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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...
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...
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...
What is Grenadine?

What is Grenadine?

What is Grenadine? It’s a fruit syrup quintessential to French childhood. That’s it in a nutshell! Though perhaps I could go into just a little more detail…. Grenadine is a syrup used to make drinks (cordial or squash for children, certain cocktails...
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...
Vin Chaud – a festive winter drink

Vin Chaud – a festive winter drink

There’s nothing more seasonal than vin chaud – a festive winter drink.  This delicious hot spicy wine is served at Christmas markets and bars all over France during the winter. The smells of cinnamon, orange, cloves and star anise mixed with pungent red...
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...
Roquefort and Beyond: A Local Wine Guide

Roquefort and Beyond: A Local Wine Guide

I’m excited to present my very first guest blogger today, wine connoisseur Chrissie McClatchie.  I’ve been thinking about a post dedicated to local wines for a while but while I know when I like a wine that about as far as my knowledge goes.  I’m no...
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...
Nice wine! 11 facts about the AOC Bellet

Nice wine! 11 facts about the AOC Bellet

Today I’m sharing a post written by Chrissie McClatchie from The Riviera Grapevine all about Nice’s local wines in 11 quirky facts.  Chrissie takes us on a tour of the Bellet appellation which is practically in our back yard, on the outskirts of Nice. Did...
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,...
Thirteen desserts:  Christmas in Provence

Thirteen desserts: Christmas in Provence

Christmas is a time for traditions and while France probably doesn’t spring to mind immediately when thinking about the festive period and its traditions, there are plenty here.  And even more so, plenty in the South which surprised me when I first moved to the Côte...
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...
Apéro time

Apéro time

This is a subject close to my heart! L’apéro or apéritif is a crucial and delightful part of daily life in France. Whether it’s a simple drink before you start your meal at or a whole evening of drinks and nibbles, it’s important to understand what...
Travelling apricots

Travelling apricots

It’s apricot season and I’m in heaven.  Juicy, soft apricots bursting with Mediterranean warmth and flavour are all around and this year we had our own first crop. Twenty-six fruits to be precise but out of little things big things grow, and you’ve...

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