I often get asked about how to find grass-fed meat here in France, usually by expats who have lost their nutritional bearings when moving countries. There’s really no easy answer since organic does not at all guarantee that your meat will be exclusively pasture-raised; organic feed (comprised mainly of grains) is authorized and even prized by some producers as a badge of quality. Yeah, I know. Continue reading Slow Cooker Lamb Tajine
I’ve had super dry skin for as long as I can remember. This meant that I used to always seek out the thickest creamiest body cream that I could find, and for years that was heavy-duty Nivea body lotion or other supermarket brands.
Until one day when I heard about something called parabens and their association with things like hormone disruption and cancer, and all this sounded just a little bit alarming. Continue reading Simple Non-Toxic Body Butter
I first came across this recipe in my library copy of Niki Segnit’s The Flavor Thesaurus. As ambitious as the title suggests, the book attempts to categorize the whole panoply of flavors under the sun and suggests natural (if sometimes counter-intuitive) pairings. While it works great as a guide to consult while cooking, it also lends itself beautifully to reading a few chapters at a time — perfect for stumbling upon culinary inspiration! Continue reading Claudia Roden’s Orange and Almond Cake
I almost don’t want to say this lest I jinx it with the weather gods but… spring has finally sprung around these parts. And this means only one thing to all self-respecting Parisians: it’s time to get your picnic on! Continue reading Black Rice and Lentil Salad
After having been away for a few weekends and working full-time in between, I was really excited to finally get some time at home last weekend. Now don’t get me wrong; I of course love traveling but I also find it unsettling not being able to spend any time in the kitchen for weeks at a time. I hate finding myself scrambling day after day for a satisfying weeknight dinner or pondering what to pack for my little guy’s lunch. You can only eat so many buckwheat crêpe meals in a row! Continue reading Potato and Sausage Hash
March 21st may have come and gone and it may now officially be spring in the Northern Hemisphere but you wouldn’t know that with the nasty drizzle we’ve got this week. So hearing a little someone cough early in the morning is still a semi-regular occurrence and while I was remaking a batch of this homemade cough syrup, I figured it was probably not too late to share this recipe. Sigh… Continue reading 3-ingredient Homemade Cough Syrup
While milk kefir is a traditional Turkish drink with its roots in the Caucasus Mountains, I had never heard about it growing up — which is quite remarkable if you think about it. As my interest in making my own cultured foods grew, I knew that cultured dairy was a great place to start. As traditional cultures around the world knew well, incorporating fermented foods into your diet is not only extremely beneficial for you and your family’s health, it is often delicious too. Continue reading How to make milk kefir (and why you should!)
I say it’s about time to get practical!
I periodically get asked where and how we do our groceries so figured it was time to put it all in one place. This list is by no means exhaustive but should provide a good guide to what we do in our family. Note that we live in Paris, France, so these are local or at least country-specific for the most part, although there are some tips for those visiting the City of Lights as well. Continue reading Where we do our food shopping
If you’ve ever had a toddler, you know what a struggle it can be to get them to eat what you prepare. Even if your cute little baby used to polish off everything in sight with great gusto, sometime after the 18 to 24-month mark, a little devil seems to take residence in your innocent little infant’s body. This is when foods that used to please no longer do, or the little guy or gal insists on a unique menu at every meal. These are testing times for busy parents and many do understandably resort to shortcuts and give the tots what they’ll down easily — which in many cases means sugar. Continue reading Pear Butter Gelatin Sticks
This was one of those “hmm what do I have in the fridge today?” kind of recipes. I had some veal stew meat that I wanted to make but felt like trying something else besides my usual curry-based stew. Continue reading Veal Stew with Chorizo, Fingerling Potatoes and Peas