La Galette des rois .. a French treats

La Galette des Rois, traditional recipe .

Traditionally, the galette des Rois is made to celebrate Epiphany, which falls on the 6th of January, twelve days after Christmas. The cake is eaten in celebration of the arrival of the three kings who have travelled from afar with gifts for the newborn baby. In practice, people eat this galette throughout January and, dare I say, it is a rather unreligious event for most.

A dried bean, known as la fève, is hidden in the cake, and whoever receives the bean in his piece of cake, is crowned king or queen for the duration of the party. Other popular traditions, include having the youngest member of the gathering sit under the table and designate to whom each piece of cake should be served.\

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Baking time: 30 min

  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup ground almonds
  • 2 eggs + 1 egg for painting
  • 1 tablespoon rum (optional)
  • 1 pound puff pastry (2 rounds)
  • 1 large dry bean or fève figurine

To make the frangipane, blend the butter with the sugar until well combined. Blend in the almonds thoroughly. Beat in the 2 eggs one at a time and then the rum if you are using it.

In a small bowl, beat the remaining egg.

Roll out half of the puff pastry into a round about 12 inches in diameter. Place it on a wax paper lined baking sheet. Using a pastry brush, paint the outer 1 1/2 inch circumference of the pastry with beaten egg.

Spread the frangipane in a round in the center of the pastry so that it just meets the painted on egg. Press the bean into the frangipane somewhere close to the outer edge.

Place the other puff pastry (rolled out into an equally sized round) on top of the first. Use the times of a fork to press the edges closed. Brush the top of the galette with the beaten egg.

Use a paring knife to etch a pretty pattern into the top of the galette. Traditionally this is in a cross-hatch pattern, or concentric half circles, but you can make up your own pattern if you are feeling creative. Don’t cut through the pastry, just etch.

Cut a small hole in the center of the pastry to allow steam to escape. Place the galette in the refrigerator to cool for at least 30 minutes before baking. You can make it a day in advance as well – just be sure to keep it refrigerated.

Preheat the oven to 200°F. Place the refrigerated galette in the center of the oven and bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until the top is dark golden brown. Serve warm.

Makes 8 servings.

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Pea Soupe a la Francaise served Hot or Cold

This is on of the best Pea soup recipe for Spring and Summer !

Pea soupe by Bertrand munier

Ingredients 
600 g shelled peas
4 spring onions
6 lettuce leaves or a big heart
1 tsp tablespoon olive oil
1 liter of water
4 c. tablespoons heavy cream
Salt and pepper
Shell the peas, peel and chop onions, wash the lettuce leaves.Heat the oil in a skillet on medium heat, add onions and let them meltwithout browning, then add the lettuce and peas, pour water, add salt, bring to a simmer and simmer for 20 to 25 min.When the peas are cooked, blend the soup in a blender or hand blenderuntil smooth.Put on low heat, add pepper and heavy cream, stirring, remove from heat tothe first stirrings.

Serve hot or cold .

Bon Appetit
Bertrand

Saveur The Provence, The french Pissaladiere

What about the Pissaladiere

The pissaladière is a culinary specialty of the region of Nice. Sometimes considered a variant of the pizza, pissaladière is certainly made ​​with the Bead dough, but doesn’t have any tomato  . The pissalat is a paste made ​​from salted sardines and anchovies, which is essential in making the pissaladière.
To decorate the pissaladière a few anchovy fillets and  small black olives.
recipe of the Nice Pissaladiere

Ingredients for 6:

A bread dough (300g) or Puff Pastry
1 kg of sweet onions (white)
olive oil
thyme, rosemary
2 c.café of pissalat (paste salted sardines and anchovies)
6 anchovy fillets with salt
6 small black olives

Peel and shop the onions. In a Pan, sauté the onions in olive oil. Add herbs and a glass of water, then cover to let it ste wan hour over very low heat until onions are soft but not browned.

Remove from heat, remove the herbs and stir in onion confit pissalat.

Pissalat to replace, reduce some mashed anchovies after being rinsed withwater.

Spread batter into a greased pie dish. Spread the onions in a thick layer over the dough and return the edges of the pastry over the onions. Garnish with anchovies and black olives.

Bake in a moderate oven 190 to 200 degrees, about 30 minutes until the pastry is blonde and onions top lightly browned.

Serve warm .

Bon appetit

Bertrand

Home Party! Spring and Summer Menu!

New Carte Spring an Summer 2011

Ideal party delivery is designed to make your life easier and we’re passionate about making our food with the best fresh ingredients . That’s why all our recipes are created by Bertrand Munier.

Delicious Canapes selection to a superb dinner party have all been designed for you by Bertrand Munier to suit every taste. Most of dishes are easy to eat or easy to heat so you can enjoy your Party with less stress. We only use the freshest local ingredients with no additives or preservatives for our freshly prepared dishes.

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Planning a dinner or a party?

You can order food online or by phone. Our catering service is perfect for office lunches, dinners, canapes cocktail and buffet, we’ll even deliver direct to your workplace

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New article from France in London

News article about Bertrand Munier (ideal party)

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Get the caterers in. Whether you choose to use professional help for one course or all, there is no shame in this; people will certainly not think less of you for providing them with delicious canapés and restaurant-style meals. It may cost that little bit extra, but sometimes, when you balance that out against time spent cooking and clearing up afterwards, it really is worth it. Once again, the caterers you choose depend on what kind of evening you are going for.

Bertrand Munier is definitely an address I am glad to have, and which has helped me out on a number of occasions. He provides absolutely delicious food from the freshest local ingredients without additives or preservatives at good prices, be it for a private dinner for friends, a larger family gathering or even a business lunch. Munier’s “Ideal Party” service will make wonderful canapés selections for up to 300 guests and even a three course meal for a little as 6 or as many as 115 people.

From 3 course meals to buffets and canapes, Munier’s creations are beautiful and delicious

And if you want to cheat a bit, you could even get the meals pre-prepared and delivered to your door ready to be heated up and layed out by you and nobody would be any the wiser(minimum London delivery is £95)…

 

 

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Private dinner Party autumn and winter

From dinner parties to buffets and cocktail parties, our service allows you the intimacy and tranquility of your own home while enjoying a delicious and effortless meal cooked by a professional chef. We can also deliver an exclusive selection of dishes to your home.

Please Note: Depending on the event or party, you may need to hire professional equipment (cutlery, tables, chairs, napkins, table cloths…) as well as professional staff such as a butler, waiters, cloakroom…

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We serve:
Dinner and lunch – from 6 to 100 people
Cocktail Parties – from 20 to 300 people
Buffets – from 10 to 80 people

We offer you bespoke service to match your taste and budget.

During the event, we will supervise personnel and ensure a fast and smooth service.

For that special event, whether you require an unforgettable creation to grace an engagement party or a magnificent centre-piece for a wedding reception, or simply to celebrate a birthday, our pastry chef will provide a memorable cake tailored to your requirements.