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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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Forgotten Apple Chutney, Curry Macarons and a Mole

As the house improvement project continues – oh, so steadily – it has been a relief, finally, to access one finished area: the pantry, or garde-manger. It was the easiest part, since it’s basically a petit rectangular cupboard that’s shelved floor to ceiling with Ikea garage storage racks. With each expectant shelf topped with cut-to-size drawer liners, I [...]

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Cheers to 2014 with a Kir Royal from Normandy

Happy, bubbly New Year to you! It’s good to be back. Do you have resolutions for 2014? I don’t, but this morning I realised the need to resolve the online photo chaos before I move up to the new attic office when it’s ready.  Making a start – trying to cut out the distracting but [...]

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Chocolate Hazelnut Rocher Truffles

As I got the ball rolling with chocolate hazelnut macarons for holiday gifts this weekend, Julie and Lucie had other ideas on the side. Shopping for macaron ingredients at our local supermarket, they were instead eyeing the shiny, festive towers of  Ferrero Rocher’s golden foil-wrapped little crunchy milk chocolate hazelnuts. Lucie remembered seeing a recipe [...]

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France’s Smallest River, Watercress Beds and Soup

As piles of neatly tied bouquets of watercress were stacked high at our local market last week, they instantly conjured up scenes of the watercress beds, or Cressonnières, in Veules-les-Roses this summer. Come join me on a wee jaunt up the watercress road in the Pays-de-Caux in Upper Normandy. With our all-time dream African Safari [...]

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Raspberry, Redcurrant and Rose Macaron Filling

As the sweet queues became out of line via Pierre Hermé’s pâtisserie and macaron boutique in rue Bonaparte this summer, it was time to make a sharp exit. Out of Paris. Direction? Home in the quieter, bird-singing banlieue outskirts of the City of Light. After a winter that well overstayed its welcome into summer, our raspberry [...]

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