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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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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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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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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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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Shake your pommes pommes (part 4) – a spicy tomato and apple chutney with raisins

Ok, fine, I’ll admit it. I am getting tired of that word joke in the heading myself now. It’s the last post in this theme, I swear. But what a post it will be! I combined the few remaining apples of my generous gift from both my mom and my mother in law (though it seemed that they were both equally elated to get “rid off” some apples as I was receiving several bags of them..) with the most wonderful locally grown tomatoes in a wide range of colurs and flavours. They looked like red, yellow, pink and green jewels. I love flavour combinations […]

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Shake your pommes pommes (part 3) – a French apple tart

Any self-respecting (aspiring) French woman or man must have a recipe for an apple tart up one’s sleeve, right? The tarte tatin being a far too obvious choice (to be honest I have yet to try it as I have to get me a new pan for that), I decided to bake another version of a French apple tart. I wanted a lighter and not so sweet dessert. I am also a sucker for beautiful presentations and fell for the rose petal-shaped arrangement of the apple wedges in this recipe. This tarte aux pommes is wonderful and a new favourite in my recipe collection. It lets […]

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