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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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Elderflower Cordial

“They’re awful! They taste like soap!” My old roommate was describing French floral “mints” that she claimed the French were so in love with. I’d never really noticed them before but her comment had me thinking of rose geranium soap, an abomination of all good taste in a little ornate tin, in mint form and I…

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  • […] blossoms for my first ever homemade batch of Elderflower cordial (you can find the recipe here) just before my parents came for a visit. In a couple weeks they’ll be visiting again, but this […]ReplyCancel

Grandma’s little secret (sauce)

It’s been years since I’ve bought any kind of salad dressing, in fact, no one really does it here. Whenever I visit my parents, my mom always asks me to whip something up because I feel relatively comfortable doing so. It makes me laugh because she’s the one who got me onto homemade dressings to begin…

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