Lemon Thyme Tart Recipe

The Boat House Edinburgh: Lemon & Thyme Tart

As the Commonwealth Games kick off in Scotland, I’m taking you on a whirlwind trip there, just like I did last week.  Back to my roots and wonderful family. Back to loaves of raisin bread, toasted with melted butter in the mornings.  Back to oak smoked salmon and mackerel and a great choice of New [...]

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baked macaron shells with perfect feet

Macaron Fillings: XL or Dainty?

Do you recognise this photo taken while making macaron shells with the MacShapes parchment paper recently?  Well, I’m intrigued and would love to hear your opinion on the subject of filling size. At this stage some macaronivores push their thumb into the centre of each macaron shell in order to be able to use the maximum [...]

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macaron window display at Serge's in Le Touquay, Normandy, France

Le Touquet – where France meets England over Macarons

It’s more likely to be in the Eurotunnel or over a football match.  But this weekend – birthday partying in between – as most normal people were drawn to cafés and bars to watch the World Cup on big screens, I was drawn instead to this pâtisserie window. Well, wouldn’t you if you’re mad about [...]

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cheeky dish of beef and lemongrass

Les Enfants Rouges Restaurant & Wine Bar, Paris

I didn’t think this meal would happen finally.  Hubby announced he was running late, just as I arrived at the restaurant/wine bar. It’s normal.  He usually works late on a Friday night (he’s not your average Corsican). So I waited. Ping. Text from daughter. Papa came home and panicked. Er, date night? He acted quick and took the [...]

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fromage blanc blueberry no bake ice cream

Fromage Blanc Ice Cream – Egg Yolk Recipe

It has been a while since I posted an egg yolk recipe on le blog. As readers on Facebook confirmed they’d like to see more yolky recipes, here’s a continuation of  the series, all in the interest of saving the egg whites to make Parisian macarons. Leafing through the pages of French magazines for yolk [...]

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piping out green macarons on a stencil baking parchment

Macaron Parchment Paper – MacShapes #Giveaway

I know this may sound funny but I’ve never used a stencil to help me pipe out macarons. Even as a total wobbly beginner, when I started out making them 10 years ago, I didn’t. Over the years, I’ve just become used to piping out macaron batter freehand. Granted, each tray’s shells are not always [...]

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