Montanel, Mon Amour

Cows may outnumber villagers (or so her daughter believes) in the isolated hamlet of Montanel – but to Ani Moriarty the rural nook is simply heaven on earth   Where do you live in France and why did you choose

Grilled sea bass with ratatouille

A recipe from a sumptuous cookbook by Rachael McKenna and Jean-André Charial which celebrates the unique gastronomic offerings and relaxed rituals of midday meals in Provence.   Dos de loup de méditerranée cuit à la plancha, fine ratatouille aux goûts

French Wines Uncorked – FAQs

From choosing the best vintage (for you) to decanting and making heads or tails of tasting notes, Majestic Wine expert James Godfrey gets down to brass tacks   Q Why is wine so much cheaper in France than the UK?

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

John Dory Normande

from Philippe Mouchel This recipe from renowned Melbourne chef Philippe Mouchel is an ode to his home of Normandy, featuring a medley of seafood, the best butter and cream, and apple cider, which Philippe describes as ‘Normandy champagne’. Philippe starts

French Country Living

Carolyn Westbrook is a designer known for her love of French interiors and in her  book Through the French Door, she shares her romance with beautiful and inspiring interiors, and invites us into some beautiful homes, including her own. Photography

Our Top Five Regional Parks

There’s nothing like a jaunt around France’s many parcs naturels régionaux especially in summer. Next time you’re in the vicinity, why not go and investigate the park life? 1 Vercors   Straddling the départements of Drôme and Isère in the

Spring tartines

Alain Ducasse is one of the greatest chefs of our time. His influence stretches across the globe, with more than 20 restaurants in eight countries, and he was the first chef to be awarded three Michelin stars in three different

My Town Côte d’Azur

Nearly 30 years since she left her native United States for the sun-dappled shores of the Riviera, Lanie Goodman tells us why it’s the best decision she’s ever made   Why did you choose to call Villefranche-sur-Mer home? The advantages

Taste of the terroir – Franche-Comté

This mostly rural, relatively little-explored region abutting Switzerland is best known for its cheese and charcuterie yet boasts a unique of variety of wine dating back to the Romans. Florence Derrick investigates…   One of France’s most underrated regions, Franche-Comté

Saladier Lyonnais

Serves 4 Preparation time: 30 minutes Resting time: 1 hour This first-course salad is a marriage of diverse ingredients associated with the area around Lyon. It is found almost everywhere, from the smallest bouchon (a Lyonnais-style bistro which tends to

A Vine Romance

  Patrice Bertrand meets three expats who realised their dream of owning a vineyard in the south of France – and never looked back   Amidst his ten hectares of vines overlooking the picturesque Provençal village of Le Barroux and

Taste of the Terroir – La Côte d’Opale

Twenty-one miles from England lies France’s Opal Coast. For many school children, this stretch of coastline linking Calais and Boulogne-sur-Mer provides their first taste of France. Eleanor Fullalove advises visitors of all ages to bring back plenty of yummy ‘souvenirs’

DESTINATION GASTRONOMIQUE

Tim Matthews with chef Alexandre Gauthier   In the pretty and petit hilltop village of Montreuil-sur-Mer, something foodie is afoot… Janine Marsh meets a British expat who teamed up with a local superstar chef to put this northern French town

Summer recipe: classic Comté cheese soufflé

Comté cheese has been produced in the Massif du Jura region of France for over 1,000 years, using only organic Montbéliarde and French Simmental cows’ milk. Its production is still based on artisanal traditions, lovingly crafted in around 160 small villages

Taste of the Terroir – Marennes Oléron

Situated off the west coast of France, the island of Oléron is accessible via Marennes in mainland Charente-Maritime. Not surprisingly, seafood is the main culinary delight found in this beautiful outpost on the Atlantic, but that’s certainly not all…

Interiors – French Inspiration

A living room that is meant for living is essential to family life, and the relaxed style that this room represents, with slip covered sofas, dreamy pillows and fabulous treasures from the sea, sums up Carolyn’s ethos Carolyn Westbrook is

Taste of the Terroir: Alsace

Every region of France has a unique personality and Alsace is no different: more pork is consumed here than anywhere else in the country, fried carp and chips is the norm and its speciality foods have a distinctly German flavour.

Southern Comfort Provence Style

  The Infantes tell FrenchEntrée how they transformed a beautiful stone mas in the Vaucluse into a tranquil, relaxed-looking home for their family   FRENCHENTRÉE MAGAZINE: What brought you to France? ALISON INFANTE: We lived in Hertfordshire near Welwyn Garden

French car insurance

A simple guide to French insurance

  Here’s an essential guide to make sure you’re properly insured while living in France. Compulsory insurance Insurance is a legal requirement for vehicle owners (assurance automobile), homes whether rented or owned (assurance habitation), for civil liability (assurance responsabilité civile or chef

10 Reasons to Visit the Loire

1 – River of dreams The mighty river that gives the region its name stretches from its source in the Massif Central for over 1,000 kilometres to the Atlantic. Along the way, it meanders largely along a broad, flat valley

The Old and the New

The digital revolution may have transformed Nadia Jordan’s life in rural France, but she hasn’t lost sight of the traditional values which first drew her here…   Much as I welcome the huge advances in modern technology that allow me

Taste of the Terroir – The Vienne

Famous for its picturesque green pastures, for the majestic River Vienne, and as the land of Futuroscope, this beautiful department in Poitou-Charentes is perhaps less known for its gastronomy. However, there are many culinary delights to enjoy, as Nina Richards

10 REASONS TO VISIT – The Charente

Flanked by the Dordogne and Charente-Maritime departments, the tranquil Charente has a wealth of enticing elements to lure visitors, from dreamy waterways to historic villages, from castles and rolling fields to its world famous booze, Cognac.

Weddings Near Carcassonne

Perfect for weddings, anniversary and birthday celebrations near Carcassonne and Toulouse   L’ABBAYE CHATEAU DE CAMON Peter Lawton, formerly the manager of the Samling Hotel in Lake Windermere, and his interior designer wife Katie invite you to enjoy their exclusive

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Easter in France

During Easter in France, chocolate eggs are just as popular as chocolate fish and bells, as you may have noticed from the irresistible displays in shop windows.

Taste of the terroir – Champagne region

When in Champagne, for many of us the temptation is to think solely about the region’s identity-defining booze. But beyond the bubbles, cellars, châteaux and vineyards, fizz-guzzling foodies can also find plenty of fine regional grub to get their teeth

France’s Five Best Beaches

  House hunting is exhausting work. So why not stretch your legs or squeeze in a spot of sunbathing on the warm sand between viewings? Wherever your search takes you, a paradisical plage awaits 1 La Grande Plage, Biarritz It’s

Five of France’s Sweetest Spots

  La Belle France is home to a bounty of unique confectionery. So, if you’re house hunting in these areas, make sure you save some room to indulge in their signature treats…   1 Brittany: Kouign-Amann Pastry chef Thierry Lucas

Everyday French Roasts

  The bestselling author of Ripailles Stéphane Reynaud turns his attention to roasts for every day of the week. Here are three favourites with classic side dishes   Rôti de boeuf en cocotte d’oignons Roast beef on a bed of

Taste of the Terroir – Burgundy

Historic Burgundy has long been a thriving agricultural region. This has influenced the Bourguignons to create rustic and hearty meals from locally sourced ingredients, as Nina Richards reveals   Burgundy is home to some of the finest jewels of French

Crêpes Normandes

  Wickedly indulgent and loved by anyone with a sweet tooth, this is my variation on simple pancakes with butter fried apples, pears and caster sugar. This is delicious served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.   PREPARATION: 15