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.
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.
Cooking with La Capelina d'Or
The Niçois love to argue, and nothing provokes a better argument than the subject of how to make one of their classic dishes.
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.
Meyer lemon jam
The first few times I bought these orange-tinted lemons with a bergamot scent from the woman who I will forever think of as the Meyer lemon lady, she couldn't resist asking me if I knew what I was doing.
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.
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.
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.
A Niçois dinner at Paule's Parisian pad
When people ask me how I met Paule Caillat
, I usually laugh and say it was thanks to our hairdresser.
A few weeks ago I would have sworn that there was no good sushi in Nice. It turns out that I just hadn't looked in the right place.
People often ask me why I'm not enormous. Even if I do have a penchant for cakes
, I think what saves me is that my idea of a perfect meal is some variation on this.
Strawberry and tomato gaspacho with pistachio oil
Pistachio oil brings an extra touch of originality to strawberry and tomato gaspacho, which I came across at Le Mirazur's new tapas-style bar and couldn't wait to recreate.
A strawberry and cream birthday cake
Never answer the phone when you're cooking. This rule can save a lot of heartache, such as the sight of Sam's comically deflated birthday cake a few minutes after I pulled it out of the oven.
Les petits farcis
What I love about these little stuffed vegetables, known affectionately as "les farcis" ("the stuffed") in Nice, is how they reflect the personality of each cook.