California by Cécile

This summer, our eldest daughter had the privilege to choose the destination of our family holiday trip as a kind of gift for her 18 years-old birthday. She said, “California.” Then, my husband took the tickets and I found myself with a big long 15 days’ trip to organise. In my mind, California was synonymous with palm trees, waves, surfers, breathtaking views … After  a month at the beach in France, I was a little afraid that this could be a bit repetitive ……

An afternoon at Montmartre Museum

This charming small museum, located just a step from the Sacré Coeur, on Montmartre hill, really deserves a family visit. As soon as you enter the soft grey door on 12 rue Cortot, you are taken back to another era. You are still in Paris, of course but in an idealized version of the city, where carriage entrances open on charming gardens with a rose bush alley that lead to a 17th century old mansion… This places takes you back to the…

Winter tale in Versailles

For all Parisian people, Versailles means sunny picnics and long walks or rides along the Grand Canal or in Marie-Antoinette estate. Versailles is such a huge estate, it never feels crowded and it is such a easy, bucolic and close escape (30 minutes drive or RER) from the center of Paris. On sunny and warm days, Versailles is always a good idea. But what about Winter? These Winter week-ends which we all imagine lying in bed or reading in a…

Caramelized quinces

Such as lemons, quinces brighten Winter with their beautiful yellow. These hardy, slightly downy fruits are very decorative and scented. I always keep some in my kitchen … I propose you here an easy and delicious recipe with quinces, perfect for wintertime  … Such a comforting dessert! Preparation time: 15 minutes / Cooking time: 30-35 minutes. *** Ingredients (4 people): 1kg quinces (2-3 quinces) 50g unsalted butter 50g caster sugar One good knife Preparation Quinces flesh is very firm, please get yourself a good knife. Cut…