Progetto VIRGO

April 15th, 2016 | Posted by greg in Daily life... | Recipes - (2 Comments)

Franco visited me with a few bags of flour, without labeling, explaining to me that it was flour from Progetto Virgo, from the University of Bologna. It was intriguing and at a first glance, the flour looked attractive with bran speckles and the smell was nutty and pleasant, so naturally I wanted to see how … Read more

The persimmon secret

December 14th, 2015 | Posted by greg in Daily life... | Recipes - (0 Comments)

Without a doubt, I have always misunderstood persimmon. It probably comes from my stay in some nice hotel in South East Asia where unripe persimmon were placed in my room as an amenity many years ago. Not knowing what these were and dressed with the same immaculate color as the well known orange, I sliced … Read more

Geothermal Rye Bread

November 1st, 2015 | Posted by greg in Daily life... | Travel - (0 Comments)

Here is one solid question for you: How was the scenery like the last time you’ve crossed a 5000 year old lava stone field? I don’t know about you, but I never thought it would look as good as Hveragerði, a small village 45 minutes’ drive from Reykjavik, south of Iceland, and yes, I (and … Read more

Acceptance

September 28th, 2015 | Posted by greg in Charity | Classes & Demo | Daily life... - (0 Comments)

Great food takes time – even food for thought for that matter! This has never been so true as with the recently published “A Platter of Love” book in which I had the honor to participate with seven other talented chefs. Under the initiative of Angliss, we held photo sessions and classes 4 years ago when I … Read more

Second trip and second serving of chocolate cultivated and made in Vietnam! After travelling to Vietnam, I tested the different chocolates in several recipes, including this (very smooth) chocolate cheesecake that I glazed with an olive oil and chocolate glaze. The base of the cake (or tart) is made of sweet dough and black olive … Read more

The Harbourfront Feast

April 24th, 2015 | Posted by greg in Daily life... - (0 Comments)

May 2, 2015 will witness a rare occurrence in Hong Kong. Rare because you get to be fed by 13 talented chefs from 13 different kitchens in one go!  All the chefs met over few days to taste each other’s dishes and to make sure we were all not serving the same thing as well as discussing portion … Read more

Feuilletage, Frangipane and Kings

January 6th, 2015 | Posted by greg in Recipes - (6 Comments)

What started as a simple and rather dry bread covered in beans many centuries ago has evolved into a remarkable version of the King’s Tart, or how we call it in French, La Galette des Rois. The tradition back home is declined in two versions. The brioche type of bread in which is also hidden … Read more

Inside the Banh mi

November 21st, 2014 | Posted by greg in Daily life... | Travel - (7 Comments)

Another great trip to Ho Chi Minh City had me finally taking a much closer look at the infamous Bánh mì, the quintessential Vietnamese sandwich born from the French colonial occupation. A simple preparation in which all sorts of meat, pate, melted “butter”, spring onion and other vegetables are stuffed in a thin-crusted pillow-like baguette. … Read more

Exceptional wood fire baking

November 18th, 2014 | Posted by greg in Classes & Demo | Daily life... - (1 Comments)

Twenty four degrees Celsius, sixty percent relative humidity, and just a few clouds shading the grounds of Zen Organic Farm for our baking day. Nope, I haven’t gone on a new path of interest to become meteorologist, but I had to emphasize on how much of a great day it was. Of course, it wasn’t … Read more

Superfood and raw!

August 27th, 2014 | Posted by greg in Classes & Demo | Daily life... | Recipes - (0 Comments)

At the occasion of the Natural & Organic Products Asia event held at the Hong Kong Convention Center, where I happened to be a member of the Advisory Committee, I was asked to do a demonstration for a raw superfood dessert. Yes, me too when I read that, I was like, wow…. raw? superfood? You mean … Read more

A very interesting fact here is that while drafting this column, the dictionary for spell check couldn’t find the word permaculture. Back home, my brother is converting his vineyard into a permaculture one, which takes years to accomplish in order to bring back the life to the soil beneath the plants, drenched by too many years … Read more

After posting that photo of braided bread on Instagram, shot for Eat&Travel magazine video, Michael, culinary genius behind Concept Creations group of restaurants, notably from their newest venture, Souvla restaurant, sent me a message to discuss about a special bread… having seen a lot of breads around the world, I wasn’t expecting much… very little I knew … Read more

The Harvest Feast 2014

April 10th, 2014 | Posted by greg in Charity | Daily life... - (1 Comments)

Seeing an hail storm falling on Hong Kong, destroying windows and flooding multiple parts of the city is incredibly rare and VERY worrisome when you are just a few days away from the Harvest Feast 2014… It poured all week long, yet, on that Saturday April 5th, the sun gave us one of his most … Read more

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