Gastronomy

How to choose a French wine that suits your taste

Written by on December 29, 2020 in Wine and Drinks
How to choose a French wine that suits your taste

Wine expert Philip Reddaway shares his top tips to help you choose wine that’s just right for you… Standing in the wine aisle of the super-market, confronted with a range of 500 different wines, or perusing a 4-page wine list in a restaurant can be quite a daunting experience. France produces more than 2,900 different […]

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The history of coffee in France

Written by on December 27, 2020 in Gastronomy
The history of coffee in France

There’s a thriving coffee culture in France and for first time visitors it takes a bit of getting used to. Generally French cafés don’t have a menu of types of coffee. You’re expected to just know what to ask for (find a handy guide at the end of this article). But how did it get […]

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How to make Eiffel Tower Biscuits

Written by on December 26, 2020 in Desserts
How to make Eiffel Tower Biscuits

Eiffel Tower biscuits are easy to make. Great for making an impression, sharing and hanging from Christmas trees! And if you really want to make them pretty – add some “stained glass” detail… Ingredients for Eiffel Tower biscuits 1 cup/226g unsalted butter 1 cup/200g granulated sugar4 cups/480g all-purpose plain flour ½ cup/65g corn powder 2 […]

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A Guide to Choosing Your Perfect Wine

Written by on December 26, 2020 in Wine and Drinks
A Guide to Choosing Your Perfect Wine

For those that aren’t experienced with wine, it can be challenging to choose what to drink. There are so many different options available that it can take months before you find a bottle that you enjoy. However, luckily enough, there are some ways to speed up the process. In this article, we are going to […]

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Ultimate French hot chocolate recipe

Written by on December 19, 2020 in Gastronomy
Ultimate French hot chocolate recipe

French style hot chocolate is decadent, it can’t be denied. Luxuriously rich, smooth, creamy and oh so chocolatey. It was introduced to the court of Versailles during the reign of Louis XIV but it was his grandson Louix XV who made it a feature of Versailles cuisine. During his reign, the popularity of hot chocolate […]

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The art of French Apéro Hour

Written by on December 15, 2020 in Wine and Drinks
The art of French Apéro Hour

In France the traditional aperitif, called an apéro for short, is a cultural ritual, one of the no. 1 pleasures in life. And it’s a brilliant custom that’s easy to adopt everywhere. Typically enjoyed with friends and family before dinner, ‘L’heure de l’apéro’ – an hour of ‘apéritif’ drinks involves enjoying a drink – wine, […]

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Perfect French Brandy Cocktails for a Cool Yule

Written by on December 9, 2020 in Wine and Drinks
Perfect French Brandy Cocktails for a Cool Yule

Brandy cocktails are perfect for Christmas. If you thought that brandy was just for setting your figgy pudding on fire – think again! A crafted, mellow brandy like French-made Bardinet, produced in Bordeaux since 1857 and one of the UK’s leading French Brandies, is great for drinking on its own, but it’s also perfect for cocktails. […]

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Michelin Star chef Tony Lestienne’s gingerbread loaf recipe

Written by on December 9, 2020 in Desserts
Michelin Star chef Tony Lestienne’s gingerbread loaf recipe

The French love their gingerbread! It’s been a classic dish for hundreds of years and is especially popular in the north of France. In Boulogne-sur-Mer, one of the most famous makers of gingerbread was Clémence Lestienne. Born Clémence Clarisse in 1834, she was known as much for the sweet treats she sold at markets in […]

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Recipe for sweet Pithiviers

Written by on November 12, 2020 in Desserts
Recipe for sweet Pithiviers

Pithiviers is a puff pastry pie that originated in its current form from the town of Pithiviers in Loiret, in the Centre-Val de Loire region. The sweet cake is loved all over France. It’s claimed the true origins of Pithiviers date back before the Middle Ages, even to the time of the Romans but the […]

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Recipe for apple, pear and speculoos crumble

Written by on October 22, 2020 in Desserts
Recipe for apple, pear and speculoos crumble

I live in a tiny village in the middle of nowhere, northern France. But it doesn’t mean I miss out on amazing French gastronomy, and I don’t even need to leave home! Three times a week the Bread Man delivers bread to our village and many others in the area. His deliveries mean we all […]

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