Monthly Archives: October 2011

Romanesco Tarte with Bacon

I just discovered the romanesco broccoli about 3 or 4 years ago while walking through the open market; so exotic and so tasty!   When we saw them back in the market a couple of days ago, Jade and I … Continue reading

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Cotriade: Glorious Fish Soup from Bretagne

One of my favorite blog sites is Read Ramble.  Fay does a fantastic job of bringing together reading, music and food.   Her site is so interesting that I have actually read many of her book recommendations, bought Waverly Root’s, … Continue reading

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Cote de Boeuf Chez Parret

When Jade and I were in the Vendee attending a photography class with Roger Stowell http://www.camerahols.com/ in July, I bought a small prime rib roast to thank M. and Mme Parret for watching the dog, cats and just for being good neighbors … Continue reading

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Fatima’s Lentils with Spiced Cured Pork Shoulder

Abdel’s (stove care) mom gave me the recipe for her delicious Moroccan lentils.  I didn’t have the ras el hanout spice so I made it from fresh ground spices.  Fantastic!  Did I mention that Emile Henry’s tajines are easy to … Continue reading

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Eating Around: Le Patio

The Patio sandwich and salad restaurant is like a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.  On weekends and when France is playing a World Cup game, one has to veer around the crowds of boisterous men spilling out onto the sidewalk. … Continue reading

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Eating Around: Le Parisien

For over a decade, we have seen this restaurant on the square.   Tall and narrow, wedged in between the larger beer bar and a magazine tobacco shop, it has always gone pretty much unnoticed by our family.   Although … Continue reading

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Lancashire Hot Pot

Frugal http://frugalfeeding.wordpress.com/ gave me the idea for this post, a lamb and potato casserole. The recipe uses both lamb neck and kidneys. It drives me insane when I burn things.   It doesn’t look nice nor appetizing. This happened because instead of hanging … Continue reading

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Foie Gras with Figs

My baby’s coming home tomorrow!   I thought we’d better eat the foie gras now; not his favorite.  More for us!  Lancanshire hot pot for him. I found this great video.  I love the way he just dumps the cooking … Continue reading

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Tajine Braised Chicken Tarragon

Yes, well I’m tajine cooking again.   They are so versatile and I’ve fallen in love! The Emile Henry tajines have such elegant lines, I just make up things to cook in them. Like this tarragon chicken, you just know … Continue reading

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Calamari Rings with Chilli Lime Mayonnaise

I grew up in California and can remember all of us kids, wading out at high tide, in a very calm ocean, waist deep, picking up clams from the ocean floor.  Others, better equipped, had special clam forks and could dig … Continue reading

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