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Gender Male
Location Bernay, Normandy, France
Introduction Hello, my name is Ivan and thank you for stopping by my Blog. I am a 46 year old Englishman living my rural dreams in the French countryside, in Normandy. I live with my Canadian partner of 24 years who shares the same passions. We have a pug, a chicken and many bees! After attending the Paris cookery school, the Cordon Bleu (1990/91), I developed a real passion for food. As a home chef, I enjoy looking for new products and preparing all sorts of dishes with new flavours. All the recipes on this blog are my own and I want to share them with you. Apart from cooking, I love gardening and growing my own vegetables. My partner is in charge of making our own cider and calvados from our orchard planted with old varieties of cider apples.
Interests Food and more food, cooking it, eating it, reading about it, Growing it, drawing it and now writing about it. I enjoy Gardening, all Pugs, Interiors, four leaf clover hunting, Music, arts...
Favorite Movies Howards End, A Room with a View, (anything Merchant Ivory-ish), The Single Man, Gambit(1966), The Yellow Rolls-Royce
Favorite Music Tracey Thorn, Joss Stone, Pet Shop Boys, Max Richter, Will Young, MJB......
Favorite Books The Frankies Spuntino kitchen companion by F. Falcinelli and F.Castronovo, Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

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