Tant pis pour mon docteur / Too bad for for my doctor- by Paul Iribe (1883-1935)

As promised, I have started my journey of sourcing and posting beautiful food-related illustrations. This one, Too bad for my doctor, comes from Paul Iribe, a French illustartor and designer in the decorative arts. He was Coco Chanel’s lover between 1931 and 1935 (at his death), worked with the grand Paris couturiers and conquered Hollywood. And he created beautiful and witty illustrations, which I absolutely love. Raising a glass of wine…well, tant pis pour mon docteur!

My 2017 food resolutions, hopes and dreams


I’m aware that January is coming to an end and that resolutions should have been written (and broken) by now, but for the master-procrastinator that I am, any time between 1st of January and mid-March is a good time. Between one big team event at work and one horrid flu that’s still in full swing, I found the time to put on paper my food resolutions, hopes and dreams for this year only now. In absolutely random order, with no consistency and no shame. So, this year: Read More

Food in Books, ep.2: Food in two dystopian worlds. A comparison.


Literature has always been my biggest pleasure and passion; ever since I can remember, I was reading something. Most people think that literature opens doors to different worlds, I simply think literature is, at all times, a reflection of our world: the most fascinating matter to analyze. This is how I decided to start this series called “Food in books” and explore food-related topics in literature.

Today, we look at G. Orwell’s “1984“, written in 1949 and A. Huxley’s “Brave new world“, written in 1932…otherwise said, an overview of food in the dystopian universe. I’ll start with an introduction about the authors and the worlds they describe, touch upon the forever-old debate that places them in opposition, bring in the food and conclude with a humble set of hypothesis. Let’s go! Read More

If you want the perfect birthday cake…you’ve gotta make it yourself

If you’ve been here a few times, you’ll probably realize that this is the first dessert that appears on the blog. The reason is fairly simple: I almost never eat sugar and I don’t have a sweet tooth. I’m fortunate not to crave the poison and I go weeks on end without it. But my man? Well, it’s a different story! So for my birthday (happy 32!), he asked me to make a birthday cake. Even though my friends advised not to spend so much time in the kitchen on my b-day, I honestly couldn’t think of a happier place to be. I felt overwhelmed with the million cake recipes and, truth be told, most of them make me…well, not looking forward to the final product. That’s how I decided to put together my own cake and the hell with the rest. I had some help from Sanda, I stole the dough recipe from her book, with few adjustments. My conclusion is thus:

* Even if you’re not a sugar babe, give cake a chance, but make it your own
* Use only ingredients that you love (dark chocolate & plums, in my case)
* Don’t be afraid to experiment and alter the recipe Read More