Cooking, A Culinary Adventure – Guest Post and Recipe – Ilse Dumont and Yannick Tirbois


World travellers Yannick and Ilse share their LOVE OF FOOD discovered in all the places they’ve visited and lived in over the last 20 years. From Thailand to Vietnam, from Qatar to Abu Dhabi and Singapore to China…

Food is all about sharing and creating social occasions that are both enjoyable and memorable for the right reasons!

Would you like to know how gastronomical professionals Yannick and Ilse manage to cook up some amazing dishes while travelling the world? Join them on this trip and DISCOVER their culinary adventures through 60 unique fun and functional recipes with plenty of cooking tips and tricks.

Cooking, a culinary adventure makes cooking accessible to all, whatever your experience and without the complicated, culinary techniques. With helpful chapters including ‘Minimum equipment needed’ and ‘Useful skills for cooking without stress’ – This cookbook is perfect for both, new and seasoned cooks.

Are you ready for this culinary adventure?

Anyone who knows me well will know that I will never be a candidate for Masterchef. However I am a bit of a foody when it comes to nice restaurants and eating out (something I’ve missed during Covid) and I can only aspire to re-creating some of the amazing recipes I have in my collection of cookery books! When Ilse contacted me to ask about the possibility of my reviewing Cooking, A Culinary Adventure on the blog, I wondered if I might be a bit out of my depth given my lack of cooking skills and that there were probably better reviewers than me to produce meaningful reviews however I certainly wanted to know more and I thought it might be of interest to others. I am delighted to welcome Ilse and Yannick to tell more about their book and they have kindly provided a sample recipe below. The 167 page book is available from their own website in both print and ebook where they have links to various ebook retail sites and also from Amazon UK. I was however intrigued by the book and bought the ebook which for Kindle is a bargain price of £2.17 – the colour photos show up perfectly on the iPad – there is an index which you could skip through to the various sections and it all looks very well presented and well explained. If my culinary efforts are ever good enough I will come back with my pictures!

GUEST POST & RECIPE

We are Yannick and Ilse from France and Belgium. We met on the beautiful coconut island of Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand.

Ilse was a tour guide around Thailand and Indonesia. Yannick had come from working in Vietnam via Bangkok and was executive chef at a boutique resort. A common love of travelling, a passion for good food and an appetite for high standards have proven to be a good foundation. After working in the best hotels and resorts, we eventually opened our own semi-fine dining restaurant, The Mangrove, overlooking a mangrove swamp. We also helped others realise their own culinary dreams.

After twelve amazing years on Koh Samui, our spirit of adventure got the better of us and we decided to move on. We ended up in China via Singapore, Qatar and Abu Dhabi, spending a few years in each to soak up the varied cultures and making more friends. Meanwhile, we catered to a wide range of people, from friends and family to sheiks and celebrities, adding up to another eventful eight years.

Food is all about creating social occasions that are both enjoyable and memorable for the right reasons!  In this book, you will get to know us, and discover our culinary adventures through 60 unique fun and functional recipes with plenty of cooking tips and tricks. Each recipe has an inside story which tells you about our specific reason for selecting it.

Most of all, we want to make cooking accessible to all. Whatever your experience, you will be able to cook surprising and delicious dishes without any complicated culinary techniques. With helpful chapters including ‘Minimum equipment needed’ and ‘Useful skills for cooking without stress’ Cooking, A Culinary Adventure is perfect for both, beginners and seasoned cooks.

We selected for you a popular recipe from our book. Bon appétit!

Fragrant Coconut – Mango Soup

Serves 4/ preparation 10 min / cooking 15 min

At our restaurant, The Mangrove in Thailand, we had ample opportunity to experiment with new dishes and fusion food. One of our special combos was this exotic and very refreshing soup, equally good, hot or cold.

Ingredients:

1 small chopped onion
15 gr butter
1 crushed garlic clove
1 large, diced ripe sweet mango
400 ml chicken stock
½ red chilli
250 ml coconut milk
Fresh coriander or parsley
1 pc of lemongrass, bruised
1 cinnamon stick
Salt, pepper

Method:

•          Sweat the onion with butter over low heat for 4 minutes.

•          Add the garlic, cinnamon, crushed lemongrass and cook for 2 minutes.

•          Add the mango, chilli and chicken broth and bring to the boil for 10 minutes.

•          Remove the cinnamon and lemongrass before mixing the soup with a hand blender.

•          Pass the mixture through a sieve, return to the stove, stir in the coconut milk and let it thicken to your liking. Season to taste and decorate with fresh coriander and parsley.

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