Coconut bites (“Congolais”) The coconut bites were one of my favorite treat as a child. And I still think it’s really enjoyable. The recipe is extremely simple and quick. A homemade 4 o’clock in just a minute. I tried to use a pastry bag to shape the bites but the texture is really thick. It might work if you have a big tip. Otherwise, just have fun – with or without kids – shaping them with hands.
Ingredients (for 18 coconut bites):
150g/5,3oz grated coconut
3 egg whites
Directions: Preheat the oven to 200°C/390°F Mix all the ingredients together. – Optional: Christophe Felder, French pastry chef, recommends to cook the ingredients for 10 minutes in a bain-marie before cooking in the oven. It reduces the oven cooking time and help keeping the cake’s heart more tender. – Make some small pyramids and shape the bites as you like. Place them on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Cook for 15 minutes.
Financier cakes are lovely little rectangular cakes for tea time. It’s usually made with whisked egg whites. But running out of eggs and having tofu, I tried this variation replacing the eggs by soft tofu and so reducing the fat too. Result : a good low-fat option for sweet spongy cakes with the inconvenient of having to be consumed quickly (within the day is better) to keep a nice texture. The ordinal recipe can be kept longer.
Green tea (matcha) financier cakes – egg-free
200g/7oz soft tofu
150g/5,3oz icing sugar
50g/1,8oz all-purpose flour
80g/2,8oz almond powder
1 teaspoon of green tea powder (matcha)
1 pinch of salt
Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F.
In a robot, mix the soft tofu, almond powder , flour, tea matcha and salt. Melt the butter and add it to the preparation. Mix again.
Pour the preparation in financier mold – I use silicon mold so I don’t need to grease it.
Yvan Cadiou is certainly never at a loss for words. Both cook and actor at heart, he knows how to run the show. For the semaine du goût (the taste week), he’ll present his nomadic cuisine for 5 days in 5 different Naturalia shops in Paris. Equipped with his cooking briefcase, the travelling cook moves from one place to the other and installs his itinerant kitchen anywhere he goes like in his show J’irai cuisiner chez vous. In Naturalia shops, he feels just like home and goes from shelve to shelve to pick up the product he likes to twist the recipes he’s cooking live. And if Yvan brings the love of good food to the partnership, it’s getting both ways as the organic fresh vegetables and fruits from the store chain are strong fondations of a tasty cuisine.
Because he found in love of the cooking from the street during his numerous travel around the world (particularly in Quebec and the US), he sometimes considers French cooking a bit too conservative. His weakness for Anglo-saxon culture will definitely seduce an international audience that he’ll be happy to welcome at his workshops in Provence. All you will find is the pleasure of sharing a good meal and maybe the secret of “eating French and becoming sexy” as he loves to say.
SAVE THE DATE: FOOD SHOW // YVAN CADIOU // SEMAINE DU GOÛT/ AT NATURALIA from 10.00am to 3.00pm :
14 octobre : NATURALIA 2, rue du Jourdain – 75020 Paris (métro: L11 jourdain)
15 octobre : NATURALIA 21, bd des Batignolles – 75008 Paris ( métroL 2, 13| Rome, Place de Clichy )
16 octobre : NATURALIA 84, rue Beaubourg -75003 Paris (métro L 11 | Arts et Métiers)
17 octobre :NATURALIA 8 rue Lakanal – 75015 Paris (nouveau) (métro: L 8| Commerce)
18 octobre : NATURALIA 6, avenue Sainte Foy – 92200 Neuilly Sur Seine (nouveau) ( métro L1| les sablons, pont de neuilly.)
More information on Yvan Cadiou workshop in Provence :
Cooking Class in Provence Workshop
3453 ancien chemin d’Arles 13690 Graveson
Phone +33 (0)6 63 48 75 75
White mushrooms, also called champignons de Paris in France, have an important place in French gastronomy. Very few of them are now grown in Paris and I’ve met one of the last mushroom grower in Paris, Angel Moioli. He’s surely distributing some of the best mushrooms around here, including healthy Shiitake. If you have the opportunity to pass by someday, here is the address where you can buy directly the mushrooms from the farm : at the crossing of avenue Général de Gaulle avenue and rue Jean Macé, 78360 Montesson.