Articles in Category: Provence

Herb Butter

What a wonderful way to use up the herbs from your garden. This herb butter is so simple, tasty, and it will keep in the freezer for later use, either on fish, meat, sauces or on warm bread.

Salmon Roulade with Herbs and Parmesan

The word roulade stems from the French term for rolling meat or pastry around a savoury or sweet filling. In this case we have a salmon based filling which is wrapped with a spinach and egg roulade.

Provencal Cheese and Herb Log

France is renowned all over the world for its beautiful tasty cheeses. Because there are so many different cheeses in France, entertaining at home always includes a variety of cheeses. Here we have a mixture of three cheeses, blended with a few herbs, and rolled into a ball or shaped into a log form. This is a wonderful appetizer which can be prepared 2 days in advance.

French Style Whole Roasted Onions

A very tasty side dish to have with any meal, particularly with meat. This roasted onion holds together very well when you cut through it. While the outside has a charred bacon taste and a crispy topping, the inside is creamy and full of flavour.

White Chocolate Buche de Noel

Buche de Noel is the French name for a Christmas cake shaped like a log. This is a heavenly cake rolled with either chocolate or whipped cream. It can be a chocolate cake or a white cake. Traditionally, Buche de Noel is decorated with icing sugar to resemble snow on a Yule log. It was originally a Nordic tradition. Yule is the name of the old Winter Solstice festivals in parts of northern Europe... In some eastern European countries, the log was cut down on Christmas Eve morning and lit that evening.

Paris Brest

A Paris Brest has a history behind it which dates back to its creation in 1910. There was a 1,200 km cycling event which started in Paris, went to the city of Brest in Brittany, and then back to Paris again, in 1891. In 1910 a choux pastry in the form of a wheel was created by a pâtissier to commemorate the race, this being named the Paris Brest. This was a high calorie dessert which gave energy to the riders, and soon became very popular and known worldwide. Since those days, the ring of choux has had a few variations in the fillings, different sweet fillings as well as many savoury varieties.

Here I have a sweet version which is filled with a mixture of cream, orange and apricot.

This can be filled with a custard of your choice, but this is just one filling which you may not have tried.

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