About Mardi Michels

Mardi Michels

Mardi Michels is a full-time French teacher to elementary school-aged boys and the author of Eat. Live. Travel. Write.–a blog focusing on culinary adventures near and far. As part of her job, she runs after-school cooking classes for her students and their families (classes are currently virtual).  Mardi grew up in Australia, lived and taught in Paris for over five years, and now calls Toronto home. In 2014, Mardi and her husband purchased a home in southwest France, which they operate as a vacation rental property.

Mardi also offers French cooking and baking classes for adults and children around Toronto. Her first book, In the French Kitchen with Kids, was published July 31, 2018 (Appetite by Random House). Her second book, French Food for Everyone, will be published chapter by chapter starting with le goûter (after-school snacks) on August 31, 2021. Read more here.

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A blue plate with a serving of creamy French chicken stew served over rice and garnished with parsley.

Creamy French Chicken Stew

This simple chicken stew, which is chock-full of vegetables, chicken, and served in a light cream sauce, feels decadent but is surprisingly virtuous.

Sablés Breton with crosshatched tops, in two rows, on a crinkled sheet of parchment paper.

Sablés Breton

This seemingly simple little biscuit from France will wow you with its flaky, buttery perfection. Fantastique!

A tray of mini jam tarts--orange, strawberry, blueberry--one being picked up by a child's hand

Mini Jam Tarts

Made for little hands and little mouths, these lovely little tarts are short pastry crusts that are baked and then dolloped with any kind of jam you’d like. Make sure the kids make these with you.