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Quiche on my mind...
It's spring, and my mind is set on quiche. I'm not exactly sure why -- is it the combination of the flaky puff pastry crust with the creamy filling and the salty cheese melted on top? Is it the fact that it is so easy to prepare? Or is it just because it's the perfect dish ...
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Blackberry season. Time for pie!
And just like that... it's blackberry season! In just the past week the blackberries on the island have ripened... and they are abundant! We've been picking blackberries daily and eating them for every meal.  Yummm. Last week the girls and I decided to make a blackberry pie. To be honest, Ivy decided she wanted to make a pie ...
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A yummy salad from green (Puy) lentils
We're currently staying in our family house in France, which is located in one of the most beautiful parts of France (if you ask me): the Cantal. Part of the Auvergne, it has a stunning nature, amazing architecture, and wonderful local food. I've been coming here for over 25 years, my husband for over 14 years, and now ...
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Simple Stone Fruit Tart
I stumbled upon this image on Pinterest a couple days ago and knew immediately what I wanted to do with the bowl full of peaches and nectarines on my kitchen counter and the ready-rolled puff pastry in my freezer. So easy! I quickly wrote down the  simple recipe and decided to make it that evening with ...
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A recipe for pickled cucumber -- so good!
My family has been making these pickled cucumber for as long as I remember. I used to LOVE them as a child, and now my kids (and all of our friends) eat them with relish too. They're great as a side dish for dinner, but also wonderful to serve at cocktail hour. Plus, a homemade jar of ...
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Simple tomato pasta
One of my favourite things about summer time is how much easier it is to make dinner! I'm not a very good planner, so in the winter time when you need time to make soups and stews, I often fail to get dinner made on time.  In the summer, with fresh produce on hand, it's ...
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Tarte à la tomate et à la moutarde
I recently got back in touch with a friend who I lost sight of for a few years, and in the meantime she divorced her Dutch husband and married a lovely French man, moved to another part of town, and is pregnant with their first (her second) baby. Things can change! Anyway, the reason I'm ...
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Frozen watermelon lollies
I saw an image of iced watermelon lollies on Pinterest last week and thought that was about the best idea ever! How simple and perfect for summer. Since we're having a 'mini' heat wave here in London this week, I decided to make them for the kids as an after-school snack.  The kids agree -- ...
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Clafoutis
My family comes from the Limousin region in France, which is known for 2 reasons: for being the name sake for big, long, black cars with darkened out windows and also for being the originator of the clafoutis, one of the most delicious desserts ever made in France! Now, I have to admit that for ...
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A courgette (zucchini) muffin recipe!
It's courgette season! A good excuse to make these delicious muffins... They are yummy -- crunchy on the outside, and because of the courgette, lovely and moist inside. Here's the recipe: 225 g grated courgette 125 g  sugar 1 egg 125 ml vegetable oil 200 g flour a pinch of salt 1/2 teaspoon baking soda ...
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Vietnamese style Rice Paper rolls
My kids and I are really  into making rice paper rolls these days -- a very fun and healthy cooking activity, which they love! Dried rice paper is available from the Japanese store (you get about one hundred sheets for a few euros). The fillings can vary -- we've tried cucumber, carrot, avocado, celery and ...
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Addicted to green smoothies!
My sister recently suggested I read Green for Life by Victoria Boutenko. She said the book had changed her life! (How's that for a recommendation?!) Ms. Boutenko is a raw foods pioneer and natural health advocate. She writes about the immense health benefits of eating more greens -- how they eliminate toxins in the body ...
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The perfect summer gazpacho
This summer, Emilie and her girls came to see us in our family house in France -- such fun! While the kids were enjoying themselves endlessly, Emilie and I spent hours discussing, purchasing and preparing food -- a passion we both share! One recipe we made a few times and which was a huge, huge ...
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Eton Mess
Eton Mess must be the most perfect English summer dessert! Especially as it is soo easy to throw together and almost impossible to get wrong. All you need are meringues, whipped cream, sugar and some fruit (I have been using berries just because they are delicious right now). I have even been very lazy and ...
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The Best Cocktail
I have a huge soft spot for home mixed cocktails, I mean HUGE! My favourite party trick is being able to mix up something delicious to get the party started. After that, it does not really matter if the stereo breaks down or if there are not enough canapés -- a good cocktail can make ...
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Kale Salad Recipe
My friend Sally sent me this recipe last year, and it has become a staple in our weekly dinner routine. It's such an easy way to fill up on a plate of healthy kale, and it's as delicious as it is easy. It's a bit like a ceasar salad (it has that lemony, garlic dressing ...
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Rhubarb compote
Molly from My Favorite Things asked me to write a guest post on her blog, suggesting I write about one of my summer essentials. I know it's slightly cheating to call a recipe an essential... but I have literally been making a jar of this rhubarb compote each week and we eat it on everything! ...
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Baked Courgettes
I found this image on Pinterest a while ago, and I'm so happy I did. I think I've now made these baked courgettes/zucchinis at least five times in the past few weeks. It's soooo easy and so yummy, and even my kids love them! You can find the recipe here. x Courtney
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Summer Soba Noodles
Now that I’m in my second trimester of pregnancy, I find myself all of a sudden ravenously hungry. My blood sugar drops and if I don’t have a healthy snack nearby I get really dizzy and disoriented. No fun! I’ve been aiming to make one healthful salad at the beginning of the week that I ...
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Tomato Crumble
I think one of my all time favourite desserts is apple crumble. I love it: so easy to make and sooo good to eat. I had no idea that a crumble could also be a savoury dish (did you?). This summer I became a savoury crumble convert when my friend Heather baked up a storm ...
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Aubergine and Tomato Salad
I have a new organic (or bio as we call it) shop up the road from me. When I moved over to France, shops like this were few and far between, but now they are everywhere! This place is great and it has something I love: a bag of seasonal vegetables that changes every week. I ...
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Red Beets -- don't forget!
Don't forget the wonders of beetroot! They're in season, and so delicious both in taste and colour! We have posted some recipes and ideas before (yummy red beet salad, and roasted red beet and beetroot houmous!). Do you have some red beet recipes to share? We would love to hear! xxx Esther
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Cucumber soup -- a simple recipe
My kids say this soup is 'a billion yummy', so I guess it's safe to say that this recipe is a success -- at least in our house it is. It's super simple to make, and cucumbers are in season, so what's keeping you? Here's the recipe: 3 cucumbers with skin, washed, cut into big ...
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Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
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Our live shopping event in London at Chelsea Old Town Hall in 2015 was a big success and so much fun.
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Here we show you how to harvest rhubarb from the garden, and make it into a delicious compote. If you make oatmeal at the same time, you have made a delicious and nutritious breakfast that your family will love! (Ours do!)
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This gym bag is such a fun and easy project, also for beginners this is a nice sewing project. Esther, Emilie and the kids had so much fun going to the market choosing all the supplies. The fabrics from Little Cube are the cutest!
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