Thursday, December 20, 2012

Puff Pastry Cookies and Roquefort Good for You

Puff Pastry White Chocolate Cookies

Just two ingredients are required to make these cookies, and cookie or cake mix is not one of them. These are incredibly quick and easy to make. Spread the puff pastry with chocolate, roll, cut and bake. That’s pretty much the whole recipe in one sentence.

You will end up with cookies that are buttery and crispy, flavoured with slightly caramelized white chocolate.

The French make something called a palmier. Palmiers are made with puff pastry and sugar, and the cookies are shaped like a palm tree or elephant ear. The recipe is available here.

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Source: Bite my Cake
Chocolate salami

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Source: Mail Online
Even more good news for cheese lovers, especially Roquefort and other similar cheeses. Roquefort has anti-inflammatory properties which could help guard against cardiovascular disease. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why the French enjoy good health despite a diet high in saturated fat.

Researchers found that the properties of the blue cheese worked best in acidic environments, such as the lining of the stomach. The research, titled ‘Could cheese be the missing piece in the French paradox puzzle?’, was led by Dr Ivan Petyaev and Dr Yuriy Bashmakov.

Nutritionist Zoe Harcombe was sceptical about the findings. According to Zoe ‘we should not automatically think of inflammation as a bad thing.’ ‘Inflammation is the sign that the body is healing something (we sprain our ankle, it inflames – that is the body sending fluids, blood and lipoproteins to the area to repair the damage).’

Irrespective of what is really the case, Roquefort is delicious so perhaps we should continue enjoying it while the researchers debate how good it is for us.


  1. Ha who'd have thought that! Well I'm glad that I had blue cheese today :P

  2. The puff pastry "snails" look beautiful! A bit like a cross between palmiers (which have two "snails" in one piece) and pain au chocolat :-) I love this idea! It would make an excellent high tea (or breakfast for those who like sweet breakfasts).
    I have read about Roquefort recently. It doesn't surprise me. Every now and then they discover one more product eaten regularly by the French, but on a "black" list abroad (fat, calories, raw milk...) but which proves excellent for health. It's one of my favourite cheese varieties, but I must admit that even though my favourite cheese in most categories are French, in blue I prefer... Stilton! and even more Shropshire Blue (which is a bit orangy).

    1. I've never heard of Shropshire Blue. Sounds interesting. It seems some English cheeses are developing a good reputation, are available in France, and in some cases beating French cheese!

  3. Both foods sounds like lovely things to eat during the holidays...and the cheese is good for you!