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All Eyes on Chocolate Easter Windows in Paris

Somehow each year, Easter still takes me by surprise.  We’re not talking chocolate eggs in the Paris shop windows, we’re eyeing all the chocolate fish and friture that float around the vitrines in time for the 1st April. ‘Poisson d’avril!’ my youngest cries, as I feel a delicate pat on the back shoulder.  If you’re [...]

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Macaron Gifts for UK Mother’s Day

Each time the end of March comes around, Mother’s Day takes me by surprise. It’s not that I’m trying to be the most awful daughter in the world, it’s just that I have a French diary. French diaries plot la fête des Mères at the end of May.  UK Mother’s Day is at the end of [...]

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Jour du Macaron – Macaron Day 20 March 2014

With Spring officially arriving in Paris tomorrow, it’s also a sign it’s Macaron Day! The 20 March unveils the 9th edition of the annual Jour du Macaron in Paris, initiated by pastry chef extraordinaire, Pierre Hermé, and followed by over 80 budding pastry chefs who are members of the Relais Desserts. So what’s the drill? [...]

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Kitchen Cupboard Organisation

“How can you find anything in here?  Why does this cupboard door not shut properly?” These questions made me shudder but they were meant well. Life just got in the way. Correction. Cooking and baking were much more fun. I’m a fanatic at keeping things clean but I knew my mess. I knew that the [...]

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Bonbons! The Best French Sweet Shop in Paris

I literally stumbled into this sweet shop the other day.  It was raining, chats et chiens and, instead of taking the metro back to Châtelet, so drifted with the wind as it steered me downhill in the 5th Arrondissement. The sudden sight of glistening jars filled with chocolates and bright pastel confections halted my track and [...]

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A Sexy Valentine Dessert Recipe with Parisian Macarons

Last week, as the wild, wild winds howled around a rather bald looking Paris, there was still love in the air. As I turned up my collar and tightened two oversized Scottish scarves, I briefly stopped on this bridge to take in Notre Dame and admire the frozen statues of the 12 apostles walking up [...]

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