We are thrilled to introduce March’s featured member, French Tart. A Food.com chef since 2005 and the host of our French and Great Britain and Ireland forums, French Tart has traveled all around the world. She now resides with her husband in the south of France, where she is the chef at her very own bed and breakfast.
You’re quite the traveler. What are your favorite destinations? I have lived and traveled all over the world. I was born in South Africa, and lived there as well as Hong Kong, Singapore, Cyprus, the United States, Germany, France and the United Kingdom. My favorite places are the New Territories in Hong Kong and Western Cape in South Africa. I also love the south of France.
Tell us about the bed and breakfast you own. Our home in southwest France is over 600 years old. It was a distillery before it became a private residence and then a B & B. We have a walled garden that is filled with herbs, flowers, vegetables and an abundance of fruit trees. I also keep my own free-range chickens.
What herbs are you currently growing? I decided to grow old heirloom and heritage varieties of herbs that are seldom seen nowadays, all based on ingredients I remember from growing up. The herbs I currently have in my garden are rosemary, bay, sage, pineapple sage, thyme, lavender, marjoram, lovage, lemon verbena, lemon balm, salad burnet, parsley, tarragon, bee balm, hyssop, oregano, marigolds, and assorted mints such as chocolate mint, apple mint and lemon mint.
You got your base of cooking knowledge from a family heirloom cookbook. Have any of those recipes made it to Food.com? YES! This recipe came from that very book: Original Be-Ro Melting Moments — Afternoon Tea Biscuits or Cookies.
You describe yourself as having wanderlust. Any upcoming trips? I’m planning a trip to Hong Kong this year and another trip back to South Africa for next year.
Have you incorporated your cultural palate into your Food.com recipes? I try to post innovative and creative recipes that show my cultural journeys through life; so, you will see lots of traditional British (and family) recipes, along with Asian-, African-, Mediterranean- and European-inspired recipes.
What is currently your favorite Food.com recipe? I am LOVING this recipe by Zurie: Picnic Bread (from South Africa), as well as my latest recipe for One-Pot Spanish Chicken and Rice. It is perfect for the cold weather and easy to make! I also still love this recipe I discovered in 2010 by Scoutie: Engagement Roast Chicken.
What’s your favorite part about hosting in the Food.com forums? Sharing news and local recipes with the regions I co-host, as well as meeting new members, learning new customs, traditions and recipes, and chatting with friends who hang out in my forums!
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