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Taste of the terroir – Pyrénees-Atlantiques

  Strong Basque Influences Cuisine in this département is heavily influenced by Basque culture. You’d be advised to start off with the Bayonne ham. This is a sweet variety of specially cured ham protected by something called indication géographique protégée

Gaillac Wines – Wines of The Tarn Department

Situated in the north of the Tarn departement, the Gaillac Appellation area covers 2.500 hectares spread over 73 communes, for an AOC production of over 165.000 hectolitres. The vineyard of Gaillac was one of the first growing centres in Gaul. Today, the appellation comprises of one hundred independent producers and 3 co-operative cellars.

Notes on a French classic: Crème Brûlée

This French classic is so adored the world over that other nations even claim it as their own. Florence Derrick investigates, tasting more than her fair share of the delicious dessert on her way! But how do the supermarket crème brûlées compare?

The wonderful walnuts of Corrèze

Following the season of excess, we have been trying to give our systems a rest. Hunting around the store cupboard for a creative addition to cheer up a plate of salad, I came across a bottle of pure gold, a real taste of summer…

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Cèpes à la Bordelaise

This quick and easy recipe brings out the flavour of the cèpes without overpowering their delicate earthiness. Bon Appetit!

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Chocolate Rocks

 I remember a meal I had at a Michelin restaurant in the center of France where, at the very end of the meal, they brought a small tray to the table filled with chocolates, tiny lemony madeleines, and miniature cookies.

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Taste of the Terroir – Provence

From the Med to the foothills of the Alps,Provence is blessed with some of the most delicious natural produce in the whole of France, with vegetables, fruit and harbour-fresh fish. Not to mention the newly invigorated wine scene that’s causing