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Ham & Olive Bread, a French apéritif favourite

This is a quick and simple recipe for a french savoury ‘cake au jambon et aux olives’ or ham and olive bread. Very popular for snacks, picnics or informal apéritifs … just cut it up and serve!

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Get your dream property in France for less

With a strong pound and property prices still low in,France it is a great time to find a bargain and buy your dream property in France for less. Av€200,000 property will now cost you £18,900 less compared with January 2014!

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Daube de Bœuf à la Saintongeaise

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.

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Moules Marinière

This is the Charentaise take on a traditional seafood favourite, that typically French mussel recipe of moules marinière with a dash of Pineau.

Taste of the terroir: The Île d’Oléron

The Île d’Oléron, off the west coast of the Charente-Maritime region, boasts a lengthy tradition of gastronomy. Daily markets take place all over the island, from the towns of Saint-Denis and Saint-Georges to La Bréeles-Bains and Dolus, showcasing over 90

Rémy Martin Fine Champagne Cognac

Founded in 1974, the history of the House of Rémy Martin is one of a family, the family of five generations of vintners and cognacs driven by the same ambition. Creation of cognac is the work of the Cellar Master, Pierrette Trichet – the fourth person to take on this prestigious role in the House of Rémy Martin and the first woman to ever reach this level of expertise.

French property with a dependence

Jacqueline Miller, FrenchEntrée property finder for La Rochelle and the Vendée coast, has noticed that an increasing number of properties are being sold with a dependence – well worth knowing about if you are looking to buy a house in France.

When renovators become residents

Val Walmsley tells the story of how she snapped up a renovation project as a second home. But once work had begun to transform the two C18 farmhouses (one habitable, the other in a sorry state) she couldn’t bear to leave and soon persuaded her other half to make France their permanent place of residence

Running a property management company in Deux-Sèvres

Penny and Ken Smith have been running their property management company Complete Property Care for the last six years. Situated in a small village called Neuvy Bouin roughly 20 minutes from Parthenay, in Deux Sèvres, they look after properties within a 50 minute radius, and are currently managing 10 properties…

Living the Dream in Deux-Sevres

Gordon and Jocelyn Simms are writers and poets and, when they decided to retire to France, it was important that they found the perfect place in which to ‘live their dream’.  Gordon tells the tale of how they found their mill home by the river.

AVF – Help when moving to your new town

AVF (Acceuil des Villes Francaises) is a national association (registered under French law) with 350 local branches throughout France including 3 in Deux-Sevres. It is a non-political organisation, run by trained volunteers. There are plenty of events and also French conversation groups.

Melon au Pineau

This is the next recipe in our Charentaise series and this time we are on éntrees and here are three ways to serve a lovely Charentaise melon.

Veggie Recipe

A quick and easy recipe to use up walnuts from last autumn’s harvest. A perfect dish to serve with fresh bread, salads and cheese for a light summer lunch or picnic…

Open Door – Living With Illness

Lynn Beaumont & Tony Webster started ‘Open Door’ in Civray – or Association La Porte Ouverte to give it its official name – almost two years ago as a Drop-in Centre to support people affected by long-term illness, either as a sufferer or carer …

Starting a Gite Business

If you’ve ever wondered whether it’s feasible to start a gite business in France, you’re not alone. Many people now say that the industry is ‘saturated’ and that it …

My first year as a caretaker

After a year in which I stopped taking bookings due to the poor standard of caretaking, I moved to France to manage my own property and that of a friend who had also had unsatisfactory help. Fortunately our changeovers were on different days, as the houses are 25kms apart.

French school dinners

With all the fuss over school dinners in the UK, and headlines such as “Not fit for a dog” in the national papers, we asked Graham Downie how school meals compared …

Pineau des Charentes

Pineau des Charente was not made by trial and error, utilising various grape forms to produce a magnificent wine. No, legend has it, back in the 16th Century, …

All About Cognac

The English, Dutch and Scandiavians have been enjoying the wines of Poitou Charente since as early as the 13th Century. In the 16th Century the wines were transformed into …

Market Days in Poitou-Charentes

You can’t live or visit France, without experiencing the local markets and fairs, and Poitou Charentes is no exception. They are generally held in the mornings so be prepared for an early start………..