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Rosé Poached Pears

Rosé Poached Pears

The weather here in Ramatuelle can be pretty perfect all summer long.  One learns to understand that there are a few exceptions to paradise:  1) the rainstorm around mid-August 2) the East wind and 3) the Mistral.  Locals say the mistral winds occur for one day, three days or a week.  Well, a huge mistral...
Lavender Ice Cream

Lavender Ice Cream

Yield: 1 quart Ingredients: 1 2/3 cups heavy cream 1 cup whole milk 2-3 tablespoons fresh lavender 3/4 cup sugar 4 large egg yolks Directions: In a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks and sugar until light in color and fluffy, set aside. In a medium sized sauce pan, bring the cream, milk, and lavender...
Our summer cocktail: Lavender Lush

Our summer cocktail: Lavender Lush

After several weeks of arduous testing sessions, we have finalized our 2012 summer cocktail.  The Lavender Lush was created with fresh lavender sprigs to infuse a simple syrup. We usually make a few pitchers of the citrus-ade and then dose the drinks individually with either Vodka or Gin.  Beware, these tasty creations go quickly, so...
Fear not the artichoke!

Fear not the artichoke!

A lot of our readers tell us they LOVE artichokes, but so many are afraid to prepare them.  This spiky and prickly vegetable is eaten in my family in a dip, and comes from a can.  Rather than risk another cookoff (as we did with pumpkin pie) Joshua and I concentrated on fresh artichokes. We...
Cucumber Apricot Radish Salad

Cucumber Apricot Radish Salad

About the only thing we have been finding in our vegetable garden has been some cucumbers. Due to a rainy and cloudy spring, all produce is about a month late here in the Var.   So while we await our tomato extravaganza, we thought we would kick things off with a cucumber based salad. We...
Apricot Upside Down Tart

Apricot Upside Down Tart

For those of you following our Facebook page, our apricot tree in Ramatuelle has been oozing apricots for the past few weeks. In addition to the great ideas people left in the comments on Facebook (I am still looking to plant some sweet geranium for next year!) Philippe and I have honed a pretty darn...
Menton Lemon Meringue Pie

Menton Lemon Meringue Pie

After obtaining the incredible lemon meringue pie recipe from local producer Madame Tosan we tried it out on ten guests last Friday night. The recipe was a little tricky, and instead of making lemon curd, the Mentonnais method creates more of a lemon flan.  The result is surprisingly delicious, and a nice change to traditional recipes....
Olive Oil Sorbet

Olive Oil Sorbet

Fresh from the olive harvest we were anxious to experiment with our new ingredient, olive oil from the Streitz groves. Over the next weeks we will be publishing many creative ways to use olive oil:  in sorbet, cakes, focaccia and more.  We are also going to visit some restaurants on the Riviera, that are now featuring...