Olive Bread from Provence (Fougasse)

Don’t you just love Provence???!!! The sun­shine, the Mediter­ranean Sea, and of course, the deli­cious food! This Olive Bread from Provence, called Fougasse, is very easy to make, and it is a delight for olive lovers. This bread will make you feel like you are in Provence sit­ting at a restau­rant admir­ing the views! Olive […]

Peach Melba (Ice Cream Dessert)

Peach Mel­ba is the per­fect dessert for hot sum­mer days! Sweet poached peach­es and rasp­ber­ry coulis per­fect­ly com­ple­ment vanil­la ice cream. Whipped cream and warm crunchy almonds add the fin­ish­ing touch­es to this deli­cious­ly sweet dessert. This French clas­sic is a won­der­ful way to turn vanil­la ice cream into some­thing tru­ly spe­cial!   Peach Mel­ba […]

Rhubarb Tart

For a long time now, I have been hear­ing amaz­ing things about the rhubarb tart by French pas­try chef Philippe Con­tici­ni. This tart is sup­posed to be THE tart that will make you love rhubarb. It is filled with sweet­ly stewed rhubarb that sits atop a thin lay­er of almond paste, and is cov­ered with […]

Kouglof (Raisin-Filled Sweet Bread)

The Kou­glof, a raisin-filled brioche (sweet bread), is a spe­cial­i­ty from the French region of Alsace (North-East of France). Due to the prox­im­i­ty to Ger­many, Alsa­t­ian spe­cial­i­ties tend to ressem­ble Ger­man spe­cial­i­ties. In this case, the Kou­glof ressem­bles a Ger­man sweet bread with rum-soaked raisins, yet it comes with its own dis­tinc­tive fea­tures, that makes […]

Savory Buckwheat Crepe

Tomor­row, Feb­ru­ary 2nd, is the French hol­i­day of “Chan­deleur,” when the French tra­di­tion­al­ly eat crepes to cel­e­brate. In France, the savory crepes are made of dark buck­wheat flour, where­as the sweet crepes are made of white all-pur­­pose flour. Most Amer­i­cans are famil­iar with the white crepes, but less so with the buck­wheat crepes, so I […]

Dutch Oven Bread (Very Easy)

Dutch oven bread is an incred­i­bly easy way to make home­made bread. There is very lit­tle to do, and the result is aston­ish­ing: a round beau­ti­ful deli­cious loaf of bread, which in French we call “pain de cam­pagne” (lit­er­al­ly “coun­try­side bread”). The only thing you need is a dutch oven. The bread bakes inside the […]

My Bouillabaisse with US ingredients

Bouil­l­abaisse is a very pop­u­lar provençal fish stew from the port city of Mar­seille. I real­ly want­ed to make one in the US, but being so far away from the Mediter­ranean, I could not find the Mediter­ranean fish tra­di­tion­al­ly used in Bouil­l­abaisse, so I had to be cre­ative. I came up with my own recipe, […]

Tarte Tropezienne

The Tarte Tropezi­enne was cre­at­ed in the beau­ti­ful town of Saint Tropez, on the French Riv­iera.  As the sto­ry goes, famous French actress Brigitte Bar­dot fell in love with the dessert while film­ing a movie there, and sug­gest­ed the name “tarte tropezi­enne.” The cake was there­after named “tarte tropezi­enne.” It is com­posed of a brioche […]

Poires Belle Hélène (Poached Pears)

Poires Belle Hélène is a French dessert con­sist­ing of pears poached in sug­ar syrup, served with melt­ed choco­late. It was cre­at­ed by French chef Auguste Escoffi­er in the 19th cen­tu­ry, and named after the operetta La Belle Hélène by Offen­bach. Poires Belle Hélène is a sim­ple, yet refined dessert. Often served with vanil­la ice cream, […]

Bûche de Noël (French Christmas Cake)

Bûche de Noël, which lit­er­al­ly means Christ­mas Log, is the tra­di­tion­al French dessert for Christ­mas day. Christ­mas fig­urines or oth­er Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions are usu­al­ly placed on the log. It comes in all fla­vors, and there are many dif­fer­ent tech­niques to make the cake. For my bûche de Noël, I chose a tra­di­tion­al recipe of a […]

Light and Airy French Chouquettes

French Chou­quettes are a type of Choux (a French light and airy pas­try), sprin­kled with pearl sug­ar. They are extreme­ly pop­u­lar in France, and make for a deli­cious sweet snack. My kids absolute­ly adore chou­quettes! I have been want­i­ng to make chou­quettes in the US for a long time, but I could not find the […]