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Galettes des Rois

Tomorrow, January 6th is Epiphany in France and over the last week, all the pastry shops go from the traditional yule log cakes, known as the bûche de noël, to the Galette des Rois!  You might have heard about the cake with the hidden bean or “fève” that is placed inside this almond cream-filled pastry and…

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  • GrantJanuary 5, 2018 - 22:35

    Looks delicious !!  Enjoy and a late HNY to you as well. ReplyCancel

    • Christina (Vine and the Olive)January 6, 2018 - 14:28

      Yes, they really are! A little lighter than the store bought with a little less sugar and almond cream instead of Frangipane (which many places use because it’s cheaper.)
      Happy New Year to you and the family as well Grant!ReplyCancel

Embracing my inner Julia Child

I had a moment this week where I learned to make do with a failed project in the kitchen. It reminds me of Julia Child, apparently, she never apologized when something didn’t quite go as planned but just carried on as though it was all part of the plan. First, a little backstory… Last week we…

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Coconut Crème Brûlée

For years I pined after a blow torch. I was convinced it was the tool holding me back from making homemade delicious crème brûlée. Nevermind the fact that there’s a workaround for this (found at the end of the recipe) but I longed for the blow torch all the same. I remember my excitement finding…

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  • GrantDecember 2, 2017 - 04:54

    Looks delicious – i like my creme brulee warmish. I dont like when it is served cold. ReplyCancel

    • Christina (Vine and the Olive)December 2, 2017 - 09:46

      Yeah, I like it a little warm too, however, people are pretty divided on the topic.ReplyCancel

Provençal Tomatoes

Tomatoes are a fruit I have a love hate relationship with. Whether it be pasta or pizza, I’ll always choose a cream base. But every so often, I come to admit that they have their place and they’re actually quite tasty. In the last couple years, I’ve even opted to buy cherry tomatoes, just to…

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Aubergine Involtini

It went from the blistering heat of summer to the wicked rain and wind this week. So in keeping with a weather a nice warm and hearty dish to share. I used to always say how much I loved aubergines but a year or so ago while driving back from Bordeaux we stopped in the…

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