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Primed Dark Chocolate Honey Bar

I had a secret weapon for my Condura Skyway 21km Run Race.  It was my Primed Dark Chocolate Honey Bar.  It was a great pre-race fuel source and a cool reward for my best half-marathon time.

This was my first 21km road race and I really enjoyed it.  It was great to meet friends like Tessa Valdez and achieve my sub 3 hour goal of 2:55:04 to come in number 2300 out of 4300 plus runners.

Great to see you at the run Tessa.

Thanks to Ton and Raul Concepcion for a wonderfully organized race.  I am looking forward to improving my 21km time next year already.  Or maybe I’ll try the marathon?


CiCou Primed Chocolate ingredients
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Fruit tartare with Pineapple Mint Broth

Now for a delicious and refreshing dessert of Assorted Fruit Tartare with Pineapple Mint Broth.

This dessert is the last item of our 3-course menu with the Appetizer of Smoked Salmon, Pan-fried Duck Liver, Beetroot Compote and the main course of Duck Leg Confit, Squash rice and Mushroom a la Bordelaise.


30 grams Melon
30 grams Mango
30 grams Strawberries
30 grams Red Apple
30 grams Pineapple
100 ml Water
1 gram Mint
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Duck Leg Confit, Squash rice, Mushrooms a la Bordelaise

The new year is a great time to learn new skills in the kitchen.

I have shown you how to make a simple Primed Omelette, to prepare Primed Eggs Benedictine and also our most popular recipe ever, Primed Carbonara Squash (no pasta please).


Below is the main course component of our 3-course menu with the Appetizer of Smoked Salmon, Pan-fried Duck Liver, Beetroot Compote posted yesterday and a delightfully Primed Fruit Tartare with Pineapple Mint Broth for tomorrow.
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Smoked salmon, Pan-fried Duck Liver, Beetroot compote

Again a super recipe for you to do and very easy.

I tried something similar during my last vacation in France and I wanted to share it with you, also I just make sure that is fully Primed for your healthy 2015 🙂 .

You can easily find all ingredients here around.  It is a beautiful dish that can be served for appetizer and you can serve a nice bowl of assorted green salad on the side.

This beautiful dish is available under Primed dishes at Brasserie CiÇou.


45 grams Smoked Salmon
30 grams Foie Gras
50 grams Beetroot
3 ml Olive oil
1 gram Micro Arugula
1 gram Iodized Salt
.5 gram Pepper
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How to Survive Your First Trail Run! – Trail Running Safety Tips

I recently lost my trail running virginity and thoroughly loved both the thrill and beauty of the trail. It is exhilarating but also dangerous. This is why I wanted to write some safety tips for rookies like me for when they too join a trail run. My next trail run will be on January 11th 2015 for the Final Leg of the NTDR III TRILOGY organized by Pimco Sporting Events. Join me!

Preparation is the Key – Pick the Right Race and Distance

It all starts with picking the right race and run category for you. My last race was a 21km trail where we were pre-warned by the organizers that “THIS IS TRAIL RUNNING! THIS IS EXTREME SPORT!” Indeed, it was so tough that only 23 out of 150 starters made it within the 7 hour cut-off time! Perhaps I should have started with the 10km category or even try a 21km with a trail that is not so demanding.

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Confessions of a trail Running Virgin – Chef Cyrille

A great race is like a great meal: you never forget it, you relive it in your mind even years later, and it leaves you looking forward to the next one.

I am delighted to share my unforgettable experience as I lost my trail running virginity along the beautiful Sierra Madre mountains.  Just like a great meal it left fabulous memories and an excitement for the next one.

Chad had already told me about the Top 10 Reasons to Try Trail Running  but I wanted to experience it for myself.

My First Ever Trail Run!

2:00 am on Sunday 12th October is the time that I met Chad before we drove to Tanay, Rizal for my first 21k trail run. Yes 2:00am, that is insane, especially when you finish late the night before with a busy service at Impressions Restaurant of Resorts World Manila.

Pimco Trail Running - Chad and CiCou

Six month earlier Chad finished 2nd in his Love A Tree International Trail Running 34km race and was talking about it like crazy.  Saying it’s very good and a fantastic experience for him. I remember he could barely walk the next 2 days after the race.  Despite that, he convinced me to sign up for the next Pimco Sporting Event 21km trail run.

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Primed Roasted Bone Marrow with Parsley Garlic Butter Sauce

There are many great reasons to eat Primed Bone Marrow, but the one I like the most is because it tastes great.   Bone Marrow can have a subtle, creamy nuttiness, sometimes a bit sweet and delicious with a pinch of sea salt or a Parsley Butter as shown below.

Other super reasons to eat Bone Marrow are because it is packed with vitamins and minerals and is a rich source of very healthy, rich fats.  It also contains iron, phosphorus and vitamin A. Need more reasons to eat Bone Marrow?  Well, it is also an amazing muscle-building, cognitive-boosting and joint-nourishing food.

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350 grams Mayura bone marrow
100ml cream
3 grams Rock Salt
1 gram Pepper
20 grams Parsley Butter

Ingredients for Parsley Butter:
50 grams Curly parsley
180 grams butter
20 grams garlic
7 grams almond flour
10 grams mustard
4 grams salt
1 gram pepper


1. Clean/ trim the meat from the bone marrow

2. Season with rock salt and pepper

3. Place the bone marrow on a tray and put it inside the oven for 8 minutes at 350 ˚Fahrenheit (176˚Celsius) until the marrow can be pierced by a thermometer or reached its internal temperature of 145 ˚Fahrenheit (62.8 ˚Celsius)

4. The parsley cream sauce: In a sauce pan, warm 100 ml of cream and 50 grams of parsley butter season with salt until the cream is hot.

5. Ready to serve.  Bon appetite!

CiCou Bone Marrow-Primedforyourlife10

This great Primed Dish of Roasted Bone Marrow with Parsley Garlic Butter Sauce is available at Brasserie CiCou in Greenhills.

Try my Chicken Liver Pate served with Baby Raddish as a starter first though as it is wonderfully nutritious and tasty as well.

CiCou-Chicken Liver Pate with Raddish

The CiCou Chicken Liver Pate is full of great healthy fats and the very nutrient dense internal organs that are a vital component of a nutritious and balanced diet.  The Pate is also available from the Brasserie CiCou stall at the Salcedo Market every Saturday morning.

CiCou at Salcedo

Do you like Bone Marrow?  Please let us know your favorite way to eat your Bone Marrow. Thanks.

The Secret to Making a Great Omelette by Chef CiÇou

So many people ask me how to do an omelette, “the rolled one“. That’s not an easy one, and you need a lot of practice. The good thing is that eggs are not so expensive so you can practice if you really want to learn.  I remember where I learned how to do this omelette, this was 29 years ago when I was just a simple apprentice, just a baby in the culinary world. But I was so lucky that I started at the best at that time, the Ritz Hotel in Paris.

I learned when I was at the “Entremetier” (this is a section in the kitchen which takes care of all the hotel’s breakfast, especialy all egg cooking, soup and potage, as well as all garnishes for all a la cartes of the hotel and its room service). It’s a busy section in the kitchen and a very important one!

When you are only 16 years old and when you do more than 100 covers in the early morning for the breakfast service in a short time, I tell you, you do a lot of omelettes, so you learn fast because you don’t want to miss an order and people usually in the morning are always in hurry! (I have a lot of stories about this fantastic learning place “the Ritz Hotel” but that is for another post).

Making a good omelette needs a nice presentation, and you need to make sure the egg is not overcooked, not too colored, not too undercooked and still smoky hot when the client will eat it! You need PRACTICE… a LOT of practice.

So here some of my tips for you to get a nice omelette at home.
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My 5 Primed Reasons Why I Prefer to Run in France “Périgord Région “!

I know it’s not easy for everyone to go to France just to run some kilometers. If you have the chance to go, don’t forget to bring with you your running shoes and your favorite pair of shorts and tee-shirt so you will be ready just in case. Here are my 5 reasons why I prefer running in France, in the home town of my dad (Périgord). Continue reading My 5 Primed Reasons Why I Prefer to Run in France “Périgord Région “!

Primed Carbonara Squash Pasta

Carbonara Sauce, who does not like this classic sauce? I am sure that no one I know doesn’t enjoy the smokiness of the bacon, the earthy flavors of the mushrooms, the richness of the cream, egg and Parmesan!

All of these flavors make one of the most famous worldwide dishes …. oops did I forget to mention the pasta? Yes I did, because today it is a carbonara without the pasta. I am making it primed for you guys.

Carbonara without pasta is a dream come true for those people who want to avoid pasta?

Please, let’s get ready in your kitchen, it’s going to be fun.

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