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Recipe for Courgette Fritters | Zucchini Cakes

Written by on May 25, 2020 in Gastronomy, Starters
Recipe for Courgette Fritters | Zucchini Cakes

Courgette fritters, or zucchini cakes, depending on what side of the pond you’re on, are a really easy dish to make. They make for fabulous snacks and are just perfect with a glass of wine. They’re also good paired up with meat dishes or with tapas. We asked chef Nadia Sammut of the Michelin Star […]

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How to make Tapenade at home

Written by on May 15, 2020 in Starters
How to make Tapenade at home

For me tapenade is a taste of Provence. Crushed olives, piquant tasting and utterly delicious spread onto a piece of bread, perfect with a glass of wine or Pastis. A taste of summer, of sunshine, the spirit of southern France on a spoon. According to food historians, tapenade was born from Romans preserving olives in […]

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How to cook snails in garlic butter

Written by on November 15, 2019 in Starters
How to cook snails in garlic butter

Snails in garlic butter are the ultimate French appetiser and they’re actually quite easy to prepare at home. You can cook and serve them in shells but I like them cooked in a special snail gratin dish. If you don’t have one, use an oven proof dish to suit. Snails are a much loved dish […]

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Extra-cheesy cheese puffs Gruyère-Parmesan Gougères

Written by on August 16, 2018 in Starters
Extra-cheesy cheese puffs Gruyère-Parmesan Gougères

Gougères are extremely satisfying to make—not to mention eat! You can never tire of watching the dense, silky dollops of batter inflate into crispy balloons of cheesy pastry through the oven window. We’ve decided to push the cheesiness to the max here. An extra sprinkle of gruyère and parmesan adds extra cheese flavor and textural […]

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South of France Summer salsa recipe with prawns

Written by on July 9, 2018 in Starters
South of France Summer salsa recipe with prawns

This delicious recipe is from La de Villa Mazamet in the south of France where the summers are long and hot and chefs love to create recipes that are perfect for sunshine days… Ingredient for 8 people 2 limes – juice and zest 1 large medium-ripe avocado – finely diced 1 large red bell pepper […]

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Tomates à la Provençale | Provencal Tomatoes recipe

Written by on April 22, 2018 in Starters
Tomates à la Provençale | Provencal Tomatoes recipe

The perfect side dish for a barbecue, these roasted tomatoes from Provence call for a glass of chilled rosé and some delicious grilled meat or fish. They also use herbs that are classic in southern France, and often called herbes de Provence in France. Prep time: 5 minutes • Cook time: 20 minutes • Serves 4 […]

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Parmesan Cheese Soup recipe by French chef Stéphane Jégo

Written by on April 17, 2018 in Starters
Parmesan Cheese Soup recipe by French chef Stéphane Jégo

Few would argue that there’s anything more satisfying than a bowl of comforting home-made soup. In France, soups are king and relished year round. If lunch was hot and heavy there’s nothing like a velvety potage come evening. In fact, On va souper? means, “Shall we have dinner?” in French. At bistro sensation L’Ami Jean […]

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Recipe for three cheese Fougasse bread from France

Written by on March 16, 2017 in Gastronomy, Starters
Recipe for three cheese Fougasse bread from France

Fougasse bread is a French flat bread, a typical staple of Provence. Traditionally it’s styled in a grain of wheat style (like the photo) and it’s origins are thought to be Roman. It’s a bit like the Italian foccacia  bread – but with a French twist. Fougasse was once used to assess the temperature of a wood […]

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How to make delicious cheesy Gougeres French style

Written by on December 24, 2016 in Starters
How to make delicious cheesy Gougeres French style

Cheese choux pastry is delicious and easy to make.  These cheesy puffs are indecently scrumptious, served still warm from the oven you’ll get a cheese steam as you bite in and they’ll disappear in no time. They make for a great snack or to serve with drinks, beware, they’re very more-ish! Ingredients for 4 people […]

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How to make a French Style Cheese Wreath at Christmas

Written by on December 5, 2016 in French Cuisine, Gastronomy, Starters
How to make a French Style Cheese Wreath at Christmas

Here’s how to give your table real Christmas wow factor with a French cheese wreath… French cheese wreath – fromage and flair This is not a recipe as such, it is more of an assembly job, but it is fun, festive and a little frivolous. It’s easy to do and looks fabulous in the centre […]

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