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I will try to put some simple french and mediterranean recipes... and I hope that you will understand my english!!! Be kind!! ;-) Your recipes are welcome too!!

Italian French toast (Pain perdu à l'italienne)

Posted By Odrey on Aug 7, 2007 at 7:56AM

Ingredients for 4:
- 2 tbsp of fresh basil (Minced)
- 8 tomatoes
- 1 clove of garlic
- 8 slices of "Brioche"
- 1 onion
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup of cream (or milk)
- 2 mozzarella balls
- Sugar, olive oil, salt and Pepper

Preheat your oven at 356°F (180°C).
In a soup plate, mix eggs with milk. Dip the slices of the brioche in the mixture. Then turn golden the slices in a hot fry-pan with butter (but the butter is not compulsory). Leave aside.

Dice tomatoes, onion and the garlic.
In a fry-pan, cook onion and garlic in olive oil. When the onion is tender, add the tomatoes.
Add a tea-spoon of sugar (To remove acidity of tomatoes), salt and pepper.
At the end, when it's like a "Compote", turn off the burner and add the fresh basil.

Divide some mixture on 4 slices of brioche. Put some slices of mozzarella on and add a second level of brioche, tomatoes and mozzarella.
Bake it in oven about 10 minutes.

Bon appétit!

Tricks:
- When you cook the tomatoes, if you think that you haven't enough mixture, you can add some tomato coulis.
- If you still have some mixture of milk and eggs and some slices of brioche you can make a dessert: Just add some vanilla sugar to the mixture, cook the slices then put them in a plate and add some sugar on it... Miam!

Tagged with: Pain perdu, french toast

Pa amb tomaquet

Posted By bcn on May 7, 2007 at 12:05PM

Hello, this is the most common food in Catalunya, the north-east of Spain, the translations is bread with tomatoes, is sooooo simple. Open the loaf in a half and the tomato too, squeeze it, so the bread looks reddish, add a little bit of salt and some olive oil. Alone is great, but we usually share with some good cheese or ham or salami or chorizo!
Hope you enjoy ( it takes less than 2min)

Tagged with: catalan

Mediterranean zucchini gratin ("Tian")

Posted By Odrey on Mar 10, 2007 at 6:32AM

Ingredients for 6:
- 2.2 pounds zucchini
- 1/2 cup of rice
- 1 fistful of italian parsley (minced)
- 2 onions
- 3 eggs
- 2 cloves of garlic
- breadcrumbs
- parmesan

Preheat your oven 356°F at (180°C).
Slice thinly onions ans garlic (Take off the germ)
Cook the rice in salted water.
Clean and grate the zucchini.
In a fry-pan, cook onion and garlic in olive oil until onion are tender.
Add the zucchini, salt and pepper.
At the end, when everything is tender, add the italian parsley.
Beat the eggs.
Turn off the burner and add the rice, the eggs and a bit of parmesant.
Put the mixture in a dish and sprinkle with a mix of breadcrumbs and parmesan.
Sprinkle a bit of olive oil and bake it in oven about 30 minutes.

You can eat it hot or cold.

Bon appétit!

Tagged with: Zucchini, Tian, gratin

Pasta with tapenade, mozzarella and tomato

Posted By Odrey on Mar 7, 2007 at 2:33PM

Ingredients for 4:
- 11 ounces of pasta (penne or farfalle)
- 3 or 4 tomatoes
- 2 mozzarella balls
- 3 tablespoons of tapenade (olive past)
- Basil

Cook the pasta (But put a little bit of salt in the water, the tapenade is already salted)
In the meantime, dice the tomatoes and the mozzarella balls.
When the pasta is ready, put 3 tablespoons of tapenade in it. Well mix. Then put the tomatoes, the mozzarella and the basil.

You can eat this plate hot or cold.

Bon appétit!

Tagged with: Pasta

Grilled bell peppers in olive oil (Poivrons grillés à l'huile)

Posted By Odrey on Mar 7, 2007 at 8:30AM

Grilled bell peppers in olive oil (Poivrons grillés à l'huile)

Warning: I'm French! ;-)

Ingredients for 4:
- 2 bell peppers (1 red and 1 yellow)
- 3 cloves of garlic
- olive oil
- salt and pepper

Preheat the grill of your oven at 482°F (250°C).
Cut the bell peppers in half. Take off the stalk and the seeds.
Put on the grill, skin side up.
Take the bell peppers out of the oven when the skin is cooked (black).

Wait to let the bell peppers cool down. Then, peel the skin with your fingers (if the bell peppers is cooked, the skin come off easily).
Slice them.

Put them in a plate.
Cut into pieces the garlic. Add it to the plate. Pour olive oil (the bell pepper should marinade). Add salt and pepper.

Then let them in the fridge 24 hours. It's ready to eat!

You can serve them on a slice of a good bread with mozzarella and basil.

Enjoy yourself and bon appétit!

Tagged with: Bell pepper, recipe

Camembert coated with breadcrumbs (Camembert pané)

Posted By Odrey on Mar 7, 2007 at 8:00AM

I hope that the recipes is comprehensible... difficult to translate in English when it isn't your mother thong...

If you like cheese, you should love eat it with sweet food and you should love this explosive combination!

Ingredients for 4:
- 1 camembert (unpasteurized milk is better)
- 2 eggs
- red currant jelly
- breadcrumbs
- oil
- Corn salad

Beat the eggs.
Cut the camembert in 8 portions.
Take a portion and put it in the egg and next in the breadcrumbs. Do it twice (To have a good crust).
Put the oil in the frying pan. When it's hot put the portions of camembert. Brown all the sides.
When it's done, put the camembert on a paper towels.

Put in a plate the salad with balsamic vinegar, the portions of camembert and a tablespoonful of red currant jelly.

Enjoy yourself and bon appétit!

(The next time I will cook it, I will take a picture and I will add it on the post)

Tagged with: French food, Camembert, cheese