Janine Marsh

Recipe for Courgette Fritters | Zucchini Cakes

Written by on May 25, 2020 in Gastronomy, Starters
Recipe for Courgette Fritters | Zucchini Cakes

Courgette fritters, or zucchini cakes, depending on what side of the pond you’re on, are a really easy dish to make. They make for fabulous snacks and are just perfect with a glass of wine. They’re also good paired up with meat dishes or with tapas. We asked  chef Nadia Sammut of the Michelin Star […]

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Les Hortillonnages, Amiens

Written by on May 25, 2020 in Picardy
Les Hortillonnages, Amiens

It’s not often that I’m lost for words. Some say if there was a medal for talking, I’d win gold. But, when I went to Amiens and discovered les hortillonnages, I was dumbstruck. How had I visited before and missed this incredible natural treasure of the city? Apparently many people miss it, but if you […]

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How to live the good life in France | Choosing where to live

Written by on May 23, 2020 in Buying a Home, Living in France
How to live the good life in France | Choosing where to live

If you dream of living the good life in France – you’re certainly not alone, it’s a popular dream! Expats in France are numerous and from all around the world. Drawn by the diversity of the landscapes, the food, sunshine, wine – there’s lots to tempt. Those who love snow and mountains head to the […]

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French hairdressers and pigstys – your weekly dose of France

Written by on May 23, 2020 in Newsletter from France
French hairdressers and pigstys – your weekly dose of France

Bonjour, I truly hope you and yours are well. Here in France, each day it feels a little bit more normal. A new normal for sure, but more like the old normal. While I was walking the dogs one morning this week I saw “Young Man” going to work in his van for the first […]

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La chartreuse de Neuville, Montreuil-sur-Mer

Written by on May 22, 2020 in Nord-Pas de Calais
La chartreuse de Neuville, Montreuil-sur-Mer

In the stunning countryside of the Seven Valleys, at the foot of the medieval hilltop town of Montreuil-sur-Mer in Pas de Calais, northern France, lies a rather large secret. A long, tree lined drive surrounded by fields and forests, makes for an impressive entrance to a grand arched doorway. Step through and you’ll enter a […]

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Musée de l’Hospice Comtesse, Lille

Written by on May 20, 2020 in Nord-Pas de Calais
Musée de l’Hospice Comtesse, Lille

Right in the centre of the old town of Lille in northern France, the Musée de l’Hospice Comtesse is a gem of a museum. From its entrance in cobbled rue de la Monnaie, you have no idea what lies behind those grand wooden doors. Set into a long wall peppered with arched windows and doorways, […]

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Easy recipe for French chouquettes

Written by on May 19, 2020 in Desserts
Easy recipe for French chouquettes

Like the sweet sister of savoury Gougères, those oh so French cheesy puffs, chouqettes are delicious sugary dough balloons. The light pastry was invented in Italy in the 16th century and perfected by French chefs and renamed choux pastry in the 17th century. It’s used extensively in French cakes – eclairs, Religieuse cakes and chouquettes, […]

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Your daily dose of France fun & fab newsletter!

Written by on May 17, 2020 in Newsletter from France
Your daily dose of France fun & fab newsletter!

Bonjour, I truly hope you and yours are well. I didn’t think my animal life could get much odder until I opened the front door to find a blackbird eating out of the cat food bowl I leave for strays on the doorstep and two very fat hedgehogs rolling about in the cat food bowl […]

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What to see in Saint-Cirq-Lapopie in the Lot Department

Written by on May 15, 2020 in Midi-Pyrénées
What to see in Saint-Cirq-Lapopie in the Lot Department

Saint-Cirq-Lapopie in the Lot department in southern France, is a cliff hanger of a village – quite literally. Perched on a cliff top, the River Lot curls its way along the bottom of the limestone cliff. From the top, the canoeists and kayakers who paddle their way down look tiny. Here’s what to see in […]

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How to make Tapenade at home

Written by on May 15, 2020 in Starters
How to make Tapenade at home

For me tapenade is a taste of Provence. Crushed olives, piquant tasting and utterly delicious spread onto a piece of bread, perfect with a glass of wine or Pastis. A taste of summer, of sunshine, the spirit of southern France on a spoon. According to food historians, tapenade was born from Romans preserving olives in […]

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