Janine Marsh

Bon weekend from me and my pumpkins in France…

Written by on September 26, 2020 in Newsletter from France
Bon weekend from me and my pumpkins in France…

Bonjour, I hope that you and yours are well. Here in my village, the smell of fermenting apples is filling the air. Cider making is early this year as we had such a long hot spring through summer and the apples are bigger, rosier and juicier than I can ever remember. Claudette, who you would […]

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How to make Cherries Jubilee

Written by on September 17, 2020 in Desserts
How to make Cherries Jubilee

Cherries jubilee is an old school classic French dessert though it was invented in England. It’s super easy to make and utterly delicious. The recipe is credited to the great French chef Auguste Escoffier, who created the dish in honour of the the Queen Victoria’s diamond Jubilee celebrations in 1897. The dish is made with […]

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Bon weekend from Annecy

Written by on September 12, 2020 in Newsletter from France
Bon weekend from Annecy

I hope that you and yours are well. I’ve been in Annecy and the Annecy Mountains for the last week or so and I have to tell you – it is gorgeous. I’ve been to amazing restaurants, stayed in fabulous hotels, climbed mountains bathed in late summer sunshine, talked to cows with bells ringing, been […]

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Hellish hail stones and cats that love fish newsletter from France

Written by on August 29, 2020 in Newsletter from France
Hellish hail stones and cats that love fish newsletter from France

I hope that you and yours are well. My big news this week is that my new book My Four Seasons in France: A Year of the Good Life, will be out in print in America on 1 September (you can find it on Amazon.com, Book Depository, Barnes & Noble and book shops everywhere). I’ve […]

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Discover Gorgeous Gers – Gascony

Written by on August 27, 2020 in Midi-Pyrénées
Discover Gorgeous Gers – Gascony

Take to the road in Gascony and discover some of its charms. From medieval villages, quirky museums and the most intoxicating gastronomy … The Gers –  Gascony The Gers, or Gascony some call it, is one of the most rural regions in all of France. You’ll find it in southwest France, just west of Toulouse. […]

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The Secret French Recipes of Sophie Valroux by Samantha Verant

Written by on August 26, 2020 in Book Reviews And Interviews
The Secret French Recipes of Sophie Valroux by Samantha Verant

Sophie, a French-born but lived most of her life in the US chef, finds life really isn’t a dream come true. When an ex-boyfriend conspires against her, her whole life is turned upside down. Sophie needs to get a grip of herself if she’s to avoid a life doomed to fail on all levels. But […]

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Iconic Morris Columns of Paris

Written by on August 24, 2020 in Paris
Iconic Morris Columns of Paris

If you visit Paris, you can’t help but notice tall cylindrical dark green columns with advertisement posters plastered round their middle. Colonne Morris (Morris Columns) as they are known, are an iconic feature of the city’s landscape as much as the red post boxes of London and the fire hydrants of New York. And yet, […]

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How to drink Pastis

Written by on August 17, 2020 in Wine and Drinks
How to drink Pastis

You can walk into any bar in France and be assured of a familiar sight – a sign or a jug (the type you see at every French flea market) advertising pastis. And if it’s a hot day, there’s sure to be a Frenchman or two sitting at a table watching the world go by […]

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Bon weekend from super roasty toasty France

Written by on August 15, 2020 in Newsletter from France
Bon weekend from super roasty toasty France

Bonjour, I hope that you and yours are well. The last couple of weeks I’ve been travelling round France after an absence of almost 5 months. It feels a lot longer than that – like another lifetime. And a lot has changed in that time, though some things remain reassuringly normal. I’ve been to Paris […]

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Guide to Armagnac – the spirit of Gascony

Written by on August 13, 2020 in Wine and Drinks
Guide to Armagnac – the spirit of Gascony

Armagnac is the most ancient French eau-de-vie. It’s produced in the Gers department, known as Gascony, and is at least 700 years old. However, it’s believed that the origins of Armagnac go back as far as the 10th century. And in fact, the Romans were the first to plant vines in the area. The first […]

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