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French Food Inspiration

Well, I am back from Seattle and definitely still dreaming of the town nestled between pine trees, with shops and restaurants stacked on hilly streets and the salty sea surrounding the gorgeous charming victorian homes….

Okay on to some food…

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By the way, since I have come back from Paris I have been inspired to make bread. My own bread. With a boulangerie on every street corner in Paris it was hard not to be. I gave myself a small goal of sticking to bread making once per month. I am amazed that now this lofty goal has turned into a habit of once a weekend! When I am not traveling of course. I have adopted the french breakfast for the most part which consists of a hunk of baguette split down the middle and toasted, then spread with salted butter and all fruit jam. In France they call it a ” tartine.” Oh and a cafe au lait of course! It just adds such a pleasure to the start of my day and I think of all the Parisians doing the same thing and it causes a smile to line my face…

I just think of all the diet gurus saying “No, that is all white carbs with sugar from the jam and no protein.” Well, my argument is, it keeps me energized and I feel great until lunchtime. It feels light and pleasurable to me…plus I get a little protein from the milk in my coffee 😉 There are times when I add fruit but not everyday. I make my baguettes with organic flour, yeast, water and sea salt. How bad can that be?! Anyways, I am excited to post more bread recipes to this site…for now if you want to make baguettes in just 3 hours total time…go the the recipe section on this site.

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Organic Baguettes with Rosemary, Salted Butter & all Natural Raspberry Jam

 

Enough about the baguettes, the other night I made the most incredible warm kale salad that I have to share with you!

I was dreaming of a warm duck salad with a poached egg that I had ordered in Paris and wanted to do a recipe with the same textures and tastes but with a twist of course. A poached egg with the runny yolk coating the sautéed greens and a hunk of country bread to soak it up… so incredibly satisfying.

 

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Yes ladies and gentlemen this was divine!

This salad starts with caramelizing a red onion, browning some chicken apple sausage, adding in two very large handfuls of kale and topping it off with a poached egg and balsamic vinegar. Seriously make this! So simple.

 

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I found this wonderful chicken sausage at Trader Joes. Try to buy an all natural chicken sausage and remove the casing (if you are not aware of what sausage casing is just google it!)

 

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I needed to make this dinner fast…It was a not enough time in the day type of moments so I microwaved an egg to poach it. Yes, microwave…here’s how.

Microwave Poached Egg

Add 1/2 cup water, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp vinegar to a microwave safe bowl. Gently slide in your cracked egg. Microwave for 2 minutes, 15 seconds. Let sit in the bowl surrounded by the water for 1 minute. Carefully (egg is very delicate) spoon out your egg from the bowl with a slotted spoon to drain the excess water. My egg was perfectly poached from this method …amazing!

 

Warm Kale Salad with Chicken Apple Sausage, Caramelized Onions, Poached Egg and Balsamic 

serves 1

Ingredients:

1/2 red onion, thinly sliced

1 tbsp olive oil

1 link chicken sausage, casing removed and chopped

2-3 large handfuls of Kale

1-2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

1 egg, poached

salt and pepper to taste

Procedure:

Start by sautéing your onion in olive oil…10-15 minutes until caramelized and golden brown. Salt and pepper your onions. Do this over medium heat. Add your chopped chicken sausage and sauté for a few minutes. Then add in your raw kale. Sauté until wilted, about 5 more minutes. Salt and pepper your dish again- trust me! Meanwhile poach your egg. Plate your kale sauté, top with a poached egg and drizzle balsamic vinegar over the entire dish. Enjoy with some crusty bread!

 

I am heading to San Francisco today! I will be attending a Fancy Food Show…excited. Hopefully I will post from the city! Have a great weekend everyone!

4 thoughts on “French Food Inspiration

  1. Hi krista I love your baking bread so often. Nothing like it. Your food looks wonderful. I’m so glad your going to San Francisco. Sounds like you will have a pleasurable experience. I call it the food city. I love it. It’s my sisters birthday the family are all coming for dinner. I am serving spanakopita and your dads salami for appetizers then roasted leg of lamb greek potatoes with lemon olive oil garlic and oregano. Greek carrots sautéed in butter and white wine salad and of course bread. Homemade chocolate fudge cake with walnut fudge frosting. Wish u were here so I could share. Until next time. Evelyn

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  2. All I can say is yum!
    Thanks for the delicious kale salad recipe !!
    Hug and a wink!
    Love,
    Aunt Jenny

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  3. Such a simple pleasure reading your blog Krista. I love this kale recipe and l anticipate the next one.

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