me and make me drool.

Choosing a recipe to share here with my readers wasn't an easy task (everything looks ever so good and enticing). As a matter of fact, I had to go through the book more than 6 times until I finally made up my mind. So, after a lot of debating, I have decided to prepare "Hazelnut Meringue Clusters".

Also known as "Brutti Ma Buoni" which literally translates as "ugly but good", these hazelnutty meringue bites are a classic Italian treat and despite their rustic looks (uneven shape and cratered surface), they taste absolutely divine and have a ton of personality.

This biscuit is definitely a keeper and so is Erin's recipe. Aside from needing more baking time (is it my oven?), my cookies turned out perfect. They were so exquisite that we could not stop digging into the metallic container for more!


Brutti Ma Buoni Cookies
Hazelnut Meringue Clusters (aka Brutti Ma Buoni)
Recipe by Erin Scott @ Yummy Supper (and slightly adapted by myself).

Ingredients:
1 Cup (120g) Raw Hazelnuts
1/2 Lemon
3 Egg whites, at room temperature
1/2 Cup (105g) Castor/superfine sugar
A pinch of fine sea salt
1 Tsp Pure vanilla extract

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 190°C (375° F). Line 2 baking sheets with parchement paper for baking the meringues later.
2. In a smalll, dry cast iron pan (I used a baking sheet), toast the hazelnuts in the oven for 7 to 10 minutes. Let the nuts cool, then rub off the skins using a clean kitchen towel. Coarsely crush the hazelnuts with a mortar and pestle, or use a heavy chef's knife. Set the nuts aside, and turn the oven to 180° C (350° F).


Egg On Pewter Plate
3. Get out a medium bowl and hand mixer, or a standing mixer with the whisk attachment (it is key to have your blowl and whisk completely grease-free in order to make successful meringues: rub the lemon half all around the inside of your mixing bowl and on the whisk attachment itself). Vigorously whisk the egg whites until soft peakes form. While the mixer is still running, gradually add the sugar, salt and vanilla. Continue high-speed whisking for a few more minutes, until the eggs have formed stiff peaks and become beautifully glossy. Gently fold in the crushed hazelnuts.
4. Scoop small mounds of batter onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 15 minutes (I baked mine for about 20-25 minutes), then turn off the oven and let the meringues continue to crisp in the warm oven for an hour or so.

Remarks:
Store the cookies in an airtight container to preserve crispness.

Serving Suggestions:
Serve with a cup of coffee or a glass of the alcohol of your choice (liquor or dessert wine).


Brutti Ma Buoni Cookies
Biscuits Meringués Aux Noisettes (ou Brutti Ma Buoni)
Recette par Erin Scott @ 
Yummy Supper (et légèrement adaptée par moi-même).
 

Ingrédients:
1 Tasse (120g) de Noisettes entières
1/2 Citron
3 Blancs d'oeufs, à température ambiante
1/2 Tasse (105g) de Sucre semoule
Une pincée de Sel de mer fin
1 CC d'Extrait de vanille pure

Méthode:
1. Préchauffer le four à 190° C. Tapisser 2 plaques à pâtisserie de papier sulfurisé.
2. Dans une petite poêle en fonte (j'ai utilisé une plaque à pâtisserie), torréfier les noisettes au four pendant 7 à 10 minutes. Les laissez refroidir, puis les frotter avec un torchon propre pour les monder. Dans un mortier, concasser grossièrement les noisettes (ou en utiliser un gros couteau). Mettre de côté et régler la température du four à 180° C.


Brutti Ma Buoni Cookies
3. Déposer les blancs d'oeufs dans le bol de votre robot de cuisine (pour réussir vos meringues, il est important que votre bol soit propre et exempt de graisse: frotter la moitié du citron à l'intérieur de votre bol et sur le fouet lui-même). Fouetter énergiquement les blancs d'oeufs jusqu'à formation de pics mous. Ajouter graduellement le sucre, le sel et la vanille. Continuer à fouetter à grande vitesse pendant quelques minutes, jusqu'à ce que les œufs forment de pics fermes et que la masse soit brillante. Incorporer délicatement les noisettes concassées.
4. Déposer des petits tas de meringue sur les plaques à pâtisserie. Faire cuire au four pendant 15 minutes (j'ai fait cuire mes biscuits pendant environ 20-25 minutes), puis éteindre le four et laisser les brutti ma buoni sécher dans le four chaud pendant une heure ou deux (celà les rendra croustillants).

Remarques:
Conserver les biscuits dans une boîte hermétique pour préserver leur croustillant.

Idées de Présentation:

Servir avec une tasse de café ou avec un verre d'alcool de votre choix (liqueur ou vin de dessert).


Brutti Ma Buoni Cookies
GIVEAWAY
One copy of “Yummy Supper”.

Rules and Entry Details
:
- You must leave a COMMENT in the comment section of this post (one entry per person).
- Winner will be chosen using the "hat method".
- Winner will be notified via email (please leave your e-mail adress if you don't have a blog).
- This giveaway is open WORLDWIDE.
- The contest closes on the 6th of November 2015 at 12pm CEST and will be announced on the 7th of November 2014.

Statement:

This giveaway is provided to you by
RODALE BOOKS.
Please note that I only promote things that stay true to my tastes, convictions and interests. The opinions expressed on Rosa's Yummy Yums are purely my own and based upon my personal impressions of the cookbook. I was given a copy of “Yummy Supper”, however I was not paid to publish a positive review.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

NATURE AND RAM SKULL STILL LIFES & A BLOGGING PAUSE...



Lately, I have been suffering from a serious burnout which has left me exhausted and dispirited. I feel completely drained and find no solace in the things I used to enjoy. As result, blogging has become a chore and photography a torture. Instead of being relaxing hobbies, those activities are causing me stress and I can't seem to be able to pull myself together...
You rest now. Rest for longer than you are used to resting. Make a stillness around you, a field of peace. Your best work, the best time of your life will grow out of this peace.
- Peter Heller, The Painter

Every person needs to take one day away.  A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future.  Jobs, family, employers, and friends can exist one day without any one of us, and if our egos permit us to confess, they could exist eternally in our absence.  Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for.  Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.
- Maya Angelou, Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now 
As I cannot continue in this way, I have decided to take a pause from in order to recharge my batteries, carelessly savour life, repossess my inner peace, pamper myself and unwind. So, Rosa's Yummy Yums will be on a two weeks hiatus (during this short period of time I'll also be less present online - Facebook, Twitter, Google +, etc...). But please don't worry, I will resume my activities on the 29th of October 2014...

Take care and see you soon!

Hermance - Flowers

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

BLACK AND WHITE WEDNESDAY #146 - RAM SKULL & EGG STILL LIFE

- Beginning & End -
So familiar are eggs to us, however, that in the eighteenth century they were referred to as cackling farts, on the basis that chickens cackled all the time and eggs came out of the back of them.
- Mark Forsyth, The Horologicon: A Day's Jaunt Through the Lost Words of the English Language
This picture was submitted to "Black & White Wednesday", an event created by Susan at "The Well-Seasoned Cook". This week it is hosted by Cinzia at "Cindystarblog" (click here in order to see who is hosting the next roundup).

Friday, October 3, 2014

A PHOTOGRAPHIC ESSAY - BOATS ON LAKE LÉMAN

Oh the brave Fisher's life, It is the best of any, 'Tis full of pleasure, void of strife, And 'tis belov'd of many: Other joys Are but toys; Only this Lawful is, For our skill Breeds no ill, But content and pleasure.
- Izaak Walton
Looking out over the lake, I felt enveloped in the most peaceful, loving utopia.
- Laurie Kahn

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

BLACK AND WHITE WEDNESDAY #145 - PRODUCE OF OUR TERROIR

- Luscious Grapes -
Grapes are the most noble and challenging of fruits.
Malcolm Dunn, Head Gardener to the 7th Viscount Powerscourt, c 1867 
This picture was submitted to "Black & White Wednesday", an event created by Susan at "The Well-Seasoned Cook". This week it is hosted by Cinzia at "Cindystarblog" (click here in order to see who is hosting the next roundup).

Friday, September 26, 2014

WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS...

Like a deer in the headlights, frozen in real time and I'm losing my mind, it's time to move on.
- Tom Petty
Sometimes when all else fails, breath in, breath out, brew a cuppa and let go. There's no need to torture yourself any longer as no positive outcome will be reached if you get worked up and stressed.

Unfortunately, that's easier said than done! Since I am an obstinately determined person, I have difficulties to call it quits and move on or press pause, and I generally obsessively continue trying to finish what I had started, although I am tense, flustered and in a murderous mood.

I guess it has to do with the fact that I hate to sit on things and leave unresolved problems clog my life as confusion and chaos make me depressed, anxious, irritable and fidgety. Nothing will calm me down and the only way to find peace is to rid myself of the cause of my troubles!

Speaking of issues, lately I have been going through a rough phase with my photography. Since I received a new and slightly more upmarket DSLR camera (no high-end camera though), my worries are endless. Nothing seems to go right anymore and picture shooting has become my nemesis - not that it wasn't already, but it has got even worse.

Every shot I take is unsatisfying and mediocre. This situation sickens me and makes me feel extremely frustrated, unsure, blocked and down. I know my equipment is ridiculously basic (one camera, one lens - 50mm - for food photography and a very outdated processing software, plus a balcony that serves as "studio") and I still have a lot to learn about this art, but I have the impression that the little "talent" I possessed is fading away and all I can produce now is bad.

Nowaydays, photoshoots are excruciatingly strainful, exhausting and I need to mentally prepare myself for days before I dare grab my camera again. Pleasure and playfulness have been replaced by self-doubt, desperation, pain and aversion. As a result, I no longer have fun while snapping pictures and on certain days I just want to throw away my Nikon, retire from blogging and dig a hole and hide in it.

The more nervous I am, the less I'll be capable of creating photos that make me happy and the more my inclination towards depression and disquietude will grow. A vicous circle.

Anyway, thankfully, I can still take refuge in another great artform: writing. To me, words are worth a thousand pictures and even if poignant images convey millions of emotions, the same can be said about an artfully written story...

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

BLACK AND WHITE WEDNESDAY #144 - HERMANCE FISHERMAN, GENEVA

- Fishing In Style -

This picture was submitted to "Black & White Wednesday", an event created by Susan at "The Well-Seasoned Cook". This week it is hosted by Simona at "Briciole" (click here in order to see who is hosting the next roundup).

Friday, September 19, 2014

A PHOTOGRAPHIC ESSAY - MY FAVORITE CYCLING SPOTS

Country things are the necessary root of our life - and that remains true even of a rootless and tragically urban civilization. To live permanently away from the country is a form of slow death.
- Esther Meynell
When I go out into the countryside and see the sun and the green and everything flowering, I say to myself Yes indeed, all that belongs to me!
- Henri Rousseau
I suppose the pleasure of country life lies really in the eternally renewed evidences of the determination to live.
- Vita Sackville-West, Country Notes

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

BLACK AND WHITE WEDNESDAY #143 - MY CLASSY ITALIAN WINE JUG PART II



- Decadently Stylish -

This picture was submitted to "Black & White Wednesday", an event created by Susan at "The Well-Seasoned Cook". This week it is hosted by Lynne at "Cafe Lynnylu" (click here in order to see who is hosting the next roundup).

Friday, September 12, 2014

SPICY MIDDLE EASTERN-STYLE CHICKPEA, BELL PEPPER, EGGPLANT, TOMATO AND TAHINI STEW (VEGETARIAN) - RAGOÛT MOYEN-ORIENTALISANT AUX LÉGUMES D'ÉTÉ, POIS CHICHES, ÉPICES ET AU TAHINI (VÉGÉTARIEN)


If you follow me via my Facebook page, you might be familiar with my daily " light & healthy supper" posts*. Well to make a long story short, I use this space to share with my fans the detailed desription of the humble, yet delicious, budget-friendly, wholesome and totally improvised meals I cook every evening.

Against all expectations, my quotidian dinner ramblings have become quite popular and a few of the people who enthusiastically read them have told me that I inspire them greatly. Many have even asked me whether I'd consider putting my recipes on the blog.
The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.
- Sylvia Plath
Of course I'd love to be one of those hyperactive bloggers who publishes on a day-to-day basis and always feels the urge to put pen to paper or grab his/her camera, but unfortunately that's not me. You see, I'm a self-doubting perfectionist who has anxiety issues and suffers from chronic bouts of depression, so unlike many creative souls, I generally cannot be put under any kind of pressure or else my inspiration and mojo disappear. Stress and mood swings kill me and tame my inner fire. As a matter of fact, I am only capable of producing quality material when that big black cloud has ceased to hover over my head and I start to regain my self-confidence as well as my serenity...

Anyway, I have nonetheless been able to quickly take pictures of one of my modest creations that I'm happy to present to you today. This summery "Spicy Middle Eastern-Style Chickpea, Bell Pepper, Eggplant, Tomato And Tahini Stew" is really flavorful. Not only is it pleasantly fragrant, but it is also hearty, seasonal, inexpensive and easy to put together.

Nothing artsy-fartsy here, just straight-forward vegetarian grub for foodlovers who care about their well-being, the environment and the state of their bank account without compromising on taste and quality.

* In case you absolutely don't know what I'm talking about, I invite you to visit my "fan page" by clicking on this link.

Spicy Middle Eastern-Style Chickpea, Bell Pepper, Eggplant, Tomato And Tahini Stew
Recipe by Rosa Mayland, September 2014.

Ingredients:
1 Tbs Olive oil
1 Onion, chopped
1 Cloves garlic, chopped
1 Red bell pepper, cubed
1 Eggplant, cubed
1/2 Tsp Ground cumin
1/4 Tsp Ground allspice
1/6 Ground black pepper
2 Tomatoes, chopped
1 Tsp Tomato paste
400g Cooked chickpeas
3 Tbs Tahini mixed with 5 Tbs Water
3 Tbs Yogurt
A few drops of red Tabasco
1/2 Tbs Fresh mint, chopped
Fine sea salt, to taste

Method:
1. Heat a frying pan over medium heat, add the olive oil and then the onion. Cook the onion until translucent.
2. Add the garlic and cook for 1/2 a minute.
3. Add the bell pepper and stir-fry for about 4 minutes, then add the eggplant and stir-fry for another 5 minutes.
4. Add the spices, quickly stir and add the tomatoes as well as the tomato paste. Cook for 10 minutes, until the juices of the tomato have evaporated.
5. Incorporate the chickpeas, the tahini sauce, the yogurt, the Tabasco and the mint. Cook for another minute.
6. Season with salt and serve.

Remarks:
The tomatoes should not have dissolved completely - pieces should remain.
If you find that the dish/sauce is too thick add a little water.
The mint can be replaced by fresh coriander (a handful).

Serving Suggestions:

Serve this dish alone, or with couscous or basmati rice.

Ragoût Moyen-Orientalisant Aux Légumes d'Été, Pois Chiches, Épices Et Au Tahini
Recette par Rosa Mayland, Septembre 2014.
 

Ingrédients:
1 CS d'Huile d'olive
1 Oignon, haché
1 Gousses d'ail, hachée
1 Poivron rouge, coupé en dés
1 Aubergine, coupée en dés
1/2 CC de Cumin en poudre
1/4 CC de Tout-épice (poivre de la Jamaïque) en poudre
1/6 de CC de Poivre noir fraîchement moulu
2 Tomates, hachées grossièrement
1 CC de Concentré de tomate
400g de Pois chiches cuits
3 CS de Tahini mélangé à 5 CS d'eau
3 CS de Yogourt
Quelques gouttes de Tabasco rouge
1/2 CS de Menthe fraîche, hachée
Sel de mer, selon goût


Méthode:
1. Faire chauffer une poêle à feu moyen, ajouter l'huile d'olive, puis l'oignon et faire cuire ce dernier jusqu'à ce qu'il soit translucide.
2. Ajouter l'ail et cuire pendant 1/2 d'une minute.
3. Ajouter le poivron et le faire sauter pendant environ 4 minutes, puis ajouter l'aubergine et continuer à faire sauter (en remuant régulièrement) pendant 5 minutes.
4. Ajouter les épices, remuer rapidement et ajouter les tomates ainsi que le concentré de tomate et faire cuire pendant 10 minutes, jusqu'à ce que les jus des tomates se soit évaporé.
5. Incorporer les pois chiches, la sauce au tahini, le yogourt, le Tabasco et la menthe. Laisser cuire encore une minute.
6 Assaisonner avec le sel et servir.

Remarques:
Les tomates ne doivent pas s'être dissoutes - des morceaux doivent rester.

Si vous trouvez que le plat est un peu sec, ajouter de l'eau afin d'obtenir la consistance voulue.
La menthe peut être remplacée par de la coriandre fraîche (une poignée).

Idées De Présentation:
Servir ce plat seul, ou avec du couscous ou du riz basmati.