It’s been a while since I’ve last made Amandalice…that’s what my dear ones call my homemade almond spread (almond in french is amande + Alice = Amandalice). My daughter came in the door after school today and ran into the kitchen all excited, yelling “I smell Amandalice!!!!” and started digging into the jar.
Amandalice is a delicious homemade spread suitable for breakfast or snacks. I love to spread it on toasted french baguettes but it’s basically good with any kind of bread or crackers.
Grill the almonds in the oven at 180°C (350°F) for 15 minutes.
Leave almonds to cool down a bit.
Put almonds in a food processor and mix until it reaches a purée texture. This procedure takes time and patience. Stop once in a while to scrape down the almonds with a spatule as they tend to pile up on the side of the bowl. You might need to do this up to 7 times, depending on each food processor.
DO NOT ADD ANY OTHER INGREDIENTS UNTIL YOU’VE REACHED THE PURÉE TEXTURE !
Add both sugars, honey, salt, and vanilla extract and mix again.
Put the spread into a covered jar and can be kept for at least a month in the refrigerator, but at my home, it never lasts that long.
My favorite ingredient in this salad is the lentil sprouts. As usual, I bought them at my favorite local organic store called Naturenville in Levallois Perret. This is the only place so far where I can find all different kinds of sprouts. I simply love the texture they add to my salads, a bit of crunchiness and chewiness.
Rinse and tear the kale leaves into pieces. Discard the stems.
Heat a medium pot of salted water to boil. Turn off the fire and add the kale leaves. Leave for 1 minute and take them out to drain (without throwing away the water). In the same pot of water, then add the lentil sprouts and leave for 1 minute and take them out to drain (don’t throw the water yet). Leave both to cool
In the same pot of water, put the egg and bring to boil for about 7 minutes.
While the egg is boiling, cut the avocado and chop the fresh mint and coriander leaves.
Peel and dice the boiled egg.
Top your salad with the goat cheese, salmon eggs and chopped leaves.
This is one of my husband’s favorite dessert. Once he tasted my friend Cath’s homemade tarte au citron meringuée, he immediately asked her to teach me and Cath generously organised an “atelier de cuisine” and showed me how to make it. When I made this for one of my dinners at home, my son tasted it and asked where I bought it…ha ha ha…I certainly take it as a compliment.
So with Cath’s thumbs up, I am sharing this delicious recipe with you.
I don’t spend much time cooking, but when I do, the recipe must be easy and quick. I can be VERY patient creating an object, but not for cooking. Especially on weekends, when we are at our country house, my children love to invite friends over for lunch. We share the house with my sister-in-law who has 2 boys, so for each meal, we’re always at least 6 or 7. What best than making a huge plate of fried rice or fried noodles? Everyone seems to enjoy coming lunch at home.
So here goes my first attempt of posting a recipe: (more…)