Week in Review

This week was an emotional rollercoaster of ups and downs. It was such an insane week, I thought I would not have it in me to add a new post and in fact I am adding it only Sunday night and technically Monday morning since it is 1:56 am I am however posting a summary…

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…

Whole Foods

This week I was inspired by three different people. Nicole has been a dear friend for 26 year! Ugh… I can’t believe it has been so long. She has always supported me in all my adventures and promoted me in every way she could. Now she is working in fitness so healthy food is important…

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…

Spicy peperoncino and a snow storm

  In my mind, I was going to be able to go to a great market and share with you the wonders of Italian food. I knew it had snowed and the variety would not be what I am used to but for sure it was going to be better than my little market in…

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…

A Chilling Surprise…

Days are getting longer. I woke up and it was not the middle of the night anymore. The sun was not up yet but the sky was already bright and as I got ready it started shining through our veranda. We have been promised 3 days of sunshine and blue skies… The good news end…

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…

A chilly Wednesday at the market.

I really should not complain as the temperature was still above freezing this morning but half way through my shopping, it started to rain. And not regular rain, the kind of really thin drizzle that gets into every fiber and pore and chills you through and through. A nice cup of Chinese tea with rose…

Day -1 ~ How this blog is born

Like most people, my day starts with a quick check of my emails and facebook messages. Many of them are from friends asking me for a recipe. “Hi Cat, found sunchokes at the market… What was that delicious soup you made me? How do I make it, what else do I need”? I am currently…