Butternut Squash Hummus Burgers (Recipe)

For the  past few months, we’ve been eating butternut squash (courge butternut or doubeurre in French) like it’s going out of style. And we should. In Europe, butternut squash is considered a légume ancien, that is, a forgotten vegetable. While winter squash are nowhere near being ignored in France today, the season will shortly be coming […]

Savory Buckwheat Waffles (Recipe)

We ran out of white flour nearly a week ago and I’ve hardly noticed. I’m still on my buckwheat craze and am having way too much fun making pretty much everything, even waffles, out of it. I say “having way too much fun” because I’m not sure the level of indulgence in this recipe is […]

Baked Polenta with Roquefort Cheese (Recipe)

This week’s project was polenta. I hadn’t cooked cornmeal (semoule de maïs in French)in several years and didn’t remember it being so good. Last Tuesday, I bought some at the nearby health-food store and inadvertently made way too much of it. We ended up eating polenta in some form or another for three days straight. Fortunately, […]

Perfect Scrambled Eggs (Recipe)

You can’t just throw any old eggs into a skillet, watch them with one eye and think you’ll get perfect scrambled eggs. Oh no, there are some secrets: the kind of eggs you use, the kind of skillet, even how you beat them and how many eyes are watching. Over the years I’ve been polishing […]

French-Style Baked Eggs (Recipe)

Oeufs cocotte are eggs baked in small ramekins. Before trying my hand at them, I had eaten three French-style baked eggs in my life. Two of them were among the best dishes I have ever tasted. The first was at the Auld Alliance bed and breakfast in the Cairngorms National Park in Scotland (the chef […]

Happy Curry Chowder (Recipe)

I’ve been feeling just plain happy lately. One of the reasons must surely be the sunshine that has finally come to Paris. Another reason dawned on me yesterday morning in yoga. It was the first time I’d taken an official class from my younger sister (living-room yoga during her training doesn’t count). The experience itself […]