Hi, friend!

I’m Ninon Michels, a wine professional turned food and wine blogger.

Here at Nim Pairings, you will learn how to cook flavorful vegetarian meals and how to make them extra special with the right glass of wine.

What will I find here?

Nim Pairings is a food and wine blog with a collection of tasty, thoroughly tested, and easy-to-follow vegetarian recipes! For each recipe, I provide wine pairing recommendations to help you discover great wines and simplify your meal prep. 

I take care of all the recipe development and wine tasting, so you don’t have to. Whether it’s for your next dinner party or just a quick meal at home, just follow my step-by-step instructions! From Puff Pastry Tomato Tart with Feta and Heirloom Tomatoes to Halloumi Burgers and Fudgy Cherry Brownies, you’ll find something for you.

Ninon sniffing red wine out of a wine glass

Get to know me in a nutshell 


NATIONALITY
If you are wondering about the origin of my name, I’m French.

LOCATION
I live in the countryside of Auvergne, a beautiful region in the center of France, amid the UNESCO World Heritage Site of La Chaîne des Puys (breathtaking landscapes of sleeping volcanoes). This is THE French wine region for volcanic wines!

EDUCATION

  • Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 3 Award in Wines, Paris, France
  • MSc in Wine and Spirits Business, Kedge Business School, Bordeaux, France
  • Master’s Degree in European Affairs and Diplomacy, Sciences Po Lyon, France

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What do we mean by vegetarian?

There is not just one universal definition of vegetarianism. It might vary depending on countries and cultures. On my blog, the recipes are meat- and fish-free but may contain eggs and dairy products.

Is this blog only for vegetarians?

Absolutely not. My meat-loving partner is the official tester of Nim Pairings and approves each and every recipe before it is published! Everyone is welcome here, and I believe there is something for everybody. I am the only vegetarian among my family and friends, and they all come rushing to feast at our table.

There are many recipes on your site! Where should I start?

Easy. Sign up below for my newsletter for a weekly dose of flavors sent straight to your inbox. Then, make sure to check out my favorite easy dinners, crowd-pleasing appetizers, or delicious desserts.

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One week. One recipe. One wine.

What is your cooking philosophy?

You can do it! I believe everybody can make flavorful home-cooked meals made from fresh ingredients. You just need the right guide. Nim Pairings is here for that!

Seasonality. Being in the French countryside, I have to live with the seasons. I am lucky enough to be able to grow some of my vegetables and herbs. I also have very generous cherry and plum trees that help me create the best desserts and jams. And one of the things I most enjoy about country life is the opportunity to go berry and mushroom picking! I try to cook with the seasons as much as possible. Browse through my summer, fall, spring, and winter recipe collections to get the most out of each season!

What if I’m vegan or gluten-free?

I have a collection of vegan recipes ready for you to explore! When a recipe is vegan or gluten-free, I make sure to mention it. Whenever possible, I try to provide variations or substitutions in most recipes for vegan and gluten-free diets.

Are you on social media?

Yes! You can find me on Pinterest and Instagram.

What are your favorite recipes?

These are three recipes I cannot get enough of. They are so easy to make, require only a few ingredients, and can be made all year!

Whipped Ricotta Dip With Roasted Olives

Gnocchi Alla Sorrentina (Tomato Mozzarella Baked Gnocchi)

Buttery Lemon Bundt Cake with Lemon Syrup Glaze


Thank you so much for stopping by. I am thrilled you are here.

I’ll see you in the kitchen or the cellar!

Ninon