While living in Tokyo in the late 1990s I had the chance to meet many amazing people who became friends later on, and are still friends to this day. My classmate Carole, who did the "year in Japan" with me, used to live in a family for a while, and got to meet a girl our age, Motoko. Motoko eventually decided to do something similar: take the exchange program from Japan to … [Read more...] about Motoko’s spicy wasabi soy sauce
Nico's Recipes for Athletes on the Go
These pages contain a few recipes made with simplicity and speed in mind, for athletes on the go, and to discuss fitness and nutritional ideas.
My other recipes are available at Laylita.com, where I blog about food and wine with my wife Layla. She is an amazing cook and photographer and likes to take time to take mouthwatering photos of the dishes we make.
I bought a few packs natto last week and was waiting for an occasion to make use of them. Today provided an opportunity with an open lunch: Layla and Alex were out to take some new passport photos and ate on the way back at a restaurant. Marc was also out, eating with his friends. This is the Thursday of the 2018 Winter Break, so kids are off school. With everyone out, I went … [Read more...] about Natto, avocado and Brussels sprouts in spicy wasabi sauce
I needed to make the béchamel sauce for another dish on the menu this week: the croque-monsieur. Serrano ham croque-monsieur recipe This gave the opportunity to do not one recipe, but two. Many dishes use this sauce, and in general I refrain from making these because they can be time consuming. This simple and quick béchamel sauce is as fast as it is going to be while … [Read more...] about Simple and quick béchamel sauce
By the time you have made a croque-monsieur, turning it into a croque-madame is one of the simplest and fastest things you'll do. The croque-madame is the more complete version of the sandwich. It contains proteins from lots of sources: milk, cheese, ham, bread, and an egg. The croque-monsieur and croque-madame both rely on having a base béchamel sauce to coat the … [Read more...] about Serrano ham croque-madame
The croque-monsieur is one of the tastiest sandwiches you can come across in the field of cuisine. It is made with ham, béchamel sauce, aged cheese, sandwich bread and pepper. This Serrano ham Croque-monsieur recipe uses Comté or Gruyère cheese from France. In most cases, croque-monsieur's are made with cooked (baked) ham. We did not have any at home, but since we had Spanish … [Read more...] about Serrano ham croque-monsieur
If there is a salad I did a thousand times, it is this one. In France, classic salads are based on lettuce, with typically a choice of two dressings. The first is oil and vinegar (white or red). The second is the French lemon dressing that I used for today's salad. Sometimes the lettuce consists of only that, with no other vegetable added to it. Over the time of living with … [Read more...] about Simple lettuce, tomato and avocado salad with French lemon dressing
Our family loves brown rice, if only because it tastes wonderful and can be used with many other side dishes. We often cook a full pan of it and use it over several meals. This saves times while providing a whole grain complex carbohydrate full of nutrients. The difference between white and brown rice, is that the outer layer of each grain is removed in white rice. This … [Read more...] about How to cook a tasteful brown rice
There are some dishes we recall from a very young age. Things our Mothers cooked for us, for example. I grew up in France and one of these dishes is the soft-boiled eggs. It's extremely simple to make if you know your timing and technique, and it can be a main source of protein for a small kid's lunch, my case back then, or a side dish for an adult. French kids eat "les oeufs à … [Read more...] about French-style soft boiled eggs on the shell
As I did today's brown rice, I thought about what would go well with it. In my opinion, brown rice pairs with many flavors, especially dishes that have some moisture and juice to mix in with the rice. We had broccoli in the fridge, so this gave the line of thought for what to cook it with. I picked a can of diced tomatoes, some garlic, a large yellow onion, and started the … [Read more...] about Broccoli with onion and tomato sauce
Pomegranate is a seasonal fruit that we find mostly in fall and winter in the US, while it can be found in other months of the year in regions with a different climate. Pomegranates taste like a cross between lemon and berries and contain edible seeds. I usually eat all seeds from the fruit by just biting and chewing them, and find them to be quite tasty. Centenarian … [Read more...] about How to easily extract pomegranate seeds