Tarte aux pommes


French apple pie has nothing to do with its American patriotic cousin from the Vermont state.  In France we call  apple pie: “Tarte aux pommes” and it is more of a tart than a pie. The difference is that a pie usually  has another layer covering the filling, while tarts leave it open. It is a classic, every French family has its own grandma recipe and there are many variations: Tarte aux pommes, Tarte Tatin, Tarte  Normande etc… To vary you can also make different tart crust like pâte brisée, pâte feuilletée, pâte sablée etc… Tarts are a popular staple in French … Continue reading Tarte aux pommes

Chef’s Table Goes French Style


Chef’s Table Goes French Style Netflix brings us a French twist on the original  delectable documentary globetrotting series “Chef’s Table” with a focus on France.  Now streaming.  I’ve already savoured all 4 episodes. Discover four of France’s Michelin top chefs who are revolutionizing French cuisine, Alain Passard of L’Arpège in Paris, Michel Troisgros of La Maison TroisGrois in Roanne, Adeline Grattard of Yam’Tcha in Paris and Alexandre Couillon of La Marine in Noirmoutier. What an inspiration ! These chefs are driven to follow their art and heart always raising the bar for themselves, experimenting, taking risks, and mostly being true … Continue reading Chef’s Table Goes French Style

Chez Monsieur Marcel


Chez Monsieur Marcel “ La Vie Est Belle“!  We just happened to be in Santa Monica on 3rd Street Promenade few weeks ago and the fresh sea air made us very hungry. We had a leisurely bite at Marcel’s. Marcel Café  is a French outdoor bistro  (with several locations in LA ) we had lunch on  3rd street promenade  in Santa Monica. We sat in the back patio and entertained throughout lunch by a twosome of  awesome blues players. It’s amazing how they whip out great dishes from their tiny portable kitchen. I liked that they also have for example ” des merguez!” … Continue reading Chez Monsieur Marcel

Le Picnic des Chefs …French Cook-off !


Hats off to the Club Culinaire of Southern California.  This was the 31rst Annual Picnic des Chefs Fundraiser of regional French cooking held this last Saturday under the trees in a beautiful nature setting , a place called  Vasa Park in Agoura Hills. A snipet of the afternoon in a Photo-Reportage: We were warmly greeted by Kora Kroep the event organizer and handed a blue Picnic bag containing all our picnic utensils to sample the regional French food either ” sur le pouce”, “à table” under the tents or “sur l’herbe”. Or under the giant tent entertained by live band and a little dancing following the raffle … Continue reading Le Picnic des Chefs …French Cook-off !