My boyfriend’s mum, Margaret, makes an absolutely delicious orange cake with almonds. Her secret is to use a whole orange, cooked with the skin on and pureed before adding to the batter. It is a recipe that does not generate any waste, since it makes use of the whole orange. Margie’s cake is a real treat, but, as always, […]
Last weekend, I travelled to Florence with my boyfriend. This cradle of the Renaissance is filled to the brim with art and you can almost feel history still floating around in the air. I loved the magnificent Uffizi gallery, the churches, the marble-clad cathedral. On top of that, every meal was a party for the senses. This version […]
Late summer. The best time of the year. July and August, I find, can be utterly melancholic. In summer, I instinctively reflect on the past. In French, summer is été, which is the past tense of the verb to be. It may be so for a reason… This summer was the last before I turn 30. I am […]
This blog does not fall short of sweet carrot recipes: A raw carrot cake, muffins and even breakfasts, such as a bunny-friendly porridge, granola bars and a smoothie. I naively believed that I had tried all the possible combinations of flavours: orange, coconut, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom… But the Swiss took me by surprise with a Rüblikuche. I can’t possibly pronounce it correctly, but at least […]
For a while I’ve been craving banana bread, but since my boyfriend is waging a war against sugar, I had to find a ruse. Plus, I was keen on a healthy dessert, having put on some weight since meeting him (the price to pay for all those scrumptious, romantic dinners). If you want a not-too-sweet, fat-free banana […]
If you made it to end of this title, congratulations! My lamest apologies for this blatant lack of imagination. Let us say I was impatient I had to resume blogging more regularly here. I enjoy a mild autumn like the one we have right now in Switzerland. It turns out that I have had a lot of red wine leftovers after […]
Those who read my blog from the beginning may remember the zucchini-mania that took over me at the end of the summer: A strawberry and zucchini ice cream, a chocolate-zucchini green smoothie. Today’s recipe is not creative at all, but so delicious that I had to share it with you. I like to eat this kind of […]
Like about 317.94% of the French population, I became crazy about agar-agar when French blogger Clea introduced this magic ingredient through her blog and a dedicated, ground-breaking book. Back then, I began to to agar-agar-ize anything: Tomatoes, cucumber, apple juice, my little brother, peas, math lessons… I became the queen of the wobbly tofu flan with the chestnuts, and zucchini jelly.
When I entertain, I really put a lot of effort in the cooking. Above all, I like to serve a “surprising” dessert. Of course, my idea of a great dessert is not necessarily the same as our guests’. Their anxiety is palpable when I proudly adjudicate them a slice of chocolate pie with a non-zero percentage of beetroot.
I wish I had time to for Christmas this year. The Swiss are really good at it. Zürich is sumptuously lit, there’s mulled wine and roasted chestnuts to be enjoyed on every street corner. Farmers sell Advent wreaths made of branches and leaves, gingerbread, sparkling apple juice and chocolate pretzels. My university has built an ice-skating rink […]
This parsnip-chocolate-orange pie was hard to beat. For the birthdays of my father and my brother, I had made a second dessert, this one for my brother, a medical student. The meals in the Paris’ hospitals are neither filling nor balanced nor tasty. Thus, it is my duty to serve my little brother good food when he sits down at […]
Last Saturday, my dear Papa and my younger brother had their birthdays. I took care of the desserts. Yes, plural: In our family, we take dessert seriously. This was intended for my Dad, a man of unparalleled kindness and humanity. I would never load my relatives with cholesterol and refined sugar. But I still wanted to bring a dessert that […]
This dessert happened. Yes, you read correctly. This is a dessert. No, I have not smoked a joint or eaten a space mushrooms salad. Last Saturday, I needed to do something about that celeriac root in the fridge. It was getting all soggy. I wanted to make rice with it, as with cauliflower, for a tabbouleh salad. But, […]
On the TGV, heading towards the Atlantic coast. I left Paris early this morning, loaded with luggage but light-hearted, and the city never seems as pleasant as when I am about to leave it. During the journey, the unbearable lightness of being (and having) evaporates. I am one with the ripe wheat in the fields, the villages and their churches […]