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Canned cherry tomatoes

Canned cherry tomatoes

Canned cherry tomatoes
Canned cherry tomatoes

The season of cherry tomatoes is virtually over or is still to come. This canning is prepared in summer and preferably with tomatoes of open ground, ripened in the sun and when they are the least expensive.

If you still find them you can can them for next winter, otherwise you will have to wait until next summer. The recipe for cherry tomatoes is simpler than that of the salsa di pomodoro of a previous post, since it is enough to put whole cherry tomatoes in jars accompanied by a little salt and possibly a basil leaf for the amateurs. I use small jars of half a liter, which is enough for a dish intended for 4 people. These cherry tomatoes are used to brighten up pasta dishes such as linguine with shrimp and cherry tomatoes, fish recipes like for this sea ​​bream with vegetables from the garden

We have prepared about twenty jars, which for us is ample enough.

I still give you the recipe, which is very short.

Canned cherry tomatoes

Ingredients for one 1/2 liter jar: 500 g of cherry tomatoes, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 leaf of basil.

Jars of sterilized tomatoes
Jars of sterilized tomatoes

Wash the tomatoes and  remove those that are unsuitable for sterilization.

Put the tomatoes into jars by tamping firmly, it does not matter if some tomatoes crack. Add salt and basil, close the jars and let them boil (sterilize) for 1 hour in boiling water. Let the jars cool in the water, dry them and don’t forget to label them.

Keep the cherry tomato jars in a cool, and protected from light, place.

English is not my native language. Feel free to ask for information about this recipe. I will answer any question. I also would very happy with any corrections you may suggest.

Thanks in advance!

Beef stock

Beef stock

When searching the web for beef stock, you will mostly find beef stock recipes made with beef or veal bones. This kind of stock is named ‘fond de boeuf’ in the French cuisine, and is meant to thicken and  flavor sauces.

This recipe for stock  contains beef meat with a few marrow  bones and gives a meaty taste to soups and veloutés.

Usually, I cook beef stock in great quantities as it is easy to store the stock in a freezer.

Beef stock

Ingredients: 2 kg of cheap cuts of beef meat(brisket, tail…), 2 à 3 peaces of marrow bones, 1/2 a celery, 2 à 3 carrots or parsnips, 2  leaks, 2 à 3 onions,  3 garlic cloves, 1 bouquet garni (thyme, bay leave, parsley).

Cut the onions in half en roast them black in a dry frying pan on the cut side, to give you stock a nice golden color.

Clean and peal the vegetables.

Put all the ingredients in a large saucepan. Add 5 liters of water en bring to the boil. Skim the stock a few times till it really starts to cook. For a real clear stock, add some cold water to the stock en bring it again to the boil and skim again.

Leave the beef stock simmering on low heat during 2 à 3 hours and strain it. Let the stock cool down and freeze it portions ready to use.

I don’t use any kind of seasoning to the stock. I only season with salt and pepper when ready to use.

English is not my native language. Feel free to ask for information about this recipe. I will answer any question. I also would very happy with any corrections you may suggest.

Thanks in advance!

Baked custard of salsify, red pepper coulis

Baked custard of salsify, red pepper coulis

Today, we cook a vegetarian recipe of baked custard of salsify,  red pepper coulis. The flan (baked custard) is accompanied by smoked trout, which is optional!

I like the salsify, this  vegetable which is quite dirty to  peel and is so often badly cooked.

Most of the time it is overcooked, too bland and often bathed in an insipid béchamel. By this recipe I try to demonstrate the contrary and contrary to my habit I photographed this dish in a festive atmosphere. This salsify based dish asks for it!

Let’s start with the peeling of salsify

Peel the salsify with a peeling knife, cut the stems into pieces of about 4 cm and immerse them immediately in cold water to which you will have added a  fillet of white vinegar to prevent the quick oxidation of this vegetable. Check the salsify pieces and remove any remaining black parts. Rinse the salsify in a second bowl of water clean with vinegar.

And as a picture is better than a lot of words: do not forget the newspaper !, it will save you a messy cleaning of your work plan.

Baked custard of salsify, red pepper coulis

First the salsify chips: Peel and rinse the salsify stems with vinegar water. Cut into the thinnest slices possible using a mandolin or a peeling knife. Dry the salsify slices between two sheets of kitchen paper for at least 20 minutes. Fry the chips golden brown in frying oil à 180°, season with salt and. That’s it!

Continue with the red pepper coulis: We need 2 sweet red peppers, salt, Espelette pepper, lemon juice and a few drops of olive oil.

Cut the peppers in half, remove the seeds and the white parts of the vegetables, then cut them into cubes. Cook them in  lightly salted water, mix and season with lemon juice, chili and salt. Pass the pepper mash through a fine colander to remove some remaining hard pieces. Simply emulsify the coulis with a little oil with  a mixer just before serving.

Now the flan:

1 kg of salsify, the juice and zest of half a lemon, 2 dl liquid cream, 2 egg yolks, flour, butter, salt and pepper.

Clean and wash the salsify, as already explained. Cook the salsify stalks for 10 minutes in water with the juice of half a lemon and a spoonful of flour. Drain half of the salsify, then continue cooking the rest of the vegetables for about twenty minutes: they will then be very tender.

Mix well the cooked salsify with cream, egg yolks and 30 g of flour. Cut the salsify ‘al dente’ into small cubes and spoon them in the cream of salsify. Season with salt of pepper and lemon zest.

Put the salsify mix in individual soufflé buttered molds.

Cook the flans 25 minutes in a bain-marie in a preheated 180 ° oven

Let the flans stand for 3 minutes, untold them and serve with the chips and the paprika coulis.

I accompanied the salsify cakes with smoked trout fillets, but it’s not really essential.

English is not my native language. Feel free to ask for information about this recipe. I will answer any question. I also would very happy with any corrections you may suggest.

Thanks in advance!

Cured and dried duck breasts

Cured and dried duck breasts

Here is a recipe of cured and dried duck breasts, easy  to realize , but it requires a little patience before you can appreciate the result! Cured and dried duck breasts  are eaten as an appetizer , cut into thin slices and they will do wonders in your salads and even your soups. And as I like to confit the legs , I prefer to start the recipe with two ducks, and use the carcass to cook a broth.

Cured and  dried duck breasts

To make this dish, you need at least the 2 duck breasts of a fat duck. You will use the thighs and duck carcass for other recipes

For two duck breasts: 30 g coarse salt, 10 juniper berries, 10 black peppercorns, 2 leaves of thyme, 2 bay leaves.

Crush juniper berries and pepper in a mortar. Add salt, thyme and toasted laurel into small pieces. Put this mixture on the flesh side of the magrets. Put the magrets on top of each other, skin side to the outside. Put them in a dish and put a weight on it, then keep them in the refrigerator for 24 hours.

Separate the duck breasts, sponge them with paper towel and then wrap them separately in a clean cloth. Let them mature for at least one week in the refrigerator before to enjoy them.

The quantities of salt and spices suit me perfectly, but nothing prevents you from varying the elements of the curing. And of course it is always possible to smoke the magrets. The breast must than be smoked 24 hours after salting and then dried as in the described  recipe.

Enjoy !