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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Catering Inspiration

So the last 2 months I have been working for a haute gamme French caterer I have seen and tasted some amazing french apero food which I have drawn so much inspiration from. I can't wait to recreate some of these little wonders with my own little touches! 

mango miniature cakes

Strawberry and avocado terrines

peas with creme fraiche

Apple, mint and shrimp

Caprese with mozzarella balls, sun dried tomatoes, parsley and shots of tomato 

Nouilles Chinoises with ham and red peppers

Apricot and speculos verrines with whipped cream

Green Japanese radish with scallop and seaweed salad inside

Beef wrapped around carrot, mange tout and creme fraiche

Reconstituted bouillon gel with carrots and edible flowers

Beautiful, no?! 

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Biking Tour in Champagne

Photos thanks to super photographer Buffalo Dave Knox

The Champagne region of France has it all: beautiful vineyards, sublime small producer champagne, possibility for intimate conversations with growers... add to this an easy bike ride in 28/75 degree temperatures and you have the perfect summer day!

We started off our day renting bikes in Epernay and planning out our route. For this trip we were going to try Epernay-Chouilly-Avize. About 40 minutes total of biking. Through the center of Epernay and off to our first little charming visit and first small producer. 

This first Champagne house was a small producer which was just a husband and wife operation! We parked our bikes right outside her tasting room and anxiously walked in ready for the tasting to begin. Chouilly is a town that is Grand Cru and specializes in Blanc de Blanc growing mainly Chardonnay grapes. We started off tasting the brut and then moved onto the Brut Grand Reserve which was truly delicious. Notes of honey and summer fruits. I had to buy some, I mean at 14 euros a bottle I just couldn't resist. Next was off to Avize where we had a little picnic and then were off to a few more small producers.

All in all it was a great, relaxing day and I think we were all thankful to be out in the sun on our little bikes and out of the car :) I'm just starting to add this biking trip with clients of Tasy Side to Life Tours http://www.tastysidetolifetours.com

If you're interested in a trip please email:

Tasty Side To Life Tours
Attn: Sydney Krueger
15 Rue Conservatoire 75009 Paris France

Email: tastysidetolifetours@gmail.com or sydneykrueger@gmail.com

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Ahi Tuna Wrapped in Mangetout with Edible Flowers

Tuna Wrapped in Mangetout -soy,lime, ginger vinaigrette and edible flowers
A great chic appetizer for a dinner party full of color 
Makes 12 Servings
  • 2 pounds  of Ahi Tuna
  • Pinch of Sea Salt
  • a bunch of edible flowers (like marigolds)
  • a package of snow peas or mange tout
  • Ginger-Soy-Lime Vinaigrette
  • 1 shallot
  • 2 Tbls finely grated ginger
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 1/3 cup olive oil

  1. In a small bowl combine the finely diced shallot, ginger, pepper, soy sauce and lime juice. Use a hand immersion blender to mix (this is a nice restaurant trick that most restaurants use to get a perfect sauce). 
  2. Use a very sharp knife and cut the tuna into small 1 inch cubes. Season the tuna with salt and a bit of the sauce.
  3. Heat a saute pan over high heat. Add the oil and when its is very hot sear the tuna on all sides, 30 secs per side to 1 minute per side. Add some lime juice to the pan and quickly shake the pan and stir around the pan deposits. Drizzle a bit more of the sauce over the tuna and quickly remove from the pan.
  4. Boil the grape leaves or Kale leaves quickly for 3 minutes just to soften.
  5. Meanwhile boil the mange tout or snowpeas in a bowl of salted water for a few minutes. Remove promptly. 
  6. Wrap the tuna with the snowpea and secure with a toothpick. Top with an edible flower et voila!
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