About me

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I have always had a passion for food. Growing up in South Africa with a French mother who loved travel and was a great cook, I developed very early on a love for cooking and eating. I started off my career as a Chartered Accountant working in the accounting world, hospitality, entertainment world before moving to Paris in my mid twenties. This was heaven for a foodie like me, daily trips to my local market, glorious food everywhere.
While preganant with my daughter, Nicole, now 22, I attended courses at Le Cordon Bleu. A few years later which included a stint in Copenhagen, London and back to Paris, my ex-husband, daughter and I moved to Los Angeles, for what we thought would be two years. Well, 17 years later a lot has happened. I changed careers to being an educator and worked in a private girls school, got divorced and then met the most wonderful man, my husband, Stuart. We married in January 2015. All the while, I continued my passion for cooking and food. Loving nothing more than trying out new recipes, experimenting in the kitchen and of course, eating. I have taught small group and private cooking lessons for 20 years now and as we embark on a new life in France in July 2015, I am so excited about the experieces awaiting us.
I look forward to discovering new foods and wines from every region of France and especially the Dordogne.
Food and life is about sharing and I can’t wait for you to join me in my adventures in my home and kitchen!

47 thoughts on “About me”

  1. Angus Campbell said:

    How exciting….you have found your true passion. I’m married to a SA Chartered Accountant who just loves renovatiing houses, you CA’s are really strange people. Wishing you all the best in the Dordogne and look forward to your progress in this wonderful region.

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  2. Now, that’s an idyllic life! One of my favorite parts of the world.

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  3. What a lovely bio! Glad you found the love of your life!!! Where are you in the Dordogne?

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  4. Wishing you a joyful and gourmande life in France!

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  5. Nice to meet you Nadia. You are indeed lucky to be able to do what you love so much! And what a lovely place to be too -in France! Best wishes!

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  6. Hi Nadia, I just wanted to pop over and say hi, and thank you for the ‘like’ on my Salad in a Bread Bowl post. I see you are from South Africa originally, where about exactly?, I have lived in my entire life here and love it. You certainly have had an adventurous life, and what an amazing place to settle. All the best with everything. I look forward in reading more of your blog. Have a wonderful week 🙂

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  7. Nadia 🙂 You have a new follower…Your blog is stunning. 🙂

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    • Thanks very much. Bienvenue!
      I am from Sea Point originally. Actually going to be there soon as Being featured on Showcook and Home and Garden. Great to have you onboard.

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  8. Nadia,

    I am looking forward to reading your blog. I was in Paris from 1984-85 as an au pair while I studied at the Sorbonne. What a glorious year that was! Your blog reminds me of my mom’s cooking while I was growing up. She was a fabulous cook. I feel that I am an amateur cook but in another life, I may have followed the path of cooking! Thank you for looking at my blog. I am looking forward to reading your recipes and hearing more about your life in a small French village.

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  9. Thank you so much for following my blog …. I’ll endeavour not to disappoint! The area you have settled in is very beautiful indeed – I look forward to discovering more by virtue of following your blog – how could I resist? 🙂

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  10. I’ve just nominated you for a blogger appreciation award – feel free to join in or ignore as you choose https://osyth.wordpress.com/2016/02/16/if-it-is-not-indigestion-it-must-be-gratitude/

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  11. It’s an enjoyable experience when I get to see true food art.. I am in love with your kitchen too !
    I’m so looking forward to trying to make your recipes work in my tiny kitchen..
    Now I’m off to explore your blog ! 😊

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  12. Hi Nadia, what a lovely blog you have! We really loved going through the recipes, so original!

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  13. Thank you for stopping by my blog. I am envious of living in France. Never been but want to. Looking forward to seeing what you are up too. I’m glad you have met the love of your life. Everyone deserves to be with someone who loves them.

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    • Thank you. I am living my dream and wish everyone could experience that too.
      Thanks for stopping by my blog and joining. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy sharing my recipes and travels. Bienvenue!

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  14. Wow you have had lived in some amazing places. Your recipes must quite eclectic if influenced by all the different places you have lived. It must be so lovely and quite idyllic living in the Dordogne. Looking forward to reading more about your life and recipes.

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    • Yes, they are a real mix of all the cultures and places I have lived in and visited. I think that makes them interesting and hope you do to. I am very lucky to be living my dream.

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  15. It is wonderful to read about you Nadia. You have a great blog! Look forward to reading many of your posts:)
    Thanks for stopping by mine!

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  16. Nice to meet you!! You have a life very full of wonderful experiences…and the France in fantastic..I love it!! I’ve never been in Dordogne…I think is beautiful!! See you soon!! Pam
    PS sorry for my English

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  17. Happy to join in on your adventures and see more of your delicious posts. 🙂

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  18. Interesting, no fascinating life. Your blog is super. Some different recipes I have to try. Interested you hail from RSA. I love it…and I will try a few of the recipes from there. Thank you

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  19. I am glad to have met you Nadia and your story fascinates me. Have you read Kathleen Flynn’s “The Sharper the Knife, the Less You Cry” – about her year at le Cordon Bleu in Paris ? I loved that book! I just wanted to add (didn’t want to go on about it on Susan’s page) that Gordon’s Bay isn’t quite the place it was 30 – 40 years ago. But then, how many places are ?
    regards, Jeanne

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    • So glad to have met you too, Jeanne. No, I have not read that book but will most definitely add it to my list for my next online order. I look forward to hearing more about your life.

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  20. Kerrie Roberts said:

    Hi Nadia. I’ve just discovered your blog and will follow with interest. I live nearby in Sainte Foy la Grande and have visited your area often, and the truffle market at Sainte-Alvère. Have you read the books of Martin Walker who lives near Le Bugue ? They are a fascinating insight into the food, wine and history of the countryside where you live.

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    • Hi,
      So glad you found me. My husband is a big fan of Martin’s books and has read them all. We have met him often and he is a very charming man. The next one he is writing actually involves a cookery school. Can’t wait to read it.
      Let me know if you are in the area and do pop in for coffee or an apéro.

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  21. Hi, I read about you on Stefan’s Gourmet Blog. I love French cousin a lot, so … I’m glad to follow you. Bye. Paola

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  22. What exciting adventures and a glorious blog! I look forward to following.

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