Baking bread in my new Le Creuset Dutch oven

Written by Diane. Posted in on healthy living, on life in France

Baking bread in my new Le Creuset Dutch oven

I’m kind of a disaster in the kitchen. If it’s not cupcakes, cookies or cake — or is a dinner recipe that involves anything beyond your basic kitchen skills — you can be sure that I’ll either burn it, overcook it, overseason it, drop it on the dog, or otherwise make the meal inedible. Exceptions? Well, I’m good with baking fish, using the slow cooker, and sauteeing veggies on the stove, but if a recipe calls for anything fancy, I steer clear.

Last week, my first houseguest from home (other than my parents) came to stay with us and she’s a baker and chef by trade. She wanted to cook for us and needed a Dutch oven for her recipe. Did I have one? Of course not, so what did I do? I went out and bought a brand-spiffy-new bright yellow Le Creuset Dutch oven. Listen, if someone offers to cook dinner, you do what they say! I haven’t even had it a week but I’ve made 3 meals all by myself– including bread! — and everything was not only edible but actually delicious. I think I’m in love.

Let me tell you about it…

Healthy brands in France: Natsu Foods

Written by Diane. Posted in on healthy living, on life in France, things we love

Healthy brands in France- Natsu Foods

I’ve been on a sushi kick lately. It came out of nowhere, and anyone who knows me knows I go through phases of loving a certain food, eating it nonstop for about two weeks and then getting sick of it and not eating it again for a year or more. But it looks like my sushi obsession is here to stay.

Problem?

Grocery store sushi isn’t super common in France, and if I can find it, it’s not always good. Flash forward to a few weeks ago when I was strolling past the fish section of my local Super U, and to my surprise, I came across a new-to-me brand of sushi from Natsu Foods. I bought two packs of it and LOVED IT. When I finished my last piece, I was curious and went to Natsu Foods’ website. I found out they make more than just sushi including all kinds of healthy salads, lunch pots and more. So over the past couple of weeks, I’ve happily sampled a variety of Natsu products and am sharing my thoughts here.

Here’s more on Natsu Foods and why I think it’s a brand you should check out.

Read on!

France and the yogurt culture

Written by Diane. Posted in on healthy living, on life in France

France and the yogurt culture

Next time you hit up a French grocery store, spend a few extra minutes strolling by all the yogurt varieties. You may be there awhile. Even in the smaller stores, the yogurt selection is award worthy. There are so many brands and varieties that an inquisitive foreigner could easily spend 20 euros on yogurt alone out of sheer curiosity (not saying I did that or anything. Oops, OK maybe once. Twice, tops). Even though I’ve been here 4 years now, France yogurt culture is still all new and exciting and you have to try ’em all to find your favorite, right?

GO!

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