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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
In October last year, I was lucky enough to join a group of food writers on a visit to Normandy, where I learned about growing and harvesting saffron, as well as tips to make the most of this precious and delicate foodstuff. Domaine de Gauville – near Brionne – is one of the few saffron […]
Curious about French cider and perry? Read about my trip to Normandy to learn about Cidre and Poiré from the makers.
Try my quick-and-easy vegetarian starter of mushrooms with cream and tarragon on garlic-rubbed sourdough toast.
Fancy lunch after a nose around Paris’ most famous flea market? This neighbourhood bistro in Porte de Clignancourt won’t wipe out the savings you made in the market. Every time I’m in Paris on a weekend or a Monday, I invariably spend the morning at the Village des Puces near the Porte de Clignancourt. I […]
This venerable Parisian restaurant offers traditional French cooking in a glorious room and at a very affordable price. A few months ago, I had the chance to stay in Paris for a few days. And despite not being the foodie capital of France (Lyon is), it always gives me the opportunity to revisit some good […]
Okay, let’s face it, I’ll probably take the mickey out of some weird versions of French dishes you can find in the UK. But you know that it goes both ways…Therefore, I’ll dedicate my first recipe post to the strangest version I know of any British dish “transformed” by the French! I present to you […]