The last of summer – my take on Pierre Hermé’s Ispahan sorbet

This summer when we were visiting Paris, I discovered what has quickly become a new favourite, Pierre Hermé. Whilst I probably will stay partial to Ladurée for their macarons, Pierre Hermé has one unparalleled quality, the Ispahan sorbet. Named after one of their most famous cakes, which features a rose macaron biscuit, rose petal cream, whole raspberries and litchis (or lychees), the Ispahan sorbet is actually a blend of two different flavours, raspberry and litchi with rose syrup. The sorbet can be bought in their stores and is the perfect pick-me-up a hot day in the city (and mind you at 7 Euros a […]

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Cooking with my (imaginary) friend Rachel Khoo – Boeuf bourguignon with baguette dumplings

I remember a few years ago when The Little Paris Kitchen aired. Like many, I was completely enthralled by the dream of going to Parisian markets, bakers and fromagères, buying the very best French produce and cooking them up in my bohemian kitchen with a backsplash made of Moroccan tiles, of course while wearing polka dot dresses and red lipstick. This autumn, with new inspiration, I decided to try and cook as many recipes from her equally captivating book with the same name. The first to be tried and tested was the Boeuf bourguignon with baguette dumplings. It was delicious! Now, I […]

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I’ll be damned if these defeat me – macarons revisited

My first try was a complete failure if you remember. And if you think this is only my second try, I have to set the record straight. Between then and now, several recipes have entered (and left, some in quite a haste) my kitchen. Bien, maybe concocting the perfect sweet and salty caramel au beurre salé-filling was biting off more then I can chew. It seems the French patisserie syndicate (I am sure there is one) is trying to telepathically teach me a lesson. Rien ne sera facile in the art of making the macarons. So, I decided to get back to […]

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Chef’s Table: France on Netflix – have you been watching?

Photo above: Lucie Cipolla/Netflix We just finished watching the last episode of Chef’s Table Season 3 on Netflix yesterday. This season the focus was entirely on French chefs who are leading Michelin star restaurants. Featured chefs in this season were Alain Passard (L’Arpège in Paris, France) Alexandre Couillon (La Marine in Noirmoutier, France) Adeline Grattard (Yam’Tcha in Paris, France) Michel Troisgros (La Maison Troisgros in Roanne, France)   From the age of fifteen and before I do what I do now in my day job, I worked in several restaurants, bars, hotels and cafés. Mostly, the jobs were extra jobs during school […]

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A week in a cottage in Normandy – or when I found true happiness in a French supermarket

When we were planning our summer vacation, I was completely fixed on the idea to spend two weeks in northern France, driving from villages to villages, stopping at local farms to pick up produce and stuffing the car with antique finds from flee markets everyone would be envious of. As per usual, reality is never quite as idyllic as imagined. During our first week we stayed at a tiny cottage on the outskirts of a miniscule hamlet outside of Lisieux in Normandy. We had found it on Airbnb and the pictures were full of promises of the untouched romance of a […]

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From Paris to India – a thick, healthy French lentil soup with oriental flavours

This soup is creamy and thick with subtle flavours of curry, turmeric (one of my favourite spices), garam masala and onion. It is also vegan (if you swing that way) and yes, without being a doctor or dietician, I dare to say that it is healthy, too. Keeps very well in the freezer. Perfect for weekday lunches! From Paris to India – a thick, healthy French lentil soup with oriental flavours Serves 4 2 large yellow onions 1/2 Tbs curry powder (ground) 1/2 Tbs tumeric (ground) 1,5 tsp garam masala 1 can (400 ml) of coconut milk (full fat) 2 […]

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Happiness is…

…coming home with a new orange box to my collection. I am complete sucker from all things leopard print. Each time I find a leopard print scarf, skirt, dress, top etc. I let out a small squeal. (For each new item, my dear husband is less and less impressed..) This is a classic 90 cm x 90 cm silk twill scarf from Hermès. It’s name is ”Panthera Pardus” (latin for leopard), designed by Robert Dallet. It has beautiful cream, brown, caramel, and orange colours with an orange border. I am especially looking forward to wear it as a head scarf, folded on the bias […]

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When things don’t go according to plan..

Now I had this perfect first blog post planned. It would be a picture of beautiful macarons, with a golden brown filling of a glistening dollop of caramel au beurre salé, a new favourite flavour and a sweet memory from my recent trip. Alas, it didn’t exactly as intended. At all. Firstly, I started off by burning the first batch of dulce de leche. I swear I only turned my back on it for three minutes, as a very distinct whiff of burnt milk and sugar reached my nostrils. After an inproportionate tirade (I’ll admit it), I gathered myself and […]

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