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Great chow destinations OUTSIDE London?

I'm rather late to this discussion, but my husband and I just got back from 5 days in the English countryside and had a great time.

I highly recommend Kent, especially this time of year (early summer) b/c the weather was great! We went to the seaside and picked up some great seafood at a roadside stand that was incredible -- cockles and prawns, etc. Canterbury is a beautiful old village/city, and the cathedral there is definitely worth a visit. When in Canterbury, Tiny Tim's Tearoom is a MUST. Their scones and clotted cream are heaven, and we had brunch there -- fantastic! I hear Saturdays the lines are out the door.

We were also in Suffolk and Essex. Suffolk was beautiful and very picturesque: rolling green hills, cows and sheep, perfect old homes. While Essex isn't the nicest part of the country, we hit up a few outstanding gastro-pubs (sorry - can't remember the names!).

Jun 14, 2010
sweetwell in U.K./Ireland

Why do my cookies go flat?

It's hard to pinpoint exactly since everything has changed. I don't have any of my old tools or machines. I'm using a hand mixer instead of a KitchenAid stand mixer (I think this is the main problem), the oven isn't convection, and of course, all the ingredients are different as well...

Apr 17, 2010
sweetwell in Home Cooking

Provence for honeymoon - Favorite Restaurants (any price level)

We had lunch at Le Cabro d'Or on Thursday and it was lovely! I definitely agree with the recommendation.

Plus they have an excellent lunch menu for just 49euros, which includes entree, plat, dessert and 2 glasses of wine.

Apr 17, 2010
sweetwell in France

Good restaurants near Aix-en-Provence?

My husband and I are living near Aix-en-Provence (Puyloubier) and are always at a loss when we want to go out for lunch or dinner. Does anyone have any suggestions? Either in Aix, or nearby?


Apr 10, 2010
sweetwell in France

Is there brown sugar available around Aix-en-Provence or on-line?

Yes! There is brown sugar to be found in Aix -- any grocery store should sell it (i.e. Casino, Carrefour, etc). It's in the sugar aisle, brand is Beghin Say, name of sugar is Saveur Vergeoise BLONDE NATURE. The bag is a yellow-ish color, writing in brown, and there is a picture on crepes and a yogurt topped with brown sugar.

I had an ordeal myself when I was looking for brown sugar for cookies and only realized this was it when there a bag was opened and I peeked inside!

Good luck ;)

Apr 10, 2010
sweetwell in France

Why do my cookies go flat?

I've been having the same problem with my cookies falling flat!

I used to live in Brooklyn with a beautiful kitchen perfect for baking and cooking -- brand new oven, KitchenAid stand mixer, proper baking tools, large fridge. My cookies were always incredible! But now I'm living in the south of France and all the ingredients are different, and I'm using quite sub-par tools. I was starting to get really depressed about my flat cookies -- thought that it was a problem with the baking powder available here in France. I even brought baking powder back from London recently, and I'm having my mother ship some over from the US!!

I'll get started right away on a new batch and try watching the butter temperature, mixing, and batter/cookie sheet temperatures.

Thank you!

Feb 12, 2010
sweetwell in Home Cooking