Gastronomy

How to make Tarte Flambée – Flammekueche

Written by on March 24, 2020 in Main Courses
How to make Tarte Flambée – Flammekueche

Tarte flambée literally translates as ‘toasted tart or fired tart’ – but it’s not a tart, and it’s not toasted, and neither is it flambeed! Tarte flambée is it’s French name, but it’s also known as flammekueche which it’s called in the north of France, having originated in Alsace, north east France. It’s a cross […]

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Most Expensive Potato in the World is French!

Written by on March 1, 2020 in Gastronomy
Most Expensive Potato in the World is French!

If someone asked you to name the most expensive foods in the world, you might come up with caviar and truffles and that sort of thing. But you probably wouldn’t think of potatoes. And yet there is a type of French potato that is so rare and delicious that it sometimes fetches a whopping $300 […]

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How to make Croissants

Written by on February 3, 2020 in Gastronomy
How to make Croissants

Golden, flaky, buttery croissants… There’s nothing quite like a fresh baked, straight out of the oven, still warm and steaming croissant to make your spirit soar. They’re not super easy to make. It takes time to get it right, and time to chill the ingredients. You might need a few goes before you get it […]

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French wine is the most romantic valentine’s gift

Written by on February 3, 2020 in Wine and Drinks
French wine is the most romantic valentine’s gift

What makes a great gift for your loved one for Valentine’s Day? It’s a question that never gets old. Do you choose a heart-shaped box of chocolates to woo your partner? Or, an exuberant bouquet of flowers? Or better yet – an elegant bottle of red wine or even Champagne? According to a study by […]

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La Chandeleur in Provence

Written by on January 24, 2020 in Gastronomy
La Chandeleur in Provence

February 2 marks La Chandeleur, a day celebrated in France with the making, and eating, of crêpes. But Provence has it’s own special traditions for this pancake day… How did La Chandeleur start? La Chandeleur is the culmination of the Calendale, the festive holiday season which begins with the feast day of St. Barbara (la […]

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Easy Cassoulet recipe with chicken and sausages

Written by on January 3, 2020 in Main Courses
Easy Cassoulet recipe with chicken and sausages

In parts of the south and southwest France, people are crazy about Cassoulet. It’s a rustic and robust French country stew that typically includes white beans, pork and poultry.  It’s been a favourite for hundreds of years in France and legend has it that the origins go back to the Hundred Years War (1337-1453) During […]

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Vin Chaud recipe from France

Written by on December 6, 2019 in Wine and Drinks
Vin Chaud recipe from France

The most sensational, lush, delectable French mulled wine, deep ruby red, spicy and deliciously warming, this recipe outranks all others… This vin chaud recipe takes a somewhat different approach to flavouring the wine compared to other recipes. Instead of simmering the wine with the mulling spices, leave it to steep for three days along with […]

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Perfect guide to wine pairing at Christmas

Written by on December 6, 2019 in Wine and Drinks
Perfect guide to wine pairing at Christmas

In France, Christmas meals lasting anything up to 6 hours are de rigeur. But, with more than 200 wine varieties to choose from – how do you know which are the best wines to drink at Christmas? We asked Laurent Yung of the renowned French wine club, SomMailier for some tips! How the French drink […]

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How to cook snails in garlic butter

Written by on November 15, 2019 in Starters
How to cook snails in garlic butter

Snails in garlic butter are the ultimate French appetiser and they’re actually quite easy to prepare at home. You can cook and serve them in shells but I like them cooked in a special snail gratin dish. If you don’t have one, use an oven proof dish to suit. Snails are a much loved dish […]

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How to make chocolate fondant cake

Written by on November 5, 2019 in Desserts
How to make chocolate fondant cake

This gooey-centred chocolate pudding is irresistible! It’s not known exactly who invented it or when though french chef Michel Bras claims to be the creator. But, whoever it was, we should all be thankful for this mellow, melt-in-your mouth classic. Here’s how to make chocolate fondant cake at home… Ingredients for 4 2 oz bittersweet […]

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