Peach and Blueberry Galette

IMG_6270I can’t believe it’s already August. I can’t see summer going away slowly. I know still there is time to fall and winter. But, I kind of want to stay back and enjoy  summer more. I want enjoy more summer bounty. I haven’t yet had my fill of tomatoes, corn and berries. Time flies so quickly. My niece who was born in December is already 7 months old, in January we were still planning our summer vacation which we took in May to France and Italy. Although, I don’t want winter to come fast, I do want to be in December so that I can see my niece in person.

Last month in July, I attended BlogHer15 Conference. It was one fun event. I met so many different type of  bloggers and brands. I had never thought that so many people actually blog. It is so good to put face to their names, some of them I had known virtually. I would really like to thank Blogher. And, the swag that you get from brands is just awesome. If you follow me on instagram you would have already seen some of the fun that I had at Blogher15.

I learnt so much from the conference, so you will see some changes real soon. Did you notice the blog got a new look?

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Alright, let’s talk about the galette recipe. Who doesn’t love peaches and blueberry? Right, I recently came across this cool recipe that I fell in love with after seeing the picture. So, I had to try it. Although, I feel you don’t need a recipe for galette. It’s one of those dessert that you can make it without a recipe.

I had both peach and blueberry at home that I bought from Farmer’s Market; so I decided to make it Blueberry and Peach Galette.
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Ingredients:

Pate Brisee or the base

1 1/2 cup All purpose flour

1 stick cold chunks of butter (original recipe used 1 1/2 stick, but I did not have enough butter and also I was afraid of using so much butter).

1/4 tsp sugar

1/3 cup ice cold water

Filling :

1/4 cup sugar

3 tbsp almond meal or ground almond

3 tbsp potato starch or all purpose flour

1/4 cup Honey + 2 tbsp sugar for fruits

2 to 3 peaches sliced

1 1/2 cup blueberries

apricot or any other fruit preserve to glaze

tbsp of milk to brush the edges

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Method:

To make the base, take flour, salt, and the butter in the food processor and pulse it for few seconds, the butter should still be seen.Then add ice cold water and pulse for another few seconds. If you do not have a food processor you can make it with hands also. Just make sure you cut the butter in the flour and add water and roughly get the dough together. You want to be able to see the butter cold and in pieces. Wrap it in a plastic wrap and keep it in the fridge while you prepare the filling.

First, let the fruits macerate with sugar in a bowl.

Then take another bowl, add the flour or potato starch, almond meal, sugar and mix well. Add a pinch of salt as well. I like a little bit of salt in all the layers. Just a little.

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Assemble the galette –  Preheat the oven at 400 F . Take the base out of the fridge, beat it with the rolling pin a couple of times and then roll it into a big round shape. By beating it rolling pin it really softens it a little bit needed for rolling it and also in pies and all it develops gluten. Make sure the it is rolled equally from all sides.

Fill it with the almond mix and spread it evenly. Leave the edges as shown in the picture for folding the galette. Top it with the fruits and reserve the liquid from the fruits for later use. Drizzle the honey all over the fruits.

Then fold the edges, towards the filling. Don’t worry if it cracks a little bit. Just wait for few minutes for the dough to soften up or just try to seal it well. Press it well onto the fruits.

Brush the edges with milk and sprinkle some sugar about 1 tsp or so on the edges.

Keep it in the preheated oven for about 45- 1 hour until the fruit is bubbly and the crusts looks nicely browned.

Remove it from the oven, brush the fruit preserves all over the galette. And, once it cools down serve it with vanilla ice cream or creme fraiche.

Enjoy!

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Dal Dhokli – Indian style pasta in dal

editedIt’s been so hot these days, but who am I complaining to. I love summer for all the reasons – sun, fresh fruits and vegetables, bbq. Sometimes, you just don’t want to go into the kitchen. But, there are days where if you have prepared half of the recipe in advance, you have less hassle and can enjoy things you love to eat.

One of those dishes I love is Dal Dhokli. It’s an Indian dish cooked by the people of Gujarat region. It is a comfort dish. But, if you love something so much you can also prepare it in summers. You can sweat a little bit.

The dish has pasta made from ingredients like turmeric and red chili powder. Even though it had red chili it isn’t spicy. It does give itself some flavor which is absolutely good.Instead of pasta cooked in tomato gravy, this one is cooked in dal. It really tastes great specially if you like dal and pasta.

roti picIngredients for the pasta:

2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

1 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder

1 teaspoon turmeric powcder

2 teaspoons coriander/cumin powder

 pinch of asafoetida (optional)

2 tablespoons of sesame seeds

salt to taste

3 tablespoons of oil

1 cup water or little more

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Take flour, dry ingredients and mix it well using kitchen aid mixer with dough hook. Add oil and water gradually; make dough. The dough should not be too soft or too stiff.

Divide the dough into equal big golf sized balls. Roll it out with a rolling pin in round flat shape. You can also use pasta maker, I used rolling pin to roll the dough and then cut them into diamond or square shape. If you are rolling with rolling pin make sure the dough is not too thin or too thick. And, keep the shape equal as far as possible so that they cook equally.

rollIngredients for the dal base:

1 ½ cups boiled dry yellow pigeon peas /tuver dal

1 tbsp oil

1 tsp mustard seeds

Pinch of asafetida

Few sprigs Curry leaves

3 to 4 cloves garlic paste

1 tsp ginger paste

1 green chili finely chopped

1 tomato chopped in small pieces

3 to 4 dates

2 tbsp peanuts

1 ½ tsp Red chili powder

1 tsp Turmeric powder

1 to 1 ½ tsp Jaggery

Coriander and lemon to garnish

DalIn the picture above, I forgot to keep jaggery. Jaggery is very commonly used in Indian households. It is better substitute to sugar. It is pure form of sugar. Gujarati’s use jaggery a lot in cooking and in desserts as well.

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Take oil in a pan, once it heats up add mustard seeds, curry leaves and asafetida. Then add ginger, garlic and chili paste. Saute it for a couple of minutes. Then add the tomatoes, peanuts and spices.

Meanwhile, on the other side let the dal mixture simmer for sometimes in a deep pot and add the pasta in it and let it boil.Add more water in the beginning, it will reduce as you cook the dal. Once the masala is ready , simply add it to the dal and pasta mix. Or you can do vice versa, add the dal/pasta mix into the spice mixture. Add the jaggery and chopped dates. Let it cook for about 20-25 minutes or until the pasta is soft and cooked. Add more water if needed in the dal mixture because dal can get thick easily as you simmer it. 

plated dhokliGarnish it with some tomatoes, dates and cilantro if you have it on hand. I like a little spicy food; so I went ahead with some chilli oil. If you like drizzle some lemon also. It is a perfect melange of sweet, sour and spice. Traditionally we drizzle some  peanut oil or a dollop of ghee and enjoy the dish.

Hope you give it a try!

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Farmers Market in France!

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Lavender at the St. Remy’s Wednesday Farmer’s Market!

Recently, my husband and I went to France, Monaco and Italy for our vacation. It was on our list since long time to visit these three beautiful countries. Although, we spent some time last year before flying to Greece in Paris. This time we spent more time in Paris and other parts of the French Riviera.

Today, I just want to share some pictures of Farmer’s market that we saw in Paris, St. Remy near Avignon, and Nice! I was in love with everything I saw there. It was just awesome to see people buying fresh produce in their market tote!

There was a famous farmer’s market right outside our rental apartment in Paris in Bastille neighborhood. The first day our airbnb host was a little late to welcome us to her apartment and so we spent our early morning outside at a cafe; watching people do their weekend market shopping in those cute tote bags. It was such a wonderful experience to watch everyone buying their fresh produce and flowers. I also interacted with some farm vendors.

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 Lovely flowers!

bastille farmers marketBastille’s Farmer’s Market right from our apartment window!

Every night that we stayed their way early morning around 4 am, we would hear the vendor’s setting up their tents for the morning market. By 7.30 am or 8 am, there will people outside with their market totes to fill them up with fresh flowers, fresh fruits and vegetables and almost everyone around was also seen visiting their favorite neighborhood boulangerie for fresh baguettes. It is a sight I will never forget. We really enjoyed that morning leisurely looking around. In those few minutes, I also dream’t about living in Paris.artichokes

Beautiful fresh artichokes, tomatoes and radishes!

asparagusgarlicFresh garlic and asparagus right outside our St. Remy apartment!

cherriesstrawberryJuiciest and best strawberries that we have tried! (St. Remy Farmer’s market)totes

St. rmy cheeseSt.remy cheese shopyellow tomatoesYellow tomatoes at a Farmer’s market in old town in Nice!flowers bouquets

We were lucky to stay outside a Farmer’s market in St. Remy as well. We strolled the markets before heading to our day trip to neighboring villages. We bought some cherries and strawberries, I have to say they were the best berries we have had. I am anyways a fan of strawberries but Mr. B, will only try it if it is less tart. He enjoyed them as well. We ate them in the car while driving the countryside.

lavI hope you enjoy the pictures and start day dreaming about living in France ; just like me!

Bonne Fete Nationale, Happy Bastille day!

Focaccia Bread

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Looks so rustic!

Ingredients:

 2 cups of bread flour + 2 cups of all purpose flour                                                                      1 tbsp salt                                                                                                                                        1 cup of warm water                                                                                                                        2 tbsp sugar                                                                                                                                      a packet of yeast (about 2 1/4 tbsp)                                                                                              1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil

Toppings

Fresh rosemary chopped                                                                                                             Salt                                                                                                                                                 Black pepper                                                                                                                             Extra virgin olive oil

Other toppings – Zaa’tar, sumac, dukkah, roasted peppers, caramelized onions, sesame seeds, grapes, cherries etc.

You can also use a combination of whole wheat flour and all purpose flour or only one type of flour. It’s upto you.

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Method:

In the bowl of the standing mixer attached to dough hook, add flour and sugar, salt, yeast and give it a rough mix with a spatula. Then add warm water about (110 F) and start kneading the dough with the help of standing mixer and gradually add olive oil. Let the dough come together. Scrape the bowl once in a while to let all the dry flour mix well.

You can also proof the yeast in warm water with sugar if you are not sure, but I kind of mix everything and it still comes out really good. But, if you think your yeast is old then I would definitely suggest that proof it before kneading the dough.

Another note, if you do not have a standing mixer just use a spatula to mix the dough and knead it with your hands.

Once the dough is formed, oil a bowl and put the dough in it coated well in oil and cover it and let the dough rise until doubled in size at warm place for about 1 – 1 1/2 hours.

Preheat the oven at 400 F.

Once the dough has risen, punch it down and stretch it out in a oiled sheet pan.  Keep the thickness of your choice. I like 1/2 inch thick and then it will rest for some more time and it will be perfect. Cover it with a napkin or plastic wrap and let it rest for about 20 -25 minutes. Don’t keep it more than that.

Once it has rested, uncover and drizzle some olive oil and sprinkle with your choice of toppings, usually I go for the classic rosemary, salt and black pepper. But, you have unlimited choices to add as per your taste bud.

Keep it covered for about 20 minutes or more. Once rested,uncover and make some dimples in the dough. And bake it for about 20 minutes or until it is baked and has some nice golden color on it.

Serve it as side or just enjoy it with some dip  with some chilled wine. In anyways, you will like it. I have tried with Zaa’tar also and it tasted good. You can also make sandwiches out of focaccia bread.focc edited

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Santorini, Greece

I had always dream’ t of visiting these whitewashed buildings. When the dream came to reality, I was beyond thrilled. Everything that we saw in pictures, we were seeing it in reality. Greece is beautiful in pictures but it is more beautiful in reality. The people are so generous, the food is so humble and simple and it offers the best views where ever you are standing.

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This is the famous black sand beach. The sand was really hot. We rented one of the umbrellas and chairs and enjoyed a beach day. Honestly, we liked the beaches in Mykonos more than Santorini. The water was more clean and clear. Santorini is at a very high cliff , so views are spectacular. So, both places offered something different that we like. 10553865_10152607092499272_4694516685813703936_o

The famous red sand beach. People had to climb down the big rocks and go to the beach. It was way too crowded to us and it is small also compared black sand beach. 1956926_10152607095609272_7852147570401738363_o63708_792253290818324_2011481218965561424_n

The place we stayed was so beautiful. We did not stay at the touristy places like Fira or Oia. No doubt they were also beautiful places. But, Akrotiri had its own charm. The picture above is of the inhouse restaurant. The views were spectacular. The chef at the restaurant was one talented young man. He is 23 years old if I am not wrong about his age, but he cooked and presented best food. We still remember the food that we had one night at this place.

We had this view everyday at breakfast.

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with and I think will make you feel the place that Santorini is, serene, beautiful !

Through, these pictures we are reliving the moments that we spent in Santorini. There are so many islands that we could not visit. But, I am sure we will go there once again someday.

All the pictures are our own, Mr. B took them.