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A Violets Festival in Your Own Garden

What is a violets festival? On the French Riviera, Spring is announced in March when violets start blossoming all over the gardens. At the renowned Violets Festival in Tourettes-sur-Loup you can eat them in different ways: ice cream, jam, jelly, candy. Save Tourettes-sur-Loup is just across the valley from our garden and the seeds must have spread naturally. You can… Read more →

Fried zucchini flowers recipe with saffron batter

Fried Zucchini Flowers with Saffron Batter

A typical Mediterranean dish: Fried Zucchini Flowers in English, and in France they are called Beignets de Fleurs de Courgette. There are many versions where the flowers are coated with different types of batter. I have tasted batters made with eggs, herbs, even breadcrumbs. Personally, I prefer to keep it simple as the flowers have a delicate flavour which would… Read more →

4 Italian Rice Recipes for Entertaining (w/vegetarian and gluten free options)

I love to serve Risotto, as it is such a complete and refined delicacy. However it requires complete attention and dedication for the entire cooking time. It is not always the ideal dish to prepare when entertaining, as I don’t want to abandon my guests while they are at the dinner table. So I had to find creative ways to… Read more →

How to Make the Perfect Risotto

I love risotto, and like pasta, you can mix it with so many different ingredients that your creativity can flow freely and adapt to each season and country. It is important to follow the basic guidelines on how to make a perfect Italian Risotto. However, once you master them you are set. You can experiment with many different flavours, making… Read more →