Quince – the forgotten fruit

If you’ve not yet met a quince, you’ve a treat in store. These fragrant, downy, golden globes, distant relatives of the apple family, are not so much forbidden fruits as forgotten fruits. Mine are ripening now on the tree and I’m also beginning to sight some in the shops and markets here in Alsace and… Continue reading Quince – the forgotten fruit

Swiss Cheese Tasting @ La Fromagerie, 11th September

High in the Swiss Alps the days are shortening, there’s a nip in the air and the cows (and their owners) are getting ready to come down off the alp: time to remember and celebrate Swiss cheese! On Wednesday 11th September we’ll be scaling the heights of Swiss mountain cheese at London’s La Fromagerie in… Continue reading Swiss Cheese Tasting @ La Fromagerie, 11th September

Cooking workshops in Alsace

The last couple of weeks in Spain wandering round markets fondling vegetables and feasting on fish was all the inspiration I needed for my next few months’ workshops.The season opens on September 26th with Eat Well: Love Vegetables. We’ll take a basketful of late summer vegetables (still hoping my multi-coloured, many-sized tomatoes will ripen) and… Continue reading Cooking workshops in Alsace

Great Views, No Loos, Dreary Food

Okay, I admit I was a tad grumpy before ever arriving at Gérald Passédat’s La Table in the MuCEM, the spectacular new Museum of Mediterranean and European Civilisations right on Marseille’s waterfront. A mail confirming my reservation had informed me that le port d’une tenue de ville est recommandé (basically: please don’t show up in… Continue reading Great Views, No Loos, Dreary Food

Blushing apricots for a buxom tart

Alsace doesn’t really do apricots – it’s not usually hot enough to ripen them up here, tho this year would certainly be the exception. At the moment ours are coming from the south of France. Or if I nip over the border to Basel I can find apricots from the Valais, Switzerland’s southernmost, sunbaked alpine… Continue reading Blushing apricots for a buxom tart

Le Boeuf Noir, Hésingue – Happy Anniversaries

Today being our wedding anniversary (43 years ago today, All Saints Church Manfield in N. Yorkshire, woohoo), we took ourselves out to lunch. And not just any old lunch, you’ll be happy to hear. We booked at the Boeuf Noir in Hésingue, a favourite spot of ours. Owned and run by Josiane and Jean-Pierre Giuggiola… Continue reading Le Boeuf Noir, Hésingue – Happy Anniversaries

Time to Chill – Think Iced Soups

When the sun comes out – which it is finally, reliably doing around these parts – our world changes. People’s faces break out in smiles (even in Basel ;-)), arms and legs are bared and bronzed, tables and chairs spring up on pavements outside cafés and restaurants, happy swimmers bob along on the Rhine’s speeding… Continue reading Time to Chill – Think Iced Soups