13 May 2013
Flashes of red appear in the distance as M.Otxoa leads our small group out of town and into the green fields. We make our way down the narrow grassy path as the spicy aroma of dried peppers intensifies. M. Otxoa points out the drying house on our left. Don't worry, he tells us, we'll come back after we've visited my pepper plots.
05 May 2013
This might seem like a weird subject, but many of my students seem baffled by the European style bathtub: a regular bathtub, with a hand shower at the end of a cord, and very often no shower curtain or glass separator. "How the heck am I supposed to wash my hair??" they often ask...
Today, I'll unravel the mystery ;-)
24 Mar 2013
Today, we'll take a look at a very traditional French recipe: l'agneau Pascal. In case you were wondering, let's be clear: "Agneau Pascal" does NOT mean "Some guy named Pascal's recipe for lamb!" but rather the lamb that is traditional for Easter (called "Pâques") holiday. You'll find several variations of this dish in countries around the mediterranean (my favourite being the lemon based Greek one, but I'm biased with my ancestry).
The good news is that as far as holiday meals are concerned, this is probably one of the simplest and fastest to make. The whole recipe requires just 5 ingredients and less than 15 minutes of preparation!
24 Mar 2013
"Pâques" is an important holiday in France: a religious one of course, but also a traditional gathering for families, religious or not. Kids go egg hunting (you can see our daughter Leyla in action), but our egg providers are a bit different: magic bells!! And we traditionally cook a large meal with a leg of lamb, and set a lively table to honor the coming of Spring time.
18 Mar 2013
Today, it's my pleasure to share with you my daughter Leyla's (8 years old on this video) rendition of "le Corbeau et le Renard" by Jean de la Fontaine. This poem is extrememly famous, and you can be sure that every French kid has had memorized it for school... and this for generations.
02 Feb 2013
Crêpes (sort of French thin pancake) are a very common food in France and are not only easy to make but can be served any way you want. This allows the whole family to eat exactly the crêpes that they want…
La Chandeleur (on Feb 2nd), is a French tradition where most French households will eat crepes at dinner time. This tradition finds its origins in an old Roman ritual of harvest & fertility. The crêpe is round and golden, reminding us of the sun to come, whose warmth will make the harvest possible…