Friday, May 29, 2009

Fruit Chunks Dipped in Chocolate

This is a great dessert for an "apératif dinatoire" (cocktail dinner). It's easy and beautiful.

What you need:

Dark chocolate which is low in sugar (10 grams per person)
Speculos (2 per person)
Cream (1/2 teaspoon per person)

What to do:

Cut the fruit into thick chunks (except the strawberries which you leave whole, cutting off the greens)

Melt the chocolate with enough cream to make it smooth on low heat.

Crush the speculos in a shallow bowl.

Poke a toothpick into each chunk of fruit then dip them halfway into the melted chocolate and dip again into the crushed speculos cookies.

Arrange them on a platter and cool in the refrigerator for about half an hour.

If you are following the Weight Watchers program, this counts as only 2 points!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Ginger Pork Filets

Here's a quick and economical recipe.

What you'll need:

1 pork filet
1 pink grapefruit
1 red apple
1 green apple
Ground ginger
Olive Oil or butter (2 teaspoons for a non-stick pan)
A teaspoon of honey


Peel and cut the grapefruit into slices, removing all the white parts. Cut the apples in quarters. Heat half the oil or butter in a deep dish frying pan on medium heat. Add the fruit and toss until the pieces just start to brown and soften. Remove onto a plate and whipe the frying pan off to eliminate the moisture. Heat the rest of the oil or butter. Slice the pork filet then cook them in the pan making sure not to overcook. Brush on the honey and powder the meat with the ground ginger just before the meat is cooked. Add salt and pepper.


Arrange the grapefruit slices on one side of the platter, the apple slices on the other, alternating green/red. Arrange the pork slices down the center and serve with a potato side dish.