Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Les Oranges

Orange Gratin with yogurt and marmalade sauce

DSC_5804January is nearly at the half-way point. One of my resolutions – try to eat more right stuff (to lose weight) is waylaid some already…what happened? (rhetorical question)  I need to put the goal back on track. This ginger accented broiled citrus dish is unique and the hint of sweetness counteracts the bitterness of grapefruits and charred citruses well.


This recipe was found in the 2014 Jan/Feb issue of Cooking Light Magazine. It was introduced as dessert, we consumed it as a light salad however - if you eat as dessert, get uses to disappointment - I think it is supposed to be served warm? Yet we like it chilled thus defying the meaning of gratin…oh, well…it’s like a pallet cleanser?, detox of some sort? I mean refreshing!
Orange variety is a suggestion, just use whatever you have on hand.

Ingredients and Instruction for 4 servings (Print Recipe here)

  • 2 large navel oranges
  • 1 small ruby red grapefruit
  • 1 large Minneola orange
  • 3 clementines
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar (may substitute with stevia sugar)
  • 1 tablespoon minced candied ginger
  • 1/2 cup plan 2% Greek yogurt  I used my husband’s homemade Greek yogurt which is not the reduced fat kind.
  • 1 Tablespoon orange marmalade
  • 2 Tablespoons sliced almonds, lightly toasted
  1. Peel oranges, grapefruit, and Minneola oranges: cut crosswise into 1/2 inch slices. Peel clementine and cut in half cross wise.
  2. Preheat broiler to high. Arrange citrus in a single layer on a cookie sheet with at least 1 inch rim pan. Sprinkle with sugar and minced candied ginger.DSC_5764
  3. Broil citrus 15 minutes or until lightly charred., rotating pan occasionally. DSC_5775
  4. While it is broiling, combine yogurt and marmalade in a small bowl.IMG_2224IMG_2225
  5. Divide citrus evenly among 4 dishes. Drizzle with pan juice. Top with yogurt mixture and toasted almonds.DSC_5783

If I stop here then I could reach my ideal weight in no time but my husband tried a new bread recipe…Brioche…Oooo so buttery! Délicieux!DSC_5826

I met with some long-time-no-see Japanese friends for lunch last week. I really enjoyed making Japanese style cake for them – mine and their favorite, chestnuts cake with sweet potato Chantilly cream.DSC_5755

OK no more fattening foods from now on…I shall Cook Light…Right?

Ce était une grande tristesse pour le perd apporté par l'attaque terroriste sur Charlie Hebdo et le marché casher. Ma plus profonde sympathie et nos prières sont avec les familles de cette tragédie


  1. OMG! Your Orange Gratin looks amazing... i love your step-by-step recipe!
    Photos are awesome!

    I hope you join my culinary contest! I'd be very happy :)

    Have a wonderful day!

    1. Thank you Marcela. Thank you for the invitation. I will check into it.

  2. You have reminded me I should hurry eating all the winter fruits, not only mandarins (I eat tons of it!). What a lovely light dessert! I also try to eat light (well, I try hundreds of times a year ;-) ). Thank you so much for the inspiration! (I'll try to forget the tempting creamy treats ;-) ).
    Such a kind and warm message... We are still deeply shocked and sad in Europe.

    1. Merci mon cher ami pour votre aimiable commentaire....ha ha ha I hope I'm saying it right.

  3. Hi Nippon Nin,

    I laughed after reading your post... No more flattening food? I wish but I don't wish that too... LOL! I'm also constantly caught in the dilemma of loving and hating delicious creamy food and you know... the fat always win.

    However, your low fat orange gratin looks amazing and obviously, if I have to choose between fat and your yogurt... I would say that your yogurt win!!!


    1. Thank you Zoe. My husband and I loved your shokupan recipe. It's a definitely a keeper!

  4. what a fab orange recipe love citrus season

  5. ARE YOU KIDDING ME???? Everything looks so wonderful!!!!

  6. Can't get enough of citrus last few weeks...they are so juicy and sweet. That's a very beautiful dessert.

    1. Thank you Angie. I must try your Orange and Pomegranate salad soon...looks pretty!

  7. Palavras gentis são um favo de mel, doçura para a alma
    e saúde para o corpo.(Pr 16,24)
    Receitas fantásticas...parabéns pelo domínio dessa arte maravilhosa!!!
    Obrigada amiga, pela visita atenciosa!
    Beijo grande, Marie.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment. Seu blog é tão sonhador. Minha lista de desejos está ficando mais!

  8. Beautiful, everything looks amazing. Warm greetings from Montreal, Canada. :)

    1. Thank you Linda. I have never been to the part of Canada but I heard it's beautiful!

  9. 焼き目のついたオレンジ類にヨーグルトソース、確かにサラダにもデザートにもなりそうですね。かんきつ類は生でしか食べたことがなく、日本の冬は、テレビを見ながらこたつで食べるみかんが最高。鍋料理やお寿司のあとは特にのどが渇くので、デザートはみかん。さつまいもクリームの栗ケーキ、おいしそ~! 私の好物でもあります。


    1. コメントありがとうございます。 苦味もあるのですが、清々しい味で、私は好きです。 我ながら上手に出来たケーキ、喜ばれると、また頑張ろうという気持ちになります。 日本のテレビはあまり見ていませんが、韓国ドラマを最近よく見ています。 人気番組は今何でしょう? こたつでみかんは懐かしい風景です。