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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In good company – the new Hermès Brides de Gala Love

Hermès themselves call the Brides de Gala their most celebrated carré. According to the website Hermesology, it is also “Hermes’s best-selling scarf of all time” (not that I have a reason to doubt this, but I am cautios of websites not being able to spell Hermès properly, just saying). According to Wikipedia, there are more than 70 000 Brides de Gala-scarves out there. Fact is that it was designed by Hugo Grygkar in 1957. It’s name is translated into “Bridles for the gala” and it undoubtedly gives that wonderful glamorous equestrian feeling that Hermès does oh so well. Brides de Gala has adorned the neck or head […]

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The future of fashion = the end of sewing?

“I have nothing to wear today! Oh well, I’ll just turn on the printer and download me a Chanel.” This could be your future self according to this article on Bloomberg. Now, 3D-printing is not a new concept, but according to the article, a couple of companies are at the present working on home-printable versions. Just think of this for a moment – it will change everything! Why bother running to a store or ordering something online (and waiting for it to arrive only to be dissapointed of the quality and fit to send it back) when you can download something, print […]

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A weekend in winter wonderland – my travel tips to Stockholm

If you are looking to get into some holiday spirits, forget the classic trips to Christmas markets in Germany or even hunting down Father Christmas in Greenland/ Lappland/ Rovaniemi/ North Pole or whatever Internet site you happened to stumble across (I am not judging..) claiming to be the real home of Santa. Go to Stockholm! Although here comes the obligatory disclaimer: as it is Sweden, the weather is moody at best so no guarantees for snow and sunshine. It was a combined business and weekend trip (those are the best, not for the business part though, haha) that had us visiting […]

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Autumn in a dish – a hearty vegetable stew with aubergine and lentils

There can be no doubt, autumn is upon us. In fact, it is rapidly approaching Christmas. Before we go in to the holiday season however, let’s celebrate the beauty of fall. The beautiful thing about a stew is that you can basically add anything and it will turn out great. This makes good use of the vegetables in the garden (if you are lucky enough to have one; it’s on my wish list) and you can easily substitute with potatoes, parsnips, cabbage, leeks.. The list is endless. A hearty vegetable stew with aubergine and lentils Serves 4-5 3 dl (300 ml) rice  1 […]

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