Archive | July, 2013

From Paris with Love

31 Jul


I recently fulfilled one of my travel dreams and travelled to Paris.  Very decadent- just for four nights! For those of you reading this blog from Australia that will seem a little crazy but I’m making the post of living on the East Coast of the USA and the flight was only seven hours!!

I arrived early in the morning on a Saturday and caught the bus to Gare de Lyon station and then walked to my hotel in the 12 arr.  My trip was off to the perfect start as I turned down the street near my hotel to find it was one, long fresh food market!  I was so enthralled with all the fresh produce and the hustle and bustle of the early morning business I didn’t even pull out my camera but I can tell you it was wonderful.  The sights, sounds and smells were delicious.

I didn’t do a lot of tourist-sightseeing but I did walk, eat and drink (a lot) and had three days of soaking up Parisian culture.  From fresh baguettes from the boulangerie, to Moroccan food at a restaurant where my friend and I were the only English-speaking patrons to a yummy goat cheese salad in a quintessential French cafe in The Marais we ate our way around Paris and enjoyed every minute of it.

This was just a taste of Paris and definitely not long enough but I’m looking forward to returning.IMG_1100


Vanilla Cookies

30 Jul

We have six friend’s over for a playdate tomorrow (that’s six children plus their mums) so I set out to make cookies this afternoon.  My elder son loves the vanilla cookies from Wholefoods so today was my first attempt at vanilla cookies.

I began by googling vanilla cookies and found this recipe from Melissa on which is based on one that from a bottle of vanilla extract.

Very easy to make and they tasted pretty good.  And only 5 ingredients (although I sprinkled cinnamon on top because my son likes that on the Wholefoods version).

Vanilla Cookies

Jamie Oliver I love you

29 Jul

This weekend I bought myself two gifts at Barnes and Noble: Jamie Oliver’s “Meals in Minutes” and “Food Revolution”.  More on the second one in a later post.  If by chance you don’t know who Jamie Oliver is click here!

Although I am a big fan of Jamie’s these are actually the first cookbooks of his I own. I’ve had recipes passed on from friends and I’ve used the website but to actually have his cookbooks in my hands is a real treat (especially Meals in Minutes which is hardcover; I love a hardcover recipe book).


I kicked off the weekend with “super fast beef hash with baked potatoes and beans and bacon”.  Given that Jamie Oliver encourages sharing recipes (read Food Revolution) I’m sure it’s ok to share the recipe here but I highly recommend the book.


Beef Hash

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Chicken Pie

24 Jul

Tonight I am making a delicious chicken pie- sort of a cross between chicken and leek pie and chicken pot pie.  Sure to appeal to everyone in the family!

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In Defense of Food

20 Jul

Have just started reading Michael Pollan’s “In Defense of Food”.  Halfway through and really enjoying it.  Recommend it if you are interested in understanding how people think about food and how our thinking has been shaped.

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