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Bruschette Toppings using Virgin Olive Oil

4 Bruschette Toppings Using Virgin Olive Oil

If you want your barbecue to be complete, here are 4 bruschette toppings using virgin olive oil. (This post is in collaboration with Jamie’s Italian and his Buyer’s Guide To Olive Oil) Every Italian Barbecue starts with a bruschetta: rustic bread cut in slices and toasted over the charcoal. It is like the toast for an English breakfast, For Italians,… 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 →

Cooking for Huey, Dewey, and Louie

Manuale di Nonna Papera We all grew up watching American cartoons, and every time there was a celebration Donald Duck would cook muffins, pancakes, and brownies for his nephews, Huey, Dewey and Louie. They were everybody’s favourites and were always devoured with avidity and joy by all cartoons: Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Duffy Duck, Bugs Bunny….Walt Disney as well as Looney… 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 →

Squid Ink

Sea Monsters (in Eng, Fr & It) and The Halloween Mystery

Halloween is just around the corner and while the children are preparing for scary monsters with candies, I like to be scared by sea monster and Black Squid Ink. Right? Wrong ! Save Save Save Last year for Halloween I published the recipe Pasta with Black Ink Squid, as typically called in English (from google Adword statistic) However this past… Read more →

duck magret de Canard sauce a l'Orange

French Challenge: Duck Magret de Canard à l’Orange and Gratin Dauphinoise

Duck magret de canard a l orange is France favourite dish. At last some rain, and the temperature has dropped. It seems autumn has finally arrived, and I am ready for some comfort and festive food to warm up our cold and rainy weekends. To celebrate the new season I embraced a new French challenge: Magret de Canard a l’Orange… Read more →