Goodbye Mas des Brun. Thank you for 5 wonderful years! FARNIENTE--from the Italian fare (to do) and niente (nothing). Farniente is a new word for me, and an old one when it comes to naming a home (Jean-Marc tells me many French people name their homes farniente). Help us find a name for our new place, submit... Read more →


Eplucher is the word of the day. You've got to peel a few zucchinis to make this easy recipe.... Eplucher : to peel Click here to listen to Jean-Marc read the following sentence in French (English translation is above) Il faut eplucher quelques courgettes pour réaliser cette recette fastoche.... A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE by Kristi... Read more →


Ignore the veggies for a moment and listen up: we're having a wine-tasting here at home on July 11th at 5 pm. Email jm.espinasse@gmail.com to reserve your seat. Hope to see you! Yesterday, Jean-Marc and I quietly celebrated 23 years of marriage (our civil union was in Marseilles, on July 4, 1994. Read the story and see... Read more →


Michèle-France's Pizza d'Ete. Summer Pizza. YOUR AD HERE. Reach 26,000 readers with your message. Click HERE SABLET HOME - We offer high quality, private vacation rentals in the heart of Provence, particularly suited to groups of up to four discerning travelers. Click HERE. TODAY'S WORD: une rondelle : slice Note: rondelle, in this sense, is used for... Read more →


We returned home last night from our family ski vacation to find poppies blossoming along the railroad tracks in our village. Bonjour Printemps! Are you here to stay? TODAY'S EXPRESSION "Ça ne mange pas de pain" = it doesn't cost a thing * literally, "It doesn't eat bread". I heard Jean-Marc say this while we were on... Read more →


Make this easy chestnut cream cake and your guests, like mine, will be dipping their spoons into the pan for more! (Cuillères, because the French do not eat cake with fourchettes, as we do back home in Arizona.) TODAY'S WORD: le marron 1. brown or chestnut (color) 2. chestnut 3. black-eye (slang) Mas de la Perdrix-the perfect... Read more →


My slowcooker has been on nonstop these past two weeks, as I've made a daily lunch for Jean-Marc and his stagiaire, or intern. For today's recipe, however, you'll need an oven..... TODAY'S WORD: le gratin : a cheese-topped dish (also a dish topped with breadcrumbs) In addition to being a dish topped with a browned crust, le... Read more →


Just discovered another photo of Jean-Marc and his side-kick Mr. Sacks, in Italy. Don't miss the collection of Mr Sacks photos! JEAN-MARC IN WINE SPECTATOR - Please read about Jean-Marc in this week's online edition of Wine Spectator! The story is called Parched in Provence. Mas la Monaque - Rent this beautifully restored 17-century farmhouse. Click here... Read more →


Jean-Marc, returning to his vine fields after delivering me this tree! Meet Morrie! We welcome to our vineyard a new tree, a morus alba pendula . This weeping mulberry tree, a permaculture gardener's dream, will lend a delicious dimension to today's recipe: French Fruit Soup. Read on! French Provincial--Australia's #1 magazine for French style and culture. Subscribe... Read more →