Welcome to my blog.
I’m 26, I live in
Though my pace has slowed a bit, I'm living the good life here in Paris and I feel really lucky to be able to find such great produce, cheeses, meats, and everything else under the sun here. I love how the French can prepare simple food in such a completely perfect way. I guess this is what I strive for. I love thinking about cooking, searching for recipes, making loved ones happy by cooking for them; I love it all!
Why is my blog called Chez Mégane? Well, that is how everyone says my name here...like the Renault.
My relationship with food hasn’t always been so strong. I remember the days of grade school lunches, which consisted mostly of turkey sandwiches made only of turkey and bread. And coke. I drank so much Coca-Cola from the ages 13-22, I’m surprised I have any teeth left. (I assure you, I do have a nice full set.)
Okay, instead of doing a belly-flop back in time, I prefer to concentrate on my current and future relationship with food. The way we cook, eat and think about food directly reflects who we are. Most times, I make stuff up as I go. I am someone who spends all day looking at recipes, can’t commit to one, combines 3 of them and doesn’t measure. Somehow it works out. The fun for me is getting the ideas and then using what I have. I think I’ve adopted this style from living in
Here are a few more things you should know:
- I was nervous to start a blog because I’m a person who definitely goes through “phases” (i.e. “obsessions”) with food. There was one time during grad school when I was really depressed and I made Macaroni & Cheese everyday until I finally had the perfect recipe. I don’t recommend this…it isn’t good for your mental health and it isn’t good for your waistline.
- I’m not an adventurous cook, at least in reality. Perhaps we each have in mind the cook we want to be. For me, it is the Provencal kitchen fully stocked with fresh herbs, shiny vegetables, glissening olives, and me standing next to the stone hearth preparing my healthy, vibrant cuisine. Oh well, I’m from the Mid-West. I didn’t know herbs came in a pre-dried form until I started watching Food Network. More tuna casserole, anyone?
- I may joke about the homey dishes I grew up with, but really they have shaped who I am and what kind of foods I love. I’m much more inclined to make chicken pot pie than ceviche.
- I have a lot of respect for well-prepared food. I buy fresh ingredients, I stay away from most processed foods, and I try to search out the best recipes I can for my favorite foods. Plus, my husband knows his wine, so we make a good team.