Gastronomy

The perfect Wine and Armagnac tour of Gascony

The perfect Wine and Armagnac tour of Gascony

Unleash your spirit of adventure on a guided, custom tour of Gascony where you’ll taste the wonderful wines and famous Armagnac of this sunny southwest region of France. Wine and Armagnac Enthusiasts Adventure Join a two-day tour to taste the spirit of Gascony tucked away in the southwest corner of France. This is a land […]

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Apple Tart recipe like Maman used to make by Chef Daniel Galmiche

Written by on December 31, 2017 in Desserts
Apple Tart recipe like Maman used to make by Chef Daniel Galmiche

The most delicious French apple tart recipe – easy to make, this classic French dessert is scrumptious. Maman’s Apple Tart by chef Daniel  Galmiche is superb. Ingredients 1 large egg 100ml/3 1/3 fl oz/scant ½ cup double cream (or crème fraiche) 3 heaped tbsp. caster sugar Butter for greasing 225-250g/8-9 oz readymade shortcrust pastry (or […]

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Wine tasting in the Loire Valley in Leonardo da Vinci’s cave

Written by on December 31, 2017 in Centre, Wine and Drinks
Wine tasting in the Loire Valley in Leonardo da Vinci’s cave

“I believe that great happiness awaits those men who are born where good wines are to be found” – Leonardo da Vinci. Well you can’t disagree with him I think, especially in France. Leonardo lived out his last years in the Loire Valley at Amboise. There at the invitation of Francis I, King of France, […]

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Rungis Market Paris | the new belly of the city

Written by on December 29, 2017 in Gastronomy, Paris
Rungis Market Paris | the new belly of the city

It was Emile Zola who named the huge food market of Paris called Les Halles, “the belly of Paris”. The wonderful Parisian photographer Robert Doisneau captured its vibrant life in photos for nearly 50 years before it was closed in 1969 after more than 800 years of trading, a piece of Paris history gone forever… […]

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Festive French Food at Christmas

Written by on December 15, 2017 in Gastronomy
Festive French Food at Christmas

Christmas in France is all about food – the best of everything, beautifully cooked, prepared and presented. It is a time to relax and linger over a delicious meal with friends and family, a time of indulgence and the finest of food and wine. In France it is Christmas Eve when the big get together […]

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How to make a French Buche de Noel at home

Written by on December 14, 2017 in Desserts
How to make a French Buche de Noel at home

If you live in France, the chances are you’ll buy one of these classic Christmas cakes in the boulangerie rather than make one at home. There’s such a huge choice of Buches and every baker likes to add his or her own personal touch to these delicious gateaux. But, if you’re not in France, that […]

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Seven surprising things you didn’t know about French cuisine

Written by on December 12, 2017 in Gastronomy
Seven surprising things you didn’t know about French cuisine

France is well-known for producing some of the most famous and delicious foods in the world. From delicious crusty baguettes to indulgent desserts, this is a nation that loves high quality cuisine. But even if you love eating French food, there are a number of things that you probably don’t know about it. Here are […]

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Christmas Traditions Provence style

Written by on December 4, 2017 in Gastronomy, Provence-Alpes
Christmas Traditions Provence style

Provence shares many Christmas traditions with the rest of France, like sapins de Noël (Christmas trees) and Pére Noël (Father Christmas.) But it also has some unique ones of its own. Thirteen Desserts? Oh My! Perhaps the most famous Provence Christmas tradition is the treize (thirteen) desserts. Wait, thirteen? Yes! These are eaten after midnight […]

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The real history of Champagne and its bubbles

Written by on December 3, 2017 in Wine and Drinks
The real history of Champagne and its bubbles

Champagne, that bubbly beverage that pops its cork for celebrations, is named after the region in northeast France where it’s produced. The name “Champagne” is protected and only sparkling wine produced in the Champagne region can be called Champagne. The same goes for the process that assures those trademark bubbles: It’s called the méthode champenoise […]

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A French Christmas recipe for a cool yule | Snails in garlic butter

Written by on December 1, 2017 in Christmas Markets, My French Life, Starters
A French Christmas recipe for a cool yule | Snails in garlic butter

It’s very nearly time for festive fun and fa la la as Christmas is almost upon on us. To spread the Christmas cheer, I’ve teamed up with Titan Travel for their ’12 Days of Blogmas’ to bring you my recipe for snails in garlic butter, a Christmas favourite in France, inspired by the markets of […]

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