Author Archives: caelycate

A tale of two birthday dinners, part II

About a month ago, I wrote about the two meals I cooked for my boyfriend’s birthday. This week, we celebrated my birthday and it was his turn to be the chef. While most people will assume I am the culinary … Continue reading

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A Confused Autumn

I realize that in many places in the world Autumn means snow, but it has never meant that anywhere I’ve lived, including here in Brittany. Usually, winter doesn’t even mean snow in Brittany. And if it does snow, it scarcely … Continue reading

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Lentil and Spicy Sausage Stew

2 teaspoons olive oil 1/2 pound spicy sausage (I used merguez, a French sausage) 2 medium-large yellow or white onions, chopped 4-5 large carrots, sliced 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 medium-large zucchini, chopped in 1/2″ thick pieces (approx. the size … Continue reading

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Apple Brownies

We have a plethora of apples to get through. An obscene amount really. This is just the first of many apple recipes you will see posted here this fall. Apple Brownies 100 grams (3.5 ounces) chocolate, roughly chopped (I used … Continue reading

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Tomato Leaf Risotto

The smell of tomato plants is one of my favorite aromas in the world,  it’s not the aroma of the actual tomato that captivates me so, but the vibrant, husky green smell of the leaves. To me that perfume is … Continue reading

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A sheepish story

A big conversation around here the last few months has been sheep. My boyfriend is British, and sorry to make a gross generalization, but is therefore obsessed with the tidiness of his lawn. As such, he spends an inordinate amount … Continue reading

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Brown Butter Blondies

Like every other aspect of life, cuisine is subject to trends. One of the latest baking crazes is brown butter. All over the food porn websites I frequent I’m seeing brown butter this and brown butter that. Everyone praises brown … Continue reading

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Not French Onion Soup

Our cupboards are sparse as we’ve been sick, running around after new sheep and dealing with our extremely anxious dog who had surgery last week and is not at all happy with the plastic cone around his head. Needless to … Continue reading

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You can take the girl out of America…

 But you can’t take American style chocolate chip cookies away from her. Despite the many obstacles that prohibit making a true American style chocolate chip cookie here in France, I’ve managed to come up with a pretty tasty recipe (if … Continue reading

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A tale of two birthday dinners

It was my boyfriend’s big day on Tuesday. I won’t say how old he is because he would probably lock me out of the house, but suffice it to say it was a milestone birthday. We celebrated with two birthday … Continue reading

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