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Double Chocolate & Vanilla Bean Muffins

Double Chocolate & Vanilla Bean Muffins

Last week I went away for a few days to spend some time with my mom and sisters in New York City. It was kind of family bachelorette party! We had the best of times! I had a plan for when I left: I wanted to leave some delicious things for my boyfriend to eat while I was away.The first thing that came to mind was something for breakfast.
He loves, loves muffins so I thought I might bake some chocolate chip muffins for him to enjoy over the weekend. I was going to leave some on the counter for him to eat over the first few mornings I wouldn’t be home, and freeze the rest so he could still enjoy fresh baked muffins the rest of the week. He had only to remove the muffin form the freezer the night before, and heat it for 5 minutes in the morning while he brushed his teeth! Piece of cake!
Double Chocolate & Vanilla Bean Muffins
Chanterelles & Chicken Tartelettes

Chanterelles & Chicken Tartelettes

A little confession: many times I cook based of what I can find in my fridge and freezer. Other times I shop to cook something specific, when I have a special craving or we are having people over. Otherwise I'm not as organized as I would like to. I don't plan a menu for the week and shop accordingly, although I should. Instead I shop for the week with no plan in mind, and then go from there. If I could I'd choose option two: a place where I’m organized and don’t have to run down to the supermarket because I decided to make a Spanish omelette because I had a big batch of potatoes and later realized I had no eggs!!
In my y universe we improvise, and this is exactly how this recipe came to life. With a run to the supermarket to get cream included!
Chanterelles & Chicken Tartelettes
Cod with Espelette Pepper Clafoutis

Cod with Espelette Pepper Clafoutis

I love fish and I like to eat a lot of it. I normally eat it a la "poele" which means cooked in a pan with a drizzle of olive oil or butter a few minutes on each side, and you are good to go. Easy, healthy and somewhat quick. I could eat this very often. According to my boyfriend, too often. He’s not a big fan! Sad face.
I had to come up with a different way to present plain old Cod to him. Suddenly I remembered that when I studied al Lenôtre we once made a fish clafoutis of some kind. I remember being so positively surprised I ate the whole thing without breathing. My teacher at the time was a Meilleur Ouvrier de France (best craftsman of France, which is the highest distinction a Chef can get here. It’s a huge deal!), so obviously his clafoutis was heavenly, perfect I would say. With this in mind I decided to give it a try and was quite pleased with the results.
Cod with Espelette Pepper Clafoutis