Upside Down Banana Cake

Upside-down Banana Cake

Happy New Year

Wishing you health, happiness and all the best in 2018! No resolutions for me this year, still trying to carry out those I promised myself last year! I know better now not get carried away 😉 Anyway, 2018 is going to be another great year with its load of adventures and challenges but I’m ready.

While everyone is detoxing, not that I don’t need it,  I just felt like baking something easy and heart-warming. This cake is just it! A classic, usually done with pineapple, revisited here with potassium loaded bananas. Lire la suite “Upside Down Banana Cake”

Raspberry Granola Bars

I cannot believe it’s been almost a year since my last post! So many things have happened these last 12 months but the most important is that I have once again moved country! Still in Africa … but have migrated to West Africa, in a francophone country: Ivory Coast! The land of cashew nuts and cocoa! No doubt I’ll be posting recipes using these two ingredients in the near future. Lire la suite “Raspberry Granola Bars”

Of Bread and Migration

I’ve been missing these past weeks. The school year has come to an end and with it all the exams and preparations for next year.  In less than 4 days, I’ll be back in Europe for the Summer. We expats, are like birds; come summer and we all migrate back to the place we call home, visit family and friends, recharge our batteries, breathe the fresh summer air and indulge in delicacies and the simple things of life. The girls are already planning all the meals they will sink their teeth in and all the places they would like to visit and revisit. As for me, I have a very long list of things to do!

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Super Quick Moelleux au chocolat

Moelleux au chocolatA little school break is always welcome, two weeks to relax, cook, sew, craft, read and do nothing at all! My students were beginning to drive me nuts so I really needed this little separation. Plus,  with a bit of luck I’ll be heading to Madrid for 10 days but I’ll know more about that in the coming days.

Did I mention that my family was chocoholic? Probably, yes! This yummy, moist cake is really a family favourite and if you haven’t got yours  yet, this might just be what you’re looking for.  Moelleux in French means soft. That’s exactly what this cake is about: soft, melt in your mouth, fudge-like texture and strong in cocoa flavour and just a hint of sweetness. Oh lalalalaLire la suite “Super Quick Moelleux au chocolat”

Tarte Fine aux Pommes or French Apple Tart

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Good apple pies are a considerable part of domestic happiness”

– Jane Austen

I couldn’t agree more with you Ms Austen! In this house, we absolutely love apple pie. Actually we love any dessert that has apple: apple pie, apple tart, tarte tatin, apple crumble, apple turnover, apple compote, apple cake, apple muffins and apple granola!

But, the absolute favourite has to be tarte fine aux pommes, a classic of french cuisine.  Tarte fine aux pommes, which is just a fancy french way to say thin apple tart with only apples! And that’s what makes this dessert so delicious. Not only is it easy to make but it’s full of flavours and every bite is loaded with moist, compote-like pieces of apple that just melt in your mouth! Lire la suite “Tarte Fine aux Pommes or French Apple Tart”