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Recipe for French Cheese Soufflé

Written by on August 9, 2020 in Gastronomy, Main Courses
Recipe for French Cheese Soufflé

Le Soufflé is considered a culinary masterpiece in France. The word soufflé comes from souffler – to breathe or to puff, and this dish takes puffing to an art form! The first time the recipe for a cheese soufflé was recorded was 1742 in Le Cuisine Modern by Vincent La Chapelle (modern for those times […]

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How to make classic French Sole Meunière

Written by on June 26, 2020 in Main Courses
How to make classic French Sole Meunière

When the great American cook Julia Child first came to France – she wasn’t a cook. She was a curious visitor keen to sample all that France offered. And her first meal in a restaurant was in Rouen in Normandy in one of the oldest restaurants in France, La Couronne. She had sole meunière. And […]

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Recipe for Pissaladière

Written by on June 1, 2020 in Gastronomy, Main Courses
Recipe for Pissaladière

This delicious Provencal version of pizza is a firm favourite in Nice and the French Riviera.  It’s easy to make at home, is great for a snack or light meal, very moreish and goes well with a green salad or on its own or with a glass of chilled rosé… Ingredients for a Pissaladière for […]

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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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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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Easy Cassoulet recipe with chicken and sausages

Written by on January 3, 2020 in Main Courses
Easy Cassoulet recipe with chicken and sausages

In parts of the south and southwest France, people are crazy about Cassoulet. It’s a rustic and robust French country stew that typically includes white beans, pork and poultry.  It’s been a favourite for hundreds of years in France and legend has it that the origins go back to the Hundred Years War (1337-1453) During […]

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How to make French Quiche Lorraine

Written by on October 23, 2019 in Main Courses
How to make French Quiche Lorraine

Quiche Lorraine originated from the German “kuchen” meaning cake, and it’s the grandmother of all savoury pies. Quiche Lorraine originated in Lorraine in the north east of France where it’s been made since at least the 17th century, and is said to have been baked by the chef at the court of Stanislas, the former […]

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French Ratatouille Tart

Written by on September 24, 2019 in Main Courses
French Ratatouille Tart

Fall, when the markets are overflowing with produce, is probably every cooks favourite season. This recipe, a variation of the traditional ratatouille is a delicious dish any time but especially so in autumn. It takes time and attention – but the luscious results are worth the effort. The recipe includes French onion and tomato jam […]

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Recipe for Poulet Gaston Gerard

Written by on July 3, 2019 in Main Courses
Recipe for Poulet Gaston Gerard

The recipe was created in 1930 by the wife of the Mayor of Dijon, Gaston Gerard. She was cooking for an esteemed guest, Maurice Edmond Sailland, AKA Curnonsky, a celebrated writer of Gastronomy in France and dubbed The Prince of Gastronomy. Madame accidentally put too much paprika in a chicken dish she was cooking and […]

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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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