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Blackberry & Grape Fruit Salad

Surprise! We are delighted to share what has been keeping us foodies really busy. We are featured on this months’ Kitchen and Table Catalog from Cemaco! The first of five recipes is this Blackberry & Green Grape Fruit Salad adaptation from an earlier version posted right here at TFK. This time, we added more green grapes and it came out delicious. At the end of this post, you will find the products from Cemaco that we used to prepare this recipe in our kitchens.

This fruit salad is perfect for these summer days that are perfect for brunch, either with family, friends, or both! The best part of this recipe is that it’s incredibly easy to make. You just need to squeeze the lemon juice and mix it with the sugar. Let it stand and toss the fruits with it. Add the almonds when serving… and it’s ready! See? So easy. Plus, you can make it a day ahead of your brunch and have it already for your guests.

Helga & Kitty

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Julia Child’s Quiche Lorraine

It’s no secret that we are huge fans of Julia Child. We both have our Mastering the Art of French Cooking books and we both enjoy watching her videos. This is the second recipe I’ve posted from Julia. The first was Reine de Saba, her favorite chocolate and almond french cake. My second recipe is her Quiche Lorraine.

At home, usually on Sundays the one who makes breakfast is dad, since he’s the one that wakes up earlier than the rest of us most of the times. This Sunday I thought I’d surprise him with making breakfast… and a nice one! I had a pastry dough disc from a recipe I made a few days ago, so I just rolled it out and baked it filled with dried beans so it wouldn’t puff up. Oh, and the dish (the Quiche dish, that is), it’s my favorite now. Last Thursday we went out with Helga to get some props for foodies, and in one of our stops… I saw it! It’s gorgeous, white and incredibly cute. So, it was a perfect fit for both a family breakfast and a Julia recipe.

Now, about the recipe… Have you ever simmered bacon? I never heard of it until I read this recipe. The reason you simmer the bacon strips is to get rid the bacon of its smokiness. If you don’t simmer the bacon, the entire dish will have that smoky flavor… And we don’t want a smoky Quiche. Besides that, this is the perfect dish to prepare ahead. You can easily prepare the mixture and partially bake the shell the night before and just finish baking it just before serving. As Julia states in her book: Half an hour before serving, the filling is poured into the shell and the Quiche is set up in a 375º degree oven. In 25 to 30 minutes the Quiche will have puffed and the top browned. It will stay puffed for 10 minutes and as it cools it will sink down.

So there you have it, tips from Julia herself.

Bon Appétit!


Julia Child's Quiche Lorraine

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Blackberry and Grape Fruit Salad

It was my mom’s birthday last month, and as part of her celebrations I invited her and my sisters over to have breakfast at my apartment.  I browsed through our recipes and decided to make our Chocolate Pancakes (this was a hugely successful recipe), and some Banana Blueberry Pancakes as well.  I used our Blueberry Pancake recipe, and just added 1 pureed banana to the mix.

This post is really about the fruit salad I made, but I also wanted to share photos of everything I served so you can get ideas for your next breakfast or brunch get together. The menu featured store-bought croissants, a platter of cheese, ham and grapes, fruit salad, chocolate pancakes, blueberry-banana pancakes, whipped cream, mango juice and coffee. I also had a little bowl with pastel colored little meringues, just because they looked pretty.  I always try to mix different flavors in all my menus so I had something salty, something sweet and something fresh to offer.

This salad is different from what you would usually expect,  it includes blackberries, plums, and grapes.  I skipped on the blueberries, since all I can get my hands on around here are frozen ones, so I just added more blackberries and I also decided to add some green grapes and almonds to the mix, which gave it a nice pop of color.

Happy Birthday Mom!


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