Bonjour, I’m Fanny.
I was born in 1985 in the south of France.
I played with a kite on the beach, I sat on the kitchen counter overlooking her grand-mère bake madeleines. I rode my bicycle through a land I know by heart, and I fell in love – many times.
I milked goats and made cheese, I travelled to New Zealand, I made cakes of the delicious kind, and studied to be a product developer for the food industries.
Of course, I then proceeded to study again to become a pastry chef after I fell in love with stainless steel at Pierre Hermé’s lab.
Yes, as soon as I came back from a semester on the other side of the world, I went straight to Paris, with a suitecase-ful of pieds-de-poule trousers and unworn chef jackets. I was to be an intern at Pierre Hermé.
I still remember stepping into the dark shop on a warm summer morning. Right before dawn. I had ridden my bicycle from that little flat in the first arrondissement – the same one that holds so many precious memories. And I had no idea what was about to happen.
Well, let me tell you what did happen: I never looked back. And an apprenticeship at pâtisserie Lac later, I moved to London and was lucky enough to work with some of the best chefs around. In case you’re interested, have a look at my resume.
In February 2015, after many years in what will remain my favourite city almost-ever, Karl and I decided to move to a small village in the north of Sweden, where he’s from. And so far, it’s all been a dream.
I write words on black notebooks smeared with chocolate and meringue, butter and flour. And whenever I can, I write here too.
In fact, I’ve been blogging about food since 2005. Back when blogs didn’t mean a thing and were more misses than hits. I started with Foodbeam, but somehow, on the very first morning of 2011, in between the glorious party confettis and glasses of champagne, Comme un lait fraise came to life.
It was a dream-catcher of some sorts. A place where recipes, polaroids, and memories are safely kept.
And well, yes, strawberry milk is my very own madeleine, one of endless summers and vanilla ice-cream by the sea.
Now a few years later, I once again have to edit this about page. Late 2018 and I finally had the courage to retire both of my old blogs. I’m slowly re-uploading some of my favourite recipes and articles, so if you can’t find something you’re looking for, please contact me.
In Spring 2014, my first book Paris Pastry Club was published by Hardie Grant. It’s a collection of my absolute favourite recipes. From basics like chocolate chip cookies and the last brioche you’ll ever need; to slightly more complex desserts, like a fraisier or an three-chocolate mousse cake.
It is available on Amazon.