Ken’s Café Gâteau au Chocolat

Ken’s Café Gâteau au Chocolat

Hidden in an ordinary residential street in Tokyo’ Shinjuku ward, Ken’s Cafémakes the most extraordinary gâteau au chocolat in Japan and the best-molten chocolate cake I’ve ever had. It is also the most difficult to get too. If you buy it directly from the shop where it’s made, the waiting…

8
Oct
Ingredients: Desserts/Pastry
Three favourite traditional fruit tarts

Three favourite traditional fruit tarts

Three favourite traditional fruit tarts

Three of my favourite traditional French tarts by Richard Wilkins, the head chef of 104 Restaurant in London. Ingredients below. Apricot Tarte Fine Puff pastry:560g bread flour150g milk140g water10g salt56g melted butter in dough456g butter to laminate To finish:Apricot jam Fresh apricots Bake for 30 min in 180 C oven.…

7
Jul '20
Spring on the plate

Spring on the plate

Spring on the plate

Some of my favourite, mainly Provençal dishes and tarts, prepared by Richard, the head chef of 104 restaurant in Notting Hill (who used to work at Anne Sophie Pic 3* in Valence), and who does take away now.

15
Apr '20
The best cheesecakes in Spain

The best cheesecakes in Spain

The best cheesecakes in Spain

Here are my Instagram subscriber’s most common answers and my research of the best cheesecakes in Spain. (10 – in random order) Enjoy! La Viña, San Sebastian Zuberoa, Ugaldetxo Tickets, Barcelona Estimar, Barcelona Bodega 1900, Barcelona Llisa Negra, Valencia La Buena Vida, Madrid Fismuler, Madrid Cañadio, Madrid Cataria, Cádiz

20
Jul '19
La Viña cheesecake

La Viña cheesecake

La Viña cheesecake

The legendary La Viña cheesecake and its recipe from “Basque Country”, Marti Buckley’s book, with whom I had a chance to share my first meal of 2019 (and that was THE cheesecake!) You can buy this brilliant Basque recipes book on Amazon. Yesterday was La Viña’s last day of operation…

2
Jan '19
Chocolate Q by Samantha Aquim

Chocolate Q by Samantha Aquim

Chocolate Q by Samantha Aquim

Bean-to-bar chocolate making is much more than wrapping up the bars in fancy paper and selling for a high price. It’s a lifestyle that encompasses the whole production from the moment cocoa beans are harvested, personally knowing your cocoa farmers and being socially responsible. I first met Samantha Aquim at…

13
May '17
Traditional bread baking in Ibiza

Traditional bread baking in Ibiza

Traditional bread baking in Ibiza

Ibiza has a reputation for being a party paradise, but there is so much more to this tiny island off the coast of Spain than beach parties. If you love traditional food as I do, you’ll find many wonderful dishes like arroz a banda or bullit de peix, just to…

18
Aug '15
And a man created a croissant…

And a man created a croissant…

And a man created a croissant…

This might be as well the best croissant I’ve ever had. The perfect croissant is a balance of crispy, crunchy, fluffy, satisfyingly chewy and very buttery. At Blé Sucré, they’ve achieved the balance. Maybe that’s not surprising, considering that owner Fabrice le Bourdat is a celebrated pastry chef with a…

1
May '14
La tarte fine clémentine by Alex Croquet

La tarte fine clémentine by Alex Croquet

La tarte fine clémentine by Alex Croquet

Love how Alex Croquet, the master boulanger from Wattignies (and the inspiration of Hedone’s chef Mikael Jönsson) is making this clementine tart. It seems so effortless for him. The link of the video is here Alex Croquet: :56 Rue Faidherbe, 59139 Wattignies, France; tel. +33 3 20 95 01 29

23
Apr '14
Il Massimo del Gelato, Milano

Il Massimo del Gelato, Milano

Il Massimo del Gelato, Milano

There is gelato and then there is Il Massimo del Gelato (Via Lodovico Castelvetro, 18, 20154 Milano, Italy), a small, independent gelateria, 1o minutes drive from the city center. Fresh fruit sorbets like orange, mango, passion fruit and various ice cream are excellent and turn out to be identical to…

20
Apr '14
Celebrating cherry blossom season with baumukūchen (バウムクーヘン)

Celebrating cherry blossom season with baumukūchen (バウムクーヘン)

Celebrating cherry blossom season with baumukūchen (バウムクーヘン)

Cherry blossoms are not only viewed and admired, but also used for cooking during their blooming season in Japan. The very short and almost ephemeral life of cherry blossoms can be an embodiment of many things – changes in nature, fragility of our lives and also seasonality in cooking, for…

5
Apr '14