Monthly Archives: November 2008

Beaujolais nouveau

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It’s this time of the year again. Every third thursday of November, the “Beaujolais nouveau est arrive!”. Or The Beaujolais nouveau is finally here! 

Beaujolais Nouveau is a red wine made from Gamay grapes, in Burgundy. It’s fermented for a few weeks only, and actually never, ever, ever taste good. But it’s a tradition. And a good one!

Beaujolais is a cheap wine, with no pretension other than making sure you have a good time with friends and family. It’s also an amazing marketing event, driven by George Duboeuf, the creator of this trend. Every third thursday, it’s released to the public, and everyone wants to try it. The joke is always to say that it’s actually a good year, but deep inside, everybody knows that it’s not that good. But for one night only, we keep drinking it. Then, we wait for next year!

For the people at the office, you’re lucky, i’m going to bring a case of this amazing wine ;). For the others, you can find it in many wine stores and restaurants these days!

If you want to know more about Beaujolais Nouveau, Wikipedia has a great article

Rock shrimps and prawns salad

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The weather has been extremely warm recently in San Francisco. Last week-end, I was supposed to cook a three courses meal for some friends, and it was so hot that I was really wondering what type of food we could have with this temperature. All kinds of ideas went through my mind, but I decided to create a very fresh salad, with prawns and rock shrimps. 

Rock shrimps are actually quite interesting to cook with. It can be very mushy and not good if you’re not careful. But if fresh and well cooked, it’s delicious. 

The recipe for this salad is very simple. For your preparation, minced some garlic and shallots, roughly chop some mint, and finely chop some cilantro. Throw the prawns in some boiling water with lot of pepper and some salt, after 2 minutes, remove them, and then throw the rock shrimp. One minute later, they’re cooked! Throw the prawns and shrimp in ice cold water. 

Mix some mache salad with the mint, garlic, shallots and cilantro. Add some pepper and salt. Add the shrimp and the prawns. Then add the juice of 1 lime. Add a little bit of olive oil. Salt. Done

This is a very easy and refreshing dish. 

Have fun!
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