Souvenir, souvenir…

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I recently visited Nice and the Côte d’Azur. The weather was beautiful, although sometimes very hot, and as always, the food was great. One of the best things I know is to just wander around a supermarket in any country that I stay in and be amazed and inspired by all the foreign products that I see. I seldom even contemplate buying e.g. a packet of dry biscuits at home, but in France (or Italy, Germany, Japan or anywhere else), I actually consider it. Sometimes there is something about the packaging that intrigues me (smiling […]

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A tarte au chocolat to die for

Have you seen my latest post for Paris Perfect Rental’s recipe section? It is a chocolate tart with salted caramel filling and a light sprinkling of sea salt on top. Heaven! Head on over to Paris Perfect and check it out. (An whilst you are there, let yourself marvel at the beautiful Paris apartments they are renting out. If macarons came in apartment sizes, this is how they would look.) /Catharina

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Midnight at Faubourg – in search of Alber Elbaz

The clock strikes twelve. Midnight in Paris, and the city seems calm and quiet. But a signal beams out from the Eiffel Tower: a call to Super H! Something’s afoot. Masked and cloaked, the proud horse atop the Hermès building undergoes a strange metmorphosis, ready for action. We watch breathlessly as he prepares to take flight – a modern Pegasus for the world of the comic strip. (Source: Hermès) About two years ago Hermès introduced a wonderful new design, Minuit au Faubourg, designed by Dimitri Rybaltchenko. Rybaltchenko is one of my favourite current designers at Hermès, always with a nod […]

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Happy Easter with my Eiffel Tower sugar cookies

Ready for a sugar overload? I love Easter for some very simple facts: it’s beginnning to get more spring-like (hope lives, yeah!), it’s four days off from work (double-yeah!) and it’s a holiday where, at least for me, there are no mandatory obligations. I don’t have to do anything. There are no presents to buy or parties to go to or even special food I have to cook, unless I want to (which I do, but that’s besides the point).  I can spend the weekend, baking, sewing, doing nothing and basically eating the equivalent of my own weight in chocolate eggs. Which brings me […]

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Exciting news!! I am a contributor to Paris Perfect

This is by far the most exciting news on my new blogging adventure that I have had. Little old me has been asked to contribute with bi-monthly French recipes to the wonderful Paris Perfect blog. If you haven’t yet heard from then, Paris Perfect is a rental agency for the most gorgeous Parisian apartments you have ever seen. They have excellent locations and also offer other services (like cooking classes at Philippe Excoffier’s eponymous restaurant, no less) for your perfect Parisian stay. The apartments are really stunning. Check out this balcony and this one just oozes French glamour. Even if you are not […]

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French your way (my favourite French podcast) and the one time I spoke French fluently…

As part of my wish to be a little more French, learning the language is a must. Or shall I say, relearning. I once was quite fluent in the language. This was back in high school and the culmination was a trip to Paris with a good friend. On day 3 or so, the majority of our cash (hey, this was the 90’s, cash was king!) for the trip was stolen from our safety deposit box which was in the basement of the hotel (a 2 star, quite shabby hotel near Pigalle). I was so angry at the staff that I […]

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Valentines, schmellentines..

Or La Saint-Valentin, as they say in France. Because you wouldn’t have thought that the French would not celebrate a day of romance, right? (Apparently the day of Valentine, is La Saint-Valentin and the Saint himself is Le Saint Valentin. Oh, the French..) La Saint-Valentin in France is only a day for lovers, not for friends or children etc.. And yes, it is the same roses and chocolates as everywhere else (although I bet it is still slightly better). “Tu veux être mon valentin?” and many more Valentine-related words and expressions in French can be found on this site. (And no, […]

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A classic shirt dress – and why I always risk paying for excess baggage

I love shopping for fabric. For me (and if you are a sewer, you know what I mean), it’s like walking into a candy shop. (Granted, many times I get overwhelmed and leave from the most fantastic fabric shop with like a marking pen or something else ridiculously small and readily available everywhere.) I especially like going to fabric shops on vacation. There so much more to explore. (Did you see my post about my indredible luck in Paris a few years ago?) My hometown has fabric shops, yes, but bigger cities have bigger shops. Also, most of the time, they […]

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Honey, it’s Sunday morning – my favourite breakfast recipe

January, the month of new starts and all good intentions, calls for something healthy. A very dear friend of mine gave me a jar of the most delicious honey recently. She in turn had received a large batch of it from a relative in Romania who had brought it to my friend all across Europe. The honey is made by bees who collect pollen solely from linden flowers. The honey tastes like no honey I have ever tried before. The smell is sweet and strong with a hint of rising bread. The taste makes you think of freshly baked baguette. And just pause at […]

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“A little place” – an ode to the humble German Plätzchen

No one does Christmas pastry better than the Germans, not even the French can compete. As a child I lived many years in Germany and the sheer abundance of Christmas cookies, biscuits, cakes and buns around Christmas time is amazing. And I haven’t even started with all supermarkets and department stores opening their special Christmas chocolate sections (half of an entire floor at the classic Berlin institution KaDeWe last time I was there!). For a chocolate lover this is almost a mental overload; there are pralines in every thinkable flavour like Apfle-Zimt-Haselnuss-Nougat or how about Cointreau-Orange-Marzipan-Zartbitter. There are hollow chocolate shaped trees, Santa […]

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