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Traditional French Ratatouille

Ratatouille Recipe

Ratatouille is not only this gifted rat from Pixar, it’s also a delicious dish that originates from Provence, South of France! It came to exist over centuries of vegetables foreign to the region making their way to France, and French chefs doing the rest of the work. The various vegetables are arranged in a beautiful bouquet and cooked and drizzled with a luxurious sauce, making it a culinary work of art. It’s easy, healthy and the perfect side dish for your summer BBQ. Whether it’s an old family recipe, or you’re just trying it for the first time, you’re bound to love making Ratatouille. Just gather fresh ingredients and you’re ready to go! Preparation Time: 1h Cook Time: 1h Ingredients for 6 3 zucchinis thinly…

Zucchini Crumble recipe

You all know the delicious sweet crumbles with fruits or jam and cinnamon but, have you ever tried the savory version? This Zucchini Crumble recipe is healthy, easy-to-prepare and so delicious. My little trick is to mix crushed Cheese Crackers with regular wheat flour to have a crunchier and tastier Crumble! Preparation Time: 15 min Cooking Time: 30 min Ingredients for 4 servings 1 bag of Cheese Crackers 2 large zucchinis 5 oz butter 5 oz wheat flour 1 clove of garlic Olive oil Salt pepper Preparation Preheat your oven to 350°F. Peel the zucchinis, then cut them into cubes. Chop the garlic, put it in a pan with olive oil over high heat. Once hot, put the zucchinis inside and brown them. Crush the Cheese Crackers into small…

Raspberry Dark Chocolate Mousse

When chocolate was brought to France in the 1500s, chefs and bakers began to experiment and create new desserts, which led to the creation of this delectable treat centuries later. Today the Mousse Au Chocolat is a favorite in France, and my favorite variation of this dessert includes raspberry toppings. I love getting creative with the presentation of this treat by putting in different containers: think anything from muffin tins, to mini cocottes, to chocolate shells. This recipe is perfect for the next occasion you want to outshine the main course of a dinner with a sweet yet refreshing dessert. Preparation Time: 1h Ingredients for 8 4 3.5-oz 75% dark chocolate bars 6 egg whites 6 egg yolks ¼ cup of butter Pinch of salt 4…

French Onion Soup

When people think of French cuisine one of the first dishes that will come to mind is the classic Onion Soup. What makes French onion soup a delicate dish with unparalleled flavor is the technique used to make it, by taking the time to caramelize the onions and draw out their naturally sweet flavor. Later the soup is famously topped with bread and French gruyère cheese and broiled in the oven to perfection. Made for the first time in Paris during the 18th century, we are sharing today a family recipe that was passed down from generations to generations. And for an extra kick of onion, Zoe’s grandma used to add onion confit spread to the slice of rustic bread on top, just before the cheese….

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)…

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