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Continue reading Roundup #2 from The Omnivorist
Summer ended so abruptly this year that it felt like a rude visitor rushing out without saying a proper goodbye. It didn’t help that we went on vacation quite late, meaning that by the time we got back it was already the first day of September and my kiddo was starting preschool – yikes! Plus the weather in Paris got decidedly chilly as soon as back-to-school season rolled around, like it was in a hurry to make sure we knew summer was definitively over. Continue reading Slow Cooker Mexican Beef Stew
I’m not big on kitchen gadgets these days. There was a time in my life when I was more enamored with them than I am now, and ironically that was also a time when I cooked much less. I was probably frustrated and taking it out on my pocketbook by splurging now and again on Amazon. Nowadays I try to be much more judicious about acquiring new items since I don’t have very much kitchen storage while at the same time I now have a fully functional kitchen that churns out regular meals for my little family. Continue reading Sweet Potato Rosemary Chips
Last week we had that rare event in Paris, a heat wave! After months of relatively cool weather, which is much more our speed, we have been hit with roaring heat and for once I’ve been happy to be inside an (air-conditioned) office all day long! Continue reading Merguez Potato Hash with Baked Eggs
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 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
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!)
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