Wednesday, February 21, 2007

A recipe of Gordon Ramsay, again! Marinated mushrooms

I am kind of Gordon Ramsay's recipes: as I have a little time during the holidays, I test a receipt one after another wink as a consequence this evening the dish will be: marinated mushrooms (indeed I prepared them yesterday afternoon wink)

Ingredients:
  • mushrooms
  • shallots
  • tarragon
  • salt, pepper
  • olive oil
  • wine vinegar
Preparations:

Cut shallot into small pieces
Peel mushrooms and cut them in big pieces (look at the picture)
Put olive oil in a large frying pan. There when oil is almost smoking place mushrooms, from time to time return approximately, let them like this during approximatively 5 minutes until they take a pretty gold-translucent color…
Add shallot: cook to the moment shallot becomes translucent
Pour the wine vinegar on the contour of the frying pan (do not pour on the top!)
Carry the wine vinegar to boiling, then finally add the olive oil…
Let cool in a dish at the temperature of the room

an easy dish biggrin you can prepare this dish in advance biggrin Bon appetit

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Potato Parmentier and foie gras

A small receipt containing foie gras that I would like to test razz

Ingredients:
  • 4 escalopes of foie gras
  • 7 Charlotte potatoes of average size
  • 1 small black truffle
  • 3 spoon of olive oil
  • salt, pepper


Preparation:

Cut a half of the truffle in fine slice and hash the other half.
Peel potatoes and place them in a large salted cold water pan.
Carry to boiling then let cook 10 min. Verify with the point of a knife.
Drain and crush with a fork all, and in the same time incorporate in it the olive oil and chopped truffle. Add salt and pepper.
Distribute these mashed potaties in 4 plates.
Make heat a frying pan then make cook escalopes of foie gras 2 min on each side. Add salt and pepper. Decorate plates with truffle.


this dish can be serve with this wine: Sauternes (White, Bordeaux)


Sunday, February 18, 2007

Antipasti: Stuffed courgette rolls

Do you know Gordon Ramsay? it is one of the "grands chefs" in England twisted. English cook is not the best of the world… twisted but at least, they have very good chiefs. And Gordon Ramsay is not one of these good looking chiefs with no personality like Jamie Oliver… Gordon is better, it does not chew its words: it is a kind of Jean Pierre Coffe a little younger, more dynamic and much more talented. When I returned from England, I thus brought back two cookbooks by Gordon Ramsay wink and my girlfriend tested (for me) one of the receipt: Stuffed courgette rolls




Ingredients:

  • 4 small courgettes
  • olive oil
  • 250g of ricotta
  • juice of a half-lemon
  • salt pepper
  • sheets of basilica
  • pinion of pine
  • balsamic vinegar
Preparation:

Cut courgettes in length using a mandoline. Place them in a dish, sprinkle them of olive oil, salt, pepper and place in the fridge during 20 minutes.

Mix the ricotta with the lemon juice, a little olive oil and add salt and pepper as much as you want. Cook pinions of pine in a small frying pan… and add them to the mixture.

Form small balls of the mixture and to roll up them in the courgettes ribbons.


If after this receipt you do not want to know Gordon Ramsay… moreover one of its restaurants: P├ętrus in Knightsbridge (London) received its second star with the Michelin guide.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Sony Ericsson w810i and Linux

Despite all problems I had to stop my phone subscription at Orange twisted, my new subscription will be an Orange one biggrin, after all, they are not so bad lol, my choice was a little quickly and I chose a Sony Ericsson w810i wink, I would have to check the compatibility of this telephone with Linux… Indeed I would like to be able to synchronize it with Kontact razz, in particular the calendar, To-do and the list of contacts… If like me you have large fingers: the keyboard of the portable telephone can be for you a nightmare rolleyes


The good point of Sony Ericsson w810i is that it is provided with a USB cable to connect it with your PC, when it is connected, two modes are available:

  1. File transfer
  2. phone mode
The “File transfer” mode allows you to transfer the data from your mobile phone to Linux. But I have not yet succeed to make the contrary… sad The phone mode can be used with Kmobiltools to see contacts, the SMS sent and receives, to telephone and send SMS. But I still did not find the ultimate tool allowing me to synchronize my mobile phone with my KDE rolleyes with the USB link, for that I am testing some software:
  1. Kandy: hmmm… that does not work!
  2. Kmobiletools: works very well but it is not what I am looking for
  3. Wammu/Gammu: the X interface is very ugly but this software seems to works well when it does not freeze
  4. Gnokii: command line tool and requires to create yourself a configuration file. Kontact uses this tool by default, but that does not work very well
  5. GCALSYNC: that deviates a little my wired vision of a local synchronisation, but that will at least enable me to manage correctly my schedule.
For the moment I am reduce to synchronize my telephone under Windows… and synchronise Windows with Linux… this is not the universal panacea evil but I seek and hope well to find a perfect solution