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Best Supermarkets in the French and the Italian Riviera

The Best Supermarkets on the Italian and French Riviera

Looking for quality/value? Here are some of the best supermarkets on the French and Italian Rivera, including my 2 favourite online stores for Asian and British delicacies and ingredients! The South of France is full of charming farmers’ markets selling fresh local products beautifully arranged in their stalls. Now look closely at the prices: you might have been caught in… Read more →

homemade crystallized violets recipe

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 →

10 Tips for Surviving Christmas Cooking

Two days left until Christmas, the clock is ticking down! Besides the presents, Christmas cards and the closing of business over the festive week, I need to plan for food. It is very difficult to gauge, during previous Christmas’s we cooked far too much and struggled to finish it all. I now prefer to spend 2 days before Christmas preparing… Read more →

Mediterranean picnic with horses

Ferragosto: a Mediterranean picnic “English style”

Packing only local products, here are some ideas to enjoy a Ferragosto Mediterranean picnic “English style”, with horses, dog and picnic basket. Waitrose is celebrating: Taste of the Med (sponsored post)   Ferragosto is a traditional Mediterranean holiday in Italy, France and Spain, celebrating the Assumption of Mary. Typically most people are on vacation, and many prepare a picnic spending… Read more →

4 italian rice resipes

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

Here are 4 different ways to cook Italian rice, more practical than risotto if you have guests. They can be prepared ahead of time or do not require your full attention just before serving. 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.… Read more →