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[Quite Possibly] World’s Best Easter Eggs

I’d like to be able to tell you that each of these has passed the taste test, but I can’t. These splendid examples are the result of fun-packed, zero-calorie desk research! These wonderfully extravagant chocolate treats are almost (only almost) too beautiful to eat.… Continue Reading “[Quite Possibly] World’s Best Easter Eggs”

Chocolate from Piedmont: Part I

This week I’m spending a few days with my beloved in Piedmont. I first visited the area in 2014 with the Giro d’Italia but it took until last year for my beloved to discover the Piedmont countryside with the cycle club. Consequently, he’s been… Continue Reading “Chocolate from Piedmont: Part I”

Heavenly Chocolate

Easter is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking about chocolate. And you don’t have to be a child to enjoy a visit from the Easter Bunny. What better excuse to indulge in a little of the sweet stuff? While… Continue Reading “Heavenly Chocolate”

French comfort food aka fromage: Part II

Here’s Part II of  my two-part look at French cheese, the comfort food of choice during lockdown! The French protect their best cheeses The AOC (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée) system was developed in 19th century for wine. In 1925, Roquefort became the first cheese to… Continue Reading “French comfort food aka fromage: Part II”

French comfort food aka fromage: Part I

While many nations have turned to alcohol or cake to help them through the stress of lockdown, it seems that the French comfort food of choice is cheese – consumption of which has soared over the last year. Of course, I am not surprised.… Continue Reading “French comfort food aka fromage: Part I”

Cocktail recipes for your Apero

Here are just a few suggestions:- Kir Royale Popular throughout France, the Kir Royale is pretty much an anytime, anywhere kind of cocktail. Legend has it that Blanc-cassis, a white wine and crème de cassis (blackcurrant liqueur made in Burgundy) mix was popular in… Continue Reading “Cocktail recipes for your Apero”

Apéro? Yes please…….

Since moving to France, we’ve embraced with alacrity the traditional French institution of aperitif, called an apéro for short. Typically enjoyed with friends and family before dinner, l’heure de l’apéro is typically an hour of ‘apéritif’ drinks  –  wine, champagne, cocktails –  with nibbles.… Continue Reading “Apéro? Yes please…….”

Favourite French Treats: Part II

Here’s Part II (Part I was yesterday) of my zero-calorie post of some well-known and well-loved French desserts, cakes and treats. Don’t forget to let me know in the comments below if I’ve omitted your favourite! Fraisier The cake’s name is derived from the… Continue Reading “Favourite French Treats: Part II”

Favourite French Treats: Part I

I was going to do another A to Z but that would mean a lot of tempting treats wouldn’t be included, and we can’t have that! You should be aware that, despite its contents, this is a zero-calorie post. In no particular order, here’s… Continue Reading “Favourite French Treats: Part I”

La Chandeleur – crêpes all round!

We’ve had croissants, today we’ve got crêpes! Yes, in France we’ll all be digging out our crêpes pans or non-stick frying pans to celebrate La Chandeleur, a religious holiday that’s been around since Roman times. Why crêpes and why today? Well there’s a lot… Continue Reading “La Chandeleur – crêpes all round!”