Lemon Lime Cream Tart

Entertaining, Pastry, Recipe

The recipe for this tart is one I’ve been using for years out of Jamie Oliver’s first cookbook The Naked Chef. I love the mix of the two sharp citrus flavors tempered by the cream. I think the result with the mini meringues, raspberries, and lovely flower I found is pretty special. I hope our birthday…

Cooking Class Party Prep

Entertaining, Pastry

Today I’m starting preparations for a private cooking class party I’m the chef for on Saturday night. The birthday girl is quite the advanced cook herself (and has a Michelin starred chef cousin to boot!) so I’ve put together a somewhat experimental and technical menu for us to all cook together. As always for me,…

Lemon Debutante Wedding Cake

Entertaining, Events, Pastry, Sweets

As I sit here and settle in to the couch, preparing to tune in to the BBC’s Great British Bake Off, I wonder if perhaps I’ve been inspired by the weeks of its bucolic, mouth-watering competition.  I’ve never been a baker, never been one for the precision and patience that the pastry arts require. It’s a temperament…

Girls’ Night Pampering Party

Entertaining, Pastry, Recipe

Sorry it’s been a while, but with two new clients and a whole slew of engagements for which I was also cooking, it’s been a little hectic over here! One of the events gave me a lovely excuse to have some fun in the kitchen and expand my repertoire just a bit. A dear friend of…

America’s Summertime Abundance

Entertaining, Markets, Pastry, Recipe, Travel, Uncategorized, Washington DC

While I’m more than content to trot around the globe during most of the year, in fact like nothing more than to see new places and experience the new, to my mind, summer should always take place in the US. Surely this affinity was formed during all those years we spent overseas, moving from place to…

Culinary Backstreets of Istanbul

Cheaper Eats, Istanbul, Markets, Pastry, Restaurants, Shops, Sweets, Travel

When a friend suggested we sign up for a food tour of Istanbul I was instantly intrigued but also slightly hesitant. I’m used to sniffing out my own food trails when I travel, but given that neither of us speak Turkish and with the fervent hope we’d not be taken to places we’d easily access on…

Lemon Lime French Tart

Entertaining, Holiday Food, Paris, Pastry, Sweets

I’ve just been watching actor Richard E. Grant, trawl through several villages in Provence, France, scouring tables at flea markets and antiques shops for little treasures. The show is called Dirty Weekenders in France and throughout he highlights the rustic simplicity of France and how even the most mundane, everyday objects are created with care and…