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Beetroot and Goat Cheese Mini Quiches have a ruby red filling with a white core of fresh goat cheese made in a “rösti way” cup with seasoned grated potato for an extra colourful and fun bite. When you like a combination of 2 ingredients as I do, in this case, beetroot and goat cheese, you must find as many ways as possible to enjoy it! Beetroot and goat cheese mini quiches is a simple, light and fun recipe which goes well with a nice green salad. Also, a nice, cold or warm polyvalent bite makes it suitable for picnics, express lunch or even a snack. Its colour is perfect for special events like Mother’s or Valentine’s day. The Potato Cups The potato cups are similar to a “rösti,”  which consists of squeezing out all the juice from the potato and adding a touch of flour, oil and seasoning, then frying in the pan. But here, the…

On my way back from vacation in Germany, I had to use the next week to try out some of my favorite German recipes. German cuisine is often related to meat and potatoes, well this recipe is no exception. Knödel is a potato dumpling quite popular in Central Europe, although they call it Klöße in northern Germany. Usually for this particular recipe they would make a semmelknödel (bread dumpling) with it, not a potato one. I wanted to experiment more with the potato knödel, this week I’ve already done my first knödel with a beer beef stew which turned out great, although a bit too fluffy. This time I’ve changed the potato for a more waxy or “a less starchy” one which resulted in having to add lots and lots of starch and semolina. Conclusion: use potatoes with the most starch that you know of for those recipes, a russet potato for…

Coming back from holiday in Germany and I got myself some nice cooking books, my german isn’t so good yet, so it takes forever to understand a single recipe. But the one recipe I’ve always wanted to reproduce is the famous Knödel. This potato dumpling is in so many meals up in Germany or Central Europe for that matter, it’s accompany to perfection any meal with some type of gravy or sauce, even soups. There are tons of different styles of Knödel, for example with mushrooms, meat, spinach, etc. Also, I don’t want to make the easy kind Knödel made with bread or eggs… no…no… I want to learn the difficult one made just with potatoes (cooked and raw). I have to say in those 3 books I bought, I took the version of this recipe that had the most steps. I’ve learn this isn’t so easy to make so better be…

A traditional family dinner that is part of every French Canadian table is the famous ‘paté chinois.’ A three-layered pie of ground meat followed by corn and topped with mashed potatoes. This version has a Spanish flair with extra paprika, garlic, and thyme.  Paté Chinois / French Canadian Shepherd’s pie is a typically French Canadian meal… Created by British railroad workers, in the 19th century, as an imitation of the famous “cottage pie” (beef, lamb and mashed potatoes). The dish was an imminent “hit,” at least, for the “on-site” railroad workers, including many French Canadians and Chinese workers. The French brought it back home and called it: Chinese paté… which has nothing to do with China… The “paté chinois” differs from the cottage pie or shepherd’s pie mainly because the corn layer in the middle was a cheap and easy ingredient. For the majority, this is the meal every household does…

A traditional, lighter and colourful Spanish Tortilla de Patata or tortilla española made with onions and olive oil. Because we also eat with our eyes! Spanish Tortilla de Patata is so popular over there they eat it at all times; breakfast, lunch or dinner, and even tapas or served as a snack called Pincho. Similar in many ways to her cousin, the frittata. This omelette version is with thicker pieces of potatoes and sometimes onions. I’ve used those lovely Peruvian purple potatoes for this version to give this traditional dish a little colour. They taste and are cooked the same as any other potatoes. I firmly believe in ‘we eat with the eyes too; frankly, this dish needed a little kick. The purple potatoes Yes, purple is not a common one we see in the supermarket, except in Peru. They are smaller than usual potatoes and taste a tad sweeter.…

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