Monday, March 30, 2009

The (last) baking session : omelette norvégienne

In baking, there is nothing I like more than getting adventurous so for our last sweet saturday, I tried a dessert I never made before and which my French friend Laurent calls a little nightmare. The omelette norvégienne is basically a "génoise" imbibed with a syrup flavored with Grand Marnier or Cointreau, covered with vanilla ice cream then a layer of meringue. It's very easy to make but it must be served at last minute as the cake has to be put into hot oven to become slightly golden and then you serve it flambé with Grand Marnier in front of your guests.
we nibbled little things while waiting for everybody to be there

I made white menus to introduce the lonely star of the evening
and here it comes....But I could already tell there was a little problem...
I asked Laurent to "flamber" the omelette
bon..ok....it is "flambing" but underneath the vanilla ice cream was completely melt...Eh oui, my mistake was to have spread the ice cream on the "génoise" instead of just unmolding it. It would have stayed frozen at its heart.
still....the mixture of flavors was nice and instead of saying mas helado por favor, more ice cream please, we just said mas salsa de vainilla, more vanilla sauce
We spent a pleasant evening talking mainly about food while finishing the fluid omelette. Laurent (above, sitting next to his wife Pascale) who is French kept talking very passionately about foie gras and the inimitable flavor of potatoes sautées in duck's fat to Pilar who's a vegetarian except when it comes to jamon serrano. Alejandra (last on right, above) is an Italian chef who's also very passionate when she talks about her cooking. I was wrecked last saturday but now I know how to prepare a good Rossini or Bellini cocktail, just in case....
Monchéri suggested we should carry on the sweet saturdays...We'll see !

Wish you a good start of the week !

21 comments:

tangobaby said...

How lovely and delicious! I loved the menus with the adorable little paper boots!

A Thousand Clapping Hands said...

I just adore your 'sweet' parties! Baking is truly for the courageous...and that you are! I love to make things for the first time - love the 'edge of your seat' excitement. And of course whenever one makes something sweet there is beauty. How can it be anything but wonderful?!
Have a fabulous week, Lala,
Catherine

Lavinia said...

Everything so beautiful and clever. Is that baby's breath stuck in an orange? And chic shoes on the menu. Lovely table decore.

Lavinia said...

Everything so beautiful and clever. Is that baby's breath stuck in an orange? And chic shoes on the menu. Lovely table decore.

Jojo said...

A beautiful table and a gorgeous omelette! It is perfectly "sweet."

The Girl From Cherry Blossom Street said...

What a feast. Que linda!
3rd photo down... I noticed that black bottle you used as a vase...may I ask where it's from?
It's pretty...

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Diana said...

oh.my.word. everything, EVERYTHING looks yummy!!

Katie said...

Such a beautiful table! I love the little flowers in the citrus. I think your dessert looks delicious too.

Indyeah said...

OOH look at all those yummy eatables I am drooling:D
an it looks so beautiful!
may you always have good food , wine and the company of loved ones:))
love
Indyeah:))

rochambeau said...

Hi Lala,
What a stupendous party! Love all of your details like your menu. Your friend are lucky to visit your Castle in Spain! Yes indeed!

xox
Constance

A Cuban In London said...

Listen, my castle, it was sweet after all. That was what mattered. I was salivating before the 'flamber' and after it. But then again, I would not be a reliable source, I happen to have a sweet tooth.

Greetings from London.

Paula and Skip said...

Great decoration and lovely settings altogether. Quite some time you must have had. Paula

Anna said...

Oh oh, I've lived in Norway for year now and I've never even heard about this "omelette norvégienne" :) As far I know norwegian baking this "omelette norvégienne" is similar to nothing I ate here. Norwegians unfortunately are thoroughly weird in that case. They love jellied stuff made with eggs mostly without any accompaniment or very sweet and low cakes with apples. Sometimes You can try something extremely odd like bakeing as hard as stone musli with marmalade and whipped cream.
Your "omelette norvégienne" looks very tasty so it can't be truely norwegian recipt :)

Mélanie said...

tres belle table. J'ADORE l'idée des sweet saturdays , nous devrions l'instaurer internationalement

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dutchbaby said...

We have a similar dessert here in America. We call it Baked Alaska, because the meringue is piled high to look like Mount McKinley.

You set a gorgeous, inviting table. Your friends are very lucky.

Love the boot on your menu :)

Amber said...

a vegetarian who will eat jamon serrango? that's someone i can understand!

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