Many of the properties for sale come with that key caveat. they ‘need work’. Our expert contributor shares tips for buying a property to renovate in France.
If you own property in Brittany, it is likely that you will undertake some building or renovation work on it at some point, and that you will need some advice or the help of a professional to get it right. From new builds to restorations, there are…
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…
A holiday home in France is a great idea but like all good things, it takes some planning and a little effort to make it work. Here are a few practical tips to help you get the most out of your maison secondaire
Termites – the underground menace eating your house from the inside out When buying a house in France, the vendor is obliged to have a termite report carried out. If you live in a termite-infested area in France, you must,…
Renovating and decorating a house in France can be very different from what you’re used to – especially when it comes to methods and materials
The exact specifications of the true original cassoulet are difficult to make out, because there are as many stories about it’s origins as there are versions of the recipe. The name comes from the cassole, the earthenware pot that is traditionally used to cook it in.
Using a star French ingredient, a chef rustles up a long summer cocktail and one à la carte dish with cognac …
Bring a French touch to your menu with this creamy chicken in cider ‘poulet au cidre’, a traditional dish from Brittany.
Christmas in a glass! A classic recipe for vin chaud, the traditional French winter warmer, with red wine, orange and spices. It’s so easy to make at home…
The long-delayed French energy law, known as the loi de transition énergétique, was approved in a final vote on July 22 setting ambitious goals for energy efficienty and waste reduction.
Can you reside in France and still claim the British Government’s winter fuel allowance? The answer used to be yes, but not anymore.
This is a favourite recipe with a Charentaise touch, and is a delicious way of serving beef tournedos… and very quick and easy to do! It will quickly become your favourite too.
The Far Breton is a flan-based dessert originally from Brittany. Available in many versions, the Farz Forn remains the most well known, with additions like rum or plum liqueur.
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.
Our glossary provides definitions of the popular energy and environment words and phrases related to eco homes projects in France.
If you’re looking for a traditional Languedoc-Roussillon dessert to delight your dinner guests, then why not turn your hand to the surprisingly simple preparation of a Crème Catalane – a favourite from the French Catalonia area in the south of the region bordering Spain.
Comté cheese is a pressed, cooked cheese from the Massif du Jura region in eastern France. Its nutty flavour makes it perfect for hearty winter recipes such as this take on a British classic: chicken and leek pie. Combined with tarragon…
A classic French dish made with chicken braised in red wine. With its deep colour and rich flavour this coq au vin recipe is the perfect slow-food to make any dinner guest feel special.
France is renowned for its cuisine, and French chefs have traditionally set the standard for culinary excellence across the world… so what are the tools that French chefs rely on?
A little help goes a long way. Whether you need a a copper tube, double-glazing, paintbrush or electric drill, find the right word for the job.
Popular at any time of year this crêpe recipe incorporates chestnuts – a Limousin speciality. The basic mixture is made separately so you can use your own imagination for the fillings, the possibilities are endless…..
Keeping the flame alive! Cosy evenings in Paris by a crackling fireplace are back in the game as Paris Prefecture kills ban on open fires
I’m in Paris. It’s evening and the snow is falling. I’m standing before the huge open window in the parlour of the apartment on the Rue des Grands Augustins. I’m gazing at the white lights twinkling on the Eiffel Tower…
Roasting chestnuts is one of those rituals that bring back wonderfull childhood memories. Cook some just before going for a walk through the autumn leaves to keep your hands warm or enjoy them by the fireside with a glass of wine.
This quick and easy recipe brings out the flavour of the cèpes without overpowering their delicate earthiness. Bon Appetit!
Daube is a classic Provençal stew made with inexpensive cuts of beef braised in wine. Perfect for a dinner party as you make it well ahead of time to allow the flavours to meld together.
Thinking back to the day that I was finally able to visit Oradour-sur-Glane – I had been reading about it for years – what I now recall most vividly is the heat and stillness of that hot September afternoon. The…
This is the Charentaise take on a traditional seafood favourite, that typically French mussel recipe of moules marinière with a dash of Pineau.
Gougères, a traditional apéro nibble from Burgundy. Get this quick an easy recipe to impress friends and family.
Good quality wood not only makes the fire easier to light and maintain—it makes your fireplace safer. Follow these tips to find a good wood supplier.
Walking the Retreat. The March to the Marne: 1914 Revisited Terry Cudbird, Signal Books, £12.99 A specialist in French history, Cudbird’s other passion is walking. Here, he retraces the footsteps of the French and British Armies who in 1914 were…
I remember a meal I had at a Michelin restaurant in the center of France where, at the very end of the meal, they brought a small tray to the table filled with chocolates, tiny lemony madeleines, and miniature cookies.…
The abundant and popular vegetable makes its way to many a french menu in the summer. Here’s our recipe suggestion…
“There is no mustard except in Dijon”. Purist gourmands will agree that this 14th-century Lillois proverb rings just as true today, although mustard itself dates back to Roman times. Dijon mustard as we now know it didn’t appear until the…
Whether it’s a contemporary or a more traditional look you are after – Woodwarm Stoves France supply innovation and attention to detail …
In our continuing series of delicious recipes using a seasonal star ingredient, for January British chef in France, Chris Lacey, rustles up a quick Menu Rapide and a slower A La Carte dish with tasty raclette cheese
A recipe from the book Memories of Gascony by legendary French Chef Pierre Koffman (see the reader offer within).
For all the good intentions and inescapable cheer, the holidays can be followed by indefinable hollowness. There’s no need to fight the feeling; you can wear it with style and choose to view it as a trés chic état d’esprit.
Here’s a verb that could change your life, or at least change the way that you look at it. The word relativiser offers a glimpse into the linguistic equivalent of the Gallic shrug.
Before the days of central heating, in large buildings, like theaters, for example, the large rooms would be bone-chilling cold. The “foyer” would therefore be a gathering place where people would congregate to warm up between acts.
A look at the different French foie gras products. Being unused to this product in the UK, the various forms of foie gras can be confusing at first.
Image not found.Learning French is one thing but learning French property purchasing and building language is a whole new adventure for would-be buyers and restorers. Here are some words and terms to get you started.
Plans to build state-of-the-art new homes in a majestic French Alpine location which has been inhabited for more than 5,000 years.
Penny from La Betoule shares her secret for perfect macarons every time.
A sociable way to spend a chilly evening is to invite a group of friends and dust off the fondue set or caquelon. This version may not be so well known but it is equally delicious and easy on the…
Using seasonal ingredients, Chris Lacey, a British chef in France, rustles up a quick Menu Rapide and a slower A La Carte dish with pigeon – perfect for February.
Property finder Nadia Jordan tells us what’s been happening in the South Midi-Pyrénées.
Most gite complexes are sold ‘turn key’ i.e. fully furnished and ready to go. The gite business here in France has been under pressure for revenue and bookings for a few years now – you need a unique selling point to stand out from the crowd.
In France the sun provides much more energy than we can ever hope to harness. However, technology now allows us to capture this free energy to heat hot water and to heat our homes. Make the most of the sun and reduce your energy bills permanently.