Lunch at the Abbaye de la Celle
I had my first taste of the Hostellerie de l'Abbaye de la Celle a few years ago when Philippe and I, with two-year-old Sam in tow, spent a few days meandering through Provence, stopping at all the country auberges run by Alain Ducasse.
A tantalizing taste of Genoa
I had only half a day to explore Genoa, but thanks to a well-informed friend and the thoroughly researched book Food Wine: The Italian Riviera and Genoa
I put every minute to edible use.
A pint-sized garden
Some boys love trucks, others go mad for motorcycles: my son is crazy about cacti and just about anything else that grows.
Genoa is a place that, until now, I had always driven through without stopping: with so many charming towns to choose from along the Italian Riviera, somehow it seemed too big and daunting.
Navarin d'agneau - Spring lamb stew
Easter weekend was the perfect time to cooknavarin d'agneau
, a dish that I first came across many years ago while working as an interpreter at the Cordon Bleu cooking school.
A week on the Elle diet
When I decided it was time to shed a couple of extra kilos before spring, it was natural to turn to my extensive collection of Elle magazines.
Pizza in Marseille
For most people Marseille means bouillabaisse, the once-humble fisherman's stew that has come to symbolize the city's rich cultural mix. But, as we drove to Marseille, I had one thing on my mind: pizza.
The best way to cook broccoli
I have my friend Caterina to thank for this ridiculously simple and ridiculously delicious way to tackle a vegetable that many people find uninspiring.
The future of French shopping?
You might think of Parisiennes as stylish women who take pleasure in shopping at markets and whipping up sumptuous meals with seasonal ingredients. You would be right about the stylish part.
L'Auberge de la Penne
I remember Benoît Poulet telling me that he let his chickens run free in the forest, with the result that some fell prey to hungry foxes. Idealistic you might think, yet it's this very quality that makes his restaurant in the tiny village of La Penne so exceptional.
Rose Bakery II
I like to think I discovered Rose Bakery before just about anyone else.
When I started celebrating Christmas with Philippe and then Sam, I looked for recipes in cookbooks and on the Internet rather than in my mother's scrapbook.
Hugues Foucher, a cheese iconoclast
I've always thought that British cheese is underrated in France in the same way that Canada is underrated in the United States: few people give much thought to its existence.
Tofu with Etsuko
I have to admit to having had no strong feelings about tofu, one way or the other, until I learned to make it myself.