HAPPY SOLUTIONS

France, Normandy, garden, season, autumn, summer

There have been times when, whether I was making dinner for my family, or preparing for friends to come to a dinner party, I just didn’t “feel” it. I was tired, usually a state I don’t like to admit to, but it happens to everyone. A normal person would just resort to pasta; not me. […]

RENT ON RUE TATIN

On Rue Tatin, the beloved house that has welcomed so many, is once again for rent by the month, or the week. It’s a perfect place to land if you want a taste of French life and culture, a beautiful, professional kitchen for all the ingredients you will get at the market, and as a […]

Fig Jam

I planted my fig tree about seven years ago, to replace an ancient apple tree which was the “apple of my eye”.  She (or he?) was such a lovely part of the garden, planted at least eighty years ago by the nuns who once occupied On Rue Tatin.  She was just the perfect sort of […]

Mid-Summer Rhubarb

    I think my rhubarb plant loves me.  I blush to say this, but it’s got to be true. Each season, it gets bigger and more productive.  This year, it multiplied so I actually have two rhubarb plants this year.  And while its stalks don’t turn that luscious, deep red of some varieties, its […]

Springtime Grilling

French vegetables, radishes

Welcome spring!   Yesterday was its official debut (at 10:53 local French time, according to radio France Inter) even though I always thought it was the 21st. The date doesn’t matter because the sun knows what’s up, and so does the market.  Everyone is running around in shirtsleeves (manches courtes) with their cool French sunglasses, […]

France 3 Television Comes to On Rue Tatin (And Stays for Supper)

film crew, france, fr3, normandy

A couple of weeks ago I got a call from a reporter for France 3 Normandie, Christiane Lablancherie.  She’s producing a series on Joy at the Table and wanted to include On Rue Tatin.  I don’t hold classes during this season, so I suggested she film our monthly wine tasting and she jumped all over […]

This Summer in Normandy

fish stew

First and foremost, summer classes at On Rue Tatin will be spectacular! The garden is ready to burst into color already; the fruit trees have gotten their winter trim, and I’m testing and re-testing recipes for you to try out in the kitchen. As you make your plans, you should know this is a BIG […]

A Special Marmalade From a Special Fruit – The Bergamot

bergamot, France, Morocco

The temperatures have turned wintery here in northern France. I’m between Louviers and Paris, between my wonderful house and my teeny apartment and while I feel the cold, both are equally cozy.  But what this cold weather means, aside from a good and true winter, is  that it’s finally bergamot season!! You’re not cheering the […]

Yogurt Cake Revisited

gateau marbre

I have a dinner coming up, and I want to make a delicious but simple cake for dessert.  I considered plenty of options and settled on an old favorite, Yogurt Cake.  This, as those of you who have read On Rue Tatin, is a cake I discovered one day at my son’s school during a […]

Holiday Menu

magret duck wtih orange sauce in France

I know, you’ve had it planned for weeks. But what if you haven’t?  Holidays include many serendipitous moments, when friends call unexpectedly, family plans change to include or lose one or two, a few kilos of scallops arrive on the doorstep and an unexpected celebration ensues.  Or maybe you’ve simply been too busy to sit […]

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