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Hibiscus-Jasmine Blend Cocktail

Early Fall is one of my favorite times of year because the weather is still warm and you can still find time to relax and unwind before the hectic holiday season. It’s also ideal for trying new iced drinks before the temperature starts dropping. With this unique cocktail recipe, you get the best of both worlds of herbal and green tea flavor, brought out by elements of citrus. The distinctive flowery taste of the tea leaves creates a one of a kind beverage like you’ve never had. You really can’t go wrong with iced tea, so why not try it with alcohol? Ingredients (Serves 6) 2 cups chilled Jasmine Green Tea 2 cups chilled hibiscus tea 2 cups vodka 1 cup lemon juice 1 lime…

the Freshest French Lemonade

      Everyone has ever tried Lemonade, right? This simple and super refreshing drink to sip on a sunny afternoon. But you probably don't know the French Limonade (yes, lemonade with an i!). It's a sparkling honey-sweetened lemonade that is loved by all French people. Preparation Time: 5 min Cooking Time: 5 min Ingredients for 1 pitcher 5 lemons 3 tbsp Lavender Honey 1 little bottle of sparkling water 15oz still water Optional: some verbena leaves Add gin or vodka for a yummy, refreshing cocktail. Preparation Squeeze the lemons. Boil the still water. Stop the heat, add the lemon juice and the Lavender Honey. Mix until Honey is dissolved. Pour in the pitcher (the pitcher must be half filled). Keep in the fridge for 20 min....

3 best French Crêpes fillings

French Crepe

As you probably know, as French, we love crêpes. First, because it’s really good, but also very versatile. When I was young, my mother started a fun family tradition. Every Sunday, she used to make crêpes and prepare bowls full of fresh vegetables and different choices of meat. Now, I can clearly see what was her secret goal for us: eating our veggies. And to be honest it worked! With my sister, we always had a lot of fun mix matching ingredients to fill our crêpes. So, whether it is to eat a healthy meal or to make it easy for the cook, rest assure that a French Crêpe Bar will make everyone happy! Before starting and if you missed it, here’s Anne-Sophie Grandma’s crêpe recipe….

The Lavandou: A Honey Lavender Cocktail

I’m obsessed with lavender!  From devouring lavender ice cream to pouring lavender-scented bleach in my laundry–and everything in between–I guess it’s safe to say I’m smitten.  It’s even my favorite color! I visited Croatia in June and they were selling lavender honey on every other corner. Knowing I had some waiting for me at home in California, I neglected to indulge in my lavender ideé fixe. When I’m craving something sweet I love to use lavender honey because it’s much healthier than most desserts. Honey has so many health benefits and it’s also the most nutritious sugar substitute! I usually drizzle it over yogurt mixed with some fruit. Sometimes I spread cream cheese on toast and top it off with a little lavender honey, too!  Recently,…

Sweet & Savory Breakfast Sandwich

Most of us don’t spend time making breakfast during the workweek. An instant coffee and banana usually tide us over until lunch. Sunday, on the other hand, is the perfect day to prepare a delicious brunch. I’m a huge fan of breakfast sandwiches, because they usually include lots of cheese and a runny egg. YUM. The coupling of sweet and savory is one of my favorite combinations, so today’s brunch will marry the two perfectly and leave you craving more. The following recipe is for one person. If you’re having friends over for bottomless mimosas and brunch, alter accordingly! Preparation Time: 5 min Cooking Time: 25 min Ingredients for 1 serving 2 slices of sourdough bread 1 egg, cooked as desired 2 slices of bacon (optional)…

Bottomless Pear Mimosas

Sunday is, by far, the best day of the week. Sunday’s tradition with my friends for the last year has been nothing short of a great time. We get brunch and drink bottomless mimosas. Then we wander over to the next bar to sing our hearts out at karaoke. Finally, we head back home to catch up on all the latest shows. Recently, we’ve decided to change things up a bit. We make brunch at home and we’ve even tweaked the classic mimosa. Instead of karaoke and Netflix, we cook dinner together and play Texas Hold ‘Em. Sundays are still awesome, especially with this easy recipe: a twist on the classic mimosa. The sweet taste and subtle citrus notes of juicy pears coupled with sparkling…

Pissaladière (French onion tart) recipe

I discovered the delicious Pissaladière recipe when traveling in South of France few years ago. Since then, every summer I make this yummy recipe for our annual family potluck brunch and everyone loves it! It makes a really tasty dish and is well paired with a simple green salad. The Pissaladière also makes a great appetizer, cuts into squares and served with a Sauvignon Blanc. So, since last time we made you discovered the succulent recipe of the mediterranean chicken "en papillote" - I wanted to try another great dish from the South of France and here it is. This flat open-face tart originates from the Nice region and if you go there, you'll find it often sold by street vendors or at local markets, in the meantime feel free...

3 Ways To Enjoy Your Mushrooms

I love mushrooms! Love love love them! They’re just one of those foods that not only tastes good, but are also good for you- and who doesn’t love that, right?! Well, in honor of my obsession with mushrooms, I will share with you 3 new ways to use mushrooms so you can include these to the list of the 1,000 dishes you can add these gems to. Stuff them with Tapenade If you’re looking for a fun appetizer idea, grab a dozen of baby bella mushrooms, remove the stems and fill the cap with Green Olive Tapenade and add cheese to taste . Place them on a baking tray and cook for 20 mins in 400 degrees. Et Voila! Garlic mushroom tartine For a filling...

Whiskey Fig Jam Cocktail

We have a tradition with my girlfriends, every first Friday of the month, we meet at my place to catch up on life (and we gossip obviously!) I make a cheese and charcuterie platter. They always ask me for my delicious and so refreshing Whiskey Fig Jam Cocktail - It's just a necessary pleasure and it's so tasty and fresh. All of them love it. That's why you should absolutely try this quick, easy and sweet cocktail recipe. I can't wait to have another get-together with my girlfriends and serve this Whiskey Cocktail. Preparation time: 5 min Ingredients for 2 servings 1 1/2 oz rye whiskey 2 tbsp fig jam 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice 1 tsp sugar 1 orange 1 small sprig of...
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