Spiced lamb burgers with tzatziki and slaw

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The best thing ever happened recently. I know I’ve talked on here about losing my need for all things American in the kitchen and embracing what I can find here in France, and learning to make things that I still craved from scratch. But sometimes, I still get really excited when I can easily find a little slice of home. Hence the best thing ever: Marks and Spencer Food opened right next to my work! OK, so I know that M&S is British and not American, but I still find versions of my childhood comfort foods (good pre-packaged cheesecake and other sweets) as well as other, more adult and grown up flavors like curry sauces and chutneys and OMG: ground lamb! I’ve set foot in the store two or three times so far, and seeing this lamb mince was definitely the most exciting moment by far (even more so than the discovery of cheesecake!). I snatched it up without hesitating, and grabbed a package of Indian naan bread as well, set on the idea of making lamb burgers over the weekend. Continue reading

Roasted carrot and parsnip soup with coconut milk and parsley coulis

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Who doesn’t love a good, warm, nourishing bowl of soup in the early winter months? It’s funny how suddenly my plans in the kitchen change from salads and marinated meats to soups and stews, all in a matter of days. You can just feel the change coming: the air gets cool and crisp, your body is in need of sustenance rather than just eating mostly for pleasure and you know that it’s time to break out your dutch oven and get cooking! Continue reading

Creamy vegetable potage

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Lately, I am totally obsessed with leftovers. I also thoroughly enjoy spending hours in the kitchen, especially in the winter months when it’s too cold and grey to do much of anything outdoors. I spent most of the last few months concocting simple and highly reheatable winter soups to warm us up in the absence of our new fireplace. I resisted the temptation to make anything fancy, and most often turned to a staple in traditional French cuisine: the potage. Continue reading

Quick coleslaw with poppy seeds

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I recently wrote about the star of my Valentine’s Day feast, these spicy sloppy joes. You may have noticed that they were paired with a crisp, crunchy and tangy coleslaw, which was heaven actually spooned onto the sandwich. Other highlights include using bits of my garlic bread to sop up the sauce on my plate, and eating this straight out of the bowl while waiting for the sandwiches to come together.

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