Hôtel Daniel for decadent 4 o’clock tea/gôuter

Hôtel Daniel, 8 rue Frédéric-Bastiat, Paris 8eme is apparently a ‘bonne addresse’ to treat oneself to tea and divine tasting pastries. For those lucky enough to have rapid metabolism, it looks like a must visit. For the rest, it is more than enough to look longingly at what Hôtel Daniel has to offer (see video…

The real Salade Niçoise, apparently…

The sun is out and while it is premature to do so, it is difd it also stimulates the temptation to put together summer-y, French salad for dinner. One of my favourites has always been ‘Salade Niçoise’. Recently, I stumbled upon a recipe that is supposed to be one for ‘le vraie salade niçoise’. I’ll…

The Artist – the score, oh my, the score!

So, ‘The Artist’ is all over the news after its history making winnings at the OScars over the past weekend. Among the barrows of awards that the film walked away with was one for the music score, which is quite beautiful – judging from the few pieces of it that h I’ve stumbled across. I…

Reviving Recipes: Boeuf Bourguignon and Tart au citron

This past weekend I was in the role of nurse, and tried my hand at a few recipes to help my partner revive from a very bad cold. He is clearly much bette rnow because we had a fight yesterday. Good to see that he is back to his old self and strong enough to…

Quiche à la Dijonnaise Recipe

One of the culinary highlights of the past week was a well made Quiche à la Dijonnaise that I made for my partner. I took the French recipe from here and look forward to making more of this week’s ‘hit’ in the future: 1 rouleau de pâte feuilletée 2 tranches de jambon blanc 200g de…

Salade De Mâche Au Pâté En Croûte

From the blog “Le Coin des Délice” – (click here), this is a recipe that can be adapted to include a foie gras filling and other variations such as the addition of pistachio nuts. It makes for a great starter/entrée. Pour 1 personne Ingrédients : – 80/100 grammes de Mâche – 5 tranches de pâté…

Tonight’s traditional dinner: Gratin Dauphinois Recipe

I shamelessly admit that a considerable amount of the time spent here is consumed by eating, and eating well while at it. A happy stomach eqauls good academic results, is my justitification. So, tonight was a traditional French dish, well known beyond France. We had it with a good bottle of red served with courgette…

Free Crepes and where to get them

In the spirit of the day – the feast of ‘la Chandeleur’, free crepes will be distributed through some of the local municipal ‘mairies’ around Paris between 1500 and 1900. Below is information on where in French. Yes, it is copied and pasted from an email: Les 6 points dans Paris sont situés dans 3…

It’s ‘la Chandeleur’!- Time for Crepes and Coins after 8

Today is candlemas in France – or as they call it here, la Chandeleur. It is one of the oldest feasts in Christian history that marks the presentation of Jesus Christ to the temple. According to Jewish customs of Christ’s day and still so among conservative Jews, mothers who gave birth were required to present…