Photo from Paris: Day 7

All too soon, it’s time to go home but not before enjoying lunch at Le Train Bleu.

Photo from Paris: Day 6

We enjoyed a personal guided tour of one of Paris’s most famous hotels – more about which on Sunday – where we also lunched after a quick trip to Musee d’Orsay.

We were there so long that when we came out…..

Photo from Paris: Day 5

Today we made our third visit to Atelier des Lumières, this time to see their Dali and Gaudi shows. This was quickly followed by a trip to the Palais des Congrès de Paris for the French Dental Show. I was mollified by oysters and champagne for lunch.

I’d like to wish those of you celebrating, a Happy Thanksgiving.

Visit to Atelier des Lumières (Klimt)

Visit to Atelier des Lumières (Van Gogh)




Photo from Paris: Day 4

It’s mid-way through our trip – time certainly flies when you’re having fun. Today we visited the recently opened Bourse de Commerce which houses the Pinault Collection. Frankly you’re no one in Paris if you don’t have a vast building where you can share your knick knacks with the general public. Every self-respecting billionaire seems to have one. Maybe somewhat over aspirational for the rest of us.

Photo from Paris: Day 3

Today was spent in one of my favourite areas of Paris, Le Marais. We passed the morning at the recently refurbished and reopened Musée Carnavalet, the museum of the history of Paris. Then, just wandered around in the afternoon.

Photo from Paris: Day 2

Today my beloved achieved a long-held ambition, he visited the Louvre for the first time! He’s tried to visit many times before but has always been put off by the lengthy queues. During the pandemic, entrance to all museums has to be pre-booked, a system which I frankly much prefer. On the other hand, I have visited the Louvre many times. So today’s quick trip around was a rather pleasant reminder. I say quick because he had a client presentation this morning and had to get back to the hotel for 18:00 for a Zoom meeting. I, on the other hand, had some free time to wander around which I very much enjoy.

Photo from Paris : Day 1

We’re (finally) spending a few days in Paris catching up with new museums and exhibitions. I can’t wait as I’ve been experiencing serious withdrawal symptoms. I have organised a pretty packed schedule which will probably be derailed by some of my beloved’s business meetings. Obviously, I’ll tell you everything I’ve seen and done once back home but until then I’ll just be posting a few photos every day to whet your appetites.

The Musette: vegan nutty caramel tart

This is a cross over cake (or actually a tart) somewhere between a Snickers bar and a brittle that has turned vegan/plant based, without gluten or dairy or any added sugars…….but don’t worry, this tastes like the real deal!

Before posting any of my recipes I always test them on my beloved and on my friends, often without them knowing they’re my guinea pigs. But seriously, no one, no where, says no to cake.

Ingredients (serves 10)


  • 165 g (1 cup) salted peanuts
  • 50 g (1/4 cup) almonds
  • 35 g (1/4 cup) rolled oats
  • 8 soft pitted dates (I use medjool dates)
  • 2 tbsp neutral tasting coconut oil
  • pinch of sea salt


  • 15 soft pitted dates (If not soft, soak in hot water)
  • 3 tbsp smooth peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 tbsp neutral flavoured coconut oil
  • pinch of sea salt


  • handful chopped salted peanuts


1. Preheat oven to 170°C /150°C fan/(335°F)/gas mark 4. Pulse all the crust ingredients in a food processor until it has an even yet crumbly texture. Press the crust into a pie dish or tin, making sure it is even. I often use a small glass to do this.

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2. Bake for about 15 – 20 minutes until golden and toasted. It is VERY IMPORTANT that you keep an eye on it, because these peanuts will burn when you least expect them to. Just saying!

3. Remove the crust from the oven and let it cool in the tin.

4. Now make the filling. Combine dates, cocoa powder and salt in the food processor, then add peanut butter and melted coconut oil. This might look a bit crumbly and split – don’t worry about it.

5. Getting the filling into the crust is a bit tricky. You need to have patience and use hot water and spoons to help.

6. Place all the filling on top of the crust (still inside the cake dish/tin) use the warm, wet spoons to spread the filling out evenly and smooth the surface with a bit of hot water. Sprinkle with chopped salted peanuts and gently press them into the filling.

7. Place the vegan tart in the freezer and let it set for at least an hour.

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8. Carefully take the tart out of the pie dish, then cut and serve and enjoy!

9.Keep in the fridge for up to 5 days, or in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months. (As if that’s going to happen, someone will eat it…)


One from the Vaults: Postcard from Manhattan II

This is the second-part of my 2010 trip to New York over Thanksgiving, part one was last Friday.

I have finally managed to wrest control of the laptop, and access to the internet,  from my beloved who, citing his business needs, has been hogging it for most of the trip. Seems fair – I knew I should’ve bought mine! I’m now sitting in the BA lounge looking forward to our flight back home via London. As usual, while I’ve enjoyed my trip, I now want to go home.

The Top 10 French Restaurants and Brasseries in New York City

Over the past day or so I’ve been feeling markedly homesick and have been patronising  restaurants with a distinctly French flavour.  However, I’ve been enjoying breakfast at a local, typically American diner which obligingly has served me cinnamon flavoured porridge, made with water. The only problem has been portion control. The bowl’s  large enough for me, Goldilocks, the three bears and their next door neighbours.

Juniors Restaurant

I’m heading home footsore from pounding the pavements: I have walked Manhattan. I survived my cycling baptism of fire in the parks and on the streets of NY. Unbelievably, my credit cards are relatively unscathed. More importantly, NY afforded me the opportunity to catch up with a number of friends who, like my beloved, were in town for the Dental Show.

Yesterday I had lunch with one of my French girlfriends who moved to NY to work here at the beginning of this year. I was delighted to find her flourishing in her new role and environment. Not only that but she’s already landed some new, sizeable contracts. This is somewhat reassuring as I encouraged her to make the move.

I note with some disappointment that my beloved boys in claret and blue today succumbed, in the dying minutes of the match, to their blue-nosed rivals in the Carling Cup. We don’t seem to be faring too well at the moment and next up are Liverpool. Let’s hope our French manager Gerard Houllier can invoke the curse of the returning manager.

Thursday postscript: It appears we’re not getting home today after all!  Thanks to the snow, all flights to Nice have been cancelled. Not at all what we wanted to hear after a long haul flight. We’re booked on a flight tomorrow morning, but London airport travel chaos means planes are anywhere but where they’re supposed to be, so there’s no guarantee we’ll be homeward bound tomorrow. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

Thursday doors #136

This week I’ve been talking about our most recent visit to Alassio, so here’s a few more Italian doors.


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