Gastronomy

Indulge your passion for fabulous food in northern France

Written by on January 15, 2019 in Gastronomy, Nord-Pas de Calais
Indulge your passion for fabulous food in northern France

In 2010, UNESCO awarded French cuisine ‘World intangible heritage status’, reflecting the importance of great food in France. A nip across, or under, the English Channel to northern France reveals a wealth of gastronomic delights. From lush produce at street markets, to tasty treats at the supermarket, cheese shops, wine shops and boulangeries that smell so […]

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How to do coffee, the Parisian way

Written by on January 9, 2019 in Gastronomy
How to do coffee, the Parisian way

At some point in history, it just became a fact that everything is more stylish in Paris. Of course, lot of other cities have their own version of “cool”, but there seems to a be a special way in which the Parisians do things that make everything seem so effortless and so… chic. Coffee is […]

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Cheese and Wine – the flavours of France

Written by on January 6, 2019 in Gastronomy, Wine and Drinks
Cheese and Wine – the flavours of France

Nothing characterises French cuisine like cheese and wine!  Both have been made for centuries in France, it is said that Cantal cheese from the Cantal region in the Auvergne has been enjoyed for at least two millennia and it’s mentioned by Roman historian Pliny the Elder in a document dating back to 1 BC. There […]

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Profiteroles or Cream Puffs – an historic French pastry | And how to make them

Written by on January 2, 2019 in Desserts
Profiteroles or Cream Puffs – an historic French pastry | And how to make them

Profiteroles, the airy light pastries we all love (called cream puffs in the US) have been around for at least 500 years! The history of profiteroles No one can know the real origin of profiteroles but it seems they’ve been around for at least 500 years. The French writer Francois Rabelais (1494-1553) mentions profiteroles in […]

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Truffle hunting in Dordogne

Written by on January 2, 2019 in Aquitaine, Gastronomy
Truffle hunting in Dordogne

Truffles are one of those foods that you either love or hate. They’re not a take it or leave it type of thing – they’re too pungent for that. In Dordogne, everyone loves them, they’re one of the region’s prized treasures… What are truffles? Truffles are a form of mushroom, an edible fungus that some […]

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Sarlat Truffle Festival

Written by on January 2, 2019 in Aquitaine, Gastronomy
Sarlat Truffle Festival

Every January a special event takes place in Sarlat, Dordogne – the famous truffle festival. The aromatic fungi take centre stage in this lovely, medieval town. Fabulous fungi If you’re a fan of these little smelly fungi, then you’ll love Dordogne in the winter. There are plenty of the “black diamonds” on offer at the […]

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How to make Poulet Roti | roast chicken French style

Written by on December 28, 2018 in Main Courses
How to make Poulet Roti | roast chicken French style

One of the favourite “fast food” options in France is the rotisserie chicken and roasted potatoes that you can find in any neighborhood market. You can usually just follow your nose to find the chicken seller. Back home, it’s sometimes hard to recreate the flavour of both the chicken and the potatoes… The trick is […]

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Visit Ruinart Reims – the oldest Champagne House in the world

Written by on December 15, 2018 in Champagne-Ardenne, Wine and Drinks
Visit Ruinart Reims – the oldest Champagne House in the world

Mark Twain, the great American writer was spot on when he claimed: “too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right”. Ever since it was “discovered” in France in the 17th century, just about everyone has fallen under the spell of the effervescent wine. It can only be made in Champagne, […]

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La Maison Noilly Prat Marseillan, France

Written by on November 21, 2018 in Wine and Drinks
La Maison Noilly Prat Marseillan, France

La Maison Noilly Prat’s location is superb, next to Étang de Thau, a large lagoon in Marseillan, one of the oldest fishing villages in France. A few weathered bars, bistros and shops line the small multi-hued port. It’s a French Provencal postcard town come to life. The History of Noilly Prat Pascal, our guide, introduced […]

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Recipe for Ratatouille Tian a classic dish of Provence

Written by on October 25, 2018 in Main Courses
Recipe for Ratatouille Tian a classic dish of Provence

You may not know what a tian is, but if you’ve seen the movie Ratatouille, you’ll be familiar with a version of this presentation of vegetables sliced thinly, cooked and served in an elegant stack. The dish you see in the movie was created by Chef Thomas Keller (of The French Laundry, among other restaurants), […]

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