"I make my own coconut milk from the coconuts my boyfriend collects" - Latifa, Brazil.

Latifa is my oldest friend, we have been through everything together (and I mean things like wearing braces, trying to cut our own hair and wondering in agony whether our boobs would ever grow). Today, and for the past three years, she has been living in Recife, Brazil.

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Poireau vinaigrette, a french revolution.

Poireau vinaigrette is the stuff of traditions, good traditions. It could be what your grandmother makes on a weeknight dinner, or the main starter at your local brasserie where Hachis Parmentier would most likely follow. Good, simple, cheap food that just sounds fancier with its name in French.

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Lunch at Humus & Hortense.

Some years ago, I found myself in Brussels on a little  get away week-end with my sister. What we had not taken into account was that the whole week-end was a national holiday and the rain would not stop pouring down. With everything closed and in the impossibility of simply wandering around we resorted to the two activities we could think of : eating, and going to the movies. 

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Homemade Syrups : three variations.

Syrups are a great thing to have on hand for fast flavor boosts (read : cocktails) but I am not much of a sweets person and the store-bought ones don't work for me. Enter, the home-made syrups ! It really can't get easier than this : water, a sweetener and a flavor agent. 

I improvised three variations with what I had lying around : Pepper/Ginger, Rose/Cardamom and Blackberry/Sage.

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