Summer favorites : Linen scarves, linen baby girl dresses , light Fragonard perfumes....

DSC_6221 [1280x768].JPGThe new Fragonard eaux de parfum and fine perfumed soaps are in ! Love the packaging and you will fall in love with the scents ....

DSC_6232 [1280x768].JPGFour fragrances to choose from ...find yours :)

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DSC_6233 [1280x768].JPGMy personal favorite with cedar wood notes ...

DSC_6222 [1280x768].JPGLinen scarves are back ! One side plain , one side stripped ...in ivory or natural flax

DSC_6223 [1280x768].JPGFour shades in the same linen scarf
...blue/taupe  or pink/taupe

DSC_6212 [1280x768].JPGLots of pretty light soft cotton voile night shirts and gowns came in

DSC_6219 [1280x768].JPGNew Mistral soaps are perfect for any occasion as it says on the wrapping paper : happy birthday , enjoy life , friends forever  , follow your heart , thinking of you or just to say thanks you with a soap !

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Our vintage linen lavender sachets are hand embroidered  and filled with french lavender of course !

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What's new this end of summer ...

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DSC_6227 [1280x768].JPGChicken recipes from every country and continent ....you'll find new ways to cook chicken in this book for sure !

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DSC_6208 [1280x768].JPG"Delicious"  french egg soaps !

DSC_6228 [1280x768].JPGWine coolers and Anduze vases from Provence

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DSC_6225 [1280x768].JPGKitchen towel with poppies and lavender ..what's not to love !

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Vintage obi purses

More clutch purses made from vintage silk obi belt just came in from Japan ....if you haven't read about my Japanese heritage yet , scroll down and go back a few pages....very interesting story !DSC_6274 (Large).JPG

DSC_6276 (Large).JPGThe other side of the purse ....fall and spring in the same clutch !

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DSC_6290 (Large).JPGBack of the purse


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Rabbit or Chicken with black olive tapenade and potatoes with bay leaves

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DSC00637 [Desktop Resolution].JPGThis is a traditional recipe from Provence with bold mediterranean flavors. It's also  very healthy and  delicious ! 

This recipe is normally made with rabbit...a common meat in France , very lean and tasty. Here it is hard to come by rabbit but I found some at Siesel meat market in Bay park near Morena Bvd in their frozen section. ( 1 rabbit cut into parts : legs, trunk in 2 or 3 pieces, liver...will serve 6 people )  You can also use chicken thighs ( skinless ), breast would be too dry. ( count maybe 2 thighs per person )

In a cast iron pot , saute the meat in olive oil until brown. Ad , 4-6 thin slices of pancetta , 2 large onions chopped in cubes, 1 shallot chopped and toss until onions are soft and gold . Pour in 1/2 a bottle of white wine ( it should not cover the meat entirely but come half way ) Do Not Salt or pepper ( a lot in the pancetta ) , cover and simmer for about 1 hour. There should always be some liquid but it is not a liquidy stew...more like a "civet " . In a pan , saute 1 pack of small white button mushrooms and 1 pack of small crimini mushrooms washed and cut into 4 pieces . Cook until  all the water has evaporate. Set aside. Remove the pit of some black olives and cut in small pieces ( but not chopped) , set aside. When the meat is tender ad the mushrooms and olives, turn a few times and remove from the stove to let cool down over night. This is much better the next day ....and this way you can prepare it in advance. The following day ; just re heat the stew ; when hot  ad 80grs  of Black Tapenade ( about 1 jar ) and serve with some fresh linguine or some baked potatoes with bay leaves : Cut the potatoes so you can insert some bay leaves ( do not cut the potatoes all the way so they stay together) , 2 cuts per potatoe.

Display in a baking dish, ad a few spoons of chicken broth at the bottom, drizzel with olive oil, salt. Bake in the oven 350F for a bout 1 hour or until cooked. ( for a faster version , cover and cook in the microwave for 10mns then put in the oven for the finishing crispness.

Enjoy it !

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Voila !


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Tapenade from Opio on the French Riviera : 3oz $9.00

DSC00655 [Desktop Resolution].JPGDelicious in sandwiches , on bread with a slice of tomato and goat cheese....or in  a stew like my favorite recipe : "Lapin / rabbit or chicken" a la tapenade ! Recipe follow...

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