Comfort Food at the Christmas Markets

If you’re feeling oppressed by tat and tinsel, bothered by obese Santas and fed up with canned Christmas carols, it could be time for a visit to the cross-border triangle formed by Alsace, Basel and the Black Forest. Wooden booths like tiny chalets settle down around cathedrals and town halls, offering goods that privilege the… Continue reading Comfort Food at the Christmas Markets

Life is a bowl of cherries (and I feel a clafoutis coming on)

Our local cherry trees are loaded with fruit and the cows currently on maternity leave in the nextdoor field are sheltering gratefully beneath their leafy branches (probably pinching a few cherries too). Time for clafoutis, a gorgeous baked cherry pancake. Dust it with icing sugar and serve it warm. A little vanilla ice cream doesn’t… Continue reading Life is a bowl of cherries (and I feel a clafoutis coming on)