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apricot jam with its own apricot almonds
apricot jam with its own apricot almonds

ALMONDS from APRICOTS ? . . . Yes ! (but I’ll explain later). This summer, I’ve been giving a few cooking workshops during the ecologically-conscious Festival #ENSEMBLE! in the Cité de la Mode et du Design, overlooking the Seine river and which is literally a 5-minute bike ride from my place. The event takes place over a...

18.08.2017
a mediterranean picnic ? - how to organize it with style & precision !*
a mediterranean picnic ? - how to organize it with style & precision !*

*and this includes "EVERYTHING" : recipes, foods, drinks, containers, amounts, weights, planning, organization, preparation, transportation, cleaning up . . . yup, absolutely EVERYTHING !* *(yeah, it's a long & heavy list but just print up everything & adapt it to your needs) ... :) "What’s the weather...

04.08.2017
picnic pita ‘pissaladière’ pie
picnic pita ‘pissaladière’ pie

“PICNICKING” mediterranean-style . . . yeah, I love all of that ! I wasn’t planning to publish a “PISSALADIERE” recipe but because it’s picnicking season and because I’ll be talking about PICNICS and how to organize them very-very-very soon (in the next few days perhaps), it just made sense to include...

21.07.2017
'riggidanella' eggplant oven-baked pasta cakes
'riggidanella' eggplant oven-baked pasta cakes

This “THING” appeared on my table a few weeks ago when I was on assignment and in a fancy restaurant with some charming guests. This “THING”, individually prepared & served is so lovely to look at. This “THING” is simple in its flavors and in its assembly. This “THING” can be prepared in...

07.07.2017
red tomato pizza-pie & green pepper pizza-pie
red tomato pizza-pie & green pepper pizza-pie

In 1953, Dean Martin sang : “when the moon hits your eye like a big(ga)-pizza-pie, that’s amore . . .” I don’t know if Mr. Dean Martin was talking about this kind of pizza-pie or not. But I do know that I don’t often write the funniest or most clever stories. Those usually require a particularly well-developed...

25.06.2017
spiced plum vermouth 'almost a cocktail' sorbet
spiced plum vermouth 'almost a cocktail' sorbet

. . . and it really is just like a "FROZEN COCKTAIL" ! (for the gentle & harmless drinking adults that we are). So, Olena (my upstairs neighbor and friend) showed up with a large bowl of cherry plums. Her and her future husband Ivan had picked some small red cherry plums (officially called myrobalan plums) in the French...

11.08.2017
angel’s triple dark chocolate birthday cake
angel’s triple dark chocolate birthday cake

My dearest Angelito, I wish you a HAPPY-HAPPY-HAPPY (that’s 3) BIRTHDAY ! You loved this cake last year when I quietly and secretly whipped it up (yeah I’m sneaky) while you were hanging out with your mama dearest  from Spain who was visiting Paris (which is why I only took one picture of the finalized cake with a picture of...

28.07.2017
neapolitan ice cream - triple justice for the ‘nice’
neapolitan ice cream - triple justice for the ‘nice’

A ‘jackass’ wrote this article a few years ago : “Dear People Who Like Neapolitan Ice Cream. You like horrible things. Neapolitan is for people who don’t know what the hell they are doing with their lives. It’s the psychology major of desserts. Something told you it would give you the most options, but...

14.07.2017
red sour cherry wine «for those summer blues»
red sour cherry wine «for those summer blues»

Dear Simoncelli family : Mariselda (Madame) & Giuseppe (Monsieur) & Antonella (Toto) & Stefano (Steve) & Emanuella (Manny) . . .  THANK-YOU . Thank-you to Mr. & Mrs. Simoncelli for this recipe. Thank-you for your advice concerning other italian preparations. Thank-you for the warm welcome everytime...

01.07.2017
nectarine & hazelnut “knuckle-buckle” cakes
nectarine & hazelnut “knuckle-buckle” cakes

This year, there will be alot of juicy succulent NECTARINES so we’ll start with the easiest recipe which is an adaptation of a simple cake with fresh fruits often called a “buckle” cake when topped with a "crumble", but I don’t like that “crumbly” stuff (like a streusel topping). I...

17.06.2017