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Cooking Tips & Tricks

Easy salad dressings

Like home-made mayonnaise, it seems salad dressings are part of a set of mythological recipes that scare people. So here are two very simple examples that will probably become strong favourites. I personally divide these in two separates categories : the Vinaigrettes – more elaborate – and the salad dressings. So, let’s focus on the […]

Ratatouille by Thierry Rousseau
French Classics


This simple-but-delicious vegetable dish from the sunny south of France is a star in its own right, but it’s also wonderful as a side dish. Okay, I admit Ratatouille is not exactly rocket science to make, but still… there are so many ways to get it wrong. Of course, there are trends. In the 1970s, […]

Food Adventures

Normandy Foodie trip : La Maison de la Ferriere

Located in the picturesque village of Francheville – just a few miles from Verneuil-sur-Avre – this lovely restaurant provided our first dinner on our Normandy trip.  Although not Michelin-starred, it still has a great reputation and was awarded two “toques” by the Gault & Millau guide.  The place is welcoming and, on that chilly October […]

The Manoir du Lys
Food Adventures

Normandy Foodie Trip : Le Manoir du Lys

That was a very special stop-off! Not only culinary – both lunch and dinner were superb and the comfort of the bedroom was on the high end of the spectrum, but for the whole experience. The Manoir du Lys regularly organise themed weekends. Obviously, these change according to the season, and, as I experienced the […]

Homemade Saffron Mayo
Cooking Tips & Tricks, French Classics

Recipe: my mighty mayo

Home-made mayonnaise can be whipped up in moments to add a dash of panache to your dishes. just follow my recipe – and discover the secret French tip to rescue a mayonnaise that’s breaking up. Here we are, the most daring recipe of all, I’m talking about the mighty mayonnaise! It’s amazing how many people […]