Dandelion honey or ‘miel de pisenlit’

In the summer of 2021, we had lunch at the plant-based restaurant ONA near Bordeaux, which has a Michelin star. With our coffee and tea we got ‘miel de pisenlit’. Honey from dandelions. Honey?, I asked. In a plant-based restaurant? But no bee was involved in this honey. It was so delicious that I really wanted to make it myself. Had to wait a year for the dandelions to return. Now it’s time. And the result is astonishingly delicious. Honey that isn’t technically honey, but it tastes like it and is truly delicious.

Haricots verts salad with hazelnuts

Minimal effort, maximum result. Completely against my slow cooking nature, this is a nice and quick recipe. But one with a maximum surprise effect, so to speak. Which stays with you as much as possible. And that will amaze your guests at the table. Sometimes it’s nice to have a beautiful dish that you can serve at your table in no time.

Artichokes with vinaigrette

When they’re in the field and they’re thriving, they’re deep purple. Beautiful sight. Then it’s hard to imagine you’re going to eat them sometime. I find eating an artichoke one of the nicest things out there. Especially if you can do it together with someone else. Sharing an artichoke. Taking off leaf by leaf. Just dipping it in the vinaigrette. And then scrape off the soft part with your teeth. The clash of flavors. The ‘nutty’ taste of an artichoke and the freshness of the vinaigrette. And then when all the leaves are taken out, free the heart from the threads and then eat it. Don’t forget that you are sharing the artichoke, okay?

Tarte Tatin aux abricots

One of my daughters pledged one day: I could have Tarte Tatin for breakfast, lunch and diner. And as a snack in between. And I couldn’t agree more. It is so mouthwatering and such comfort food. Enjoying every minute of this sensation. I do not have a sweet tooth but I must say that I have made Tarte Tatin to perfection in the past 15 years. In only two versions: one with apple and this one with apricots. A la myself, the two most délicieux combinations. Usually I make it for desert. That’s when you can extend this enjoyment the longest.