Tag Archive: citrus


Navel Orange | At Down Under | Viviane Perenyi

As a child, I was picky eater.
To this day there is food I can’t eat. Yet I’m glad I started to cook six years ago as it has broaden my taste.
This lovely orange reminds me how I disliked this fruit in my youth and how I grew to like its flavour now…



Citrus Season

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi Citrus Pudding in Cups

Fruit and vegetable well calibrated and strategically displayed under artificial light at a supermarket do not appeal to me as much as the ones on an open air market. Market where I enjoy going weekly to choose my produce and seeing how it changes depending on the season. And right now it’s citrus season !

When we were in the Wairarapa a couple of weeks ago, Margot kindly offered that we picked some lemons from her prolific tree. The fruits cheerfully hanging were so fragrant ! I gladly obliged.

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Meyer Lemons

Back home, I made some lemon achard. It will macerate for several weeks while we are away and I hope it’ll turn out good. I also kept a couple of lemons and baked this citrus pudding, adapting it slightly, using yogurt instead of milk and reducing the butter and sugar quantities.

Paprika and I liked it.
It’s a good fix on a chilly winter night and an alternative to the usual crumble I always think of when I want something sweet, warm and comforting…

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Citrus Pudding

Say Goodbye…

Sinemage Corella pear and kumquat

I know what you may think: Pear again !
Well, I eat a lot of them. First because I like them, their taste, shape, colour and texture and secondly because they are simply good for the digestion.

On Wednesday, officially the first day of Spring, the weather was beautiful, I enjoyed a lunch outside with Paprika and basked in the sun almost all the afternoon.
Yesterday it was totally another story: Pouring rain and wind… So the only thing that came in my mind was a comforting crumble to use those pears and kumquats.

No innovation here. Just the pleasure of eating something sweet and warm. A way to say goodbye to winter and its comforting food.

This time, I’ve done the crumble in a different way I’m used to. First, I stewed pear and kumquat slices in a skillet over a low fire with honey and when everything was very soft, I scooped it in little ramekins and topped with a generous crust of rolled oat and almond meal and baked for 15 minutes.
I liked this combination, kumquat gave a nice flavor and is not overpowering the mildness of the pear.
Simply comfort.

Sinemage Pear & Kumquat Crumble

Pear and Kumquat Crumble
Makes 2

3-4 pears cut in fine wedges
3 kumquats finely sliced + 1 kumquat zest finely chopped
2 tbsp liquid honey + 1 tsp honey
50g rolled oat
50g almond meal or almonds finely chopped
1 tsp chia gel or 1 tsp unsalted butter

In a skillet lightly greased and over low fire, lay pear wedges and top them with kumquat slices and pour over 2 tablespoons of honey. Cover and let it simmer for 20-30 minutes until pears are very soft. Take off the lid and cook further to let the juice get syrupy. Preheat oven to 190°C. In a bowl, mix together almond meal, rolled oat, kumquat zest, the teaspoon of honey and chia gel or butter to make a grainy texture. Scoop pear and kumquat slices in ramekins and top them with crumble mixture. Bake for 15 minutes or until nicely golden. Remove from the oven and wait to cool a little bit before serving.

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