Nettle Pistou

Nettles pop up in our yard pretty much any place we leave to grow wild.  Which is fine by me, as nettles are not only very useful in organic gardening, they are also one of pleasures of the spring table.  We save the tender new leaves for recipes, and chop the tough, older stems and

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Nettles pop up in our yard pretty much any place we leave to grow wild.  Which is fine by me, as nettles are not only very useful in organic gardening, they are also one of pleasures of the spring table.  We save the tender new leaves for recipes, and chop the tough, older stems and

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Stawberries from the garden!

Strawberries are THE quintessential fruit of springtime.   We enjoyed these with just a drizzle of heavy cream. Yum! I planted 6 strawberry plants spring 2023, but they didn’t really get much traction during their first year; the few strawberries that they produced got eaten by birds or slugs. This year, with the help of  anti-bird

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Strawberries are THE quintessential fruit of springtime.   We enjoyed these with just a drizzle of heavy cream. Yum! I planted 6 strawberry plants spring 2023, but they didn’t really get much traction during their first year; the few strawberries that they produced got eaten by birds or slugs. This year, with the help of  anti-bird

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Wild black pepper from Madagascar

On a recent trip to our local coffee roaster, La Brûlerie du Béarn, I discovered a new spice that has since become a bit of a fetish for me. It’s wild black pepper from Madagascar, and if you are saying “yeah, black pepper, whatever”, I assure you that this wild black pepper has nothing to

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On a recent trip to our local coffee roaster, La Brûlerie du Béarn, I discovered a new spice that has since become a bit of a fetish for me. It’s wild black pepper from Madagascar, and if you are saying “yeah, black pepper, whatever”, I assure you that this wild black pepper has nothing to

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Spring onions, calçots and Mas Costa

Spring onions, which we planted last fall from seed, are up and beautiful this April.  Along with nettles, bear’s garlic, asparagus and strawberries, early spring onions are, for me, an ingredient that fairly sings of spring.  Toss them in salads, sprinkle them on soups, over cold asparagus and grilled fish, fold them into mashed potatoes,

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Spring onions, which we planted last fall from seed, are up and beautiful this April.  Along with nettles, bear’s garlic, asparagus and strawberries, early spring onions are, for me, an ingredient that fairly sings of spring.  Toss them in salads, sprinkle them on soups, over cold asparagus and grilled fish, fold them into mashed potatoes,

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Thanks for asking, Bethany!

Bethany Jean Clement, who writes for the Seattle Times and whom I count as a friend, was recently in touch with a question about a recipe for asparagus we used to cook at Le Pichet and Cafe Presse.  She was also kind enough to inquire about our new life here in France and has now

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Bethany Jean Clement, who writes for the Seattle Times and whom I count as a friend, was recently in touch with a question about a recipe for asparagus we used to cook at Le Pichet and Cafe Presse.  She was also kind enough to inquire about our new life here in France and has now

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Beef shoulder braised in red wine with green chard and pearl onions

The weather took a cold turn recently here in Orthez; after several weeks of hearing the weatherman say we were having June weather in April, now it has turned March cold. This chilly spell put me in mind to make something simmered and comforting. So in passing by the butcher’s shop in the market Saturday,

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The weather took a cold turn recently here in Orthez; after several weeks of hearing the weatherman say we were having June weather in April, now it has turned March cold. This chilly spell put me in mind to make something simmered and comforting. So in passing by the butcher’s shop in the market Saturday,

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Après marché

After doing our shopping at the Tuesday farmer’s market, we often stop for an apéro at our favorite bar, Lamerain, popularly referred to as “Chez Lamiche”, not sure why but I assume that it has something to do with the nick-name of the current owner’s father?  Lamerain is a bar/tabac, so I often pick up

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After doing our shopping at the Tuesday farmer’s market, we often stop for an apéro at our favorite bar, Lamerain, popularly referred to as “Chez Lamiche”, not sure why but I assume that it has something to do with the nick-name of the current owner’s father?  Lamerain is a bar/tabac, so I often pick up

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Brandade for lunch

Brandade de morue was one of the all-time favorite dishes at Le Pichet and Cafe Presse. Whenever it was not on the menu, guests would be asking when it was coming back.  Our local fish shop, Poissonerie Otano, always has beautiful salt cod on offer, either as fillets or “miettes” which  means small odds and

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Brandade de morue was one of the all-time favorite dishes at Le Pichet and Cafe Presse. Whenever it was not on the menu, guests would be asking when it was coming back.  Our local fish shop, Poissonerie Otano, always has beautiful salt cod on offer, either as fillets or “miettes” which  means small odds and

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Garlic plants

I’m so excited!  The garlic I planted in January is up and 4-5″ high! Yesterday, I planted onions and dandelions around the edge as a sort of natural barrier to pests;  dandelions attract pest predators like ladybugs, and also repel certain insects that feed on the garden.  At least that is the theory. I have

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I’m so excited!  The garlic I planted in January is up and 4-5″ high! Yesterday, I planted onions and dandelions around the edge as a sort of natural barrier to pests;  dandelions attract pest predators like ladybugs, and also repel certain insects that feed on the garden.  At least that is the theory. I have

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