Gastronomy

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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Classic Coq au vin recipe

Written by on May 23, 2020 in Main Courses
Classic Coq au vin recipe

There’s a legend in France that the Coq au Vin recipe goes back to the Romans. The story goes that in 52 BC Julius Caesar arrived in France with his armies, intent on victory over the Gallic tribes. One of the Gallic chiefs sent Caesar a cockerel, meant to taunt him, a symbol of Gallic […]

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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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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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Rosé wine | The taste of summer in France

Written by on May 4, 2020 in Wine and Drinks
Rosé wine | The taste of summer in France

You would have to be a tea-teetotaller not to have noticed the explosion in popularity of rosé wines in recent years, they are everywhere. Exports of Provence rosés, the main production area in France,  to their largest customer, the USA, have increased 10 fold in just over 7 years. As soon as the sun stars […]

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Recipe for chocolate mousse – parfait

Written by on May 1, 2020 in Desserts
Recipe for chocolate mousse – parfait

Chocolate mousse is a classic dessert of French restaurants. Served in glasses or parfait jars and topped with fruit, cream, crème fraiche, nuts, grated chocolate – whatever takes your fancy, it’s a really simple dish to make but oh so delicious. Chocolate mousse for four 6 egg whites 2 tbsp golden caster sugar 150g 70% […]

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Lemon, thyme & olive oil cake | Taste of Provence

Written by on April 27, 2020 in Desserts
Lemon, thyme & olive oil cake | Taste of Provence

There are three ingredients that always make me think of Provence and the South of France – olive oil, lemons and fresh thyme… Olive trees were introduced to France more than 2500 years ago and flourished due to the dry soil and agreeable climate. Groves of olive trees can be seen throughout Provence which now […]

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Stay home and still enjoy French wine

Written by on April 2, 2020 in Wine and Drinks
Stay home and still enjoy French wine

Whether you want a glass of French wine to enjoy over a Zoom or FaceTime call to catch up with friends, or to pair with a delicious dinner in the garden after staying indoors all day working, these trying times call for a glass of wine… With SomMailer.com in the US you can have your […]

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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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