Gastronomy

Easy recipe for Chocolate Soufflé

Written by on February 25, 2019 in Desserts
Easy recipe for Chocolate Soufflé

A light, airy and utterly scrumptious dessert. Most people think it’s a tricky recipe but it’s not really that difficult when you know how. The soufflé as we know it is said to have originated in France in the 18th century when it was apparently created as a dish for the mistress of Louis XV, […]

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Recipe for French gingerbread Pain d’Epices

Written by on January 22, 2019 in Desserts
Recipe for French gingerbread Pain d’Epices

Whenever I visit the small town of Buxy in France’s Côte Chalonnaise, you will likely find me at the tiny market held in the centre ville on Thursday mornings. Though there aren’t many stalls, every-thing on offer is absolutely delicious. I especially look forward to stopping by the stand selling honey and French gingerbread, or […]

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Chestnut cream-filled meringues with chocolate sauce

Written by on January 22, 2019 in Desserts
Chestnut cream-filled meringues with chocolate sauce

Taking hardly any time at all to prepare these sweet, crunchy meringues filled with chestnut cream and covered in hot chocolate sauce are a dreamy dessert! Serves 6 Preparation time: 10 minutes 1.5 cups (200g) thick crème fraiche 1 heaped tablespoon mascarpone 2 teaspoons sweet chestnut purée (crème de marrons) 50z (150g) bittersweet chocolate 5 […]

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Recipe for Apple and Blackberry Clafoutis

Written by on January 22, 2019 in Desserts
Recipe for Apple and Blackberry Clafoutis

Clafoutis is one of the most versatile French desserts and finds its origins in the Limousin, a lush, green region situated in the heart of the Massif Central. If you’ve never made or tasted clafoutis before, think of it as a ‘custardy’ type of cake. It doesn’t call for that much flour, so there isn’t […]

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Indulge your passion for fabulous food in northern France

Written by on January 15, 2019 in Gastronomy
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
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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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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