France

As you may or may not know…Paul and I have embarked on a journey in France, WWOOFing and otherwise traveling, for one year. You can see our adventures on our French Adventure blog: Play Big Ball. Generally, we work 4-5 hours each day, starting at a reasonable hour, 8 or 9a. We’ve been on the road for almost two months now, and we’ve had a wide variety of experiences that are insanely different from anything we would have or could have experienced in NYC.  The impetus behind this trip is fairly simple. I wanted to live in another country for a year. Paul wanted to learn French. Et voilá, here we are! I won’t say it’s been easy, but it’s definitely been educational. And most importantly, we are both glad we are here doing this.

While we do this, Cooking by Heart is evolving. We worked at our first farm for one month in Cassagnabere, an extremely small village south of Toulouse. It is beautiful there and we soaked it in while we struggled, really struggled, with our first host couple, Domi and Cyril, to communicate even the simplest ideas between us. I won’t get into it too much right now, but we eventually shot a cooking video with the two of them, but this video will be sans dialogue. I think you will have a nice feeling for the place. So please stay tuned for Domi & Cyril Sarthe’s recipe for Gnocci with Spinach Sauce.

xxo <3

Sneak Preview: Peter Berley

We recently shot an episode of Cooking by Heart with chef, teacher, father and award-winning cookbook author, Peter Berley, and his daughter Emma. We had the honor of being the first film crew to shoot at Peter’s newly established “My North Fork Kitchen,” where he recently began offering wonderfully intimate cooking classes in his incredible new kitchen. Here’s a promo piece we put together while we were there.

PS. Look out because soon I’ll be posting Peter & Emma cooking latkes & applesauce by heart and it’s going to be delectable!