In need of some gourmet inspiration for this month’s festivities? Culinary expert Mireille Oster – famous around the world for her pain d’épices (gingerbread) – has an array of ideas that will leave your mouth watering. From the moment you walk into Mireille Oster’s small boutique in the charming French city of Strasbourg you will be transported by the aromas of all the various spices. Next, comes the chance to sample some of the shop’s famous gingerbread. “The first thing we offer customers when they walk in the door is a tasting,” smiles Mireille, who acquired her passion and talent for making pain d’épices from her grandfather.