Gastronomy

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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The gastronomy of Nice southern France

Written by on October 20, 2018 in Gastronomy, Provence-Alpes
The gastronomy of Nice southern France

The gastronomy of Nice is part of its heritage. It’s one of only two cities in France to do so. Lyon, often called the gastronomic capital of France, is the other one. Lyon had better look out though because Nice is catching up. And, if you ask a Nicois, they will of course assure you […]

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How to make Crème Caramel classic French desssert

Written by on October 11, 2018 in Desserts
How to make Crème Caramel classic French desssert

This delicious recipe for crème caramel comes from the cook book In the French Kitchen with Kids: Easy, Everyday Dishes for the Whole Family to Make and Enjoy by Mardi Michels of popular blog eat.live.travel.write In her first book, Mardi shows that French food doesn’t have to be complicated. The result is an elegant, approachable cookbook featuring […]

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The fascinating tale of Chartreuse liqueur

Written by on September 27, 2018 in Rhône Alpes, Wine and Drinks
The fascinating tale of Chartreuse liqueur

Legend has it (and who doesn’t love a good legend) that the only people who know the recipe and ingredients for the famous Chartreuse liqueur are two monks tucked away in a monastery in Voiron, not far from Grenoble. The 400 year old history of Chartreuse liqueur The liqueur (also known as the “Elixir of […]

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5 Favourite Foods of Nice

Written by on September 17, 2018 in Gastronomy
5 Favourite Foods of Nice

Nice is one of the most beautiful cities in France, nestled by the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Founded by the Greeks long ago, it has changed hands many times—for centuries it was part of the Duchy of Savoy, then part of France, then part of the Kingdom of Sardinia in Italy, before finally […]

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Guide to Calvados – the drink and the place

Written by on September 8, 2018 in Normandy, Wine and Drinks
Guide to Calvados – the drink and the place

Calvados is both a place and a drink. It is a department that lies in the heart of Normandy and includes amongst its many jewels the pretty harbour town of Honfleur, swanky Deauville, and the port town of Caen, capital of Calvados as well as William the conqueror’s last home town. This area is known […]

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Recipe for Chicken with Calvados

Written by on August 28, 2018 in Main Courses
Recipe for Chicken with Calvados

Calvados, the apple brandy eau de vie produced in Calvados, Normandy is not just great as an aperitif, digestif and in cocktails – but also for cooking! Ingredients for 4 people 4 chicken breasts 4 apples to cook 4 small turnips (Golden balls are good) (optional) 1 quince (if you can’t get hold of one […]

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The inspirational Grand Épicerie Rive Droite Paris

Written by on August 24, 2018 in Gastronomy
The inspirational Grand Épicerie Rive Droite Paris

The Grande Epicerie de Paris Rive Droite (right bank) is the gourmet food store emporium of the Bon Marché department store. Think Harrods food store with French je ne sais quoi! It opened in 2017 and has quickly built up a reputation for being one of the most delicious food stores in Paris. You’ll find […]

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Recipe for French Cupcakes with Calvados

Written by on August 21, 2018 in Desserts
Recipe for French Cupcakes with Calvados

You might not think of Calvados as an ingredient for dessert but it’s perfect with this lovely recipe for sweet little cupcakes! Ingredients for 4 people 2 eggs 100 g of sugar 120 g of flour 5 g of baking powder 120 g of melted butter 100 g of white chocolate 1 apple type reinette […]

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The secrets of Bouillabaisse famous French fish soup

Written by on August 16, 2018 in Gastronomy
The secrets of Bouillabaisse famous French fish soup

Just how do you make a real bouillabaise and how did this famous fish dish get its name? Keith Van Sickle, author of Life in Provence, finds out The legend of Bouillabaisse My wife and I live part of the year in St.-Rémy-de-Provence. We love bouillabaisse, that magical dish that seems to capture the spirit […]

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