About myfrenchkitchen


Life in a kitchen is an everyday audition and Myfrenchkitchen is a telltale of my surrender to the failures, the successes, the hitches and pleasures, the philosophical talks  and the always joyous gatherings that life in a kitchen forks out.

It started off a long time ago before the age of blogs and internet and when we still living in South Africa. I have always had a kitchen book filled with drawings and sketches and notes and ideas and scribblings and short stories and half written recipes.   For my own enjoyment, but also for the sake of  our two daughters, Marinell and Liandri. To pass on to them.  They are now young women, living their lives outside of our french kitchen, but when they come to visit, we are all still very active in the delightful and mad chaos that has never left our kitchen in Montlouis sur Loire.

With the arrival of blogs, I got fancy too and started up Myfrenchkitchen, which is in fact where it all happened when they were young and where it still happens.  Marinell and Liandri read here regularly, correct me regularly, advise me regularly, and they sometimes help photographing when they are home, or help cooking or help eating or just simply help messing up the kitchen.

So welcome here in my french kitchen in Touraine, on the banks of the river Loire. Join me in a cup of coffee and let’s accept that which isn’t always a success in the kitchen OR in life. But mostly, let’s share our passion for all that’s good in life…great food, crazy family life, great friendships,  great experiences.

*With all the recipes I post, I hope to inspire everybody who passes through here to experiment themselves and play around with their imagination when it comes to detail. I’m never too specific, because I would like to encourage people to cook with their tastebuds and instinct and imagination, tasting along the way, changing direction, altering the recipe, really discovering your own methods rather than just following a recipe to the letter. That way, you develop an instinct for cooking and you really make a recipe your own, otherwise it will always stay someone else’s.


61 responses

  1. This is one of the most beautiful blogs I’ve ever seen. I want to go and cook and paint and (yum) eat all at the same time!

    08/08/2007 at 15:56

  2. Thank you very much Barbara! That’s just it…eating, cooking, painting..just do it!

    15/08/2007 at 03:37

  3. Ronell – I hope you are enjoying your visit to the states – It is nice to have you here on our side of the pond. I plan to try your flat bread suggestions – they look yummy.

    29/08/2007 at 05:18

  4. sandy

    Ah Ronell – you truly embrace life – good for you – I absolutely drooled over your ‘atelier’ – what a fabulous space you have, I think I need to add on to my house ;-)

    18/10/2007 at 19:52

  5. theflyingchef

    What time you have spent on your blog, I can see how passionate you are about food. I agree it is one of the most beautiful blogs I have seen. Your recipes look great, I will look forward to trying some soon.

    03/12/2007 at 15:43

  6. This is certainly a most beautiful site. Happy holidays to you!

    27/12/2007 at 13:37

  7. Love your blog, keep the recipes coming!

    06/01/2008 at 11:11

  8. Nice blog u have here.. will check back for ur new post
    and yes.. I love the paintings too =)

    20/01/2008 at 20:20

  9. giz

    Such a gorgeous piece of work – and we all know this doesn’t happen just like that with a simple enter button.
    Good on you for your creativity.

    22/01/2008 at 20:31

  10. Beautiful blog … definitely inspirational! We will be joining you for that cup of coffee, daily, as you have become an everyday read for us.

    08/02/2008 at 16:01

  11. “Life in a kitchen is an everyday audition and here I telltale of my surrender to the failures, the successes, the hitches and pleasures and always joyous gatherings that life in a kitchen forks out” —

    That’s just how I feel about my garden! (well…and also my kitchen–but I first thought of my garden). I plant lots of heirloom French varieties in raised beds. Does that make it a FrenchGarden? (even in Northern Minnesota?)

    What a gorgeous site. A balm and an inspiration. Thanks!

    27/03/2008 at 14:33

  12. Thank you for the kind invitiation. I can think of nothing lovelier than joining you in a cup of coffee and sharing all that is good in life. Your tempting site has been included in my ‘food haunts’ for ages :)

    19/03/2009 at 02:13

  13. Love the mix of photos and drawings :)

    20/03/2009 at 18:45

  14. I love your site, Ronell. I’ve just added it to my list of Blogs and have subscribed.

    21/03/2009 at 15:43

  15. Love France…:-) Each time I saw your picts, I longed to return!

    05/04/2009 at 21:53

  16. Hi Ronell,

    i’m a french person who just moved to London 3 month ago and recently launched my cooking blog with a mix of recipes in English and in French and I try to make sure to add my french touch to all the recipes I make!

    I love your blog and I find the pictures beautiful.
    I really have to work on mine now!
    I will definitely mention your blog on mine!

    I used to live in Orleans and my brother now lives in Tour… The world is just too small!


    07/05/2009 at 13:13

  17. Steph

    Dear Ronelle,

    Hope you are well and looking forward to the weekend. We certainly are, and have come up with a fun little glass related idea for you.

    Resident Friends of Glass Jack and Francisco have spent all morning learning to play the climax of the Hank the Singing Bottle song on water filled glasses, and we wondered if you’d like to have a go too – whether with the Hank song or anything other tune that comes to mind.

    Our video can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVRWqZdiYdU. We’re sure you can do better…If you fancy making one, just make sure to tag it with #friendsofglass – and we’ll feature the best on our blog.

    Here’s to a musical bank holiday…!


    22/05/2009 at 16:26

  18. All I can say is BEAUTIFUL.

    20/07/2009 at 01:04

  19. simply wonderful!

    i cannot remember how i came here – somewhere en route was certainly lamiacucina.wordpress.com (my favourite food-blogger), but i am fascinated how you spice your recipies with watercolors :-)

    thanks for sharing!

    15/08/2009 at 11:21

  20. bootsnall

    Bonjour Ronelle,

    I am a writer for BootsnAll Travel Network–focusing specifically on our France based online travel guides Why Go France (www.francetravelguide.com) and Why Go Paris (www.parislogue.com). I recently stumbled across your lovely site and would love to find some ways for us to work together in some mutually beneficial ways. Email me at julie@bootsnall.com.


    Julie Blakley
    Travel Writer
    Paris Travel Guide – http://www.parislogue.com
    France Travel Guide – http://www.francetravelguide.com
    BootsnAll Travel Network – http://www.bootsnall.com

    10/09/2009 at 01:07

  21. Oh, I just love this blog!
    I just want to travel and eat your delectable food!
    You have given me inspiration.

    Well Done!

    16/09/2009 at 11:22

  22. Nancy E. Wood

    Oh, dear Ronelle — No, I do not know you, but the beauty and inspiration of your most heartfelt site requires such tender familiarity, if only simply out of my overflowing appreciation for your exquisite taste, artistry, heart, and joie d’vivre! You are a true gift, a spectacular human being, using all your senses to enjoy Life and others — truly The Most Generous contribution that can be made! Thank you so much for the pleasure and love you share… I am truly touched and inspired by the beauty of you and your Life.
    Nancy E. Wood
    Oklahoma City, USA

    07/11/2009 at 12:12

  23. Nancy E. Wood

    Please forgive my misspelling of your name, Ronell… it was a typo and I missed it… mea culpa.

    07/11/2009 at 13:07

  24. Hi Ronelle,have just discovered your site from Down to Earth,i just want to say how beautiful it is,i will be joining you with my coffee from now on,and will be buying my little note-book’s to have with me al the time,how wonderful and insperational you are,i have just subscribed to your site,and look foreward to coming here every morning,love your photo’s,Oh how i would love to visit France,Best Wishes from Carol in Australia.

    09/12/2009 at 09:58

  25. Hi Carol

    Thank you so much for your lovely compliment! I hope I won’t disappoint!
    And who knows, one day France might just call hard enough and before you know it you might just get that opportunity to jump on a plane…and when that happens, remember to call me!
    À biéntot

    09/12/2009 at 22:48

  26. Dear Ronelle,

    Your journal is inspirational and beautiful. It is a source for delight and warmth, that I visit often. The photographs are lovely, your sketches are lively and very good, and your recipes are tasty. Thank you for sharing such an amazing journey you have created! Merci !


    17/12/2009 at 15:28

  27. thank you Liz! You’re right, it is a journey and sharing it with people who tink alike, like you, is exciting!

    22/12/2009 at 17:23

  28. Dear Ronelle,

    Like everybody else who have found & read this blog before me, I’d like to congratulate you on such a lovely creation. Everything about it is beautiful, accessible, down-to-earth—the writing, the images (both watercolor and photos,) just inspires a sense of wholesomeness and comfort. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for sharing your world with us—c’est parfait!


    03/02/2010 at 04:16

  29. Thank you very much Jennelyn…you have given me such big compliments! I appreciate it!

    Ronelle Africantapestry Myfrenchkitchen Coin Perdu

    03/02/2010 at 19:28

  30. i just found your blog thru monique… oh my, you 2 are kindred spirits, i was lost here for an hour. beautiful words, thoughts and pictures, what an absolute delight to see someone as special as monique.

    ps, that is the highest praise i can offer anyone~


    18/02/2010 at 15:02

  31. Dag uit die Kaap uit, Ronel,

    (Ek sal liefs voortgaan in Engels) Ronel, I have already forwarded your blogsite address to a number of people. It is an inspiration, and you should be thanked.

    I am new to the world of blogging but you have showed the way, at least to me. You have added something wonderful to this day, and I shall be returning. Naturally, I have subscribed.


    20/02/2010 at 15:18

  32. Thank you Johan…I appreciate your lovely compliment! Good luck with your blog and be patient, it takes time in blogworld..but enjoy it, that is the most important thing! Ronelle

    21/02/2010 at 15:46

  33. Amy

    Dear Ronelle-

    I just wanted to let you know how happy I am that I have come across your blog. It is beautiful and detailed and gives me many sources of inspiration for my own daily life (and kitchen)! Thank you for sharing!

    25/02/2010 at 00:41

  34. Wow, your blog is amazing!!!!
    I’ve discovered it through Nisrine (dinners and dreams), and I’m so happy to have found it! I really love your kitchen, your recipes, your philosophy… I’m so surprised! Let me stay and have a more careful look at the recipes and everything, there’s so much to see and so much to read!

    26/02/2010 at 22:40

  35. Thank you Rosanna….for stopping by and saying hi and your lovely comment! I truly appreciate it! I’m so happy to hear you say…”philosophy”…I’vr never thought of it that way, and you’re right, life should show our philosophies more, or rather, we shouldn’t be afraid to show it! Thanks and until soon… Ronelle

    06/03/2010 at 13:46

  36. Ahj

    What an absolutely charming, gracious and embracing opera!
    I am immediately drawn in and, as a child on a treasure hunt, am delighted with each new facet that is discovered.
    Thank you.

    01/05/2010 at 14:20

  37. I don’t know how I have not found this place before, what an island of inspiration and tranquilty in blogland!!

    21/06/2010 at 18:28

  38. I love your blog, it’s so beautiful. It makes me feel as if I have visited you in your dear home. thank you,Diana

    30/06/2010 at 16:22

  39. Enhorabuena por tu blog. Te invito a visitar el mío http://entrebarrancos.blogspot.com cocina, decoracion, pintura y manualidades.

    04/09/2010 at 17:46

  40. Divine blog

    01/10/2010 at 08:46

  41. What a delightful place you have here Ronelle!

    07/10/2010 at 12:09

  42. Quite a lovely blog, I must say.

    31/10/2010 at 04:18

  43. Isabelle

    What a lovely blog!
    I am not a great cook, but I love searching and trying out new recipes.
    I was looking at recipe mathildescuisine blog and your blog caught my attention.
    I was surprised to find out you lived in Montlouis – so do I! The world is small!

    16/11/2010 at 13:49

  44. Ronelle,
    You bring such beauty to the world-from your cooking, to your stories, to your photographs and your art -your blog has left me breathless and inspires me. Thank you,

    09/12/2010 at 20:52

  45. Lin Themelis

    Watter lekker verrassing, soek na n butternut resep, kom toe hier uit – ouma soek butternut/orange soup soos Woolies dit maak. Ek bly in Boston maar oorspronklik van Pretoria. Et en plus j’ai passe quelques annees en France tout pres de Lyon pour mes recherches universitaires, parmi d’autres choses. The world is a small place indeed, Geseende Kersfees en Joyeux Noel, minus die umlauts.

    23/12/2010 at 03:45

  46. margaret gamberton

    What an exquisite blog! Thank you so much for your gift to the world. I look forward to visiting many times this coming year…I found reference to your site in The Times (London)

    02/01/2011 at 17:48

  47. Emma Craven

    Bonjour, Ronell

    I have found your site via “eat the seasons” site, and passion fruit in particular! I have a few queries about the following recipe posted on here – are you the creator? I can’t find who “Marabout chef” may be…!
    1) Is this dried or “dessicated” coconut (the latter often with sweetness added when bought in the supermarket) or fresh? I might need help on how to prepare if fresh!
    2) is the flour “plain” flour?

    Many thanks, and really enjoy your site

    02/03/2011 at 12:10

  48. Hallo Ronell-ai gremlins aan hierdie kant, het jou mail tel en adres info probeer,al my skrywes kom terug.. hoop jy kry hierdie boodskap.stuur sms seblief? dink aan jou met al die GROOT nuwe gebeure daar…in gees en hart by jou!. Colx

    30/05/2011 at 20:13

  49. Bonjour – I am so delighted to discover your blog! Having recently relocated to the Averyon from England to manage a tea salon and chambre d’hote I am always looking for recipe inspiration. Especially at the moment and trying to adjust to using seasonal and local produce which isn’t always easy :-) Thanks for a beautiful blog x

    04/06/2011 at 08:08

  50. Delightful…..Wonderful works of Art….Beautiful soul……….
    are the words that come into my mind when I chanced upon your site. Awesome pics and artworks! And thanks for sharing your fennel salad and related info on fennel. I chanced upon this unusual bulb in the market this morning-it is not common in our tropical country and unheard of in Asian recipes. I bought it as I just love its beautiful form. Not knowing how best to eat it, I found your site and followed your recipe. Tastes amazing! I will be making it soon to share with my friends….thanks again!

    24/08/2011 at 05:54

  51. Your blog is really great, very nice pictures and appetizing recipes. Have a good day ;)

    21/11/2011 at 13:39

  52. i’m so lucky to have come across your blog. there are so many out there that it’s really special when you find one that speaks to you. thank you for sharing all you do!

    28/01/2012 at 14:51

  53. Mary from Toronto, Ontario

    Please tell me what the food item is in the photo “Around Food” on the side bar. It looks delicious!

    28/03/2012 at 15:46

  54. @ Mary from Toronto: Thanks for your visit!,

    The photo you see in the sidebar is of tarte fine aux pommes(apple tart). It is very simple, but delicious, with a base of thin pyff pastry and simply apple slices layerd on top, a coating of jam for colour and caramelizing and baking. Voilà! If you are interested in the recipe, you’ll find it here:

    Happy cooking!

    01/04/2012 at 07:43

  55. I am a new hungry follower :). Happy to have found your site! My godparents used to live in St.Julien de Chendon – not sure if that is near you, but the Loire valley is just beautiful!

    13/04/2012 at 17:44

  56. Hi Dtlyme: Welcome! Thanks for visiting and your lovely comment. St Julien de Chédon is a bit far from us where we are now. We lived in the Loire valley, but we sold our house and we’re now in correze, but of course, it is just as beautiful…there isn’t a corner in France which isn’t beautiful!

    15/04/2012 at 08:04

  57. Sue

    What a delight to find your magical blog! I have spent some happy hours lost in your site. It’s beautifully written and wonderfully photographed and you lived in an area close to my heart – we have been visiting the Loire Vallley, staying just outside Chinon, for many years and love the area. I see from your message above that you have now moved to another area and I look forward very much to learning more about Correze through your writing and photographs

    11/10/2012 at 13:06

  58. Thank you for a very lovely compliment Sue!
    Yes, the Loire valley is beautiful and will always hold a special place in my heart..we were very happy there. I can imagine you loving it just as much..with all the good wines, and the chateaux; the lovely gardens, the fresh produce..
    thanks again

    13/10/2012 at 19:25

  59. Laurent Dubost


    Très belles photos. Quel est votre appareil?

    02/06/2013 at 21:23

  60. Hi, you don’t know me but I have followed your blog for a while now. I nominated you for the WordPress Family Award because I find your blog inspirational. http://thesimpleabode.wordpress.com/2013/12/04/feeling-more-confident-about-all-of-this-3/

    04/12/2013 at 22:00

  61. Thank you very much for the award, it is a lovely compliment ant also, thank your for the follow…I appreciate it. I dropped in at your blog very quickly and will do it more thoroughly next year as I am busy moving house and am up to my ears in cartons! In the meantime, have a very happy season! Warmest

    Ronelle Myfrenchkitchen Coin Perdu Africantapestry Caf des artistes

    21/12/2013 at 16:33

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