Producing over 7 billion bottles of wine each year French wine making is big business. Along with neighbours Spain and Italy, their wines account for 50% of the world’s total wine exports. With viniculture in France dating to the 6th century BC there’s a lot of history and heritage in every bottle. But, look beyond […]
A lush French lemon tart recipe from Sara Neumeier, inspired by her neighbour Christine in France. With just five ingredients and no baking it doesn’t get much simpler than this. To adjust the level of sweetness, you can add or subtract from the amount of condensed milk – it really is fool proof! Ingredients: Serves […]
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Mère Poulard at Mont St Michel makes the most legendary omelette in France. It’s cooked over an open fire, in a copper pan with a very long handle. Although her recipe is a well-kept secret, many French chefs claim to know it and there is a plethora of theories: no whites, whites whipped separately, adding […]
If you can, buy them in the morning and leave them in cold water for the day to give them a final wash. You should discard any that are broken, and any open ones should close when you tap them, if they don’t chuck them away – they’re dead. Then cut or pull off any […]
This lovely and simple French recipe for scallops, Saint-Jacques, is refreshing and scrumptious. Ingredients for 6 people: 18 scallops 3 leeks 1 mango 8 slices of parma ham or prosciutto 5 cl of olive oil French Espelette pepper (can be replaced with normal pepper and paprika) For the dressing: 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar 4 […]
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Inspired by Claude Monet’s Cookery Notebooks, chicken prepared in the Honfleur tradition…. Ingredients for 6 people: 6 chicken fillets 10 g butter 1 teaspoonful oil 3 shallots 125 g “French lardons” (or thick smoked bacon cut into pieces) 5 cl de Calvados 10 cl dry white wine 20 cl water 2 tablespoons veal base (paste) […]
I am a hopeless Francophile, my husband joined me when we married 14 years ago. Any excuse within reason (and a decent airfare from Arizona) and we are on a plane headed to France, especially the Côte d’ Azur. The turquoise sea, rocky cliffs, dazzling sunshine, friendly people, incredible food and wine, it’s sheer bliss. […]
Cotignac At first glance Cotignac wows visitors with its large limescale cliffs reminiscent of ancient troglodyte living. Houses are literally carved into the cliffs and anyone can climb the steps that lead up to the old cave dwellings for a 2 euros entry fee during visiting season. The village has 2,300 inhabitants and is typically […]
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When it comes to beautiful villages, France has more than its fair share. Despite visiting so many of them over the years, I’m still frequently blown away by the charm and beauty that these French villages possess. One such village is Yvoire in the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region. Is Yvoire France’s most beautiful village? A member of […]
In 2003 David Burrows and his family decided on a new life in France. The name may be familiar to you if you are a football fan because David played for some of the top English Premier League clubs, including Liverpool and Everton. He was part of the last Liverpool team to win the top-flight […]