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A flying visit to Milan

A flying visit to Milan

Not so long ago while doing some holiday research I discovered that Milan’s Malpensa airport offers a wider selection of destinations at better prices than our local airport Nice.  Having taken everything into account – fuel, motorway tolls, airport parking and even...
Top 8 must-try foods from Provence

Top 8 must-try foods from Provence

A significant part of any visitor’s time in Provence Côte d’Azur is likely to be taken up by food. Whether you’re eating in restaurants or cooking for yourself, either way you’re sure to find you spend a serious amount of time savouring and delighting in the...
What is a Bûche de Noël?

What is a Bûche de Noël?

The Christmas meal in France, eaten on the evening of the 24th of December, wouldn’t be complete if it didn’t end with a delicious dessert of bûche de Noël, but what exactly is a bûche de Noël?  Literally translated bûche de Noël means Christmas log, and nowadays it...
Salade Niçoise, Nice Salad

Salade Niçoise, Nice Salad

Salade niçoise is probably the most well-known dish to come from Nice; it is served in restaurants around the world and means quite literally Nice salad (note the capital N, salad from Nice rather than nice salad, but it is indeed that too). It is a mixed salad...
3 meals in 3 different countries in 1 day

3 meals in 3 different countries in 1 day

Road-tripping in Europe is one of our favourite ways to take a holiday; it’s so satisfying driving through different countries in a short time, crossing international borders often several times a day. Take for example our holiday last summer where we woke up in one...
Naples with a teenager

Naples with a teenager

Sometime last year I decided I wanted to take my older son on a trip for his 16th birthday, just him and me, something I’d never done before.  I’d been brewing the idea for a while ever since a friend took her son away for his 13th birthday; it wasn’t something I’d...
Sisterhood of the World Bloggers

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers

“Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award recognizes the unique voices of women bloggers around the world.” I’ve been nominated by the wonderful Corinne of Reflections Enroute for a Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award.  I’m always chuffed to...
Ratatouille – a Nice dish

Ratatouille – a Nice dish

Ratatouille, pronounced ra-ta-too-ee, is a delicious vegetable stew originally from Nice, commonly found all over Provence and the South of France.  I feel I have to mention that it was this long before the Pixar film of the same name and the reason I say that is that...
How to make French Crêpes

How to make French Crêpes

Crêpes are probably the most common take away/street food in France; you can find a café or stall selling them just about everywhere.  They are our go-to snack food bribe for encouraging bored flagging young kids when sightseeing….”cheer up, just another...
Grow your Blog – blog hop party!

Grow your Blog – blog hop party!

Last year I participated in the biggest blog hop I’ve ever come across with over 400 participants and it was such a success that I’m doing it again. It’s called Grow Your Blog and it’s open to all genres of blog, from all over the world, simply...
Top 10 posts of 2014

Top 10 posts of 2014

As 2015 begins I find myself drawn to making lists and analysing what works and what doesn’t on my blog.  So just like last year here are the Top 10 most popular posts of the year and I must admit to being quite surprised by some of them!   1.  A (short) walk...
A French family Christmas

A French family Christmas

Today I’m participating in a series about Christmas around the world with my blogging friends at Multicultural Kids Blogs so it seemed a good time to tell you about how my French family celebrates. My first French Christmas was in 1997 pre-children and...
9 Favourite French Expressions

9 Favourite French Expressions

The French language is peppered with expressions and being such a gastronomic place it should come as no surprise that it is particulary rife with culinary-inspired idioms.  Here are 9 of my favourite French food expressions.   Tomber dans les pommes photo credit:...
Daily Bread – the French Baguette

Daily Bread – the French Baguette

France is a country that takes its bread very seriously and in particular the baguette reigns supreme. This simple stick of bread in a sense symbolises France and is a celebrated part of French national culture, recognised instantly by foreigners and idolised by the...
Easy French fruit tart – Tarte aux fruits

Easy French fruit tart – Tarte aux fruits

I had a number of requests for the recipe for the pear and plum tart I mentioned in my last post, so here it is, though it’s barely a recipe as I really did just throw it together.  When you’ve got ripe juicy fruit and some ready-made pastry in the fridge...
The Veggie Box and the Fruit Tart

The Veggie Box and the Fruit Tart

We’ve had a go at growing our own vegetables at Lou Messugo but failed rather miserably.  We just never got the hang of the hot weather and dry summers.  Somehow the amount we had to water the plants seemed to outweigh any financial savings in growing our own....
Roquefort – cheese, pines, goats and sheep

Roquefort – cheese, pines, goats and sheep

One of the most well-known French cheeses internationally is sure to be Roquefort, a salty blue cheese made from sheep’s milk.  I live in Roquefort.  But not that one.  I live in Roquefort les Pins – Roquefort the Pines, named after the abundance of...
How to eat French food and not get fat

How to eat French food and not get fat

Today I’m sharing a post writen by Sophie of Franglaise Cooking revealing the secret of eating like the French.  She shows us how it’s possible to eat well and not put on weight.  I write reasonably often about local dishes, cakes and wines so thought it...
Easter in France

Easter in France

Easter in France is not very different from most countries that celebrate it, the main focus being getting together with family and friends for big meals and chocolate indulgence.  The French love their chocolate, 13,000 tonnes of it is sold every Easter!  But not...
Market Day in Provence

Market Day in Provence

I’ve always loved going to markets wherever I’ve been in the world and find it’s a great way to get under the skin of a place.  Whether it’s a genuine farmers’ market selling locally produced food or a tourist-trap night market selling...
Top 10 posts from 2013

Top 10 posts from 2013

Here’s a handy little list of the Top 10 most popular posts from 2013.  Handy for you, readers, to look back over or to read for the first time, and handy for me to try and work out what it is that you enjoy.   1. TOP 10 things to do with children on the Côte...
Craquelin – a cracking good cake!

Craquelin – a cracking good cake!

I love it when I come across a new local food speciality; one that I didn’t know existed but has been around for the best part of a century delighting all who taste it.  This particular discovery is called the Craquelin.  It consists of an exquisitely light...
Tapenade: a Provençal classic

Tapenade: a Provençal classic

Walk around any market in Provence or the Côte d’Azur and you will see stalls heaped with glistening olive pastes and tapenades, usually next to an enormous array of different olives and other pickles.                    Tapenade is a typically southern dish made with...
3 of the best snacks from Nice

3 of the best snacks from Nice

Salade Niçoise, meaning salad from Nice, is served in restaurants all over the world making it undoubtedly the most famous of the local gastronomic specialities from the Côte d’Azur, but have you heard of my Top 3 snacks?  When visiting the French Riviera...
Mouna – the Easter brioche

Mouna – the Easter brioche

On Easter Sunday we’ll be eating Mouna.  It sounds like we’re going to eat a prized hen or even a little lamb we’ve been fattening up, doesn’t it?  It’s such a pretty name.  But no, we’ll be eating a scrummy type of brioche (sweet...
Café Gourmand – love or hate?

Café Gourmand – love or hate?

The café gourmand (“greedy coffee” or coffee for someone who really likes their food) is a relative newcomer on the dessert scene in French restaurants.  I think I became aware of it about four years ago but I can’t be sure.  The thing is, it’s...
Ganses – food for carnival

Ganses – food for carnival

It’s Carnival Time. Carnaval de Nice starts today which means, to put it bluntly, it’s time to pig out on “ganses“!  Traditionally made for Mardi Gras, the last day when you can eat fat before Lent, ganses are delicious light deep-fried sweet...
What is Goûter?  It’s tea-time, kids!

What is Goûter? It’s tea-time, kids!

Definition:  Goûter v. to taste, n. a light meal in the afternoon.   Goûter is an institution in France without a real equivalent in British culture.  It’s tea-time, almost religiously eaten at 4.30 pm, almost exclusively by children as they come out of school,...
A gastronomic tour of Nice

A gastronomic tour of Nice

I don’t often go on organised tours, particularly in my home area, but when a friend suggested one she wanted to try out, all about food, and asked if I’d go with her, I thought why not?  A Saturday morning of tasting my way around one of my favourite...

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