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...
Vietnam memories

Vietnam memories

This week we’re off on possibly the most highly anticipated trip of the last 15 years, the biggest adventure ever for our very well-travelled but very European-based children, the most emotional and longed for journey in many many years – excitement is at fever...
Chocolate and France

Chocolate and France

Bonne année, bonne santé!  Traditional New Year’s greetings in France begin like this, wishing Happy New Year and good health, to be said each time you see someone for the first time in the year, throughout the month of January.  So I’m taking this...
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...
Snapshots of Strasbourg

Snapshots of Strasbourg

Happy New Year everyone!  Bonne année!  A new year, new beginnings, back to school today…and yet, I’ve still got one more christmassy post for you.  Indulge me!  I know most of you are probably done with the festivities, but technically it’s still...
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....
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...
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...
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...

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