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Bite of History: Clementines and their origins

Bite of History: Clementines and their origins

A Brief history of Clementines Clementines are often confused with tangerines, what with their small size, and orange color – it’s an easy mistake. But they’re actually a cross between Seville Oranges and Tangerines. They were first introduced by Père Clément (hence Clementine) in 1902, […]

Cake Decorating with Geraniums

Cake Decorating with Geraniums

A Genoise Cake…and Decorating with Geraniums Don’t do what I did! Okay, I love Geraniums, who doesn’t? So when I saw the pretty geranium petals mentioned and used in the Tartine* book, I was inspired. Also, yesterday I asked Elisabeth Prueitt (author) where to find […]

Food in the Louvre, Book Review

Food in the Louvre, Book Review

‘Food in the Louvre’ and other thoughts on food in art…. Food in the Louvre, by Paul Bocuse and Yves Pinard is a collection of food-related art that resides at The Louvre. I purchased this book because I love art, I love the Louvre, and […]

Chef’s Table Massimo Bottura Food Documentary

Chef’s Table Massimo Bottura Food Documentary

 Massimo Bottura’s Table In 2012 two earthquakes hit the Emilia-Romagna region that caused wide-spread damage. This is the land of Parmigiano-Reggiano, and where the medieval Italian village of Modena sits. It’s also where famed chef Massimo Bottura and his three-star Michelin restaurant Osteria Francescana reside.

French Lessons

French Lessons

French Lessons I have a confession to make. I’m a Francophile. It started when my friend Kathy and I shared a crush on our 9th grade French teacher. His name was Monsieur Leiggs, and he had smooth blonde hair that swept across his forehead with […]

Scottish Highland Vacation, Travel Walks

Scottish Highland Vacation, Travel Walks

Magical Scotland Walking through an enchanted Scottish wood, such as this one in the Highlands, there are stories to be imagined. Medieval and magical themes come easily to mind, and the feeling of ‘other worldliness’ pervades. I took this photo on my trip through Great […]

A James Bond Breakfast & Vesper Cocktail

A James Bond Breakfast & Vesper Cocktail

James Bond Breakfast according to Ian Fleming… “Then there were two thick slices of wholewheat toast, a large pat of deep yellow Jersey butter and three squat glass jars containing Tiptree ‘Little Scarlet’ strawberry jam…” – Ian Fleming on James Bond Breakfast Tiptree ‘Little Scarlet’ […]

Julia Child’s French Omelette Recipe and The French Chef Series

Julia Child’s French Omelette Recipe and The French Chef Series

The Perfect French Omelette according to Julia To go straight to Julia Child’s French Omelette recipe, proceed to end of post. If you’re of a certain age you may have watched Julia Child’s first television show, The French Chef when it originally aired back on […]

The National Trust Farmhouse Cookbook, a Review

The National Trust Farmhouse Cookbook, a Review

National Trust Farmhouse Cookbook Review, along with a recipe for Devon Scones From historic houses to castles, forests, mills, pubs, parks and ancient monuments, the National Trust works to preserves Great Britain’s heritage. As it happens they also put out cookbooks, quite a few of […]

Food Lover’s Movie: Toast…and Pain de Mie recipe

Food Lover’s Movie: Toast…and Pain de Mie recipe

An indie movie that leaves a lovely taste…and a Pain de Mie recipe to accompany it Toast is the memoir film about famous food writer and chef Nigel Slater’s beginnings in a household that was anything but gourmet. It stars Helena Bonham Carter and Freddie […]

Chocolat…Vianne’s Spicy Hot Chocolate Recipe

Chocolat…Vianne’s Spicy Hot Chocolate Recipe

Hot Chocolat and a Movie… Joanne Harris has written several books, but probably her most famous is Chocolat, the one that was made into a movie. It happens to be one of my favorite films because it mixes three things that I love – food […]

Delicious, a British television series for Foodies

Delicious, a British television series for Foodies

Delicious, a show for food lovers (sort of)… If you’re a British television lover as I am, you may also be a subscriber to Acorn TV. If you’re not and you’ve never heard of Acorn, then most likely you’ve missed Delicious, a British television series […]

Bite of History: Victorian Tennis Cake

Bite of History: Victorian Tennis Cake

Tennis Cake, a Victorian Charmer Victorian Tennis Cake, anyone? I have to admit, I’m a big Great British Baking (or Bake-Off) fan. And I especially like it when they do theme weeks. In the series that’s showing in the U.S. right now, they have a […]

Bite of History: Charlotte Russe

Bite of History: Charlotte Russe

Charlotte Russe, A Very Victorian Dessert Charlotte Russe is an uncooked dessert which features an exterior and bottom of lady fingers (sponge), and an interior filled with a Bavarian Cream or Mousse. Often the latter is flavored with coffee, or fruit (as shown, Strawberry). Because […]

Time Travel Shopping in London

Time Travel Shopping in London

Shopping in 1970s London Cleaning out some files, my husband found a stash of old receipts from a vacation his parents took to Great Britain in 1978. I never met my Father-in-Law but these papers left a trail of clues for me to follow…and what […]