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mushroom bake – a recipe from my new book

The local markets are rich right now as the first local pears and apples arrive from orchards, the plum season continues, grapes are displayed in sweet smelling crates and of course it is mushroom season. To get good crops of autumn mushrooms the weather needs to be damp and sunny, which means that is has to rain and in between the rain we need a little autumn sunshine.   And because that is exactly what we have had these past few weeks, the mushrooms are abundant. I think I already told you...

‘la rentrée’ it’s back to work in france

Here in France the last week of August and the first week of September is so much more than just a couple of pages in the diary. ‘La Rentrée’, or ‘The Return’ is originally about the start of the new school year, but here it is also for many working people the return to their desk after their traditional August break; the re-opening of local stores that were closed during August; it is the time of year when TV News channels change their presenters; when national radios...

chatting with shirin von wulffen of bastide

When we put together our August Stylish French Box, I was very excited to include a candle from Bastide.    As we worked together on the details I became intrigued by the husband and wife couple that has created this  lifestyle and beauty brand.  Shirin von Wulffen and  her husband Frédéric Fekkai, acquired a 25 year old brand, which they have relaunched as Bastide,  based in Aix-en-Provence where Frédéric grew up.  I was interested to know more about Shirin and her life in provence, and I...

parfums godet through the generations

In St Paul de Vence one of the very prettiest boutiques belongs to Sonia Godet.   As I walked past her door I was immediately drawn in by the gorgeous decor, with its beautiful chandelier, authentic floor tiles and delicious scents.   I didn’t know as I entered the store that I was about to discover a very special family story. Sonia is a young woman with great things ahead of her.   She is what the French call a “nez”, or a nose, which means she is the one who creates the...

remi pesce – in his atelier at st paul de vence

  I am a strong believer in being in the right place at the right time; in walking through open doors and welcoming unexpected opportunities.  Call it destiny if you wish, or fate, it doesn’t really matter.  I just know that I’m extremely happy when in uncharted territory, wondering what is just over that next horizon. Last week in St Paul de Vence, I walked into a food store, hoping to snap a few photos for the blog and started talking to the only other client present, an...

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