I love trying new recipe in my kitchen. Thomas Allen & Son Ltd is challenging Canadian home chefs and bloggers to cook up their own French meals with recipes from the book. The good thing is that if you prepare and blog one recipe from the menu you could receive a copy of Essential Pépin and your name will be entered to win a KitchenAid Artisan Series Stand Mixer from KitchenAid Canada. Imagine all those baking goods that you will prepare for the upcoming Holidays.
For this contest I decided to try the Composed Salad of Greens, Goat cheese and Caramelized Pecans. The pecans are nice, sweet and crunchy. I would eat them on their own and serve them to guests as a snack. This salad has a nice texture and I always like to add fruits for a sweet taste to my salads. This one suggest apples but pear would work great as well. The goat cheese adds a creamy texture to the salad.
You can read about this contest on Facebook.
About the Book:
In his more than sixty years as a chef, Jacques Pépin has earned a reputation as a champion of simplicity. His recipes are classics. They find the shortest, surest route to flavour, avoiding complicated techniques. Now, in a book that celebrates his life in food, the world’s most famous cooking teacher winnows his favourite recipes from the thousands he has created, streamlining them even further.
They include Onion Soup Lyonnaise-Style, which Jacques enjoyed as a young chef while bar-crawling in Paris; Linguine with Clam Sauce and Vegetables, a frequent dinner chez Jacques; Grilled Chicken with Tarragon Butter, which he makes indoors in winter and outdoors in summer; Five-Peppercorn Steak, his spin on a bistro classic; Mémé’s Apple Tart, which his mother made every day in her Lyon restaurant; and Warm Chocolate Fondue Soufflé, part cake, part pudding, part soufflé, and pure bliss.
Essential Pépin spans the many styles of Jacques’s cooking: homey country French, haute cuisine, fast food Jacques-style, and fresh contemporary American dishes. Many of the recipes are globally inspired, from Mexico, across Europe, or the Far East. This truly is the essential Pépin.