French Fridays: Cookies au Fromage (Cheesy Crackers) pour l’heure de l’apéro

Happy French Friday! (for those receiving this via email, not sure what happened with the service that sends the emails – it just didn’t send yesterday. Anyway….) Today I’m sharing a version of one of the most popular recipes from some recent in-person cooking classes, that I had forgotten about but which is SO simple … Read more

aperitif hour in Gascony on

French Fridays: L’heure de l’apéro

If you followed me on Instagram over the summer, you’ll have noticed a trend (well, other than the appearance of lots more frites than usually appear on my feeds!).  Many days, around 6-7pm, a photo of l’heure de l’apéro would pop up. L’heure de what??? Cocktail (apéritif) hour.  The “apéro” as it’s known is the … Read more

French Fridays: The Parisian ABCs

Hello and Happy French Friday! Today I have a beauty of a book to share that will appeal to both adults and children. And, not that I’m at all thinking about the holidays (though, ahem, hello some folks who put up their holiday decorationa alreadybut it WOULD make an excellent gift for the Francophiles in … Read more

Goat Cheese Bites from Baking with Dorie on a white plate with wine glasses in the background.

Tuesdays with Dorie: Goat Cheese Bites from Baking with Dorie

This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe is Blue Cheese Bites from Dorie Greenspan’s Baking with Dorie. Basically, a savoury mini-muffin made with olive oil instead of butter and blue cheese with some dried fruit, the batter for these comes together very quickly and then hangs out for a couple of hours in the fridge before … Read more

Walking the Camino de Santiago: Melide to Arzúa

Those of you who follow me on Instagram will know that this summer (2022) I finally finished walking the last 115km along the Camino de Santiago, from Sarría to Portomarín in Spain. This is the fifth leg of the Camino which I started in 2016 (if you’re interested, I wrote a Q&A post in response … Read more

Carrot and Mustard "Rillettes" on taosted baguette with a small bown of spread.

Cook the Book Fridays: Carrot and Mustard “Rillettes” from Everyday Dorie

This week’s recipe for Cook the Book Fridays comes from Dorie Greenspan’s cookbook, Everyday Dorie and is intriguingly named Carrot and Mustard “Rillettes. When I think “rillettes” I think of a meaty spread (“pork immersed in fat and cooked almost forever”) much like the many versions we’ve made before cooking through Dorie and David’s books … Read more