Diane, A Broad

tag: orange zest

  • September 19, 2012

    We went out to dinner with friends last night, and I discovered on the way home that the evenings are now too chilly for just a blazer. Soon enough, it’ll be that time of year when it will be unthinkable to go out without a sweater, a thick wool coat, and a scarf.

    I’m actually kind of looking forward to it. Having lived in LA all my life, I’ve never gotten to experience the change of the seasons. When I visited Paris for a week last Christmas, there was nothing more charming than going out in the morning, our breath making little clouds as we walked, and getting a steaming cup of vin chaud from a street vendor to sip as we walked.

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  • July 10, 2012

    God bless France.

    I saw this recipe for popcorn dressed in duck fat (indeed, “the most noble of fats”) gently scented in orange zest and garlic and thyme and suddenly had to make it right now. But whence does one procure duck fat? At home I’d go to Surfas, the enormous cooking equipment and specialty food store, but here? Maybe the butcher’s? The luxury foods shop that carries all the terrines and caviar and truffles?

    Turns out, the answer is the grocery store. Next to the filets of duck breast and rabbit meat. Duh.

    Only in France.

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