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Flavour of the Month

Bought a good French cook book lately? If you have, we’d really love to hear about it. Sinéad Allart from the Wilde Kitchen lets us in on her latest discovery…

Taste of the Terroir – Mayenne

This rural department of Pays de la Loire is characterised by wide open fields providing ample room for cattle to graze. Some poor cows live indoors all year round. Not here, where the beef is top notch   In this

Pot-au-feu Breton (Breton stew)

Tie the beef into shape and put with the knuckle of veal into a large casserole with the salt, pepper and 3 litres of water. Bring to the boil, skim and simmer gently…

Stir Fried Beef with French Beans and Chard

This is a recipe I devised years ago as an antidote to the excesses of the festive season. It’s delicious, filling, full of nutritious vegetables and gratifyingly low in calories…

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Truffle Omelette

This is a classic recipe, extremely simple and perfect for supper on the day you manage to buy – or find – your first fresh truffle. Truffles have a pungent aroma that permeates the eggs beautifully.

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Apricot Custard and Brioche Slice

Food editor, author and TV presenter Allyson Gofton and her family left their New Zealand home and lived for 18 months in a tiny village in the Hautes-Pyrénées. Here’s one of her favourite recipes.   Serves: 8 BREAD-MAKER GÂTEAU DES

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A Tale of Two towns – Deauville & Trouville

  There is more than a bridge linking Deauville with Trouville.  Both villages on Normandy’s lovely Côte Fleurie have a casino, a beach boardwalk and a film festival…   Given its small size and a population of just 4,000, Deauville