How to create the perfect charcuterie board

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Summer beckons for relaxing evenings outside in the garden or on the terrace. And what better way to enjoy that summer cocktail or bottle of wine you picked up on your vacation (e.g. France or Italy) than with a charcuterie board? Creating the perfect charcuterie board isn't rocket science, but there are a few pointers that will enhance the flavours. By pairing the right meats with cheeses and condiments, you will create an explosion of flavours and textures. Also, presentation is everything so … [Read more...]

A Year in Cheese: a seasonal cheese cookbook

Cheese is one of those things I can't live without. Whether I go to France, Italy, Turkey, or Switzerland, I always take home a piece of the local cheese. And then there is Dutch cheese. When I was living in the United States, there was only one thing I missed, and that was my Dutch cheese. I use cheese in my cooking as well. So when I found out about this book I was delighted and had to have it. A Year in Cheese, a seasonal cheese cookbook by Alex and Leo Guarneri with recipes by Allessandro … [Read more...]

Easter Brunch recipe: Pesto Soufflé

Easter brunch is always so much fun to prepare. I browse my cookbooks and the internet in search of the ultimate fresh spring recipe to wow my guests. In an old issue of Seasons magazine I bookmarked a recipe for a green soufflé. Now the thing of soufflé is that it's tricky. When you over-beat  those egg whites, your souffle will drop. Your oven's temperature is also a decisive aspect in the equation, as is the size of the bowl. Everything has to be just right to get that fluffy inside and … [Read more...]

DIY: How to create a French Vintage style Picnic to celebrate Fall

Although it's fall, that doesn't mean you have to stay inside. When it's sunny and you have that crisp autumn air, it is wonderful to pack up some blankets, and a basket filled with cheese and wine for a picnic. I created a vintage style picnic under an apple tree with some easy Do It Yourself decorations. Here's how in 5 easy steps: 1. Get some vintage embroidery hoops and different pieces of lace. Attach and glue the lace inside the hoops. Hang the hoops somewhere where the sun beams can … [Read more...]

Delightful dimanche

In the weekends I always treat myself to something special. On Saturdays I start with a big breakfast and on Sundays with something special for brunch. Lately I have tried a lot of recipes from Rachel Khoo's cookbook Little Paris Kitchen. The recipes are easy yet so delicious and I can secretly pretend to be in France. I even plug in my iPod to listen to an album from Madeleine Peyroux to simulate un dimanche en France and a little joie de vivre. Silly me. Imagine a Sunday brunch with delightful … [Read more...]