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Frenchie and a New Beginning

29 Dec

The blog has been quiet since Thanksgiving.

There is a good reason for that.

For those who follow me on Instagram, it won’t come a surprise since I made the announcement two weeks ago.

After 3 years in Charlotte, a new life is waiting for me in Washington, DC.

New year, new beginning, new adventures.

2015 is ending on a high note.

2016 already looks thrilling and full of new experiences.

Below is a quick glance at what life looked like this year.

A few of my favorite things.

Places, food, colors, flavors and musings.

Ready for D.C. and what it has to offer.

But first, I must finish packing and moving!

Happy new everything to everyone.

Bonne Année 2016 !


Frenchie and a Year in Review – 2013

2 Jan

Wishing you a very happy New Year 2014.

Une très Bonne Année… full of good food, adventures, colorful travel experiences and health.

And starting the new year with a chocolate recipe is a good way to start the year.

Resolution for 2014? More chocolate!

Looking back at 2013 – the most popular photos and posts – the delightful memories of a busy year full of excitement.

Los Angeles, Malibu and a Boston blizzard in January.

The preparation for the move – from the Northeast to the Southeast.

A leap of faith. A new region.

Boxing up my Boston life and saying goodbye to lovely New England.

Financiers and roasted vegetables to gather friends around last meals before the movers take everything away.

Setting up and creating a new life in North Carolina.

A thirst for discovering places, flavors and what the area has to offer.

Un changement de vie.

Fresh ingredients for a quinoa tabbouleh.

Fresh air experience with Relish Carolina and their roaming dinner club.

Oh the joys of exploring Charlotte through food.

2013 took me twice to Mexico.

Puerto Vallarta and Mexico City.

The vibrant colors of a culture and country yet unknown to me.

The fond memories of times well spent with friends on the beach and at a wedding.

France, summer, a peach and cherry mousse, a chilled cucumber soup, and summer weather in Charlotte were also in the cards for me.

Spending time with family, photographing life as it happens, and finding food inspirations in Charleston,  Newport and Wisconsin travels.

Bright green countryside and golden sandy beaches.

Parisian walks and quaint cobblestone Charleston streets.

This past summer included everything needed for an escape and break from setting up a new home – all thanks to friends and family for welcoming and inviting me.

And if the anticipation for fall wasn’t high enough…

Not only my favorite time of the year.

But a Tahiti trip was in the works – comme un rêve.

French Polynesia vs. North Carolina’s autumn transformations.

A tale of two worlds apart. Each with their own unique colors.

And frankly, it’s probably impossible to take a bad picture in French Polynesia.

Le paradis.

And with a New Year resolution to eat more chocolate, it is only appropriate to share the first recipe of the year – with chocolate of course!

Neither a cake nor a gratin.

But a delicious treat to start the year.

And what about you? Any New Year resolutions to share?

May 2014 be full of joy and health.

Happy New Year!

And thank you to the Charlotte Observer, the Journal of the American Chestnut Foundation and NoshOn.It for featuring F & Y last year.

Un grand merci!

Orange-Flavored Warm Chocolate Cakes with Sour Cherries

makes four 2/3-cup ramekins

1 egg + 1 yolk

1/3 cup (65 g) Turbinado sugar

zest of half an organic orange + 1 Tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice

2 Tbsp hazelnut flour/meal

1 Tbsp millet flour

1 Tbsp Dutch cocoa powder

1 Tbsp black onyx cocoa powder – it gives a more intense color/taste to the cakes (replace with another Tbsp of Dutch cocoa if needed)

3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

pinch of sea salt

2/3 cup (155 ml) coconut milk

3.5 oz (100 g) of dried sour cherries – roughly chopped

Preheat the oven to 350 °F (180 °C) and butter the inside of the ramekins. Set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk the egg, yolk, sugar, orange zest and orange juice together.

In a medium bowl, combine the flours (hazelnut and millet), the cocoa powders (Dutch and black) with the cinnamon, ginger and salt.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Whisk until well mixed.

Pour the coconut milk slowly while whisking until well combined.

Put 1 Tbsp of chopped dried sour cherries at the bottom of each ramekins.

Fill each ramekin with batter, over the dried cherries. Top each ramekin with 2 Tbsp of dried cherries.

Place in the oven and bake for 25-30 min. Remove from the oven and let cool for 15 min.

Frenchie and 2012

1 Jan

A new year, a new calendar.

January 1st is my day to browse through the year that just ended.

Looking back and flipping the pages of a busy schedule that went by too quickly.

Finding forgotten pictures.

Remembering events marked down on the calendar.

Oh oui, I did this back in April!

Oh and I forgot about this dinner party… complètement oublié !

A look-back at 2012 with some of the pictures readers seemed to like most.

2012 started in Paris for me. New Year’s Eve with family.

Discovering Cobéa and its wonderful creations.

Exploring new bakeries. Falling in love with Au Petit Versailles du Marais.

Spring in Boston is always an event.

Marblehead, Wellesley, Cape Cod.

The changing of the trees, the new light.

A nomination for a BostInno Insider Award.

Coconut, chocolate, and dried cherry teacakes with tarragon.

Or Asian basil béchamel Mac and Cheese with truffle oil flavors and blackened chicken.

Food imparted by experiences, landscapes and cultural experiments.

A spring trip to Napa Valley and San Francisco, CA for a wedding.

Celebrating at Garibaldi’s, wishing a dear friend a happy married life and eating Le Frenchie Burger – specially created by Chef John Beardsley.

The wine, tapas and view at Ram’s Gate. A delight for the mouth and eyes.

The drive up to Pride Mountain Vineyards around the valley, through the trees, winding up and down.

A lunch at Bar Bocce across the bay from San Francisco, on the beach, with friends and a fire pit.

Spain came right after California. A second wedding.

Driving through the Costa Blanca, little towns and villages along a shiny coastline.

Loosing yourself in Barcelona in search for the best tapas bars.

And a Spain-inspired recipe featured on www.NoshOn.It for its gluten-free Sunday specials.

I remember the colors as I write this.

And I can smell the oregano from Ca La Nati.

Summer came very quickly.

A birthday in Newport, RI, weekends in Gloucester and Provincetown, MA.

Salads, summer tarts, a fun interview, and participating in the Julia Child’s 100th anniversary campaign.

A summer to remember. Financiers to savor. Quiet sunny times to appreciate.

And thank you to BostInno for calling Frenchie and the Yankee one of Boston’s must-read food blogs.

The trip to Montreal was a nice end-of-summer break.

Going back to Olive & Gourmando, eating at Les 400 Coups and taking long walks in the city.

Montreal and this unequivocal blend of European and North American cultures.

Unique and colorful.

Fall came right around the corner and with a new season, new trips to plan.

But the joy of spending the change of seasons in New England remain the best feeling in the world.

Eating pieces of a chestnut flour savory cake with prosciutto and sun-dried tomatoes, while contemplating the idea of traveling through the region to observe the changing of seasons.

A time filled with colorful apples and squash varieties, baked apple scents and cinnamon.

Un vrai plaisir !

As 2012 started with France, it ended with France as well in November.

But not without spicing up the trip with an Istanbul stop.

Beautiful Turkey.

Memories of bright pomegranates, smiling people and red flags everywhere to celebrate their National Holiday.

A spiced pumpkin cake with rose water and cloves to remember the trip forever.

Fabrics and colorful dishes to bring a new life to my home.

I don’t know what 2013 will bring – well, I have an idea.

There will be new trips and new recipes of course.

Experiences to look forward to.

People to meet.

And food to eat!

Happy New Year to all! Bonne Année !

May 2013 be the best yet.

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