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    Green Tea, Every Day…

    Honestly, can I write a whole post on green tea? My Papa introduced me to green tea during one of our monthly dinner dates at a Vietnamese restaurant near my home in Paris in the late 70’s. My Dad, who had lived in Vietnam in the mid 50’s  really fell in love with Vietnamese cuisine and cooking, which he later introduced to me when I was 13 years old. To accompany our meals, my Dad would always order some green tea, especially in winter to help keep my chest warm as I often had asthma attacks. I remember how I instantly loved green tea that was delicately flavoured with bergamot or with fresh mint. Back then, my Dad even…

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    La Galette des Rois

    The galette des Rois is a patisserie that is traditionally eaten in France to celebrate the Epiphany, which according to the Christian Bible falls 12 days after Christmas, when the Three Wise Men (or Kings, rois = kings) visited the infant Jesus and when St. John the Baptist christened him.  Ingredients for the frangipane (almond filling): 100 grams of powdered almonds 100 grams of fine brown sugar 100 grams of unsalted butter 2 eggs 1 small glass of white rum Vanilla extract 500 grams of puff pastry (shop bought or homemade)   For the finishing: 1 egg yolk 2 table spoons of water   Preparation: Pre-heat oven for 15 minutes at…

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    Banana Fritters (Beignets á la Banane)

    Every time I prepare these banana fritters (beignets á la banane) they get devoured in an instant as they melt on the tongue. Easy to make, yummy to eat, go down well. The ingredients that you will need to create this simple, yet very delicious recipe are: 3 ripe bananas, mashed, 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of water, Vanilla extract, 1 pinch of nutmeg, 1 pinch of cinnamon, Zest of 1 lime, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, 1/2 lime, juiced For the deep-frying: Vegetable oil Mix all the above ingredients (apart from the baking soda, lime juice and  lime zest), until you obtain a smooth cream-like paste. If the batter is too thick, add a bit of water. If…