Category: Food and Wine

Things about France that surprised me: the French love of yoghurt

In France, yogurt isn’t just a good source of protein, it’s a national pastime. Picture Willy Wonka’s namesake factory, but filled instead with an intense variety of fermented dairy products. Welcome to the yogurt aisle in France. C’est bon! There are plain yogurts anchored with… Continue Reading “Things about France that surprised me: the French love of yoghurt”

Crêpes Suzette

It’s Pancake Day today (in France) and I’m going to be making crêpes Suzette as it’s one of my beloved’s favourite desserts. He loves ordering it at Le Train Bleu as the sauce is made and the dish flambéed at the table with a flourish.… Continue Reading “Crêpes Suzette”

The Musette: Vegan Oaties

I’m forever making batches of oat-based bars for breakfast and/or fuel on our bike rides. I tend to regard the ingredients as being pretty interchangeable, depending on what I have in the cupboard. Ingredients (4 – 6 servings) 80g (1/3 cup) home-made nut butter,… Continue Reading “The Musette: Vegan Oaties”

One from the vaults: Thank heavens, I’m back

Wow, I’m really heading back in time here. All the way back to January 2010 when both of my parents were still alive and I made regular trips back to the UK to see them. I’m back home in Nice but it feels like… Continue Reading “One from the vaults: Thank heavens, I’m back”

The Musette: Vegan tahini and date cookies

These thick, chewy cookies have a similar vibe to an oatmeal raisin cookie but  are way more interesting, with the savouriness from the tahini and sweet, sticky dates. One of my favourite things about them is that they don’t require any chilling, meaning they… Continue Reading “The Musette: Vegan tahini and date cookies”

The Musette: Kale and white bean korma

This creamy vegetable, protein and fibre-packed recipe only requires about 10 minutes of active cooking time and will simmer to perfection without tying you to the stove. Feel free to add any seasonal vegetables you have lying around — don’t feel constrained by my list… Continue Reading “The Musette: Kale and white bean korma”

The Musette: Channa Masala

For obvious reasons, this month all my recipes will be vegan. This simple recipe is quick and easy to make, yet very tasty. Like me you can make the curry sauce in bulk and freeze some, so that the next time it will take less than… Continue Reading “The Musette: Channa Masala”

Festive French Foods

Never let it be said that I don’t listen to my readers. Back on 7 January Andrew Petcher suggested I do a post on what the French eat over the Festive Season, so here goes. Our French friends make a big deal of their… Continue Reading “Festive French Foods”

The Musette: Lace Snaps

Lace snaps (Florentines without the fruit) earn their name from their delicate and lacy appearance. These thin and crispy biscuits are made of almond flour, brown butter, brown sugar, salt, and vanilla extract. The butter and sugar sizzle as the cookies bake, transforming the… Continue Reading “The Musette: Lace Snaps”

The Musette: Beef Curry

As you know, in our household, we love a curry. Generally it’s one made with vegetables or legumes so we can both enjoy it but very occasionally I make one just for my beloved. He loves a roast dinner and this is what I… Continue Reading “The Musette: Beef Curry”