Nostalgia, Shakshuka and a French Loaf

February is here… Around this time I usually start to feel a bit homesick. The winter stretches to no end, and our spring trip to France feels still far away…  Luckily on the way from work I can stop by Anton & Anton and shop around for “fancier” ingredients to spice up the daily routine. Today’s pick:…

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Finland – the Japan of Europe

When I settled in Finland, I elaborated this silent theory that Finland is the “Japan of Europe”. Now, before you chew my head off, hear me out. Coming as an outsider I had the privilege to spend time internalize the purist and absolut Nordic design of wooden  & White tones, respecting the authenticity of material and elaborated simplicity in every home…

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Do NOT follow this recipe!

When my friend Manu asked me to post a soup recipe, I felt like there would be no way I could pick from the infinite variations that came to my mind. You see, If there was a Food Oscar, Soup would surely win the “Not a Recipe” category (Nominated in the category too: Salad,  Sandwich & Quiche) – Am…

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No tears Soupe à l’oignon

As I’m listening to “Here comes the night” by David Bowie I have a sudden longing for the warm and comforting sweetness of a French onion Soup. I have a rule though: when you are in a funk, it’s got to be a “No Tears” recipe!  So here you go – one of my absolute favorite winter dish…

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Delicious Quiches

As a rule of thumb, one should always have a few ready-made savory pies pastries in the freezer.  Yes sure, it’s as nice to make your own, but by all mean, no one will ever know the difference so think twice because by the time they are defrosted, you can prepare the filling & get your oven to the…

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Have a Spicy New Year!

It seems that when it’s cold out and everyone you know has gone down with the mandatory Holiday flu, there is but one food item that makes you feel all better! What better remedy than crispy, spicy & deliciously salty chickpeas? They take 2 minutes to prep, approximately 10 minutes under the grill to roast. They…

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Tartine & leftovers..

We went ice-skating with friends today. Or rather, the kids went falling on the ice while the fathers prevented them from breaking their necks every ten seconds. True to myself, I was indoors sipping coffee and trying to win the “who is laziest” contest with the other mom.. (I’m pretty sure I won). Eventually, when we…

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White Truffle oil infusion & Confession

I’ll admit it, I’m what you might call a “Food Snob”. I may pretend that I’m content with the simpler taste of life… but in my mind I’m drizzling it with a generous amount of White truffle infused olive oil.  And by “it” I’m referring to pretty much anything savory you might be thinking of right now….

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Sunny Lemon Chicken Tagine

Though I was born & raised in the North of  France, my family originally comes from warmer climates. For this reason, the flavors of my childhood are multiple and diverse and do not stop at the national border of my native country. On Sundays, it was not unusual to enjoy the French classic of “Poulet…

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Ode to a spud

One of the things that grows almost despite of you in Finland are root vegetables. They are generous,  inexpensive and deliciously versatile. Yet who ever thinks twice about them? “What a wonderful boiled potato” said none ever! I find it such a shame to witness the jaded nonchalance they are submitted to. Like an overly reliable companion who…

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Chocolate Vanilla Guerilla

It was a cold, rainy and windy afternoon, after I picked the kids up from daycare, it felt like nothing could warm us up, but suddenly here it was! “Let’s bake Mom!” The anxiety quickly filled my brain, no ingredient , have to shop… and the mess… plus which one would it be ? Chocolate Vs. Vanilla ?? The…

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