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Monday, November 21, 2016

The caramel waffle, a suggestion from Delices and Gourmandises

Want a sweet yet light pastry? Caramel waffle will amaze you with its very light dough and the wide variety of ways it can be enjoyed. Experience something new! Delices and Gourmandises offers you an easy-to-follow recipe using caramel.

Delices and Gourmandises tells all you want to know about waffle

Coming from the Latin "gafrum", which means honeycomb, waffle owes its design to a twelfth century blacksmith who invented a very particular iron that draws honeycombs on the dough. From the original recipe, very simliar the hosts’ (flour and water) to the eighteenth century waffle when eggs and milk were added, this pastry became a tradition in Belgium.

However, it can have différent shapes depending on its origin. For example, you may be surprise to learn that in Liège, waffle is small and rounded with 24 holes, while the Brussels version is rectangular and bigger, with only 20 holes.

The recipe of the caramel waffle by Delices and Gourmandises

To prepare twenty waffles, the ingredients are simple: 500gr of flour, half a liter of milk, 3 eggs, 100gr of butter, 50gr of sugar and some yeast.

Mix the flour, egg yolks, melted butter and yeast in a bowl. Add the cooled milk, and if you like it, a drop of hazelnut liquor or rum.

Thoroughly whisk the eggs to snow with a pinch of salt until stiff and gently fold into the dough.

Let stand 30 minutes and prepare the caramel: heat the sugar in 12,5cl of water. As the caramel starts to colour, lower the heat and gently add 25cl of cold water.

Oil the plate of the waffle iron and pour the dough into it. Three minutes should be enough to bake a waffle on both sides. Serve piping hot, generously coated with caramel.

We invite you to take some time to browse Delices and Gourmandises online catalog. Among other delicacies, you will find a soft and tasty version of the caramel waffle. All you have to before letting it delight your taste buds : a quick warming up!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Taste homemade "congolais" or coconut rocks with the Delices and Gourmandises

You have some egg whites in your fridge ? Delices and Gourmandises has a nice idea to use them : prepare some « congolais » or coconut rocks.

Congolais or coconut rocks: what's the difference?

These two names can be used for this little treat made with egg whites, sugar and coconut powder. The name "congolais" comes from Congo, but in the West Indies, it is called "Rocher coco" (coconut rock). The recipe however remains exactly the same. This pastry is very easy and quick to make. Just one egg white, half a teaspoon of butter, 60 gr of sugar and the same amount of grated coconut are enough to bake a dozen.

The preparation does not take more than 5 minutes, and the cooking does not exceed twenty minutes. All you have to do is beat the egg whites with melted butter and sugar. Once the mixture gets foamy, add the coconut powder and stir well to obtain a paste. Next step is to make small cones, the "congolais" very specific shape, on a baking sheet. All that remains for you now is to bake them at 175° for about 20 minutes.

Delices and Gourmandises tasting tips

To vary the delights, you may customize the Congolese or the coco rock recipe for example by adding some lemon or cinnamon. These litlle cakes are ideal for kids snack time, and of course for the adults greedy pleasures. They can be enjoyed with tea, coffee or hot chocolate. This treat can also be served as an aperitif with a dry and full-bodied red wine. If you lack time to bake them yourself, there’s an easy and quick solution : order from Delices and Gourmandises website.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Try this simple recipe of quince liquor from Delices and Gourmandises

Surprise your guests with irresistible quince liquor: thanks to this recipe from Delices and Gourmandises, its preparation becomes child's play.

Experience a unique taste with Delices and Gourmandises

Quince is an autumn fruit that is usually eaten cooked. You can turn it into in compotes, jelly and jam, or use it as a vegetable in some dishes. The quince tree has been cultivated for about 4,000 years. From Persia - now Iran - the quince was already known by ancient Greeks as the "Cydon apple" or "Cydonia pear", with reference to a Cretan region. The Romans also used it in perfumery.

Delices and Gourmandises offers you to enjoy the unique taste and fragrance of a delicious drink made with quince. It will delight your guests as an aperitif or after a good meal shared with family or friends in an easy-going atmosphere.

Realize your quince liquor with Delights and Delicacies

Here’s your little shopping list for a liter of quince liquor:

- 1 l of fruit alcohol
- 1 kg of quince that have a fragrant smell
- 350 g of sugar
- 2 oranges
- 1 star anise

Very easy to make, quince liquor is accessible even to beginners.

First, prepare the fruits. To remove their fuzz, dip them in water, rub gently with a sponge and dry. Then cut them into pieces. Also wash and cut the two oranges into slices.

You are now ready to prepare the liquor following 3 steps.

1) Pour alcohol fruit in large bowl for maceration.
2) Add the quinces and oranges.
3) Stir in anise and sugar.

And now, voila! All you have to do is let the drink marinate for six weeks. Remember to shake from time to time. After the maceration period, strain and pour into a bottle. Your quince liquor prepare the Delices and Gourmandises way is ready for tasting.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Find out all you need to know about candlestick with Delices and Gourmandises

Despite it might often be overlooked or forgotten, candlestick is an effective decorating item, especially thanks to its comforting glow that gives your home an atmosphere of warmth and mystery. Here are Delices and Gourmandises tips to to brighten up your home with candle holders.

More than a simple accessory

Because it is literally a "light bearer", the candlestick and its multiple branches-derivatives, from candle holders to traditional chandeliers, has always had a a very powerful symbolic value.

The best example is of course the menorah, the seven-branched candelabra know as one of the most ancient and widely used symbols of Judaism, and which candles are lit for Hanukkah. Over the centuries, some thinkers such as the Jewish philosopher Philon d’Alexandrie have even seen in it a representation of the sky.

Delices and Gourmandises decorating ideas and tips about candlesticks

To illuminate your dining room table for festive meal, a candlestick or two have the highest say. Associate it with flowers, matching tablecloth and table runner and you will get back the warm spirit of yesteryear’s celebrations.

However, be careful not to use high candle holders that might fall. We invite you to browse Delices and Gourmandises’ catalog to find a small and very stable Bougeoir Nain, which makes the perfect choice for Christmas or New Year's Eve.

If you have ever used a candlestick, you may have already faced the tedious task of removing wax residue inside of it. How to get rid of it when candle has burned to the end of its usefulness and there’s no wick left? Rather than trying to take out the solidified wax with a knife and damage your candlestick, just pour boiling water over it to get the wax underneath melted. It then becomes much easier to remove.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Try the best strawberry liqueur recipe by Delices and Gourmandises

To be enjoyed as an aperitif or digestif, Delices and Gourmandises wild strawberry liqueur is a sweet and fragrant brew that will appeal all red fruits-based drinks. Here’s a very simple recipe for a delicious homemade liqueur.

Ingredients :

Preparing Delices and Gourmandises wild strawberry is very easy. You only need :

- 500g of wild strawberries
- 1l of 40° brandy or white rum
- 500g of powdered sugar + 20 cl water or sugar cane syrup

If you have the opportunity, go for freshly picked fruits and preferably from organic culture.

How to prepare the liqueur?

It won’t take you long to prepare your wild strawberry liqueur following Delices and Gourmandises recipe but maceration period is a bit longer. However, you won’t regret being patient. Wash carefully yet quickly the strawberries under a under a drizzle of cold water then stalks them. Let them dry on paper towel before putting them in a jar. Pour the brandy or rum over the strawberries and tightly close the jar. Let the fruits macerate in alcohol for a whole month.

Once this is done, filter the juice from the preparation. Make a syrup with the sugar and water. Let cool before adding it to the alcoholic juice. If you used cane sugar syrup, add it slowly to get a pretty sweet mixture to your liking.

Keep your beverage in tightly-sealed jar and just like any alcoholic beverage, enjoy it in moderation.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Delices and Gourmandises : Get food back with priorities

My flatmate and I don’t always agree on who is doing the cooking during the week. In balancing work, outings, study sessions, and anything else that may come at us, food doesn’t always make it on our “to-do” list, and neither does making trips to the grocery. And after a while, the take-out down the road just doesn’t cut it anymore. So, when I heard about Delices and Gourmandises menu of items to be delivered straight to the flat, I had to give it a try. It was definitely one of my better decisions. I have placed three orders so far, with nothing but cheers from my flat mate and friends who have shared the delivered meals with me. Great food, easy ordering, easy delivery.

Delicious meals ready to serve from Delices and Gourmandises

Whether you’re craving some Indian, Chinese, or some more traditional comfort food, Delices and Gourmandises has got it ready for you to order. They even have snacks and appetizers for our more couch centered days, and their meals are great. The butterbean braised lamb is particularly good, although I was hesitant to try it since it is one of my favorite dishes from home. I ventured and it didn’t disappoint! Great sauce and a great combination of flavors that reminded me of mum’s cooking (not that I could ever tell her that). For those who are more upscale than a simple stew, Delices and Gourmandises also offers duck and seafood pates and platters that I’ve heard are great. The stuffed olives and goat cheese crackers are a perfect combination for sharing with some friends. My favorite is the cheese oatcakes (also a childhood memory). Delicious!

No Complaints Here

I have never had a complaint from anyone when we have had the meals or snacks from Delices and Gourmandises. The food is great and the pictures are just as appetizing as the items themselves! There are definitely more items I am interested in trying, but for now I have to say that this is one of the best options when you are tired of cooking or have a busy week ahead and just can’t plan another meal. This is a great way to make it all work!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Pair your ice cream with delicious pastries from Delices and Gourmandises

Ice creams are great dessert and tea time delicacy. Here are some secrets and ideas proposed by Delices and Gourmandises for you to make your snack more original.

A matter of taste

Ice creams are generally really sweet. You can pair them with multiple kinds of pastries or other delicacies to enhance the taste even more. Given the fact that all the ingredients taste amazing, it would be hard to distinguish all the different kinds of flavors you are having.

In order to spice up the flavors of ice cream that are known to have a smooth taste such as vanilla, milk chocolate, and banana, it is better to use acidic product to pair with them. Red fruits coulis are the best flavor enhancers. It is even better if you use slightly salted or caramel flavored products.

In another hand, ice cream with strong flavors such as pistachio, chocolate sorbets, and green lemons pair better with smooth cream in order to alleviate the flavor. In sum, it is all about pairing contrasts.

And of texture

Always in the domain of contrast, but this time concerning texture, Delices and Gourmandises proposes you to always pair ice cream with dry biscuits. Their crispy textures combine perfectly well with the soft property of ice creams.

There is a reason why ice creams are always paired with crispy cat’s tongues. If you want to change a little bit you can also choose to use tuiles, butter biscuits, or other delicacies that you can order directly from Delices and Gourmandises.

Finally, you can always try to use dried fruits or other kinds of jams to complement your ice cream and to get other original taste.