It’s picnic time. That means I’m having fun making cold salads with fresh herbs and veggies from the local farmers’ market (or with whatever I have leftover in the fridge). This week, it’s been all about Puy lentils (French green lentils) and here are three tried-and-tested recipes. Why eat lentils? They’re fast and easy to […]
Chocolate Eclairs (Recipe)
We were up until 2am this morning making (and eating) chocolate éclairs. No, it’s not the baby that keeps us up; it’s self-imposed French pastry projects. Well, I wasn’t actually doing the baking part. Making éclairs was Sébastien’s rainy Sunday project. I was just there to take photos, wash a few pots, help fill a […]
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,” […]
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 […]
Happy May Day!
It’s “la fête du travail” in France. In the US, we don’t celebrate Labor Day until September, but here it’s the first in a happy series of “jours fériés” throughout the month of May. May 1st is a national holiday in most European countries, and there seems to be quite a lot of history surrounding […]
If I Had to Choose…
This post is for a friend of a friend, and anyone else visiting Paris with an empty tummy. It seems that everyone comes through here at some point or another. When it isn’t friends, it’s friends of friends and, thus, I’m often asked for suggestions. Do I love giving them! After living in France for […]