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

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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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Wild Apple – a new magazine redefining gluten-free living

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I have been living gluten free for nearly 5 years now. My book Small Plates and Sweet Treats came out a year and a half ago. The whole world of gluten-free publications has been elevated to a new level – the focus is on good food that happens to be gluten free. Book and magazines filled with beautiful images and stories that inspire.

I am so happy to tell you about a new publication that my friend and photographer Tara Donne and food stylist Liza Jernow are working on. I cannot wait for this one.

Wild Apple – a new magazine redefining gluten-free living.

It’s all about great food and travel that happens to be gluten free.

Please join them for their kickstarter campaign that will run May 7 – June 7. Check out their video.

AND… one of the rewards of this campaign includes a food styling and photography workshop in New York City with Liza and Tara.

I hope that you can make a contribution and help support the birth of this new beautiful and completely gluten-free magazine.

All photos by Tara Donne except Buckwheat Minestrone by Joseph De Leo




A rhubarb and rose cake for a flower class

Rhubarb and rose cake | Cannelle et VanilleRhubarb and rose cake | Cannelle et Vanille

Last weekend, Chelsea Fuss stopped by the studio to teach a floral design workshop. It was the last in-person class that Chelsea will be teaching for a while before she embarks on an European adventure. It was also the perfect opportunity to bake with the rose extract and petals that I had been saving for some time.

Flowers and cake.

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The comfort in garlic soup… with ramps

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One of the most vivid memories of my childhood is that of my grandmother, Miren, making berakatz zopa (garlic soup) for my grandfather, Angel. He had an exquisite palate – fowl, baby eels, barnacles, lobster… A true pastry chef who had been cooking since the age of 14. He was also a man who appreciated simplicity and the art of doing things orderly and well. There was such discipline to his work yet he appreciated certain chaos outside of it, which I find very inspiring in my life right now.

But I digress.

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