M-hanncha – the Almond Snake

M-hanncha is one of Morocco’s most popular pastries and is served for special occasions. Conveniently, every meal in Morocco seems to be a special occasion! The almond filling is quitissentially North African and can also be seen in savory dishes like Almond Stuffed Bass and Bastilla of Fez with Chicken. Sweets permeate Moroccan meals and…

Lavender Macaron with Lemon Buttercream

Lavender makes me think of the summer. I always imagine a countryside in Italy or France with fields of violet, or seemingly carelessly placed pots of lavender and rosemary basking joyfully under the hot sun as bees frolic from flower to flower. I think of lavender and lemon squeezed over desserts and fish alike. These…

Introducing Chez Nous – The Cookbook!

WHY CHEZ NOUS: COMMUNAL DINNERS? I have long dreamed of publishing a cookbook. In fact, over the past decade, I have made dozens of editions of cookbooks. They have made their way into Christmas presents and personal archives, finally, after years of work and research, I am thrilled to announce the first public edition of…

French Baguettes

I started making baguettes a few years ago, but really worked on the recipe in earnest once Nico and I started dating. He loves baguette, and would probably just eat baguette with a side of orange juice everyday if I didn’t make something else for dinner. Over the past couple of years, my baguettes have…

Victoria Sandwich Cake

This might just be the most British cake that we served at High Tea. The cake became a popular tea-time treat during the reign of Queen Victoria, it is said that it was her favorite cake! Traditionally, this delicious, buttery, sponge cake is served with raspberry jam and whipped cream sandwiched in between two cakes.  Whenever I…

Almond Pithiviers with Rum-Infused Prunes – with Puff Pastry Recipe

I have had a decade and a half long obsession with Almond Croissants. When I lived in New York, I ran from one French bakery to another surveying the croissants. La Bergamote in Chelsea have the best twice baked beauties! They have always been this mythical pastry that I could never quite make myself. I have…