Category Archives: Food

Snapguide: How to Make Paprika, Truffle Oil and Parmesan Popcorn

Have you heard of Snapguide? It’s a very cool site and app that allows users to create guides about anything they love. Topics include Arts & Crafts, Automotive, Beauty, Food, Music, Photography and Technology. I made my first guide over the weekend: How to Make Paprika, Truffle Oil and Parmesan Popcorn.

The app is free and allows you to upload photos and/or videos as your instructions. Check it out, there are some great guides on there from people all over the world, and if you are looking for a particular guide, the search functionality is very good.

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Recipe: Alfajores de maicena from Argentina

Alfajores de maicena are Argentinian cookies that literally crumble in your mouth. They’re delicious and easy to make! Here’s my favourite recipe for them.

150g butter
3/4 cup sugar
2 egg yolks
1/2 egg white
smidgen vanilla extract
swig of rum or other alcohol like brandy
3/4 cup regular flour
1 level teaspoon baking soda
1 and 3/4 cups cornflour
1 jar dulce de leche (from a specialty shop, or you can make your own)
shredded coconut for rolling

Tools you’ll need
Large bowl
Rolling pin
Rolling surface
Small, round cookie cutter
Baking paper
Oven tray
Glad wrap
Cooling rack
Spreading knife

1) In the bowl, mix the butter, egg yolks, egg white and sugar with the fork until fluffy
2) Add the rum and vanilla essence and stir in
3) Use the sieve to add gradual amounts of the baking soda, flour and cornflour, mixing in well with the fork
4) The mixture may be quite crumbly at this stage, so get your hands dirty and press it all together, kneading well
5) Once it’s all in a big lump, wrap tightly in glad wrap and place in the fridge for at least two hours. I left mine overnight
6) After two hours (or the next day), take the lump out of the fridge and let it warm to room temperature for a few minutes before cutting into three sections
7) Preheat oven on 160 degrees
8) For each dough section: Sprinkle flour on rolling surface and roll out the dough to about 1cm thick
9) Cut out circles with the cookie cutter and place each on the baking paper on the baking tray
10) Bake for about 10 minutes, keeping a close eyes on the biscuits – they must not turn golden!
11) Take biscuits out of the oven and cool on a rack
12) Once cooled, spread a layer of dulce de leche onto the base of one biscuit, then sandwich to another one so thedulce oozes out the sides
13) Even the dulce out with a knife, then roll in the shredded coconut


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Escargots, confit de canard et macarons (Snails, duck and macarons)

Due to frogs being out of season while I was in Paris I had to try some other traditional cuisine before departing. And it doesn’t get much better than this:

  • Escargots (snails) which were prepared with a butter/garlic/parsley sauce
  • Confit de canard avec pommes persillées (duck with parsley new potatoes)
  • Macarons (a sweet biscuit that comes in all sorts of flavours, including anise, berry, chocolate, vanilla, caramel…etc)

All of these delights were delightful, even the snails which were actually so good that I had them another time.



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Salade au Chèvre Chaud (Hot Goat’s Cheese Salad)

Cétait délicieux!

That’s what I said to my waitress when she cleared away my bowl of what had been Hot Goat’s Cheese Salade. How can you go wrong with a bowl of salad leaves mixed with walnuts, tomato, bacon, roast potatoes, fried egg and three generous portions of grilled goat’s cheese on top on toasted bread? 


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Île Saint-Louis and its wonderful shops


Back in 2004 I fell upon Île Saint-Louis after visiting the nearby Notre Dame Cathedral. Due to it being mostly residential, it is relatively quiet and far less touristy than its neighbour, Île de la Cité. The other day I went back and there are three shops in particular that caught my eye.

1) Berthillon – I can’t vouch for it as yet, but supposedly this is an ice-cream haven and there is always a queue outside. What caught my eye? The store typography and the wooden exterior.


2) Clair de Rêve – A quaint little puppet store that also houses themed watches, collectible cars and French character statues.


3) La Cure Gourmande – A chocolate-lover’s dream. The Olives Au Chocolat are to die for and the biscuits and nougats also look incredible. To top it off, they package your purchases in beautiful bright yellow bags.

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