Shake your pommes pommes (part 2) – le beurre de pommes (apple butter)

The first time I heard about a thing called apple butter, I was immediately intrigued. Suffice to say, it had me on “butter”. If you have never heard of le beurre de pommes or apple butter before, you might however – like me – be mistaken in thinking it actually contains butter. Mais non! This is in essence a slow-cooked apple sauce which transforms into a thick amber coloured cream. Short of being actual butter, this is apple heaven on a spoon. I added ground cinnamon and cloves, which gives it a slight Christmasy flavour. This is good on bread (with some […]

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The eternity jacket – and the incredulous story of how I got the fabric (in Paris!)

…in like “it took me an eternity” to make it. Or three months. Well, it felt like an eternity. I mean it was a completely different season when I started. “It’ll take me a week if I just buckle down”, I said. When will I ever learn? Granted, I haven’t worked on it every day for three months, of course. I do have a job, you know. Fellow sewers, you get the point. We don’t mind going slow or letting stuff take time because we know that sometimes stuff that is worth doing will take time. It’s just the frustration […]

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Shake your pommes pommes – a delicious apple compote with a mascarpone and crème fraîche cream

Ok, granted, mascarpone is not a French cheese. I have searched for a French equivalent to this thick, creamy fresh cheese, but haven’t found one I can recommend. If you have a good suggestion, please let me know. I bet however that even the French can live with this (un-)holy alliance of the milk products of France and Italy. I was lucky to receive several kilos of apples from both my mother and my mother in law. Both apple batches are sweet but tangy with firm flesh and a bright red skin. There just might be one or two apple recipes […]

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If happiness is a colour it would be pink – Macarons with fresh raspberries

Now, actually it would be orange. But you get my drift with this post. My macarons adventure, a.k.a. “My quest to find the perfect macarons”-recipe (which also doubles as “What I tell myself to have an excuse to eat an obscene amount of macarons in the process”), is improving by leaps and bounds. My latest – and proudest – version are these  macarons with raspberries. The latter were the very last of the late summer raspberry season that were sold in my local farmers’ market. Raspberries are amongst my Top 3 of favourite berries. For many years, whilst visiting my mother in […]

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We’ll always have Paris – Emma Beddington’s honest and poignant story of living the French dream

If you haven’t figured it out yet, I nourish the dream of one day living in Paris. I have a complete vision of my life there: a small apartment with a balcony under the rooftop  in a Hausmannian house with a (most likely ridiculously) small kitchen, perhaps with a tiled backsplash, ceiling beams and white walls. Every weekend morning I will get up early and go to the local boulangerie to get fresh, buttery croissants and we will eat them in the morning sunshine, sitting with a cup of coffee on our fold up wooden café chairs on the balcony. I envision becoming best friends with the local cheese […]

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