Confiture de lait with vanilla French Milk Jam

Confiture de Lait and How to Store Vanilla Beans

I have a confession to make. I’m glad it hasn’t really snowed in Paris this winter but I caught myself displaying a surprise tinge of jealousy the other day, admiring our Provençal friends’ snowy winter wonderland photos. They’d taken them just before they left Avignon on the TGV (speed train) to visit us snow-deprived souls [...]

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La Patisserie des Reves in Paris

A Pompidou Walk to La Pâtisserie des Rêves in Paris

Paris and St Valentine are a couple that go hand in hand, don’t they? This past couple of weeks, in between steely, dreary days and an unrestful flurry of snow, the sun has popped out to say bonjour.  Passing the Hôtel de Ville, I found myself reaching for giant floating hearts. Bubbles were in the [...]

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honey love-heart and star sablé cookies

Honey and Lemon Sablé Biscuits

It was a sign: Corsican lemons asking to be picked from the basket, still with their leaves on and prickly branches. I filled a large bag and, dreaming at the Monoprix checkout, thought about all the lovely desserts I could make with them. Corsican hubby would be pleased. Then Lucie suddenly came down with a [...]

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pastries at Yamasaki patisserie Paris

Breakfast in Paris with ParisBreakfasts for Teatime?

“Let’s meet at Yamazaki for breakfast and we can talk shop.” Can you imagine this exciting moment: a meet-up with watercolour artist, Carol Gillott? If you’ve been following le blog you’ll remember Carol, of ParisBreakfasts fame, and you’ll know just how much I adore her wonderful sketches and watercolours of sweet treats and Parisian dreams. [...]

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chocolate coffee fondant cakes

Chocolate Coffee Fondant Cakes

“I’m starving!” Lucie flew in the door with the rain blowing in with her. “Canteen was terrible today so I only ate some baguette.” Normally my bunnies are flexible eaters at school but somehow there are a few days in the year where apparently la cantine doesn’t even meet the I’ll-just-eat-it-because-I’m-hungry mark.  I wasn’t much [...]

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gourmet French menu by Toma at the Chateau Tailly Burgundy

A Gourmet Weekend: Burgundy French Wine Festival 2015

Oops! I Did it Again… In the words of Britney Spears, I’m not that innocent. If you know me, wine and I are more than just friends.  So, when you live within 3 hours’ drive from Paris to Burgundy, the Galettes des Rois have been baked, tried and tested, and good friends ask you to [...]

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