The inspiration for these rich and flavorful chocolate palettes (rounds) came from a very chi-chi restaurant cookbook called Eleven Madison Park: The Cookbook. I’ve never eaten at the restaurant, but I heard from the friend who gave me this book as a present that Eleven Madison Park is one of the most extraordinary, upscale restaurants in NYC. You can tell that the food is exquisite just by looking at the stunning pictures in the book. Next time I’m in New York, I will have to eat there (and take Alex, too; he adores this book even more than I do.) This cookbook is neither typical nor practical. Quite the opposite: the recipes are fancy, exotic and sophisticated. It’s beautiful and inspiring. I actually find it very useful. I have never actually cooked any actual recipe from this book, “by the book,” but I’ve concocted many dishes influenced by the brilliant food combinations, unique flavors, and professional techniques. For me, it’s enough to read the recipe title and scan the picture of the dish to lead me to create my own, simpler version. You could say that simplifying recipes is my specialty. It’s something that I really enjoy about cooking: taking old-fashioned, traditional dishes, then modernizing and simplifying them. Or the opposite: taking a modern, sophisticated dish, and turning it into an easy-to-make, home-cooked dish. That’s exactly what I did with these fancy chocolate palettes.
Leo: Mommy, I feel bad saying that my french toast is delicious.
Long time, no write!
Two days ago I arrived back from a magical week in Paris – a trip which my mother, older sister and I have been dreaming about and planing for years. My aunt Shuli tagged along. For my mother and sister, it was their first time in Paris. Up until the sixth day of our trip everything went well and we had a great time.
While I gather my thoughts and all the notes I took about my favorite places to eat, I will first share the only “non-magical” moment, to get it out of the way, and so I don’t have to mention it in my next post about Paris. Perhaps some of you who are planning to visit in Europe would benefit from my story. Continue reading