Who Sez Real Men Don’t Eat Quiche?

Well in our house they do, so there. Here’s the thing: real men go for plump, well filled quiches – think Rubens rather than Modigliani. Away with your slender, low-fat jobs, a quiche is (or should be) something succulent and delicious. The only absolute no-no is soggy bottoms (pace Rubens). Here’s an all-purpose recipe for… Continue reading Who Sez Real Men Don’t Eat Quiche?

A Real Ferme Auberge in the Vosges

After Christmas we made our usual pilgrimage up into the Vosges for a spot of much needed fresh air and exercise, followed by a robust lunch at a real ferme auberge. So what makes a ferme auberge real? Years ago, when I was working on my book A Taste of Alsace, I interviewed the then… Continue reading A Real Ferme Auberge in the Vosges

Kaffee und Kuchen at Café Decker in Staufen, Germany

Last weekend we nipped across the Rhine to give our friends from Beaujolais a little taste of the Black Forest. After an impressive lunch at the Kreuz-Post in Staufen (it’s going into Eating Out in Alsace, Basel and Baden sharpish) followed by a quick raid on the Christmas market and a visit to the Schladerer… Continue reading Kaffee und Kuchen at Café Decker in Staufen, Germany

Papet Vaudois: an irresistible Swiss sausage, leek, potato and cream combo

This week I was down in Geneva to sign copies of Cheese: Slices of Swiss Culture at Helen Stubbs’s delightful little shoebox of a bookshop, OffTheShelf, staying overnight with friends in nearby Nyon. While waiting for the train back to Basel, I wandered down the rue de la Gare and found no fewer than three… Continue reading Papet Vaudois: an irresistible Swiss sausage, leek, potato and cream combo

A Taste of Pinot Noir

“Pinot needs constant care and attention. You know? And in fact it can only grow in these really specific little tucked away corners of the world. And, and only the most patient and nurturing of growers can do it, really. Only somebody who really takes the time to understand Pinot’s potential can then coax it… Continue reading A Taste of Pinot Noir

Württemberg Wines: Worth a Detour

Okay, time for a quick and dirty geography lesson (with apologies to my German readers): Baden-Württemberg is the German Land (state) just across the Rhine from us in Alsace. It’s a prosperous place, home of Daimler, Porsche, Zeiss and a whole bunch of Mittelstand companies, backbone of the German economy. Northerners come down here to… Continue reading Württemberg Wines: Worth a Detour