Eating your Friend… ‘s vegetables

All summer long, our friends have given us cases of their garden’s vegetables. I have yet to purchase a tomato! I’ve received every shape, every color; from sweet to tart, all were packed with flavor. I have already made tomato sauce for the year. Well… I am leaving for a week so that stock of tomato jars is probably…

An offer I could not refuse

As you may have noticed, I have been missing in action. It was not a lack of love on my part, I wanted to share my stories with you and be with you, I did, I promise! I am however in the final phase of writing my cookbook and that involves cooking and testing the…

“Molecular-Schmolecular”

If I hear another superstarred chef mention “fois-gras chewing gum”, “olive oil gelcaps” or some other weird parmaceutical, chemical and experimental concuction they pass for food, I am going to… Oh, I think this is a “G” rated blog… might have to change that someday. Seriously, I LOVE food. You must know that. I am…

Spring Fever @ the winter market

On my last post, Meredith K wrote: “what to prepare when your body hasn’t shed the “winter” coat but your nose smells spring around the corner” I decided I would think about it and aim for that as the theme for this week. When she wrote this however, my nose was not “smelling spring” as…

Do Ut Des

Give to receive: “Do ut des” … Monday morning, our fridge was empty! Uh-oh… on Tuesday we were expecting another house guest… No problem of course, we headed to the Marché of Van Meenen square. There, Elementerre, the organic fruits and vegetable stand is so popular, you have to take a ticket and wait your turn patiently. His…

Laura’s Lamb

I am very happy today. I have spent a sweet sunny warm day, chocolate shopping with my friend Laurence. If you have been following my blog, then you know she is visiting us from Paris this week-end. Last night, I made us “the” lamb for dinner. Let me back up to when “the” lamb first appeared…  We…

Thaï dinner and a very good morning!

Last night, I must have done something right… This morning François (my husband), woke me up with breakfast in bed! …I am talking about dinner of course. I wanted last night to be a relaxed dinner party and not have to get up in between courses and worry about food on the stove so I…

Salsifis and the Masochist Shopper

mas’och•is’tic adj. – A willingness or tendency to subject oneself to unpleasant or trying experiences… Who gave me the bright idea to wake up at 7 am and go to an open air market every Wednesday in the middle of winter in Belgium; endure a wind storm with pouring rain and get a bunch of…

Warm Spices for a Snow Day

As I write this, it is snowing and the scene outside my windows is beautiful. Tomorrow however, we are scheduled to fly to Italy where it is snowing even more. At this point, I am doubtful we will be able to leave… I was really looking forward to writing my next blog with produce from…

Surprise Basket

Morning is hard for me especially in the winter time when it is still dark outside… The market starts bright and early so when I got there I was still pretty groggy. I headed first to Christian’s “Bio Champ d’Ail” stand and the choices were of course the usual suspects. The woman ahead of me…