Peas and favas everyday

Peas and favas with prosciutto and eggs | Cannelle et VanilleSummer in the Basque Country | Cannelle et Vanille

I am currently in the Basque Country. We will be here for a few weeks this summer.

We arrived to beautiful weather and lush landscape. Still recovering from jet-lag, we have slowly been taking strolls in old familiar places and mainly, spending time with my family.

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Multidisciplinary storytelling workshop with Tara O’Brady | Seattle, October 25 & 26, 2014

Photo by Tara O'BradyBaklava O'Brady

People often ask me what it is that attracts me to a blog. Ultimately, it is all about telling a story of food and life.

There are many facets to blogging – many disciplines encompassed in one platform and most of the time, including my case, it is a one-person show. How remarkable is that? Not very often we have seen in publishing individuals who can be so prolific – from writing, to photography, to developing recipes, to being your own art director and editor.

There are a handful of people that I look up to for inspiration. How can they do so much and do it all so well? I think to myself often.

Tara O’Brady has set the bar up very high.

I have been following Tara and her blog Seven Spoons since the beginning. Words drive her and photos are the anchor to support her stories. On top of that, her recipes are always classic and inventive. In awe, I tell you. She makes it seem effortless although I know how much work goes into it. She is thorough and thoughful in everything she does.

And now she is coming to Seattle to teach a workshop about it all.

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Food photography workshop with Ashley & Gabe Rodriguez | Seattle, October 11 & 12

Photo by Ashley RodriguezPhoto by Ashley Rodriguez

Last february, Ashley Rodriguez of Not Without Salt and Gabe Rodriguez hosted a food photography workshop in my studio. It was such a success and… a long waiting list.

They will be back in the studio teaching another 2-day workshop this October 25 and 26.

All the autumn produce there is to cook and photograph. The possibilities.

Registration is now open. See details below.

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Strawberries and elderflower

Strawberry and hazelnut crumble with elderflower | Cannelle et VanilleElderflower | Cannelle et Vanille

This past Sunday, I bought the first organic, locally-grown strawberries. Teeny tiny strawberries that reminded me of the mara des bois we had in France.

“They are grown for flavor, not looks”, the grower said to me justifying their small stature and amorphous shape. I didn’t need any explanations, really. I could smell them from a mile away.

Sweet.

Like strawberries.

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Paella, tortilla and sangria – the summer essentials

Seafood paella | Cannelle et VanilleSeafood paella | Cannelle et Vanille

Summer has arrived in Seattle. You can feel the excitement as weather becomes the topic of conversation and everyone speaks of outdoor meals and sunsets.

My friend, and eternally-inspiring, Jenn Elliott-Blake and I created a Spanish dinner that you can enjoy at any time of the year but suits summer entertaining perfectly. West Elm supplied the essentials from paella pans, sangria pitchers, ocean-blue dinner plates and even outdoor dining chairs.

These recipes should please a crowd.

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