Magic Moments – Memories of France

  We catch up with Liz Rodgers, managing director of Holiday France Direct and confirmed Francophile since youth…   What is your earliest memory of visiting France? My earliest memory of France is taking part in a school exchange trip

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

Champagne – Far from the Madding Crowd

From the moment Janet Hulstrand waltzed into Essoyes as a bright-eyed seasonal grape-picker, it was love at first sight. The rest, as they say, is history…   Why did you choose Essoyes? Well, Essoyes chose me, in a way. I

Obtaining a French Driving Licence

At the moment it is not mandatory to exchange your UK licence for a French Permis de Conduire (except in the event of a traffic infringement, out of date licence etc.) However, due to the uncertainty surrounding Brexit – and

Quoi de neuf, docteur?

  Nadia Jordan clears up a few myths about the French health system and recalls her first dash to A&E, maimed builder in tow   When we moved to France, I can honestly say that the French healthcare system was

My Village in Pas-de-Calais

  Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis Author Janine Marsh up and left London for the land of Ch’ti after falling head over heels for a crumbling farmhouse in the village of Sempy, Seven Valleys   Why did you choose this village?

The Lure of the South

  We sneak a peek inside Norwegian couple Heidi and Morten Nystad’s Scandinavia-meets-Occitanie holiday home, near coveted Uzès   FRENCHENTRÉE MAGAZINE: What brought you to France? HEIDI & MORTEN NYSTAD: France was always our favourite holiday destination, and year after

6 Tips for Buying a Château

Living a charmed life in a French château is the ultimate dream − and it’s not out of buyers’ reach. France has châteaux of all sizes on the market, many dating back to the early 19th century. Here are the

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

How to Drive on French Autoroutes Like a Native

  Outside of the month of August, driving on France’s Autoroutes is generally a joy. You’ll experience little of the tedious congestion and seemingly endless roadworks that we have to endure year-round in the UK. However, what you will experience

Lifestyle Case Study – The Gers

Pleasures of the Campagne Dominic Bliss journeys to the south-western Gers département to meet an expat who revels in the area’s peace and calm, both on and off two wheels   Quiet? You haven’t experiened it until you’ve visited the

In a Manner of Speaking

  Nadia Jordan debunks a common misconception that may have put you off trying to exercise or improve your French while in l’Hexagone…   Most foreigners attempting to speak French will have experienced the pained look of incomprehension that a

Renovation Case Study – Content in Cotentin

  Ignoring her agent’s warnings, Karin Twijnstra fell head over heels with a 16th-century château in Normandy. She tells Sylvia Edwards Davis about her decades-long bid to convert it into a cosy B&B   FRENCHENTRÉE MAGAZINE: What brought you to

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

Nature and Nurture, French Lifestyle, Gardens

  Jackie Barnes’s move to France, where she’s created a unique nature-defying garden in Vienne, had a stomach-churning start, she tells Marion Sauvebois   “We were house-hunting and we asked our agent to take us to a rustic restaurant… well,

Betting on Brittany

Kim and James Hoffmeister took a leap of faith when they moved their family to a pint sized town-house in rural Brittany. They tell FrenchEntrée why  they’re now living the dream…   FRENCHENTRÉE MAGAZINE: What brought you to France? KIM

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

Farming at a Snail’s Pace

Janine Marsh meets a British expat farmer in the north of France with a passion for a French culinary icon… Snails. To most of us they are slimy pests that devour our blooms and make our stomachs turn. For Mike

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

New issue of FrenchEntrée Magazine OUT NOW!

The Winter edition of the ‘new-look’ FrenchEntrée magazine is available now. With an extra 24 pages per issue, meaning that there is even more in-depth information on such things as; regional buying guides, leading expert advice and inspirational real-life stories

FRANCE’S TOP FIVE WINTER ACTIVITIES

France’s balmy summer climes may be alluring, but there’s also plenty to do during the festive period. From Christmas markets to a parade of turkeys, here are five to-dos for your diary…   1. Skiing (and more) in the Alps

Votes for Expats!

No longer eligible to vote in the UK and still unable to do so in her adopted country, Nadia Jordan takes a stand for expats in France and beyond…   Politics is still high on the list of conversation topics

How to Rent Your Home in France

  The rental property market in France is more competitive than ever and potential guests have a huge wealth options to choose from when booking their holiday. Standing out from the crowd in a busy marketplace can be a challenge

A Grape Undertaking in Gironde

David Stannard, from Surrey, moved to the village of Cardan in the south-western Gironde département in 1998, where he runs the Paradise Rescued organic winery…   How did you choose the village? We were attracted to the Gironde because of

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

Property Management in France for Absentee Owners

  1 – When buying a property in France, don’t forget to budget for its ongoing maintenance, as well as its purchase price. Think ahead at that stage – a huge plot can become a costly burden rather than a

French courses in France. Learn French in style

Nothing typifies France more than the fabulous cuisine and the romantic sound of the language. So, we thought why not combine the two? As our happy clients will testify we aim to provide you with fantastic immersion French courses that also give you the opportunity to take away the art of French cuisine.

A Franchise in France

So, you are contemplating moving to France, and need to earn a living once there – you are making your plans, and need to consider all the options available to you. Don’t underestimate what you are attempting to do is

French car insurance

French car insurance

Insuring your vehicle in France is not dissimilar to doing so in the UK. There, are, however, some differences you need to be aware of, whether it is your only motor or a second one.