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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Cherry Clafoutis and Blog Awards

Clafoutis = custard-like texture, great flavor, quick preparation, no butter and very few calories. The recipe and new winners of food blogging awards below....

Last year in early June I woke up one happy day to discover that a wonderful blogger, Giulietta, the author of Alterkitchen, had passed my way a whole collection of awards.

I was extremely honored, and to celebrate the occasion I immediately prepared Cherry clafoutis, just as it appeared in Giulietta's award-passing post. The clafoutis turned out delicious, even my picture turned out decent, and I was all ready to publish my own post and to announce the new recipient of the awards, when I ... got stuck. When you pass on the awards you are supposed to mention 7 things about yourself. I came up with 6, and simply could not think of anything for the 7th point.

So time went on, I had to publish other posts for cooking clubs I was a member of, and so it happened that my cherry clafoutis post remained in it's unborn draft stage. Days went by, summer became winter, winter spring, and a new summer came. And with a new cherry season I remembered Giulietta's delicious clafoutis and my unfinished post. So now with only a year's delay (what's a year in the grand scheme of things ;-) ) it's finally being resurrected.

And it so happens that I have the 7th thing to add to the list of things about me. So here is my list:

1. I really love berry picking.
2. I lived without a TV for 7-8 years, and it was pretty good. Now that I have one, my default channel is the food network – surprise!
3. I recently (now a year ago) saw my first grizzly bear from up close, and he/she was very cute. Do you know that bears eat up to 35000 calories per day? And then they sleep for half a year! I want to be a bear..
4. As a kid I hated zucchini and eggplants, and did not even bother to know which was which: why bother if I would not eat either? So I called them the green ones and the purple ones.
5. Then I liked a dish that I was served in a restaurant. I thought it was a mushroom dish that I had ordered but it turned out to be an on-the-house eggplant salad. That’s how I was converted to eating eggplants.
6. I just had my second flamenco class today (this was written a year ago ;-) )– fun! Should I now make paella to celebrate???
     And the 7th point that delayed this post for a year, drums rolling...

7. When I started food blogging I discovered that there are lots of wonderful communities and sites where bloggers can share recipes. My favorites were recipe galleries. Unfortunately, many of my posts were rejected due to the photo quality. I felt quite frustrated about that: why should publishing a post be one person's decision? Why not accept all recipes and let all the visitors choose which ones they like better? And then the more popular posts can get better positions to make browsing more enjoyable.
I could not find a site like that, so I decided to build one. And now it's live. It's called RecipeNewZ http://recipenewz.com. And you can see it for yourselves.

And now that I'm finally done with my 7 things (phew...), the fun part - passing on the awards!
Actually, choosing a handful of blogs to pass on the awards to is also a very difficult task: there are just way too many amazing food bloggers out there, and if I could have my way, I'd have a hundred blogs on the list. So to simplify the decision making, and because my life now revolves around RecipeNewZ, I decided to choose blogs that have shared some of their delicious recipes there.

And now without further ado, the awards go to:

1. Julie of Mommie Cooks - she has wonderful, simple and elegant family-style recipes. And she submitted the very first post to RecipeNewZ and made me very happy!
2. Violetta of Fun and Taste - she has beautiful and very originally presented Polish (and other) recipes. And she submitted recipe #1,000 to RecipeNewZ (in just a little over a month we have had more than 1,000 recipes).
3. Barbara of Barbara Bakes - as her blog title implies, Barbara is an amazing baker: if you are looking for breads, cakes, cookies, etc, look no further! But on top of that she has a great collection of main dishes, sandwiches and sides. Barbara was also one of our early contributors and she was the first to provide RecipeNewZ with user feedback, which we value very highly because we are in beta testing.
4. Nava of Nava-K Your Lifestyle Blog - in addition to delicious Malaysian recipes she also has posts on fashion, travel and entertainment. Nava has given us extensive feedback on user experience and thus helped with troubleshooting technical issues on the site, and we really appreciate that.
5. Ann of Thibeault's Table - posts great recipes for day-to-day cooking. She has another site too, where you can find her beautiful maple cutting boards. Ann was kind enough to mention RecipeNewZ on a forum, which was a very pleasant surprise and brought quite a few new users our way.
6. Nancy of Spicie Foodie - has a blog abounding with amazing food photography. In addition, she has great photography tutorials and she hosts a monthly YBR (Your Best Recipe) event, where everyone is invited to submit one's best recipe of the month. Nancy also mentioned RecipeNewZ in one of her photography tutorials during our very first days.
    And last, but not least:
7. Christi of Mom, What's For Dinner?- she publishes delicious gluten-free recipes that have been extremely popular on RecipeNewZ. Her Cheesy Cauliflower bread quickly became and still is the most popular recipe on the site, so far generating over two thousand clicks. But it does not stop there: Christi has submitted over 50 recipes and almost each and every one of them is a hit.

Thank you for reading so far. The winners are now invited to pass on the awards (but don't forget the 7 things :-) ). And we can move on to the delicious Cherry Clafoutis recipe from Giulietta!

Cherry Clafoutis

Taste: 5 (out of 5)

Difficulty: 1 (out of 5)

Source: Alterkitchen blog

Ingredients

- 600 g cherries, washed, stem removed (380 cal)
- 3 large eggs (210 cal)
- 100 g sugar (390 cal)
- pinch of salt
- 1 tsp vanilla essence (10 cal)
- 200 ml milk (100 cal)
- 2 tbsp Brandy, Kirsch o Rum (70 cal)
- 90 g all-purpose flour (330 cal)
- butter (to grease)
Total 16 individual 1 cup ramekins, 1490 cal, 95 cal

Instructions
1. Preheat the oven to 350F/180C. Lightly butter and sprinkle with sugar a low edged cake mold or 16 individual low 1-cup ramekins.
2. In a bowl, beat the eggs with a pinch of salt and with sugar using an electric whisk, until mixture is fluffy and doubles its volume. Add the vanilla essence and flour, incorporating continue beating until incorporated. Then gradually add the milk and the liqueur.
3. Take cherries and arrange them evenly at the bottom of the cake mold or the ramekins; then pour the batter over them.
4. Bake in preheated oven for 40-45 minutes, or until the clafoutis is soft and golden brown.
5. Remove the clafoutis from the oven, sprinkle it with sugar or powdered sugar and serve warm.

14 comments:

Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche said...

I didn't know you created RecipeNewZ! I love it, I submit every recipe to you :) thanks so much!

Navaneetham Krishnan said...

Oh yes, we were connected and thank you once again for sorting out the issues I had.

I saw the word rum on your recipe and that got me worked up because I enjoy a glass or two of alcohol during the weekend. Cherries are expensive for me but I also have a high liking for this fruit.

Lovely and nice dessert you made. Tq for the awards but sorry to say that I am not that open in sharing some of matters kept close to my heart. I am sorry but tq again for our friendship and thinking of me.

Barbara Bakes said...

Thank you for the awards and the sweet comment. I'm so happy that RecipeNewZ is doing so well. I'm sure it will have continued success. Clafoutis is on my list to try one day soon. This cherry version sounds luscious.

Christi Silbaugh said...

Thank you for the awards! That is so cool that you made recipenewz! I get a lot of traffic from it! It is a great site!

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

Last year when Giulia posted Cherry Clafoutis I made it too! I've made it at least 4 times since then! =) How sweet of you that even after year you remember about the award and shared it. I'm still impressed by RecipeNewZ. It's not easy to build a site like that. Keep up great work!

Amy said...

Cherry Clafoutis is one of my favorite desserts. :) Congratulations on your awards. Making a Cherry Clafoutis definitely is a nice way to celebrate

Angie's Recipes said...

Love clafoutis! I wish I had bought some cherries this morning, then I could make this tomorrow. It looks delectable.

Rinku said...

Thanks for stopping by, I will check out recipenewz soon.

Rinku

mjskit said...

Congratulations on all of those well-deserved awards! Giulia knows a good blog when she sees it! What a great way to celebrate. Love your cherry Clafoutis! I've never made a clafoutis so I guess it's time to start!

denise @ singapore shiok said...

"I want to be a bear"??!? Me too!!! Elana, you have a wonderful sense of humour, which you've kept under wraps for too long :D

Love the cherry clafoutis recipe and your picture is wonderful?? Those may be the fattest cherries I've ever seen!

Congratulations on how well Recipenewz has done. It was an idea whose time had come, thanks for stepping up to the plate and delivering so admirably :) And of course, congratulations to your list of 7. They all sound amazing!

denise @ singapore shiok said...

Ooh!! Yikes - meant to add !! after "your picture is wonderful" instead of ??. So sorry how terribly rude that looks :P

Lisa said...

Congrats on all the awards, Elana - and congrats to those you have passed them on to! Your cherry clafoutis is (I know, much used and annoying adjective, but it fits) mouth-watering! Your photos always elicit oohs, ahhs and "Can you make that?", around here, and the cherry clafoutis was no exception!

That said - I loved learning these 7 things about you. No TV for 7 or 8 years? Not sure I could do it! Also, like how you were converted from an eggplant hater to lover :)

Spicie Foodie said...

Hi Elana,
I'm giggling that it took you so long to post this, because you sound like me:) Congratulations on the awards. Also thanks for thinking of me and sorry it took me so long to get here.

Thanks for being a part of the YBR:) Have a great holiday.

P.S. I want to be a bear too;)

Tor Ince said...

I've never tried clafoutis, but this looks SO good! I love that you provided the calorie count for it all.