Apple tart with strawberry syrup

This is a wonderful recipe and very easy to make. Instead of sugar I used strawberry sirup, the liquid left over when making jam. See the recipe here. If you do not have any at hand, just replace it with the same amount of sugar (or half if you use brown sugar).

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For five apples:
1- Prepare a baking dish lining it with butter and flour.
2- In a large bowl mix: three eggs,  10 cl of cold milk, 80 gr of strawberry syrup (or sugar), 100 gr of sifted flour and a dash of salt.
3- Mix well and add 20 gr of melted and cooled butter.
4- Peal and cut the apples in thin slices and place in the egg mixture. When the slices are well coated just put everything in the baking pan.
5- Bake for 45 to 50 minutes at 180º c. Sprinkle some brown sugar and serve at room temperature.

T’mar bi el-baid – dates with eggs

Dates with eggs is a Moroccan dish eaten for breakfast or as a light meal. It is filled with nutrients so it is also eaten during Ramadan (the Muslim fasting period) just before sunrise. The same dish can also be found in other parts of the Middle East such as in Iran. The mix of salty and sweet is simply delicious. I served it for lunch with cardamon and turmeric scented Basmati rice with raisins, topped with fresh cilantro.

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1- Place a little bit of butter in a pan.
2- Add a handful of dates cut in small pieces. Cook on very low fire and wait about three minutes for the dates to soften.
3- Add one or two eggs and mix them just a little bit so that the yolk breaks. Do not scramble them, just let them cook gently.
4- Sprinkle with cumin and salt and serve immediately.

Gâteau chocolat & fraise

An absolutely delicious cake made with pure cacao and organic strawberries.

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1- Melt gently 120 gr of high quality butter and set aside.
2- Separate three eggs.
3- In a bowl, mix the egg whites until stiff.
4- In a larger bowl, mix the three egg yolks with 60 gr of brown sugar. Mix really well until the colour turns a pale yellow.
5- Add 150 gr of sifted flour to the egg yolk mixture and mix gently. I like to do it by hand with a spatula. Add the egg whites. Mix again very gently.
6- Add the melted butter and finally 80 gr of cacao powder. Mix really well gently with a spatula.

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7- In a prepared baking dish (lined with butter and flour), place about 500 gr of fresh organic strawberries cut in half. Spread the chocolate mixture on top.

Bake for 20 minutes in a 170º oven. Let it cool thoroughly before serving. Enjoy! 

Yellow tomato salad

Delicious and so lovely!

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Just cut organic yellow baby tomatoes in quarters and sprinkle with lemon juice, olive oil and fresh mint. Add a dash of salt and freshly ground pepper.

Enjoy! 

Quiche with fresh cilantro

Wonderfully light quiche without dough, perfumed with fresh homegrown cilantro. Perfect for a light lunch or dinner.

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1- In a large bowl mix: three organic eggs, 100 gr of sifted flour, 50 cl of cold milk (half a litre), salt and pepper.
2- Add a bunch of fresh organic cilantro cut with scissors (so that all the aroma remains). 3- Place the mix in an oven dish and cover with grated Parmiggiano (what I used) or Gruyère.
4- Bake for 40 minutes in a 180ºC. oven.

I served it with a lovely organic yellow tomato salad sprinkled with lemon juice, olive oil and fresh mint (also homegrown).