Counterfeit duck confit page 179

I could not find any such thighs so I cheated big time.

I love confit and when we go to a bistro in town I always order confit.

After the tourist bomb hit Iceland we have now people immigrating to our lovely country.  Like the two french men who just opened a french delicatessen shop here in Reykjavík.  We had about 300.00 tourists a year but now we have over 2 millions, it is just plain crazy and the are coming all year round.  Even now when we have only 4 hours of daylight.


I bought the Maison Dubernet in the new store, Labeyrie was bought elsewhere.

We did not have any potatoes in the house so we bought take a way french fries I know not good.

We have so much left over duck fat that I will not have any problems making potatoes in duck fat page 220.  The ingredients for the cassoulet will be harder to find.

This tasted just perfect.



Baba au rhum page 218


We have bought these cakes in France and brought them home and given to my dad who loves them.  I was looking forward to making them, my DH loves them as well.

They are not difficult to make and taste so good.  I made the whole rum syrup recipe but not them cream.

The kids did not like it (they are both over 21) and my small children (10 and 12) had ice-cream.

The grown ups (over 45) all added some dark rum to the baba and that made all the difference.

I´m so doing this again when I have a new bottle of dark rum.


Soft salted-butter caramels page 405


Above the sugar is melting in the pan and below after I added the cream.


For some reason I just could not get the caramel to reach 260 degrees F or maybe I was just very impatient or the pan was too small I was stressed that it would all bubble over.

The caramel was always too soft.  I even put it outside in the frost but nothing.

There was no way I could wrap it or even cut it.  We used it as a sauce for ice-cream.

For us it was too sweat and the rest ended in the bin.

I screwed up some where in the process.

Linger cookies classic page 306

Happy boxing day to you all and happy holidays.

I made the Bonne Idée version.  I did not like all the spices Dorie suggest for the cocoa version.  I did how ever use the chocolate filling. I did not have enough raspberry jam in the house.

I have had problems before with this kind of filling so this time I was extra careful with the temperature of the chocolate it has been known to separate but everything worked out just perfect.

I forgot to just them with icing sugar and they were all gone with in 24 hours of baking.  I think they look very festive.

Celery root salad page 105

This was not the best looking vegetable I ever bought but one of the more delicious ones.

I have never eaten a celery root raw but what a nice surprise.  I thought I had a box of sour cream in the fridge but was mistaken so I skipped that part and my celery root was over 2 kg but it was the smallest I could find.  I loved the dressing, we like mustard and mayo at my house so it was a given.  I had the salad with fish and there was hardly any left.

I also did Potato, basil and feta tortilla.  My mother in law gave me some Piment d’espelette that she brought back from Basque country and I use when I need that spark in my cooking.  I cannot say that my tortilla was a hit.  My son said:  Mom I think you just need more practice.  His nice way to say I don’t like it.

Brown sugar tart page 174


This one was a success.  My mom loved this one as she is not too keen on nuts.  It was like a pecan pie without the pecans.  I served it with whipped cream as a dessert.

I used dark brown sugar and espresso powder and no bacon.  I did not find the tart too sweet.  I used a bit more espresso than asked for.

Too me it the crust was to dark but my DH loved it.  I wished we could buy the crust ready made then making tarts would not take up so much time.  Well it would never be as good as home made.

Dessert Roses page 391

Today is my 3 years blogging anniversary.

I´m celebrating with roses :o)


This was quick and easy to make and very delicious.  I had a PTA meeting and took the roses with me and they did not rest on the table for long.  It was the first thing to go.

I thought I bought the original Kellogg’s but was surprised when I came home as how crunchy they were.  Turns out it was Special K.  oh well.


I used the sweetened shredded coconut and dried cranberries.  Every one loved it.


This only took 15min to make and then rest for 30 min.