Janine Marsh

How to make Eiffel Tower Biscuits

Written by on December 26, 2020 in Desserts
How to make Eiffel Tower Biscuits

Eiffel Tower biscuits are easy to make. Great for making an impression, sharing and hanging from Christmas trees! And if you really want to make them pretty – add some “stained glass” detail… Ingredients for Eiffel Tower biscuits 1 cup/226g unsalted butter 1 cup/200g granulated sugar4 cups/480g all-purpose plain flour ½ cup/65g corn powder 2 […]

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Merry Christmas from France newsletter…

Written by on December 19, 2020 in Newsletter from France
Merry Christmas from France newsletter…

Bonjour, I hope that you and yours are well. It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas where I am. The Mayor of our little village has turned the lights on outside the town hall and three little trees now twinkle at dusk. Madame Bernadette has put up a life size plastic inflatable Santa Claus […]

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Review of Exploring Wine Regions – Bordeaux

Written by on December 18, 2020 in Book Reviews And Interviews
Review of Exploring Wine Regions – Bordeaux

“Discover wine, food, castles and the French Way of life” it reads on the cover of Exploring Wine Regions – Bordeaux. It’s an apt and accurate summary of what’s inside this superb, almost 500 page long book. Michael Higgins, the author and photographer has delved deep into the heart of Bordeaux –  the city, the […]

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The art of French Apéro Hour

Written by on December 15, 2020 in Wine and Drinks
The art of French Apéro Hour

In France the traditional aperitif, called an apéro for short, is a cultural ritual, one of the no. 1 pleasures in life. And it’s a brilliant custom that’s easy to adopt everywhere. Typically enjoyed with friends and family before dinner, ‘L’heure de l’apéro’ – an hour of ‘apéritif’ drinks involves enjoying a drink – wine, […]

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Bon weekend from a Bread Man in France…

Written by on December 12, 2020 in Newsletter from France
Bon weekend from a Bread Man in France…

Bonjour, I hope that you and yours are well. It’s a little gloomy here in France to be honest but you probably all know this already so I won’t dwell on that but on the joyful things I find in life. Like Bread Man. Bread Man delivers to lots of little shop-less villages and hamlets […]

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Perfect French Brandy Cocktails for a Cool Yule

Written by on December 9, 2020 in Wine and Drinks
Perfect French Brandy Cocktails for a Cool Yule

Brandy cocktails are perfect for Christmas. If you thought that brandy was just for setting your figgy pudding on fire – think again! A crafted, mellow brandy like French-made Bardinet, produced in Bordeaux since 1857 and one of the UK’s leading French Brandies, is great for drinking on its own, but it’s also perfect for cocktails. […]

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Perfect playlist for French apéro!

Written by on December 9, 2020 in French Music
Perfect playlist for French apéro!

Apéro, or apéritif, is a French way of life. It’s both a drink and an event, a time for getting together and enjoying a chat and pre-dinner drink. These days it’s just as likely to be an online reunion – but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun or funky! Preparing for apéro is part […]

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How to make a Christmas bouquet chateau style

Written by on December 7, 2020 in French Style
How to make a Christmas bouquet chateau style

Everyone who visits the Chateau de Chenonceau in the Loire Valley comes away with a memory of the exquisite gardens, the impossibly romantic white stone castle over a river with its pointy towers and arched bridge – and especially of the flower displays in every room. We asked the floral team at the castle to […]

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The weekly update from The Good Life France

Written by on December 5, 2020 in Newsletter from France
The weekly update from The Good Life France

It’s got cold here in my part of rural France, walks with the dogs each day involve puddles and oodles of mud. The wind has been swooshing through the valley, ripping the last of the autumn leaves from the trees, and making barn doors rattle. Winter is coming. Christmas lights are starting to twinkle in […]

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Brilliant, brand new Festive France Christmas magazine

Written by on November 28, 2020 in Magazine
Brilliant, brand new Festive France Christmas magazine

Bonjour from France It’s been such a difficult year hasn’t it? So, I thought that it would be lovely if we can bring some smiles with a bit of festive fabulousness from France and I had an idea for a special Christmas issue of The Good Life France Magazine. Just click here to get your […]

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