Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Dinner Chez Moi: 50 French Secrets to Joyful Eating and Entertaining

Elizabeth Bard grew up eating macaroni and cheese from a box. But she grew up to marry a Frenchman and that sort of thing just won't do over there. Fifteen years later Bard knows all the secrets.

Dinner Chez Moi is Bard's guide to French tips, tricks, and recipes that add flair to your kitchen. Bard includes recipes for Cherry Clafoutis, Madeleines, Broiled Sea Bream with Lemon and Herbs, and many more classic dishes. 

But some of the best parts of the book are the simplest. A steaming pot of Moroccan mint tea, for example:

"It was a rainy afternoon in December the first time Gwendal lured me to his apartment in Paris with the promise of a steaming pot of Moroccan mint tea. He served it in his grandfather's teapot, beaten tin with a graceful spout and an ivory bead at the top so he wouldn't burn his fingers. The rest is history.

To re-create that afternoon, all I need is 2 teaspoons of gunpowder green tea, several springs of fresh mint, and 2 or 3 sugar cubes. Put everything in a teapot, cover with boiling water, and let steep for 5 to 7 minutes. Stir, remove the tea and mint, serve."


  1. Your tea set is just beautiful!

    be well... mae at

  2. This is so pretty! Love the tea set and the book sounds delightful. Boy, talk about a romantic visit to the apartment -- Come for Moroccan mint tea! I would be there in a heartbeat!

  3. Don't know the book (not aivable in German), but we both like Morrocan Mint tea!
    Enjoy your teatime

  4. very pretty and in these times we can all use some variety in our meals
    sherry @ fundinmental

  5. Sound nice though I thing it might be a little sweet for me

  6. Lovely looking tea set; I don't use sugar in my tea though (even green tea). Your pictures look great. Just had a frustrating new blogger experience, but I digress.

  7. Moroccan mint tea sounds wonderful. Especially when served in that beautiful tea set.

  8. I love the porcelain, so beautiful :)

  9. LOVE it! I expect this next time I come over. LOL


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