In May we celebrate


This is the second time in a short lapse that you see us eating this chocolate mousse cake.

The truth is that we are May people around here. With my birthday early in in the month, and P.’s birthday two weeks after.

Today in fact.

This is one of the reasons why, I am sure, I am very fond of lilac and lily of the valley.

They are in full bloom right now in the garden.


To celebrate, I decided to organize and cook my way through un déjeuner champêtre (garden lunch) with friends.

Some of our favorite moments.

We ate verrines and asparagus and smoked salmon baked eggs ; Spring risotto and lamb with salad; strawberry eton mess and chocolate cake.

All of it.

Gathered outside around the table with lovely conversation flowing while the children were playing somewhere around–we lost track at time of what they were doing and where.

In case you asked, the recipes were extracted from my current cookbook, and some are from the new upcoming one!




Wishing a very happy birthday to P., my love, and the best supporter of my work.

I am thankful for him in my life.

And for the great day we had yesterday with our friends.




I didn’t have much time to take pictures. You see here the few I was able to steal here and there.


  1. It was P.’s birthday, but your friends are the ones who received the gifts! xo

  2. The pink goblets! Snowy cloth and brightly colored serviettes! Your table is a work of art.

  3. Lily of the valley and Lilacs are two of my favorites as well. Looked like a happy day!

  4. Magnifique Béa !!! Les couleurs sont tellement pures et brillantes. Je suis sûre que ça a été un moment parfait 🙂 Bises.

  5. Happy birthday to both of you Béa! I just discover your so beautiful blog and work and I really it! J’ai aussi de la famille qui vit à Boston et je vais les voir de temps en temps. C’est une ville que j’aime beaucoup!
    A bientôt

  6. Feliz Cumpleaños, muchas gracias por compartir tan delicados detalles de vuestra celebración, verdaderamente encantador, delicado y distinguido, aqui en el sur del mundo, en Chile huelo el aroma de tan hermosas flores. Con afecto y gratitud les deseos lo mejor para ustedes. Moky

  7. Al leer el comentario observo errores e inserto de palabras que yo no he colocado. Rectificar texto por favor. Moky

  8. Waouh!c’est une ambiance vraiment chaleureuse et agréable qui donne envie de faire un pique-nique. Magnifiques photos et joyeux anniversaire à Béa.

  9. Wowoo……..Your garden and the flowers, really beautiful! I like it.
    Thanks for sharing

  10. Beautiful photography. And that is one amazing backyard. 🙂

    You must be looking forward to spring. Looking forward to this years pictures.

  11. Lovely photos 🙂 There were special moments in our life that can’t actually take by a camera 🙂

  12. georgeous! im curious. do you ensure that all of your guests like lamb before making your menu?

  13. Beautiful photography. Amazing backyard.You must be looking forward to spring. Looking forward to this years pictures.