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A Mediterranean Feast to discover through:
Each week a new article recommending a gastronomic adventure: from classic recipes from the Cote d'Azur to Italian and international recipes using local Mediterranean ingredients.
You will also find an up to date gourmet events calendar for the best gastronomic events on the French Rivera, including articles and video clips on events from past years will give you a flavour of what to expect.
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The most popular events are Les Etoiles de Mougins, Fetes Gourmandes, La Semaine du Gout, the Monte-Carlo Gastronomie, spread out throughout the year, there is always something happening on the French Riviera.
All recommendations and articles on this blog are based on products, restaurants, tool, and events I use or have attended personally.
Below the latest posts:
Artichokes pressure cooker is the best way to cook them, they are done in just 3 minutes: soft, juicy and full of flavour. Jump to Recipe The pressure of the steam, not only retains the flavour of the flesh but also soften any hard part of the artichoke. To make the traditional Roman artichokes recipe you need the round, short… Read more →
The Heidi Pie is made of a crunchy short pastry filled with sweet potatoes, spinach, red onion and goat’s cheese. We used to buy it in London at the farmer’s market in Chelsea. Jump to Recipe When we were living in London, we would go there on a Saturday morning, buy enough food for a picnic and go for a walk… Read more →
Traditionally, the Genovese pesto recipe is served with fresh Trofie pasta, green beans, and potatoes. They are all cooked together as the starch from the potatoes makes the sauce creamier. Jump to Recipe This pasta bowl is a complete meal with carbs, vegetables, and proteins from the cheese. It is a perfect light lunch to have during the summer when… Read more →
If you want to feed a crowd but you don’t have time for cooking, pulled pork pressure cooker is the solution. You can use pork loin or pork shoulder, 1.5 to 2 kilos (3 to 4 pounds) and it will not break the bank. I make this when I have a load of teenagers coming for the night or when… Read more →
Stuffed calamari recipe is very common in the Mediterranean countries and I discovered that is very popular during Christmas. I love it any time of the year. Jump to Recipe There are two versions, one with tomato sauce and one without. I like the one without tomato sauce as you can better taste the calamari. I flavour it with white wine… Read more →
Here is the authentic Struffoli Recipe, an Italian dessert mostly known as a Christmas tradition from Naples, but in many other Italian regions are traditional during Carnival and called Pignolata. Whatever the tradition, I am happy to eat them anytime: fried dough coated with caramelized honey. Jump to Recipe This Struffoli recipe is from my Aunt Ada, she made them… Read more →
A quest to find local unusual fruits and vegetables to bring something new to a festive table.Only 1 week to go until Christmas, and I still haven’t decided on the menu. To keep my workload manageable but still looking for a wow factor, I start a quest for exotic and unusual fruits and vegetables.I don’t want to look too far and get… Read more →
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