Friday, November 21, 2014

REMEMBERING THE SUMMER - PART I

Summer - Geneva Countryside
Spring passes and one remembers one's innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one's exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one's reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one's perseverance.
- Yoko Ono
Although I love autumn's ravishing beauty and serene atmosphere, I must admit that this year, and for the very first time in my life, I am missing the warm season. Having had a grim spring and a depressingly glum July as well as August, I just wasn't ready for fall's arrival. Much to my regret, it came surprisingly early...

You see, I am the kind of person who needs to fully enjoy summer in order to get sick of it and look forward to cooler and moodier weather - in fact, it is exactly the same as with food; one needs to eat a few savory dishes before the urge for dessert makes its appearance. Hence, I feel nostalgic for summer's suffocating exuberance and insolent nonchalance.

Having said this, I am nonetheless really thrilled that autumn's here and that winter's on our doorstep as I am particularly fond of this time of the year. So, bring on the cold weather, frosty sunlight and snowstorms!

Summer - Geneva Countryside

Summer - Geneva 
Countryside

Summer - Geneva 
Countryside

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

BLACK AND WHITE WEDNESDAY #151 - CONCEALED

- Grape Before The Harvest - 
Of what is concealed can also be revealed.
- Pushpa Rana, Just the Way I Feel
This picture was submitted to "Black & White Wednesday", an event created by Susan at "The Well-Seasoned Cook". This week it is hosted by Sanhita at "Pocket Full Of Spices" (click here in order to see who is hosting the next roundup).

Friday, November 14, 2014

HERMANCE'S HIDDEN TREASURES PART II



Hermance Summer 2014

In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject. The little, human detail can become a Leitmotiv.
- Henri Cartier-Bresson

 
The truth of the story lies in the details.
- Paul Auster, The Brooklyn Follies

Friday, November 7, 2014

YUMMY SUPPER COOKBOOK GIVEAWAY WINNER & HERMANCE'S HIDDEN TREASURES PART I


Hermance Summer 2014

Hermance Summer 2014

Hermance Summer 2014

Many thanks to all of you for entering my YummySupper Giveaway. I was delighted to read your lovely comments and to see that so many people from all over the world took part in it. Your participation really means a lot to me...

I am very happy to announce that the lucky winner is
Regula Melo-Jocknevich of "Molly Mell". Congratulations, you just won a copy Erin Scott's cookbook,
"Yummy Supper - 100 Fresh, Luscious & Honest Recipes From A {Gluten-free} Omnivore"!!!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

BLACK AND WHITE WEDNESDAY #150 - AUTUMN'S FINEST FRUIT

Apples On Tree
- Apple Of My Eye -
And when you crush an apple with your teeth, say to it in your heart:
Your seeds shall live in my body,
And the buds of your tomorrow shall blossom in my heart,
And your fragrance shall be my breath,
And together we shall rejoice through all the seasons.”
- Khalil Gibran
This picture was submitted to "Black & White Wednesday", an event created by Susan at "The Well-Seasoned Cook". This week it is hosted by Cinzia at "Cindystarblog" (click here in order to see who is hosting the next roundup).

Friday, October 31, 2014

HAZELNUT MERINGUE CLUSTERS & A GIVEAWAY + BOOK REVIEW: YUMMY SUPPER BY ERIN SCOTT - BISCUITS MERINGUÉS AUX NOISETTES & UN CONCOURS + UNE CHRONIQUE: YUMMY SUPPER PAR ERIN SCOTT


Picture by Erin Scott.

Yummy Supper -
100 Fresh, Luscious & Honest Recipes From A {Gluten-free} Omnivore.

I can't excatly recall when I discovered Yummy Supper, but one thing that I am totally sure of is that the day I first layed my eyes on this unique blog, I knew it was going to get a name sooner or later.

Yummy Supper has it all. The food is wholesome, mouthwatering, fabulous and beautifully staged, the photography is stunning and the site is graphically pleasing. Besides, the talented and charming lady behind it is a kind and enthiusiastic blogger who takes pleasure in interacting with her followers and who treasures what she does.

As my gut feeling is rarely misleading, Erin Scott has managed to capture public attention with her gorgeous award-winning blog and she has just released (on the 19th of August 2014) a magnificent publication of her own via Rodale Books.

True to her generous nature, Erin proposed to send me a copy of her cookbook. What an awesome surprise! Being a big admirer of her work, her alluring offer made me extremely happy and there was no way I was going to refuse it...


Yummy Supper - Erin Scott
Picture by Erin Scott.

Erin Scott is based in Berkeley, California where she lives with her husband and two children. This passionate advocate for food that is healthy, local and sustainable is highly influenced by her legendary neighbors Alice Waters and Michael Pollan, and her work has been featured in Kinfolk, The Huffinghton Post, Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, Food 52, Gourmet.com, Tastespotting, Foodgawker and Fine Cooking.

A voracious eater and home cook, Scott was devastated after she was diagnosed with celiac disease several years ago (her two kids also suffer from the same condition). But, as she is a fighter, instead of giving in and purchasing the easy and bland packaged gluten-free fares, she decided to take her situation in hand and stop aiming her attention on what she couldn't eat and instead, embraced all that she could eat. Her diagnosis was an impetus for her kitchen habits to become richer and more varied. The limitations of her diet forced her to use her creativity and expand her approach of nutrition. As a result of that, she teared out her lawn and transformed her tiny backyard into a lush organic garden.


Yummy Supper - Erin Scott 
          Picture by Erin Scott.
This book shows how to eat with intention - and reveal through simple, vibrant recipes that when you are attuned to freshness, flavor and seasonality, health is the natural outcome.
- Alice Waters
Erin's first cookbook is sublimely crafted, refreshing and offers covenient as well as family-friendly recipes that are original, genuine, soulful, delicious and which focus on seasonality and vibrant natural ingredients. Every dish that is presented in her 256 pages paperback is extremely appealing, colorful and full of oomph.

Organized into whimsical chapters ("Slurp", "Egg", "Veg", "Sea", "Butcher Shop", "Grain + Seed", "Nut", "Fruit", "Kid Favorites" and "Odds + Ends"), Yummy Supper transcends the gluten-free genre and will inspire you to cook real food and motivate you to extend your culinary repertoire.

This book is for conscious people who respect their bodies and the environment, but who also want to find comfort at the table and savor a soul-uplifting meal without restraining themselves or getting involved in overcomplicated culinary projects.


Yummy Supper - Erin Scott 
             Picture by Erin Scott.

I have really enjoyed going through the pages of this delightful cookbook as I can wholly relate to Erin's philosophy and lifestyle. Even if I am not celiac and I love to cook or bake with wheat (and related grains), I nonetheless try to nourish myself with as little gluten-based products as possible since I take my health seriously and aspire to stay slim. In addition, it is important for me to respect the seasons, feed mindfully, have environmentally friendly habits and serve food that is not only eye-catching, but also tasty, whole and lively. And of course, let's not forget to mention Erin's marvelous pictures which never fail to enlighten me and make me drool.

Choosing a recipe to share here with my readers wasn't an easy task (everything looks ever so good and enticing). As a matter of fact, I had to go through the book more than 6 times until I finally made up my mind. So, after a lot of debating, I have decided to prepare "Hazelnut Meringue Clusters".

Also known as "Brutti Ma Buoni" which literally translates as "ugly but good", these hazelnutty meringue bites are a classic Italian treat and despite their rustic looks (uneven shape and cratered surface), they taste absolutely divine and have a ton of personality.

This biscuit is definitely a keeper and so is Erin's recipe. Aside from needing more baking time (is it my oven?), my cookies turned out perfect. They were so exquisite that we could not stop digging into the metallic container for more!


Brutti Ma Buoni Cookies
Hazelnut Meringue Clusters (aka Brutti Ma Buoni)
Recipe by Erin Scott @ Yummy Supper (and slightly adapted by myself).

Ingredients:
1 Cup (120g) Raw Hazelnuts
1/2 Lemon
3 Egg whites, at room temperature
1/2 Cup (105g) Castor/superfine sugar
A pinch of fine sea salt
1 Tsp Pure vanilla extract

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 190°C (375° F). Line 2 baking sheets with parchement paper for baking the meringues later.
2. In a smalll, dry cast iron pan (I used a baking sheet), toast the hazelnuts in the oven for 7 to 10 minutes. Let the nuts cool, then rub off the skins using a clean kitchen towel. Coarsely crush the hazelnuts with a mortar and pestle, or use a heavy chef's knife. Set the nuts aside, and turn the oven to 180° C (350° F).


Egg On Pewter Plate
3. Get out a medium bowl and hand mixer, or a standing mixer with the whisk attachment (it is key to have your blowl and whisk completely grease-free in order to make successful meringues: rub the lemon half all around the inside of your mixing bowl and on the whisk attachment itself). Vigorously whisk the egg whites until soft peakes form. While the mixer is still running, gradually add the sugar, salt and vanilla. Continue high-speed whisking for a few more minutes, until the eggs have formed stiff peaks and become beautifully glossy. Gently fold in the crushed hazelnuts.
4. Scoop small mounds of batter onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 15 minutes (I baked mine for about 20-25 minutes), then turn off the oven and let the meringues continue to crisp in the warm oven for an hour or so.

Remarks:
Store the cookies in an airtight container to preserve crispness.

Serving Suggestions:
Serve with a cup of coffee or a glass of the alcohol of your choice (liquor or dessert wine).


Brutti Ma Buoni Cookies
Biscuits Meringués Aux Noisettes (ou Brutti Ma Buoni)
Recette par Erin Scott @ 
Yummy Supper (et légèrement adaptée par moi-même).
 

Ingrédients:
1 Tasse (120g) de Noisettes entières
1/2 Citron
3 Blancs d'oeufs, à température ambiante
1/2 Tasse (105g) de Sucre semoule
Une pincée de Sel de mer fin
1 CC d'Extrait de vanille pure

Méthode:
1. Préchauffer le four à 190° C. Tapisser 2 plaques à pâtisserie de papier sulfurisé.
2. Dans une petite poêle en fonte (j'ai utilisé une plaque à pâtisserie), torréfier les noisettes au four pendant 7 à 10 minutes. Les laissez refroidir, puis les frotter avec un torchon propre pour les monder. Dans un mortier, concasser grossièrement les noisettes (ou en utiliser un gros couteau). Mettre de côté et régler la température du four à 180° C.


Brutti Ma Buoni Cookies
3. Déposer les blancs d'oeufs dans le bol de votre robot de cuisine (pour réussir vos meringues, il est important que votre bol soit propre et exempt de graisse: frotter la moitié du citron à l'intérieur de votre bol et sur le fouet lui-même). Fouetter énergiquement les blancs d'oeufs jusqu'à formation de pics mous. Ajouter graduellement le sucre, le sel et la vanille. Continuer à fouetter à grande vitesse pendant quelques minutes, jusqu'à ce que les œufs forment de pics fermes et que la masse soit brillante. Incorporer délicatement les noisettes concassées.
4. Déposer des petits tas de meringue sur les plaques à pâtisserie. Faire cuire au four pendant 15 minutes (j'ai fait cuire mes biscuits pendant environ 20-25 minutes), puis éteindre le four et laisser les brutti ma buoni sécher dans le four chaud pendant une heure ou deux (celà les rendra croustillants).

Remarques:
Conserver les biscuits dans une boîte hermétique pour préserver leur croustillant.

Idées de Présentation:

Servir avec une tasse de café ou avec un verre d'alcool de votre choix (liqueur ou vin de dessert).


Brutti Ma Buoni Cookies
GIVEAWAY
One copy of “Yummy Supper”.

Rules and Entry Details
:
- You must leave a COMMENT in the comment section of this post (one entry per person).
- Winner will be chosen using the "hat method".
- Winner will be notified via email (please leave your e-mail adress if you don't have a blog).
- This giveaway is open WORLDWIDE.
- The contest closes on the 6th of November 2015 at 12pm CEST and will be announced on the 7th of November 2014.

Statement:

This giveaway is provided to you by
RODALE BOOKS.
Please note that I only promote things that stay true to my tastes, convictions and interests. The opinions expressed on Rosa's Yummy Yums are purely my own and based upon my personal impressions of the cookbook. I was given a copy of “Yummy Supper”, however I was not paid to publish a positive review.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

NATURE AND RAM SKULL STILL LIFES & A BLOGGING PAUSE...



Lately, I have been suffering from a serious burnout which has left me exhausted and dispirited. I feel completely drained and find no solace in the things I used to enjoy. As result, blogging has become a chore and photography a torture. Instead of being relaxing hobbies, those activities are causing me stress and I can't seem to be able to pull myself together...
You rest now. Rest for longer than you are used to resting. Make a stillness around you, a field of peace. Your best work, the best time of your life will grow out of this peace.
- Peter Heller, The Painter

Every person needs to take one day away.  A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future.  Jobs, family, employers, and friends can exist one day without any one of us, and if our egos permit us to confess, they could exist eternally in our absence.  Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for.  Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.
- Maya Angelou, Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now 
As I cannot continue in this way, I have decided to take a pause from in order to recharge my batteries, carelessly savour life, repossess my inner peace, pamper myself and unwind. So, Rosa's Yummy Yums will be on a two weeks hiatus (during this short period of time I'll also be less present online - Facebook, Twitter, Google +, etc...). But please don't worry, I will resume my activities on the 29th of October 2014...

Take care and see you soon!

Hermance - Flowers

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

BLACK AND WHITE WEDNESDAY #146 - RAM SKULL & EGG STILL LIFE

- Beginning & End -
So familiar are eggs to us, however, that in the eighteenth century they were referred to as cackling farts, on the basis that chickens cackled all the time and eggs came out of the back of them.
- Mark Forsyth, The Horologicon: A Day's Jaunt Through the Lost Words of the English Language
This picture was submitted to "Black & White Wednesday", an event created by Susan at "The Well-Seasoned Cook". This week it is hosted by Cinzia at "Cindystarblog" (click here in order to see who is hosting the next roundup).

Friday, October 3, 2014

A PHOTOGRAPHIC ESSAY - BOATS ON LAKE LÉMAN

Oh the brave Fisher's life, It is the best of any, 'Tis full of pleasure, void of strife, And 'tis belov'd of many: Other joys Are but toys; Only this Lawful is, For our skill Breeds no ill, But content and pleasure.
- Izaak Walton
Looking out over the lake, I felt enveloped in the most peaceful, loving utopia.
- Laurie Kahn

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

BLACK AND WHITE WEDNESDAY #145 - PRODUCE OF OUR TERROIR

- Luscious Grapes -
Grapes are the most noble and challenging of fruits.
Malcolm Dunn, Head Gardener to the 7th Viscount Powerscourt, c 1867 
This picture was submitted to "Black & White Wednesday", an event created by Susan at "The Well-Seasoned Cook". This week it is hosted by Cinzia at "Cindystarblog" (click here in order to see who is hosting the next roundup).