Easy lemon meringue pies

Mini lemon meringue pies

Let's talk music in the kitchen. Cause baking cakes gets even more fun while singing out loud, right? (Not sure if people around me agree. I'm not exactly what you'd call gifted when it comes to singing...). But anyway, I like to sing along while baking (or driving a car, if you see a blonde driving while she's trying to break the windows singing high notes, it's probably me). And out of all
Fig jam

Fig jam

I love a nice glass of wine (or two..) at dinner, but I'm terrible at picking one. In restaurants I always leave this duty to the Mr, who knows about these things, but when I'm doing groceries I have no one to rely on but myself. And so you often can find me, in the wine aisle at the supermarket or the liquor store, staring at the various bottles, trying to decide which one to buy. When it comes
Warming pumpkin soup

Warming pumpkin soup

I have complained to you about the lack of central heating in buildings in Paris before, and I'm going to do it again! We live in an apartment, and the heating of the whole building is centrally controlled, which means that it's October now, and I can't turn on the heating myself. Someone (no clue who that is) decides when the magic is going to happen for us. When this happened last year (on a random
Orange, almond and cardamom cake

Orange, almond and cardamom cake

I guess every nation has it's own quirks. Most of them will seem completely normal to you, as you've been accustomed to them. As I am used to Dutch habits (and find them completely normal), it can be annoying when someone else points them out. I suddenly find myself to be quite the patriot when foreigners comment on 'my' culture. With MrintheKitchen being French, I get a lot of comment on Dutch behaviour
Pork, apple and leek pies

Pork, apple and leek pies

Contrary to what you might think, I don't spend all of my days cooking and eating. I also have a day job, to pay the bills. And I happen to have quite a nice job, and I'm not just saying that because I know some of my colleagues are regular visitors of the blog (hi!!). I work in PR for retail, which can be summed up as doing a lot of talking and I visit shopping centres for a living, that doesn't sound
Tarte tatin with carrots and goat cheese

Tarte tatin with carrots and goat cheese

I recently discover the joy of tarte tatin. Now I hear you thinking, you live in France half the time, how could you have missed tarte tatin?? Well, I didn't miss it, I've ordered it many times for dessert when eating out. But, that's always a tarte tatin with apple. The classic so to say. A very tasty classic (they don't become classics for no reason!), but not a very interesting for me one as far
Crêpes from Brittany

Crêpes from Brittany

We like to go out for crêpes on sunday afternoon in Paris, the Minichef loves them, and to be honest, so do we. The crêpe business is a serious one in France, and it's no exception to see tables full of adults in a crêperie, without a single child. Contrary to pancake restaurants in the Netherlands, where pancakes are mostly seen as a treat for kids, not a restaurant to go to for adults (unless
Spelt waffles

Spelt waffles

A few weeks ago, I gave myself a present, a brand new waffle iron. This happened the way it usually does. One day I'll decide my life isn't complete without a ..... (fill in the blanks. In this case, a waffle iron) and so I told MrintheKitchen I'd put it on my Christmas list. But the next day, I went to the store (just to check what a waffle iron costs, you know, no intention of buying one, just