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IVANDIEPART


IVANDIEPART
 
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Living In: Brussels, Brussels, Belgium
Member Since: Mar. 2003
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
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About this Cook
I was born in Belgium (March 29, 1980) and grew up in France, then came back to Belgium. When I finished high school, I had the opportunity to spend one year in an American college (in Tifton, Ga). Back in my country, I had to cook for myself... but I'm a picky eater with a sweet tooth, so I began looking for more sophisticated recipes. Looking for a particular recipe, I found this site that is, in my opinion, the best on the net.
My favorite things to cook
Having a sweet palate, I especially love to bake or cook desserts: pies, cookies, cakes, ice-creams, custards, puddings, ... are my specialities. I also love to create or look for recipes containing my favourites ingredients, which are often unknown, or at least less used, here in Belgium (peanut butter, buttermilk, molasses, cream cheese, ...). When it comes to main dishes, I love Mexican and traditionnal American cuisine (especially Southern). I really do enjoy showing my fellow Europeans that American food doesn't sum up to McDonald's, as most of them seem to think.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I don't really have family traditions, but one thing I'm sure of is that any time friends come at home (which is every single day), they always rush to the cupboard where my home-baked cookies are stored. It sometimes annoys me, for it means I might not have one left for myself, but it is undeniably rewarding.
My cooking triumphs
I found this site looking for a peanut butter pie recipe. Everybody loved it at home, which I considered a triumph for it seemed to be tough to satisfy them with PB. The cookies I bake are also considered by friends and relatives as spectacular (!).
My cooking tragedies
I and my sister remember well of a certain molasses pie I baked for holiday. I like molasses (but she doesn't!), but there might have been a typo in this recipe, for it was unedible. On further consideration, the pork roast I baked ending up being a veal roast was also a flop.
Recipe Reviews 169 reviews
Raspberry Tiramisu
This twist on a classic is a very delicate dessert. I changed it a very little bit, by layering 1 layer of ladyfingers soaked in the syrup, 1 layer of the mascarpone mixture, 1/2 of the fruit (I used thawed frozen mixed berries), 1 more layer of soaked ladyfingers, remaining berries and remaining mascarpone mixture. I dusted this all with cocoa powder and sprinkled a little chopped caramelized peanuts. Delicious, but I'll give a try to the recipe as described in the recipe. From coming back from shopping to cleaning dishes, it only took 20 minutes! Oh, and, yes, it yields more than 6 servings (I'd say 8-10).

15 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 11, 2006
Elva's Custard Pie
The taste and texture of this pie reminded me much of a flan pie, which is quite common here in Belgium. I thought it lacked a little bit of flavor, so next time I might increase vanilla extract, add cinnamon, or stir in some raisins soaked in rum. Excellent easy recipe, though!

13 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 10, 2006
Indian Stir-Fried Shrimp in Cream Sauce (Bhagari Jhinga)
The first time I cooked this meal, I substituted prawns for the shrimps, and served it with rice. It was fine, but I wanted to give it a try with shrimps, though. It is actually better with shrimps, but you gotta have a very large pan (a wok could come in handy for this recipe), because if you want shrimps to be cooked, you gonna need some space. I didn't have jalapeno, so I added a bit more than 1 tablespoon sambal (pureed chiles). It was fine for me, but some found it too spicy. Definitely use a LOT of cilantro.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 5, 2006
 
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