Taste of the Terroir – Pays de la Loire

Well-known as ‘the garden of France’, Pays de la Loire is the place for fresh produce. But with its rivers and coastal edge, there’s also plenty of fishy business going on. Justin Postlethwaite browses the menu…   Nestling between Brittany

Lemon Cake

Thanks to the lemon syrup, this cake keeps moist for several days and is the ideal cake to take to the country on a picnic.   Makes 2 cakes Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 40 minutes For the batter

Renovation Case Study – Sleeping Beauty

  The Wilkinsons used their aesthetic talents and exquisite taste to return a dilapidated farmhouse in the south of France to its original splendour. Greg Cook finds out how…   Barely off the plane, Marianne and David Wilkinson took one

Moules au Roquefort

Rope-grown mussels steamed with Roquefort cheese, white wine, garlic, parsley and bacon lardons. This simple but tasteful dish has a great  combination of flavours and is sure to impress any guest! Our quick and easy recipe makes it perfect for

Taste of the Terroir – Toulouse

The ‘Pink City’ is a well-established culinary centre, one which boasts famous specialities that range from cassoulet and Toulouse sausages to violet-flavoured sweets.   Toulouse is most famous for its speciality charcuterie sausages – historically made from pork that’s marinated

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

Raspberry Soufflé

  Once mastered, this beautifully light dessert with intense raspberry flavour will be in your repertoire of special dinners for years to come. You might even feel like investing in individual copper pots that are the perfect size for soufflés,

Taste of the Terroir – Pays Basque

Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Spanish Pyrénées in the South-West of France is the Pays Basque and it has a much respected culinary style all of its own!   As an appetizer, you can’t beat a few slithers

Just Desert – Floating islands

  Everybody deserves a little sweet self indulgence once in a while, and what better way to round off a meal than with a delicious French dessert?   This is a simple microwave version of the classic French dessert, also

The manoir, reborn…

We talk to Anna Congratel who, alongside her husband Abel, worked for 15 years to gradually turn a spectacular 19th-century manor in the Lot into a luxurious guest house   FE Mag: When – and where – did you buy

Home and Business Combined

Was it George Bush who lamented that there is no word for entrepreneur in French? Languages were maybe not his strong point but it is sometimes easy to see where he was coming from as many people in rural France

New speed camera warnings launched in France

Official Map of the Placement of Fixed Speed Cameras Online

  The official map of fixed radars (Conventional fixed speed cameras, two-way speed cameras, medium speed cameras etc…) and dummy control routes (where radars are moved regularly) has just been posted on the Road Safety website. This map shows the

Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val

The medieval town of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val on the Aveyron River boasts a beguiling mix of amazing scenery and fascinating history plus a fantastic local market – it’s a jewel of the Tarn-et-Garonne…   1. Stunning panoramas The first and most obviously

Pear crêpe white wine, chocolate & almonds

A variant of the classic French dessert Poire Belle-Hélène, adapted here for a Breton crêpe.   Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes per crêpe FOR EACH CRÊPE 80g (3oz / 1⁄3 cup) crêpe batter 2 tbsp chocolate sauce

The Cost of Living in France

The dream of moving to France is often based on a simpler, less costly and more rewarding lifestyle, but is it really a cheaper place to live?   START WITH THE FACTS At a glance, the cost of living for

Taste of the Terroir – Poulet de Bresse

Justin Postlethwaite on just what it is that makes the blue-footed Bresse chicken, a living embodiment of the French flag, Le Tricolore, so in demand with amateur gourmands and top restaurants alike…   The strutting creatures that you occasionally glimpse

French pigeon – Pigeon à la française

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. Serves 2 200g lardons 1 small onion, peeled and finely chopped 1 bouquet garni

Summer Sales in France – Dates for 2018

  Summer sales in France start on Wednesday 27 June 2018 at 8 am. and finish on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 apart from some exceptions which exist in some areas of the French territory (certain tourist and/or border regions), that

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

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