As a little girl, France meant 1 thing: Paris. Outside of glowing images of the Eiffel Tower, bustling bistros, and baguette, I'll admit I knew very little. My horizons were broadened once I began studying French in school and even more so when I spent a semester at the Sorbonne. But only since packing my bags … Continue reading a taste of Saint-Malo
I bought buckwheat flour for the first time to make galettes, otherwise known as savory crepes. After all, I have been living in France for close to 6 months now, so it was about time I made this iconic dish. From ratatouille to leeks to the classic ham/cheese/egg trio, I've filled these thin pancakes with just about … Continue reading root vegetable buckwheat pizza recipe
Last week, I had leftover almond flour I wanted to use before it went bad. In other words, I needed an excuse to make cookies on a Tuesday. Upon realizing that I only had about half the amount of flour I needed, I decided to throw in some gluten-free oats. Although not sure how the combination … Continue reading healthy dark chocolate chunk cookie recipe
Despite the sub-freezing temperatures here in France, my apartment smells like a straight-up tropical island because of all the coconut flour I've been experimenting with lately. This grain-free alternative to wheat flour is made by pressing the water and oil out of the coconut meat and grinding what's left into a slightly yellow and clumpy … Continue reading 4 ways to use coconut flour
... not much. In fact, after baguette, I would say crêpes are a solid number 2 on the list of classic French foods. (Although, according to BuzzFeed, baked camembert is pretty high up there as well.) Essentially a thin pancake, crêpes originate from Brittany, a region in the northwest of the country. Nowadays, however, they can … Continue reading what’s more french than crêpes?
However much I've tried to deny it, winter is officially in full swing here in France. The temperatures are dropping, Christmas lights are turned on, and the winter coat is making its debut. Sounds wonderful and charming, right? Well, not entirely. Since I work in a middle school, the winter season also means kids have started … Continue reading Lately on Instagram: colorful creations
The first time I noticed persimmons I was navigating through an over-crowded outdoor market in Sète on the last day of my late-October vacation. Signs of the off-season were everywhere: windows with navy blue shutters intact, boats docked, and sails wrapped securely around the boom with thick white rope. It was a time when the … Continue reading a taste of persimmons