Category Archives: Recipes

Spanish flavours and colours on French plates

You might think that Italy and Spain get fairly equal billing around here, since they both border France, but in Southwest France, including the Greater Daglan Area, Spain is ahead by a country mile. It’s not uncommon for full-time or … Continue reading

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Mark’s amazing scallops with apple: The recipe

By popular demand, I bring you the recipe for the amazing scallops that we enjoyed last Wednesday, as the third course of our seven-course, seven-and-a-half-hour Christmas Day lunch (“A Christmas feast in France,” posted December 27). Made by our friend … Continue reading

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Doing the osso buco switcheroo

Today is officially the first day of winter. (Here in the Greater Daglan Area, it’s sunny and cold, with the temperature hovering around freezing — thanks for asking.) And of course, Christmas is getting awfully close. So you’re probably wondering … Continue reading

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My fast French Peking Duck

As November drew to a close in our village — sometimes rainy, sometimes just overcast, usually cold — there’s lots of  time for thinking. How much firewood will we go through this winter? What will be on the menu for … Continue reading

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Macaron Daze in Paris

Several weeks before our recent trip to Paris, I had a sudden brainwave: Since daughter Anne loves cakes and pastries so much, why don’t we all take a baking class while we’re in the capital of pâtisserie? (I’ll admit that … Continue reading

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The veal deal

There are two types of meat that my wife Jan and I enjoy more in France than we did in Canada — veal and pork. That’s because in France, veal and pork actually taste like something meaty, rather than a … Continue reading

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The haul of the wild

You probably know how tricky it can be to eat wild mushrooms — up to and including the point where you become ill, or deceased. For example, a friend of ours recently spent the entire night being sick after eating … Continue reading

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Variations on the theme of lamb shoulder

For several years, I have been tinkering with a French recipe for shoulder of lamb, trying to correct what might be called The Lemon Dilemma. Now I believe I have solved it. At this point, if you have no interest … Continue reading

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Encore presentation: Baked eggs in ham cups

A repeat performance of yesterday’s Birthday Breakfast seemed like the only sensible thing for today. For one thing, the morning was grey and rainy. For another, we had fresh mushrooms, several shallots and a few slices of ham available, and … Continue reading

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A little something with the Champagne

For a Birthday Breakfast here at home in Daglan, Champagne with orange juice is just about mandatory. But it’s still important to eat something along with the drinkies. So today, for my wife Jan’s birthday, I made an egg dish … Continue reading

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