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Romantic French Menu

Written by on January 21, 2016 in Desserts, French Cuisine, Gastronomy, Main Courses, Starters
Romantic French Menu

A classic romantic French menu that anyone can make anywhere. Lay a red and white check tablecloth, a few flowers in a small vase or glass jar (moderation in flowers is very French), chill a bottle of white, pop a bottle of Champagne, let the red wine breathe. Play a little bit of French music, and […]

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Tartare of Oysters Tartine

Written by on January 19, 2016 in Celebrity Chefs, Starters
Tartare of Oysters Tartine

A delicious oyster recipe for lovers of this salty shellfish A recipe from Mireille Guiliano, author of numerous books including French Women Don’t Get Fat and The French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook “I recently concocted this after trying it first at l’Huitrade in Paris: a tartare of oysters on a tartine. Very clever… and […]

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Perfect French Party Food that will truly impress

Written by on December 8, 2015 in Starters
Perfect French Party Food that will truly impress

I came across this amazing French party food recipe when I was in the Loire. I was staying at the gorgeous B&B of Rosemary Conquest, a former interior designer from the UK. As we sat in her incredibly pretty garden on a sunny summer day and relaxed, she suggested that we have a glass of […]

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Deliciously Gooey Baked Camembert recipe

Written by on November 23, 2015 in Gastronomy, Starters
Deliciously Gooey Baked Camembert recipe

Simple to make, packed with flavour, absolutely delicious, hot, melted baked Camembert recipe… dip your crusty baguette into the gooey goodness for complete satisfaction. Ingredients Puff pastry 250g Camembert Bunch fresh thyme 2 cloves of garlic 1 to 2 tablespoons maple syrup (or honey) black pepper 1 egg 1. Cut the pastry into a circle […]

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Provencal Vegetable Gratin

Written by on August 17, 2015 in Main Courses, Starters
Provencal Vegetable Gratin

A scrumptious dish for classic Provencal vegetable gratin from Chef Daniel Galmiche, Michelin star chef and author of the French Brasserie cookbook – The Heart of French Home Cooking… Preparation time 20 minutes, plus making the aubergine caviar Cooking time 1 hour 5 minutes Ingredients 2 large yellow courgettes, cut into long 5mm/¼in-thick slices 125ml/3fl […]

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Classic French Beurre Noisette recipe

Written by on August 18, 2014 in Starters
Classic French Beurre Noisette recipe

Beurre Noisette means brown butter, nut brown butter. Literally beurre noisette means hazenut butter although no hazelnuts are used in its production – it’s more about it being a hazelnut colour with a slightly nutty taste. It sounds quite fancy but actually a beurre noisette recipe is really simple to make and is a classic French […]

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Valencay cheese recipe millefeuille with apple

Written by on July 2, 2014 in Starters
Valencay cheese recipe millefeuille with apple

On a visit to Valencay I came across this very simple and quite delicious Valencay cheese recipe that is perfectly refreshing on a summer day for a taste of France. Valencay cheese is made in the area known as Berry Province in the Loire Valley. It is an unpasteurised goats-milk cheese which is in a pyramid […]

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5 of the best French soup recipes easy to make at home

Written by on March 11, 2014 in French Cuisine, Starters
5 of the best French soup recipes easy to make at home

  The French have been perfecting the art of fine cuisine for centuries, from cheeses to chocolate, from bread to boeuf bourguignon, from casseroles to cassoulet, and don’t get us started on soups – from beer soup to toasted flour, the French have turned soup into an art form – without making it impossible to […]

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Soupe a L’ail | authentic French garlic soup

Written by on January 27, 2014 in Starters
Soupe a L’ail | authentic French garlic soup

soup is one of the oldest food combinations there is and all cultures have a history of soup in one form or another. Garlic soup has a reputation for being able to get rid of colds and flu – some food scientists say that garlic can destroy the cold virus. According to a report from […]

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Oeufs en Cocotte | Christmas Breakfast in France

Written by on November 29, 2013 in Starters
Oeufs en Cocotte | Christmas Breakfast in France

Oeufs en Cocotte are great as a hearty breakfast or brunch dish. While most people are fussing about what they’ll serve for dinner on Christmas Day, I tend to focus more on what I’ll serve for brunch. Oh how I love Christmas brunch! The possibilities are endless: beautiful breads, freshly-pressed juices, colourful winter fruit salads, […]

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