By Our French Chef en Residence, Claire Tuffereau
“I am a wife, a mother and a grandmother; I am a gardener, a watercolorist and a teacher, but cooking runs my life, brightens my days, cements my relationships, and heals me mentally and physically.
“It all started with my parents and how food was at the center of our family life. When I remember my father and mother, he is in his country garden, painstakingly weeding away, and she is standing in front of the stove, concocting something magical out of the fresh produce he brought home at the end of the week. With this, and without words, they taught me love, respect, and how to care for others. They gave me happiness. If I am an inveterate optimist, I owe it in part to food, its smells, its colors, and its ability to dig deep inside my brain for adventurous and fearless creativity.
“If one day my life needs a summary, this is it:
“She loved, therefore she cooked.”
We are delighted to post one of Claire’s recipes each month for you to prepare and enjoy—bon appétit!
Jackdaw Journeys French Recipes
THE LATEST RECIPES FROM IN HOUSE CHEF CLAIRE TUFFEREAU
The Colors of Spring in Provence
Spring is the season of renewal and the colors of spring in Provence are a sight to behold! The landscape and the markets are bursting with color in the produce, the trees, the flora, and the fauna - all starting to put on a big show for the season. Spring Produce...
Experience French Cuisine like a Local
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Spring in Provence is waiting for You
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Calisson – a sad Queen’s sweet candy.
A King, a sad Queen and a Sweet Candy. Provence has many traditions and fantastic stories behind them. This one is the story of a King, a sad Queen, and a sweet candy. If you have traveled to Aix-en-Provence, France you for sure will have noticed in the “la...
Let’s Have a Picnic in Provence
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