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About : What’s Cooking In Jane’s Kitchen ©

A very warm welcome to my New Blog! “What’s Cooking In Jane’s Kitchen.”

I started cooking when I was five years old! Everything I could find in our Mediterranean garden went into my ‘make believe’ cooking pot. Pine nuts, flowers, leaves, grasses, berries, were all gathered carefully together and in our make believe world, my dear Father, enacted his role of ‘taster’ to perfection,with many extra helpings of laughter thrown in!!!!

As a child I loved watching other people cook, the warmth of the kitchen, the wonderful smells. My fascination with what unfolded before my eyes, kept me amused for hours.

At eighteen, I decided to join the “Tante Marie School of Cookery”. A year later I was presented with my “Cordon Bleu Cookery Diploma” which I attained, to my  delight, with Credit!

Cooking has always been my passion and my friends were always asking me to share with them my recipes. Once my family grew up, I began giving lessons to a wonderful group of close friends and from there, I decided to branch out onto the Internet.

“What’s Cooking In Jane’s Kitchen,” is for all of you who love to cook, and for my children, away at University and their friends, who are starting out, on this intriguing path of creativity!

All questions and comments are very welcome and I hope you will enjoy coming with me on this  New Cooking adventure !

***For a quick look at some of the recipes in this Blog, “Click” on “Photo Gallery” at the top of this page.

41 Comments leave one →
  1. March 27, 2012 4:11 pm

    love it!!!!!!


  2. March 27, 2012 8:47 pm

    …very well done!!!


  3. March 29, 2012 9:05 am

    A wonderful blog, Jane, I’ll be subscribing and popping in constantly! my mouth waters at every one! Congratulations 🙂 xxx


  4. Azlan permalink
    March 29, 2012 9:29 am

    Excellent stuff………..!!! Recipes finally immortalised!!!


  5. Sophia permalink
    March 29, 2012 10:11 am

    This is wonderful Jane!! I was lucky enough to taste your food many years ago…and am feeling even luckier now that you are prepared to share those recipes with all of us. Thank you!!
    Much love from Botswana xxx


  6. Jonathan Aretakis permalink
    March 29, 2012 12:18 pm


    What a wonderful resource for those of us whose culinary creativity has gone on semi-permanent holiday. Thank you!


  7. Mette Bech Meincke permalink
    March 29, 2012 1:04 pm

    Kala ! Jenaki mou, Its just so amazing and beautiful u have really amazed me
    with all of this and the passion u have for it. Just looking at the whole blog and
    the pictures cannot wait to start cooking just reading is total pleasure. Its an honour
    that I was part of the cooking class for two years and made it to my diploma. BRAVO BRAVO dearest friend and teacher, congratulationsssssssss.

    Mette xxxxx


  8. Lynn Markham Beebe permalink
    March 29, 2012 4:10 pm

    Jane…FANTASTIC….although I still can not get into the Moussaka…I was able to read your blog…BRAVO dear Jane….and thank you!


  9. Stephen Vicat permalink
    March 29, 2012 6:39 pm

    Well Jane , what can I say ….so well presented and a real joy to browse through .
    I , like Mette , are truly honoured to have been part of your group , and for me the experience of being in such talented hands , for someone who had no cooking experience ,found it invaluable . Now I can produce a meal without feeling embarrassed ! Keep up the good work …it’s highly appreciated .
    Love Stehen xxx


  10. Nick permalink
    March 30, 2012 6:35 pm

    Excellent blog! So proud of you!


  11. Annette permalink
    March 30, 2012 8:08 pm

    I’m so impressed with your new blog! Looking through the recipes, along with others I’m delighted to have been the recipient on the other end of the fork to most!!!
    Seeing your recipe for chilled tomato soup reminded me of another memorable recipe of yours. It might be useful seeing as we’re now in Spring, heading towards summer…it was a chilled carrot coriander and orange soup which was so delicious ! xx


  12. Bod Webster permalink
    April 1, 2012 8:03 am

    Lovely, Jane! All worked perfectly, especially good to see you in the kitchen! Most touching piece on the home page as to why you like cooking.


  13. April 7, 2012 6:54 pm

    Can’t Live without good food! 😉


  14. Lynn Markham Beebe permalink
    April 8, 2012 11:42 am



  15. anna permalink
    April 10, 2012 10:23 pm

    we thank u miss Jane,kisses


  16. jtaptas permalink
    May 10, 2012 12:30 pm

    Amazing job! Looks absolutely wonderful! Keep up the hard work xxx


  17. Alix permalink
    May 15, 2012 12:29 pm

    It took me a while, but here I am, and your recipes look even more mouthwatering than ever, the pictures are beautiful, the text so easy to follow. There are so many ingredients that I can find so readily here in Singapore and I will start experimenting as soon as I start having more company during the summer. I have been a lazy cook, too many hawker centers to discover, lah!


    • May 15, 2012 1:11 pm

      Well done, just thrilled you made it to post a comment, that is so sweet of you, and I am so glad you like my blog, photos, and that above all, the recipes are easy to understand………
      You are an excellent cook Alix, wish I could come for dinner in Singapore!!!!! You never know if you stay long enough it may even happen, Qatar Airlines…….
      Love seeing your Singapore flag, once upon a time I went to Singapore……it was beautiful !
      Much love dear friend xoxo J.


  18. May 21, 2012 8:30 pm

    Bravo. Jane. I’m very impressed.


    • May 21, 2012 8:34 pm

      Oh that is very sweet of you, thank you….I am just an amateur photographer, you are the professional “Food Stylist.” I started out, by give the kids lessons in the wonderful world of Cooking, now that they are far away…… and every one liked it so I started a Blog!
      Thanks so much for your comment xx


  19. May 30, 2012 12:27 am

    Jane, it is so nice, so fresh, and so …you!

    Ξαφνικα μου μυρισε λιγο Κατουνια…

    Μια απο τις κλασσικες μου μνημες απο το Πασχα ειναι παντα τα καλοφτιαγμενα σου πιατα…
    Τρελλαθηκα που τωρα θα μπορω να μαγειρευω “Jane”!!!


    Πολλα πολλα φιλακια!!!!!


  20. Claire Karapetsis permalink
    September 3, 2012 9:51 am

    Chere Jane, felicitation pour ton blog, il est soigne et detaille, les photos, pas a pas, encouragent celui qui se lance…ton soucis de faire au mieux!
    J’ai aussi eu la chance de faire partie de tes eleves et pour moi ca a ete une experience inoubliable et tellement enrichissante a beaucoup de niveaux. Merci.
    Encore un detail, ce qui est magnifique avec toi c’est que tu ne te contentes pas de nous transmettre des recettes avec leur marche a suivre, il y a ce quelque chose de tres sensible et personnel que tu partages aussi avec nous et c’est tres touchant.
    Merci encore et plein succes…


    • Jane Taptas Rivaz permalink*
      September 3, 2012 11:19 am

      Thank you very very much for your most touching tribute.
      It was a pleasure to teach you how to cook as you gave the lessons all your dedication and that always results in great success!
      Always here for you all.

      “Teacher” :):):)


      • Lynn Beebe permalink
        September 11, 2012 4:26 pm

        How proud we are of you dear Cousin……keep those recipes coming!

        Sent from my iPad


      • September 11, 2012 8:26 pm

        Oh thank you dear Cousin, I am so glad you are enjoying them! xxx


  21. Elias Vamiedakis MD permalink
    September 16, 2012 4:59 pm

    Amazing Sweet and Beautiful Approach ! Congratulations.


  22. ΒΑΣΙΛΙΚΗ permalink
    September 18, 2012 4:38 pm

    ΄Εχετε κάνει εξαιρετική δουλειά!!!Οι συνταγές σας είναι εξαιρετικές!!!!Πολλά συγχαρητήρια!


  23. November 29, 2012 5:32 pm

    Hello Dear Cousin, am about to start pickling onions and it looks like we are going to have quite a few left over. Do you have any tasty recipes using baby onions, please? (but not soup, which we find a bit too sweet and sickly) Lots of love and think your blog is WONDERFUL you talented Rivaz you! Dee. xx


    • November 30, 2012 1:53 am

      Why thank you dear Cousin! I have just posted for you a lively Greek Recipe, Stifado, which uses many small onions and is delicious! It was Da’s favorite so you are keeping up the family “R’S” tradition! He also loved pickled onions!!! xxx


  24. January 7, 2013 9:58 pm

    Just checking into your blog to see how you are doing! Congrats on a wonderful spot to go to for help when thinking about what to make for dinner!!! Hope you are well and Happy 2013!


    • January 10, 2013 1:55 am

      Thank Michelle, your feed-back is very valuable……See what I have done this evening….a permanent “Photo Gallery,” for “Inspiration.” All the very best to you too.


    • January 10, 2013 2:02 am

      Thank you and your input has had me thinking……
      The “NEW PHOTO GALERY,” is the result! A permanent , ongoing photographic log of What’s Cooking……
      All the best to you!


  25. Anne Vaudrey-Pilcher permalink
    December 9, 2016 6:42 pm

    Dear Jane

    Congratulations! I have just discovered your fabulous blog. I can well remember you coming to stay whilst we were students at Tante Marie.

    With very best wishes, Anne Pilcher

    Liked by 1 person

    • December 9, 2016 7:19 pm

      Anne what a wonderful surprise!!! I am so happy to be re-connected :))))
      I will contact you through your e-mail. i am so glad you like my blog.


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