Cancale Chronicles

Sautéed Sea Beets (Wild Spinach)

On a gray low-light winter day, the only thing that stood out on my regular walk were the deep green tufts of sea beets that cluster around a certain curve of the coast. The [...]

2019-01-22T08:16:06+00:000 Comments

Life Gets In the Way

A glorious ending...Dessert at Le Coquillage/Château Richeux rounds out the extended holiday season. A funny thing happens when you’re a non-professional (and unprofessiona [...]

2019-01-22T06:15:35+00:002 Comments

My Weekend at the Fair

I stayed till the cows went home. But let me back up…to the two cooking demos I did for the Chamber of Agriculture. The demo kitchen was set up smack in the middle of the cow [...]

2018-03-28T08:53:50+00:000 Comments

Winter in Brittany: Out on the Mudflats

Me: --Is it cold out? My friend Glenn: Not cold, just miserable. Yup. That pretty much sums it up. ‘Windy, wet, and gray’ sums it up as well. Relentless would be an appropria [...]

2018-01-21T17:47:33+00:000 Comments

Winter in Brittany

Un Hiver en Bretagne –A Winter in Brittany—is the title of a novel I’ve seen on shelves but have yet to pick up…. Probably, because I don’t need to read it. The title says it [...]

2018-01-16T09:06:28+00:000 Comments

Fresh Sole, Cancale-Style

Snooty foodie moment of the week: I caught myself wondering whether the sole I had in my fridge was fresh enough to eat. It was three days old. By three days old, I do not me [...]

2018-01-10T15:27:25+00:000 Comments

The Freshest Eggs (And How to Find Them)

Shopping for fresh produce is easy. You look, you smell, you taste (if you can), you buy. You find a reliable, reasonably-priced source—a certain market vendor, a farm stand, [...]

2018-01-10T15:43:52+00:000 Comments

Stalking the Local Samphire

Not too far along the coast from Cancale lies a small patch of muddy marshland that’s wonderfully isolated and full of salicornes. Salicornia, samphire…there are lots of othe [...]

2018-01-10T17:17:14+00:000 Comments

How to Freeze Summer Fruit

Early summer brings an embarrassment of riches when you know the right people…like my friend C, whose parents run *the most gorgeous* vegetable farm nearby. (It's so gorgeous [...]

2018-01-10T17:28:06+00:000 Comments