December 30, 2016

Grey coat


Here comes the last look of the year with a grey wool coat and a tartan oversized scarf I found during boxing day. Typical me. I always find nice clothes when I'm out there shopping for something completely different. But hey, I'm not gonna complain considering the awesome deals they were.

December 26, 2016

Black bomber


I hope you all had a great Christmas and spent quality time with your families. Here in Metz, we're not done yet. Thanks our german heritage we are still celebrating on the 26th. Somebody help!

I'm taking a break from all the eating to share this look from last week:a black bomber jacket with hemless jeans and pointy heels. So simple, yet the look of the year 2016.

December 20, 2016

Dress for less


Since I've become completely independent financially, the thought of spending a fourth of my salary on clothes makes me shiver. I could, but deep inside I know it would be useless and that I'm right to favor trips and nights out. But sometimes I'm weak and literally crave shopping.

December 18, 2016

A Vegan Christmas

I don't know if you've heard but there are a lot of meat scandals going on in France, which is good in a  country where the crueler seems to taste better.

I never liked saying that I don't eat meat because people always judged me and expected me to be an anaemic hippie. It never got to me, but it sure is annoying to listen to the same old broken record over and over again. I know some people simply don't care but over the last months, the mindset seems to be changing and instead of calling me crazy, people get more and more interested in vegetarism and veganism. Including my parents.

When my mother asked me what I wanted for Christmas, I couldn't come up with any idea. I never really liked celebrating Christmas. The neverending 6 course feast was torture... except for the cake at the end. Even when I still ate meat, it was too much gravy, too much foie gras and too much fancy things I didn't like. So I told her that for once, what would make me truly happy was to have no meat on the table.

Guess who's the chef this year then? Of course it's me and here are a few things I plan on serving.

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Je pense que vous êtes au courant de tous les scandales liés à la souffrance animale qui se passent en France en ce moment. Je trouve que c'est un mal nécessaire quand on voit que la France est un pays où les mets les plus appréciés sont aussi les plus cruels.

Je n'ai jamais aimé dire que je ne mange pas de viande car les gens me jugent illico et s'imaginent que je suis une sorte de hippie anémique. Ca ne m'a jamais blessé mais me faire ressasser la même rengaine encore et encore  est devenu pénible. Je sais que certains s'en fichent royalement mais ces derniers mois, les mentalités semblent évoluer et au lieu de me traiter de folle, les gens sont de plus curieux de connaitre le végétarisme et le véganisme. Y compris mes parents.

Quand ma mère m'a demandé ce que je voulais à Noël, je n'avais pas d'idée. Je n'ai jamais vraiment aimé célébrer Noël. Le repas interminable était une véritable torture... sauf la bûche. Même quand je mangeais encore de la viande, c'était trop de gras, trop de sauce, trop de fois gras et trop de choses sophistiquées dont je ne raffole pas. Donc je lui ai dit que pour une fois, j'aimerais vraiment qu'on ne serve pas de viande.

Devinez qui s'y colle cette année? Moi, bien sûr et voici ce que j'ai prévu de cuisiner.

Beet mousse with walnuts and balsamic / Mousse de betterave à la noix et vinaigre balsamique

Mushroom and tarragon tartlets / Tartelettes aux champignons et estragon

Faux gras and gingerbread toast / Toasts de faux gras et pain d'épices

Creamy cauliflower & truffle soup / Velouté de chou fleur à la truffe

Lentil & sweet potato shepherds pie with cepes / Hachis Parmentier de lentilles et patate douce aux cèpes

Spinach salad / Salade de jeunes pousses d'épinards

Chestnut and candied orange Yule log / Bûche aux marrons et orange confite (credit: la cuisine de Jeanne)

For more details about the recipes, don't hesitate to ask me.

December 7, 2016

Winter coats


I think we can all agree. The only good thing about winter is winter coats. And maybe Christmas.

Until a few years ago, I would buy one and wear it everyday until it started to show signs of use. Of course it was black every time. And of course it looked boring. But I didn't care, it looked good with everything.  Or so I thought.

December 5, 2016

Pumpkin and chickpea tagine



I have spent a lot of time in the kitchen the last couple of weeks. First of all, it's cold, which makes me crave casseroles and stews but also, it relaxes me a lot. I spend my days reviewing files so getting my hands dirty has become twice as nice.