Tuesday, May 17, 2011

In my Kitchen: Christine from Bijou and Boheme

I'm very excited to have Christine from Bijou and Boheme sharing her kitchen with us today. Everything Christine shares makes me happy and if the below is anything to go by I can't wait t see Christine's finished kitchen!

Hi everyone, it's Christine from Bijou and Boheme and I'm delighted to be here talking about two of my favourite things...food (always a crowd pleaser) and my kitchen (currently the topic that occupies I'd say...let's see...90% of my brain speak- more about that later:)
Before we delve into all things delicious, I have to just come out and admit, cooking is not really my idea of Christmas morning- yes, I love a glass of wine and the creative art of putting something fabulous together but in reality, dinner time is the witching hour in my house and I'd rather just keep the kids occupied/happy/not melting and wait for hubs to come home- I'd also say that blogging has pretty much replaced any desire/time I may have had for cooking (or whispers...doing the laundry or cleaning the house...but let's stay on topic yes:)
Having said all of that, there's not much I treasure more than my families evening dinner ritual so thank goodness for fresh food, a Whole Foods literally across the street and a husband who loves to cook.
Eat in or Out: eat in
Take Away or Restaurant: restaurant
I cook for: when I do, it's for my husband and three kids.
Healthy food: avocado, berries, yogurt, olives
Indulgence: Friday pizza & Saturday hamburgers - both with extra banana peppers
Weekend meal: steak and bocconcini salad
Date dinner: appetizer- bread, cheese, red pepper jelly; main- Thai chicken curry with green chili rice; dessert- chocolate, caramel, and pistachio crunch; drink- always wine (preferably Toasted Head Chardonnay with this meal)
Quick fix: pasta with marinara sauce
Spicy: banana peppers, chili sauce, hot jalapeno tapenade
Mild: cilantro/coriander
My kitchen is: absolutely the center of our family life and is about to be ripped out in T minus 2 weeks.

Hopefully it will end up reflecting this board of pretty...

...which will make cooking/dining/entertaining even more delicious.

Favourite gadget: my corkscrew...kidding...OK, not really
In the kitchen, I couldn't live without: my gas stove
My cooking bible: I go on cookbook binges- sometimes I love them and other times, I  prefer to just cook with blind ambition...at the moment, I'm rather smitten with Food, Fashion, Friends- and that's pretty much purely based on the aesthetics of the book.  If we're talking pure practicality, I like the Company's Coming series- fast and easy weekday meals that I have a hard time messing up.
My must have ingredients: coriander/cilantro, chili sauce
Spicy or mild: without a second of hesitation, SPICY...I think my taste buds must be getting less sensitive as I age because I find most things somewhat bland unless covered in spicy goodness.
My Recipe: I don't really have 'A' recipe- I would say chili is my speciality, but that's always made totally without a guide and thus, a little hard to pass on...I will say that sweet chili sauce, avocado, sour cream, and a sharp cheese are KEY to any chili concoction of mine. 
In keeping with tradition of this fabulous series though, I'll pass on the one recipe I've actually made from the above mentioned 'pretty cookbook'- it's a definite yum yum!

300g macaroni
625ml (21/2 cups) milk
1 bay leaf
2 sprigs thyme
3 peppercorns
2 tablespoons of butter
2 tablespoons of flour
40g (1/2 cup) grated pecorino
40g (1/2 cup) grated parmesan
1 tablespoon chopped chervil, plus extra to garnish
pink of freshly grated nutmeg
20g (1/4 cup) goat's cheese

Cook the macaroni in a large saucepan of boiling, salted water until al dente.
Combine the milk, bay leaf, thyme and peppercorns in a small saucepan and bring just to the boil.  Turn off the heat and allow the mixture to infuse for 30 minutes.  Discard the herbs.
Preheat the over to 180C.  Melt the butter in a medium saucepan, sprinkle over the flour and cook, stirring continuously, for 1-2 minutes or until the flour starts to brown.  Slowly whisky in the infused milk until well combined.  Continue to stir for 4-6 minutes or until the sauce thickens.  Stir in the macaroni, pecorino, parmesan, chervil and nutmeg.
Spoon the macaroni into six 250ml (1 cup) capacity dishes and crumble over the goat's cheese.  Bake for 10 minutes or until the cheese melts and turns golden.  Serve garnished with chervil.
{ in all cases, I used more cheese than what was called for- I'd suggest you do the same;}
Thanks so much to Helena for having me- I love a good food/kitchen chat!!


  1. LOVE this series ur doing - fabulous - love seeing and reading about others!

  2. What a stunning kitchen {yup, I have kitchen envy right now...totally!}.

    Hubs and I are totally "eat - in" sort of peeps :)

    xx Cat brideblu

  3. Wow gorgeous photos! Great post! Kori xoxo

  4. Oh man, I've got to try that mac & cheese! yum!

  5. Absolutely love this series!! How fun to learn Christine's favorite recipes and foods

  6. LOVE LOVE LOVE! That inspiration board is amazing. Im so in love!

  7. Yum, that looks like a tasty macaroni dish
    Really like what you have going on in your blog space

  8. Christine is just fabulous, huh? I can't wait to see her finished kitchen, I just know it will be amazing. I am soooo trying that recipe! Hope your week is off to a great start, Helena. xo

  9. Such a great post, I loved taking a peek inside Christine's kitchen and I'm dying to see how her new one turns out! xo

  10. Fabulous kitchen ... and love the intro with the Anthropologie bowls ... I've had the latte bowls for years, and they are always so sturdy, stylish and all around great. I gave them to my boyfriend's sister this year for Christmas and am hoping to acquire more for myself in years to come for sure.


  11. I LOVE Christine! Just got to meet her last night in fact and she's even lovelier in person, if that's possible. How gorgeous is her kitchen? And her entire home for that matter? xoxo

  12. I absolutely love this series! Cooking is often such a private event that it is wonderful to have a forum for sharing how unique everyone really is in their kitchen. Love it.

  13. Helena thank you featuring Christine she is wonderful!!

    Ar Easter brunch one of the ladies brought a decadent macaroni and cheese with pieces of lobster in it!! I cannot even describe the taste!

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  14. I would love to have a kitchen that big and pretty

  15. Your kitchen is going to be so fabulous Christine!

  16. Loved reading this Christine! Great series Helena :)

  17. I too, love avocados... and they are so good for you!


  18. Thank you so much for having me Helena- I was honoured to take part in your fabulous series!! xo

  19. Great post! I love all the food choices! The corkscrew comment cracked me up as well! :) And I think a gas stove is an absolute essential. I would not be able to survive with anything else!

  20. That recipe sounds DELICIOUS. Definitely going to have to bookmark that one.

    I've been waiting on pins and needles to see Christine's finished kitchen!

  21. Dying to see Christine's new kitchen, you know it's going to be fabulous!!! And the macaroni sounds divine! I think I'm going to have to make that this week. Yum!

  22. I'm liking the sound of that recipe! And pasta is always a hit with the little ones (c: I'm with everyone else, can't wait to see that kitchen!!!

  23. What a fabulous guest series! We LOVE Christine and had the best time "peeking" in her kitchen! Can't wait to see the remodeled version - it's going to be utterly fabulous =) xo

  24. Loved cristine's interview here..found your blog through hers! you've got a lovely blog and this is such a fun series..i'm now following your blog..do visit my blog when you have a moment..it would be lovely if you would follow me too! xx meenal

  25. It's a nice looking kitchen :D

  26. I want to have an interior like that I can see the space is very well distributed, I'm gonna take some ideas from here to improve my house.


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