a festive holiday bite into a chocolate coconut snowball

Chocolate Coconut Snowballs (gluten-free)

Somehow over this past week, the dull light and persisting rain in Paris has had me thinking warm thoughts around teatime: snowballs, my Scottish Granny and her splattered Black Book of favourite recipes.  With a school Christmas fête approaching fast, I thought I’d make snowballs as they’re quick, easy to make and deliciously festive. Just as [...]

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Paris Gourmet Chocolate Museum – Choco Story

The French school mid-term holidays just came and went.  So did the wonderfully sunny weather we had: it was a surprising bonus to be in T-shirts at the end of October so we jumped on the RER train into Paris to the Gourmet Chocolate Museum.  Are you ready for a quick virtual choco-story run around? The [...]

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best quick holiday chocolate desserts presented with macarons

Chocolate and Chestnut Pudding for the Holiday Season

You can tell that chocolate has been quite prominent in our diets these last couple of weeks.  How could I talk about the 20th Salon du Chocolat in Paris without having some kind of a chocolate treat for you?  I also need to write up about the Paris Gourmet Chocolate Museum from the mid-term school [...]

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How to eat Cheese Fondue like the French

Mastering the Art of Eating Cheese Fondue by Ann Mah

Have you ever read a book about travel, food and gastronomic history then been so curiously hungry to try it out for yourself that you’ve booked tickets the next day? That happened last November. Some of you may recall I packed my bags and jumped on the train to Lyon for a gastronomic weekend after [...]

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macaron box at the salon du chocolat in Paris 2014

20th Salon du Chocolat Paris 2014

How could you resist? Week 2 of the French school holidays and the 20th Salon du Chocolat in Paris kicked off yesterday.  The kids ruled (my excuse, anyway) so it was time to head over to the Porte de Versailles for a taste. Arriving in the vast upstairs gallery, most people were making for the chocolate dresses.  Hey, [...]

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Pumpkin Spice Macarons & Roasted Red Kuri Squash Filling

Ouf! It’s so good to be back on le blog.  I’ve missed you. These past few months have been quite challenging. Juggling the stress of house renovations, a new bricolage world of riveting French DIY vocabulary has blossomed and I’ve even dabbled in some interior design; the other day I realised it has left its [...]

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