Tea Time-Lauderée Thé Fleur d'Oranger

I’m adding this tea to my list of favorites. Ladurée’s Fleur d’ Oranger smells heavenly and tastes exactly the same. It’s a combination of Oolong tea and orange blossom. A perfect match.

Recipe of the Week-Pasta Sauce

In the time it takes for the pasta to cook, you can make this homemade pasta sauce. It’s delicious so much better than the grocery store jar stuff.

  • 2lbs chopped tomatos (I use Roma)
  • 1 clove grated garlic
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3oz lardons/fatty bacon/pork belly sliced into matchsticks
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp herbs de Provence or Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/8cup white wine (Do NOT substitute with red)
  • 1lb penne pasta
  • Fresh basil
  • Fresh grated parmesan
  • Put on pot of hot salty water for the pasta.
  • In a pan, add olive oil and brown the lardons about 5 minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes, garlic, sugar, seasonings, and a grind of black pepper.
  • Simmer over medium heat for about 3 minutes.
  • Add the wine and simmer an additional 10 minutes until it’s saucy.
  • In the meantime, you cook the pasta, drain, and then add to the sauce.
  • Top with basil and parmesan.

via Dinner Chez Moi

Recipe of the Week-Homemade Bread

Making bread is easy and forgiving, but time consuming. The ingredients are simple: flour, water, salt, yeast. I thought throughout the process I was basically just making a mess, but in the end it tasted great.

Step one: Mix the ingredients and wait.

Step two: Knead, cover, and wait a long time.

The next morning, this happened. There was no mention of bubbles in the recipe and the consistency certainly was not dough. It also had not doubled or tripled in size. I was highly doubtful of success at this point, but I kept on going. I “folded my dough” a few more times, covered, and waited some more.

The recipe said, put the seam side of the dough up in the dutch oven. I poured mine in.

45 minutes later, hot out of the oven, I was happily surprised with this beauty.

Unfortunately, I didn’t oil my pot and it completely burnt/stuck to the bottom. I managed to cut it out. It was still pretty and tasty!

Making bread is a one and done for me. I’ve done it, but I’ll be buying it from a bakery from now on. It only lasts a few days. For a household of two and when only one eats bread, it’s just too much.

I found this recipe on lucylean.com. I would post it here, but there are alot of details/tips she gives when making this recipe.

Recipe of the Week- Pork Soup

I had big dreams for the pork I bought, but it seemed every recipe I found had an ingredient I didn’t have. It was time to improvise which usually does not have a good outcome when it comes to me in the kitchen.

I started with cooking the pork pieces into a pot with sautéed onion and garlic. Then I decided to throw in some paprika and beef broth. I was on my way to making soup. Not the most exciting recipe, but true to my 2020 goal: I’ve never made a pork soup.

I did the usual adding tomato, celery, carrot, s&p, herbs de Provence. It was just okay tasting. Then I added the ingredient that made this soup delish: Fennel seed. Once I added this, it all came together scrumptiously.

In true form, I added shredded parmesan cheese because everything is better with cheese. In my opinion, cheese is similar to bacon in this way.

Covet Corner-Jan 2020

Ingredients LDN Safari Daybed

Bellocq Tea

Feed Market Tote

Zara Home Dishes

Square toed sandals

Recipe of the Week-Mint Syrup

Im starting off my 2020 goal of a new weekly recipe simply with this Mint Syrup from the book Joie de Vivre. Is a simple syrup even a recipe? Maybe not, but I’ve never made it before so it counts. My goal, my rules. Lol

You can use this syrup for cocktails; however, I’ve been adding it to mineral water or tea.

1 cup sugar dissolved in 2 cups water on the stove. Add a handful of mint and bring to a boil. Then turn the stove off, let cool, and strain. Store in the refrigerator. Easy peasy and I got to use my own mint. Two thumbs up.

Tea Time-Fortnum & Mason Elderflower Green Tea

I was shopping in Palacio del Hierro and in the gourmet foods area I found Fortnum & Mason teas. Fortnum & Mason is an upscale/iconic store in England and known for it’s gift baskets (hampers) full of their own goodies. (Their jams have been on my ‘Want to Try’ list for awhile now. ) They also have their own tea house and restaurant. And did I mention it was established in 1707…

There wasn’t a large selection, but I found this Elderflower flavor which I had been wanting to try in a cocktail. Tea’s the next best thing.

While I’m not head over heels for this flavor, this green tea is light and fresh. The Elderflower gives it a slightly sweet, floral taste that I would enjoy even more in the Springtime.