What’s a…?

What’s a croissant au beurre?

Until last week, I thought I knew what a croissant was. Anyone who has lived in France knows that late spring is full of jours fériés, that is, bank holidays. For many, a five-day workweek is rare at this time of year. This means we’ve been frequenting our local bakeries, and enjoying lazy mornings, more […]

What’s Melegueta Pepper?

Our most-recent culinary discovery is poivre maniguette, a spice in the ginger family that has the same fiery property as pepper. Also known in French as poivre du paradis (Grains of Paradise) or poivre de Guinée (Guinea Pepper), Meleguetta Pepper is grown on the Western coast of Africa and is used in many traditional African dishes. […]

What’s a Gour Noir?

The best way to choose cheese at a cheese shop is to ask the fromager for advice. This is how I end up with new favorites all the time. Believe it or not, there are seasons for cheese, just like for fruit and vegetables. Recently, my cheesemonger recommended a Gour Noir. “It’s in season now,” […]

What’s a Paris-Brest?

Even after nearly nine years living in France, I still make constant new discoveries. They’re especially fun when it comes to food, so I’ve decided to start a new series of short posts called “What’s a…?” to best share some of these finds. Here goes the first one: What’s a… Paris-Brest? It’s a traditional French […]