I'm fortunate to live in one of the most beautiful places in the world, doing work I love, surrounded by a circle of true friends that is growing all the time. So happiness should come easily, right? Sometimes, though, it's not that simple, and like anyone else I need to remember what makes me happy even as I get swept up in the swirling currents of life.
My job frequently requires me to eat elaborate three-course meals at lunch and dinner several days in a row. It's something I have trained myself to do over the years and my stomach rarely utters a peep of complaint, as long as I don't overdo the wine (not as easy as it sounds). I am grateful, though, when I come across a restaurant that acts as a kind of cleansing interlude, replenishing my body with crunchy vegetables and wholesome grains.
Ten things you need to know about olive oil
Of the dozens of olive varieties grown in Provence, the caillette
- informally known as the Niçoise olive - is perhaps the most beautiful and subtle.
If I had to compile a list of things I might potentially need for the house, "another kitchen appliance" would definitely not be on it.
Advice from a slim cook
Though I wouldn't describe myself as skinny, some people do think I'm a little too slim to be credible as a cook, particularly in a country whose people are known for slathering butter on everything from baguette to radishes.
On being vegetarian in France
A few months ago, my son Sam declared himself a vegetarian. Now, if we lived in California this might not sound unusual, but this is France, proud land of steak-frites
and tête de veau.
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.
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.
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.
Almond and pistachio granola
Much has been written in in the blog world about granola, but I think there is always room for one more recipe.