Madeleine, Raspberry and Dulce de Leche Shortcakes

A couple of months ago, Donsuemor invited me to participate to their celebration of the National Dessert Month. Every day in October, they will be featuring a different Donsuemor-inspired dessert. I am both honored and happy to be inspired by one of the best madeleines I have had in the Bay Area. They are moist and [...]

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Strawberry Jam

Strawberry Jam

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Tunisian Charmoula – a versatile recipe

After a very long time away from this blog, I felt that I needed to come up with an original recipe, one that doesn’t follow the lines of my previous posts. This particular one, is neither French nor Macedonian, it is not a recipe “a la minute”, but rather a ritual dish that can be [...]

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Vegetable Casserole

On a hot Saturday at the beginning of this month, our friends L. and D. invited us to the “Hoes Down Harvest Festival”, an annual celebration organized by Full Belly Farm in Capay Valley, Northern California. The day started with a very promising drive, less and less constructions, more and more ocher and green landscapes… Then we [...]

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Hawaiian style marinated raw fish

Let’s take a little break and think of quiet beaches, lush nature, sun-filled moments and rest. Hawaii. More precisely the Island of Kauai, its magnificent North shore, its delicious, fresh and crunchy fish. We were very fortunate this Summer to be able to spend some time on this generous and gorgeous Island. There, I learned [...]

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Sweet times and a chocolate dessert

Simple and intriguing. Sweet, bitter, solid, liquid, dark, light, brown and white. Earliest usage discovered so far : since 1100 BC in Honduras, only since the 16th century in Europe. It has been utilized as a medicine, a drink, solid food, and as a currency. Surely you have guessed by now that I am writing [...]

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Fresh ratatouille-inspired “verrines”

Once again, our trip to the produce market was a very inspiring one. Colorful displays, friendly staff sampling fruit, the sight and scent of fresh flowers, what a wonderful place to feel energized and inspired. As we stopped by one of the vegetable stands, we could not help but notice the large variety of eggplants [...]

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Banana and Apricot Sorbets

Bananas – everyone in this household relishes them. In fact, we hardly ever come back from our weekly grocery shopping without having a cluster in our bags.  So we decided to educate ourselves and “googled” the word banana. Here are some interesting facts we gathered : The word “banana is derived from the Arab word [...]

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Those meals that feel like home – eggplant, red bell pepper and parmesan shavings “tartine”

“A yearning for the past, often in an idealized form” is the definition that wikipedia provides for the word “nostalgia”. For me, it is very much associated with tasting, smelling or preparing food. Nostalgia tastes like an eggplant and red bell pepper spread on a slice of bred accompanied with a salty cheese and a [...]

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Red and Yellow Bell Pepper Tartare, a French and Macedonian fusion dish

Piper – pronounced “peeh-per”- means pepper in Macedonian. Piper is to Macedonian cuisine what corn is to a 4th of July meal, a must. It is central to every aspect of cooking, used as the main piece on the plate, as a side dish as well as a spice. Dozens of varieties flavor the local [...]

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