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

Duck Confit Parmentier

Confit de canard has become something of a cliché: It’s standard on most bistro menus in France and in French restaurants around the world, and you can even buy it canned in most supermarkets. But when it’s good, it exemplifies

Taste of the Terroir – Delights of the Dordogne

The Dordogne is split into four areas, known locally as the Périgord Noir, Périgord Blanc, Périgord Vert and Périgord Pourpre. Each boasts foodie treats galore and keep France’s top restaurants well supplied…   We begin our produce tour of the

Canelés de Bordeaux

  When I lived in Paris, canelés were a little treat that I bought regularly at my local pâtisserie. I always enjoyed them with coffee, and I knew they came from Bordeaux but otherwise had not given them much thought.

Duck with Turnips and Other Vegetables

  Chef Stéphane Reynaud treats us to another of his favourite dishes which would make up a perfectly hearty and tasty French supper for six   Serves 6 – Preparation time: 30 minutes Cooking time: 40 minutes Ingredients 1 wild

The Rhône, uncorked

  You’ve doubtless sampled Rhône wines, but have you visited the villages named on the bottles? If not, you’re really missing out, as Roger Thomas explains…   CÔTES DU RHÔNE VILLAGES About ten years ago, my local supermarket started to

Red mullet mille-feuille

Chef Stéphane Reynaud treats us to another of his favourite dishes which would make up a perfectly hearty and tasty French supper for six For six – Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 10 minutes Ingredients 18 x red mullet

Cocotte de lapin au vin rouge

(Rabbit cooked in red wine)   This recipe for rabbit cooked in red wine is relatively quick – in little more than an hour you can be enjoying this rich and flavourful winter favourite. With all the trimmings of a

ESCARGOTS À LA BOURGUIGNONNE

Serves 8 Preparation and cooking time: 30-40 minutes INGREDIENTS: 80-100 large snails (10-12 per person) 300g (10½oz) parsley 20g (¾oz) tarragon 500g (1lb) butter 7g (¼oz) salt 4g (1/8oz) pepper ½ tsp mixed spice 30g (1oz) garlic, finely chopped 30g

Basque Beef and Capsicum Tart

  Boeuf haché (minced beef) was never pre-minced sitting in the window at Serge’s; it had to be requested. Window space was the butcher’s canvas, a place to display his skills like a Renaissance still-life: evenly sliced T-bone steaks or

Tarte au Citron

This desert is famous in Menton on the French Riviera, which is also known as ‘The City of Lemons’. Every year the colourful seaside town hosts a Lemon Festival with carnivals and exhibitions dedicated to the fruit, and it’s where

Peach and Goat’s Cheese Puffs

The Berry region is renowned for the quality of its goat’s cheese, some of which has the AOC award normally given to wine. Crottin de Chavignol, Selles-sur-Cher, Saint Maure de Touraine and Valencay are…

The Art of Making Time in France

Nadia Jordan marvels at our French neighbours’ ability to live in the moment and enjoy the things that truly matter: family and food. Anyone who has ever been to France will know that time moves more slowly here. Why is

Rillettes de Saumon

Rillettes of smoked and fresh salmon with blini, capers and lemon   Serves 4 Ingredients 240g salmon 60g smoked salmon 2g chives 20g butter 80ml medium dry white wine 30g crème fraiche 2g dill 8ml lemon juice 14ml extra virgin

French Christmas Dinner ©Rh2010

Recipes for a French Christmas dinner

Christmas dinner in France is usually a traditional affair, the highlights of which are a starter of oysters, a delicious stuffed roast goose or turkey,and a yummy Bûche de Noël (Christmas Yule Log) for dessert.

Baked camembert with almonds ©Kim Lightbody 2015

Baked Camembert with rosemary, honey and almonds

Camembert is made in the Normandy region , with a bloomy white rind and a soft, fragrant centre with a strong, fruity flavour. Get the recipe for this ultra-simple and delicious twist on the French classic…

Corsican Delicacies ©Skampixelle

A taste of France: Corsican delicacies

These local specialities provide a real insight into the place they are produced. Ingredients like chestnuts and citrus fruits crop up time and time again… as do names like fiadone and frappes

Tartiflette with reblochon ©Kim Lightbody 2015

Say cheese! The authentic French tartiflette with reblochon

This rich potato gratin (designed to show off the mighty Reblochon) is ever popular with skiers looking for a warming, filling lunch. It makes an ideal winter dish, whether you’re on the French Alps or snuggling in front of the TV.

Photo: Véronique PAGNIER

A Traditional Christmas in Provence

In Provence, on Christmas Eve the family gathers for the traditional Christmas meal known as le Gros Souper (the big supper). This meal begins with seven meatless dishes, ending with the ritual number of 13 desserts…

tarte tatin

French food classics: Tarte Tatin

This upside-down apple tart originated in the Sologne region under rather unconventional circumstances. Florence Derrick investigates the story behind one of France’s best-loved desserts.

Recipe: Pink chard and vegetable tart

Tarte à la bette à cardes roses et aux légumes (pink chard and vegetable tart) We bring you a stunning summer recipe from Nina Parker, author of Nina St Tropez – her new cookbook, offering a sun-drenched selection of Mediterranean delights. Of this

jambon cru french ham

Chestnuts and charcuterie: Corsican food

Slap bang in between Italy and France, this Mediterranean island was the birthplace of the Emperor Napoléon and its cuisine consists of a glorious collision of the two cultures. Florence Derrick digs in…

Classic French moelleux au chocolat

We’re always in the mood for chocolate! Florence Derrick recommends a decadent moelleux au chocolat for any occasion – a melt-in-the-middle dessert lover’s dream…

Violets of Toulouse

Ask any Toulousain about the emblems of the pink city and you can be sure that violets will make the list. Their enchanting fragrance and significant colour even inspired the city’s other nickname: the City of Violets.

Visiting a Calvados distillery in Normandy

In Lower Normandy, apple cider has been distilled into brandy since the Middle Ages. Florence Derrick visits the Boulard family distillery in Coquainvilliers, where 85% of the region’s tipple is produced…

Coffee and café culture in France

They say that in France, people watching is a national sport. So as you settle down outside a café (for which you’ll pay a premium in Paris) you had better hope the coffee is good – tradition dictates that you could be out there for hours!

Gardiane de taureau; Frances Lincoln

French recipe: Joël Robuchon’s beef stew

French cookery legend Joël Robuchon reflects upon his culinary journey and presents a favourite recipe from his new book: gardiane de taureau I was born in Poitiers, in the Poitou. It is my ‘homeland’ – the region of my childhood

Tried and tested: Comté cheese

Who knew that France produces more Comté – or Gruyère de Comté, to give it its proper name – than any other of its AOC cheeses? There’s got to be good reason…

Photo Dordogne Perigord Tourisme

Market day in the Dordogne

Market day is important in rural Dordogne – an opportunity to buy fresh food from local producers and catch up on news from friends and neighbours in the area. If you are used to supermarket fruits and vegetables, be prepared to change your shopping habits forever.

Chocolate truffles, made in France

Not only did the French introduce the rest of the world to Champagne (and, it follows, Marc de Champagne) but a little bit of research reveals that the chocolate truffle was, in fact, a French invention too.