Moules Marinière

Thursdays in Pacy-sur-Eure are market days.  We usually don’t have a plan in mind with regards to what we want to buy, but instead look and see what looks the freshest.  Today the mussels at the “poissonier” (fishmonger) were on “promo” for 7 euros for 2 liters, a great deal. One liter of mussels serves one…

Winter Kale-Lentil-Tomato Soup

There is nothing more comforting than a big bowl of hearty soup when it’s cold and rainy outside.  “Chou kale” was proposed as part of our weekly “grand panier” from Le Potager d’Anne and so I decided that these gorgeous, firm, nutrient packed cabbage leaves were going to be the star of the show.  To…

Spinach and Radish Stuffed Mushroom Poppers

Stuffed mushrooms!  This colorful “amuse bouche” is the perfect healthy appetizer for your next get-together or ladies lunch.  To make the stuffing, we begin with some fresh shallots, fresh radish, and fresh garlic:  Put the garlic, radish and shallots into a small food processor and then fry them in some olive oil until golden brown….

First-time Sushi Rolls

Three months after receiving my bamboo sushi mat set for Christmas, I decided it was time to put it to good use.  I’d attempted sushi before without the proper tools, only to be disappointed with rolls that fell apart.  But this time I was armed with my new mat and I was ready to rock…

Spotted Cow Génoise aux Marrons, Cocoa et Ricotta

I don’t have much experience making birthday cakes.  In retrospect, with a lot of apples to use up I should have made an apple pie.  But my new bright blue silicone génoise mold looked awfully fun to play with.  And so, without further thought, I set off on a quest to make a “gâteau roulé”…

Krazy Kiwi Walnut Cups

With an oversupply of kiwis because of an unintentional re-supply when we hadn’t exhausted our first supply,  I had to use up these badboys, and fast.  Nothing makes me feel more guilty than bottom-of-the-fruit-drawer-kiwis gone bad. I cut up about 7 or 8 “on the brink” kiwis and put them in a bowl, added sugar…

White Carrot Blueberry Ricotta Muffins

A brown paper sac of dirty, knobby white carrots was staring at me from the other side of the kitchen.  Oh, dear.  What would I do with those. First they needed to be washed.  These weren’t just any carrots. They were carrots plucked out of the ground about 5 kilometers from us at Le Potager d’Anne…

Côte de boeuf in the fireplace

We are not huge red meat eaters. But about every-other month we will indulge in a nice cut and fortify our iron count.  Winter is the ideal time for such an indulgence.  When we went scouting for our countryside house, the fireplace was often a make or break point.  I imagined putting my feet up…

So… this just happened.

I just finished talking a couple hours ago about how Spring is on the way, my hopes are raised, my T-shirt stack moved strategically to the front of the closet… and then this afternoon we are whopped by a freak wind/snow event.  The old saying March comes ‘in like a lion… out like a lamb’…

Planting Berries

March has arrived; hundreds of little pink blooms have appeared on two trees in our garden.  All I can say is thank goodness!  I am ready for winter to be over.  I don’t want to see any more scarves, hats, or gloves. I am ready for nice weather. About a month ago, I ordered some…

Cheese course!

Stinky, smelly cheese.  At least that’s how my mom and dad would describe it.  For the first 22 years of my life, I never understood cheese and didn’t eat much of it.  The occasional slice of “American” on a sandwich, or the occasional cube of cheddar in a salad.  The extent of my cheese vocabulary…

Glorious Greens!

Our new favorite place to stock up on a week’s worth of vegetables is at the “Potager d’Anne” a farm located in Le Val-David.  Every Saturday morning, we pick up our “grand panier,” 15 euros-worth of seasonal veggies and fruits.  This week, our “panier” was filled with potatoes, carrots, beets, shallots, dried herbs, squash, pumpkin,…