To be able to cook well, one has to start from learning the classic. I totally agree with this. When I was introduced to French food a few years ago, I was fed with some beautiful classic dishes that I think those are the dishes I should learn and master before learning “nouvelle cuisine” (new cuisine). Nouvelle cuisine is a new take in cooking and presenting food in French cuisine. Nouvelle cuisine is characterised by lighter and delicate food, which focuses a lot on presentation. Whereby, cuisine classique appears to be rustic and more homely. Both nouvelle cuisine and cuisine classique are both haute cuisine (literally means high-class cooking with elaborate or skillfully prepared food, especially that of France.)
It has been quite a while since I posted a dessert recipe. Today, I felt like I needed a quick fix of sweet stuff, so, a simple dessert came to my rescue. I love desserts that are custard based. Petits Pots de Crème au Caramel is one example of dessert that I never get tired of. It has been on my list of favourite desserts for a while. Now, it seems that I have got another one to add to my list!
I learnt about Ile Flottante a few years ago when I dined at one of the French bistros in Paris. Ile Flottane, or known as Floating Island (in English), is a classic French dessert that consists of meringue floating on a sea of vanilla custard, also known as crème anglaise in French. Ile flottante is usually served with a great drizzle of caramel and topped with some toasted almonds. I think the combination of all the flavours makes this dessert really special, a bit rustic and sweet. It’s pretty easy to make this dessert. Well, I didn’t make my own custard but bought a ready-made one, there are many choices at the supermarkets here 😉 . Next time, I think I am going to make my own as I am sure that it’s going to taste even better!