Spring is here! Let’s have some fun.

Hello everyone! It has been a while but I’m still here!!! I just taught a cooking class on vegan food! – you know me, I am not vegan and I really dislike labels – but that was the theme of the class and a perfect one for a good internal spring cleaning…  I  call this a “meal…

“Agretti”, a short season not to be missed

Agretti, lemony crunchy wonderful vegetable, called Salsola Soda in english… If any of you know a more appetizing english name for this wonderful delicacy, please let me know and I will add it to this post. Fun facts: Agretti are filled with water and fibers making them both diuretic and slightly laxative… 😉 Rich in…

Me, my salads and I

When we opened our restaurant in Brooklyn more than 13 years ago, I wanted a restaurant that reflected the food I grew up with in Florence. It was in fact a pretty traditional restaurant, for Italy that is, for New York, it was all new and adventurous. The only exception to the very Tuscan menu…

Did you miss me?

If the answer is not “YES!” … keep quiet. Spring is here and it is a time of re-birth, renewal and of course all my favorite vegetables. I brought home the first fava beans, spring peas, spring onions a nice piece of young pecorino and of course some fresh herbs. I was not sure what…

Sardine & the purple Orach

Hi! Did you miss me? The book? No… not finished but I’m almost there… I can see the finish line. I know, I’ve said “almost” before. But let me tell you, a finish line, is a tricky thing. I’ll explain: a couple of years back, I was in Brazil in a great yoga/kayak/hiking retreat called the…

A cherry on top

Though I am not a free woman (still held captive by my cookbook), I tought I would share this quick delicious recipe with you. Cherries arrived at the market a couple of weeks ago. They started pale and tart then with each market visit they got darker and sweeter and are now perfect. Last Thursday…

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…

A Market full of… Olives?

We waited a whole week. We endured the absence of markets, the lack of people and life in general. Recluse we became, pacing up and down our loft. And then it was Monday! Time to go to Van Meenen square and enjoy the bountiful of market life. With our canvas bags in tow we went…

Everyone is gone

This week the market was unusually quiet. It is Easter week and everyone is on vacation. I forgot what it was like to live in a place where people actually take time off (and they all do it at the same time)… Not many of us left behind here in Brussels… My sisters have followed…

EGGS… ‘Tis the Season!

I received an email this morning from one of my favorite cousins.  She lives on a horse farm in Hungary where they make wine, grow their vegetables and probably have a few hens… Her email roughly translated: “Hi there Catherine, it is egg season. Hens start laying eggs in the spring! A city girl like…

The Perfect Soup

Listen to your farmer! Last week at the Marché du Chatelin, as I was buying zucchini and spring onions for a soup, the wonderful woman behind the vegetable counter, suggested I buy some watercress to go with it. She told me she just made this soup with her grand-daughter and the watercress enhanced the zucchini…

“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…