Ingredients:
Pizza or puff pastry dough (puff pastry works best)
Tomato sauce
Shredded Mozzarella cheese
Melted Butter

 

Directions:
Roll out 2 identical dough circles. Add sauce and cheese and desired toppings, covered with second dough circle. Cut into slices and twist once or twice if possible. Brush melted butter on top. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. REMEMBER TO PAM OR OIL YOUR PAN/FOIL!

Being born in France and being there for years as a child didn’t take any of the charm or beauty away from this vacation. This is a map of our travels and the names of the places we visited. Below you’ll find pictures and commentary.

France

Here are photos that correspond with each visit and below the gallery is a more complete explanation.

Paris

During our quick stay in Paris (approx. a day and a half) we were able to visit the Eiffel Tower, Sacré-Cœur, Notre Dame, Le Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Élysées and Place de la Concorde. It was extremely efficient and cost effective to take the Metro from one location to the next. We did have someone with us that knew Paris well so we didn’t have to fumble trying to plan our routes but even without knowing Paris, it is moderately easy to get around. With a little help from the weather and a bit of luck we were even able to get to the top floor of the Eiffel Tower with very little wait. When people think it’s going to rain, they shy away from visiting it so you could save yourself hours in line by choosing the right day and time. We stayed in Paris in a tiny apartment that we booked through AirBNB which worked out just fine and was much cheaper than booking a hotel. Check it out here.

Normandy

The picture you see of Normandy is a tiny village called Villeray where my grandfather lived and I spent many childhood summers. The castle in the photo is the Château de Villeray which is now a hotel and spa.

Rhone-Alpes

This region of France is one of the most beautiful and fruitful in France. Stunning mountain vistas and endless vineyards on hillsides are picture perfect and have lots of tastings called ‘demonstrations’. This is also where some of the worlds best chocolatiers operate and where truffles are grown.

Pont-En-Royans

A charming little village with an incredible riverside view of cliffside houses built right into the rock. Take a short walk around the village and you will up at one of its many ice cream vendors to help cool down during the hot summer months

Cabris

A tiny little village with nothing to do except for admire the views. If you are staying in Peymeinade I would recommend taking a taxi to the top and walking down through the pedestrian trails.

Nice

Nice is a beautiful and classic city in France. The main courtyard is impressive and so Apis the water display in the centre. Transportation is great and simple and keep an eye out for the grassy railroad tracks as under them flows a covered up river meant to keep everyone connect.

Cannes

Everyone knows Cannes is the film capital of the world but most people don’t know that it is also a city of beautiful beaches and great wealth.

Monaco

The richest tiny country in the world, Monaco is filled with luxurious cars, stores, beautiful women and giant yachts from oil rich Arabic countries. The amount of money here will make you sick.

Eze

While the exotic garden was like every front yard here in Phoenix filled with cacti and spiky plants, the view is absolutely spectacular. The tiny village is filled with art and tourism shops and a few nice places to grab some refreshments.

Tresserre

A small little village less than 20 miles from the beach and from Spain. I loved the wild almonds and blackberries growing along the roads and beautiful scenic views of vineyards and lush green hills.

St. Martin du Canigou

This incredible monastery built on a rock face in the mountains is simply breathtaking and truly a wonder. A mildly difficult hour long hike is undoubtedly worth the reward.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup sugar
2/3 cup fresh lemon juice (3 large lemons or 6 small lemons)
2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream (or sour cream)
4 large eggs plus 2 large egg yolks
1 stick softened salted butter
2 cups flour

Directions:
The crust:
Mash butter, kneaded flour, a splash of water and 1 egg with your hands until dough forms. Add splashes of water as needed until dough forms. Roll dough out with roller and butter the bottom of your pan. Spread dough in pan and poke holes with a fork and wrap outer crust in foil. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until slightly hard.

1. In a bowl grate lemon zests and squeeze the juice
2. Break 3 eggs in separate bowl and beat with sugar until well blended
3. In a further bowl whisk the cream lightly until slightly thickened
4. Stir lemon zest/juice into eggs/sugar and then whisk in cream.
5. Bake at 350 for 15-20 mins. Refrigerate.

Ingredients:
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 large tablespoon Maille dijon mustard

Directions:
Mix ingredients together and garnish with a dash of salt and black pepper

Tarte a la Tomate

Ingredients:
6 Roma tomatoes
2 minced shallots
1 block gruyere or monterey jack cheese
1 small can tomato paste
1 minced batch of parsley
1 jar Maille dijon mustard
3 minced cloves garlic
1 stick softened salted butter
2 cups flour
1 egg

Directions:
The crust:
Mash butter, kneaded flour, a splash of water and 1 egg with your hands until dough forms. Add splashes of water as needed until dough forms. Roll dough out with roller and butter the bottom of your pan. Spread dough in pan and poke holes with a fork and wrap outer crust in foil. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until slightly hard.

Mix 3/4 cup of olive oil with garlic, parsley and shallot.

Once your crust is ready, spread the whole jar of the dijon mustard on top and cover with cheese. Slice tomatoes and spread evenly to cover and top off with mixture. Cook for 30-35 mins at 350 degrees.