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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

French Recipe

Parfait of Salmon and Tuna Tartars with Créme Fraiche by Chef David Burke

sunshine sour

David Burke Restaurants
Taste of the Nation Culinary Council

Serves 10.

Ingredients
  • 1 cup créme fraiche
  • 2 shallots, peeled and minced
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp chopped capers
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • 4 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp ground horseradish
  • 2 tsp chopped coriander
  • 2 tbsp chopped chervil
  • 10 oz yellowfin tuna, diced
  • 10 oz salmon, ground
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • Olive oil for rings
  • 10 oz Osetra or other caviar (optional)
Instructions
  1. Whip créme fraiche until thick, and stiff peaks are formed. Reserve in refrigerator.
  2. Combine shallots and olive oil in a small saucepan and sauté until shallots are translucent. Place shallots in a bowl and add capers, lemon zest, soy sauce, horseradish, coriander, and chervil. Mix until combined.
  3. Divide shallot mixture into two equal parts. Combine one half with diced tuna; combine the other half with ground salmon. Add 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon pepper to tuna mixture and mix until all ingredients are combined.
  4. Lightly brush inside of 10 rings or molds with olive oil. Place waxed paper on a cookie sheet. Place molds on the cookie sheet.
To Assemble

Place 2 tablespoons of tuna mixture in each mold. Smooth tuna mixture with back of spoon. Add 2 tablespoons of crème fraiche. Smooth with blade of flat knife, making sure that crème fraiche is level with top of mold. You should have 3 equal layers.

Chill in refrigerator for 2 to 3 hours. Place each ring or mold on a plate and gently remove mold, leaving parfait on plate. Serve with toast.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

My French Find

I found this eclectic shop on Etsy that has a few French inspired pieces, like this vintage, gilded sofa in a great flax linen fabric. The perfect neutral!
I also love this more unique and edgy black banquette, perfect for just about any room! Check out the shop Bohemiennes Vintage on Etsy, just click on any of the photos.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

French Proverb

Tout est bien qui finit bien.... All is well that ends well

Thursday, June 10, 2010

French Proverb

Quand on a le droit de se tromper impunément, on est toujours sûr de réussir...translated
If you are allowed to make mistakes, you are sure to succeed.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

My French Find

I love this rendition of the Fleur de lis symbol. I particularly appreciate the background color of this piece so similar to the background color of Quebec's flag. These original acrylic paintings on wood were created by the talented artist David Burns Smith. Visit his website - DavidBurnsSmith.com or his shop on Etsy.
Click on the photo above to be taken to his website where you will find these stylized floral renderings by clicking on "Fabliaux" .