• Chocolate Mendiants

  • Chocolate Beetroot Flourless Fondants

    Chocolate beet flourless fondant cakes and praline macarons with chocolate-beet fondants
  • White chocolate and orange blossom mousse

    white chocolate mousse
  • Orange & Cinnamon cheesecake

    Orange and cinnamon cheesecake with macarons for Teatime in Paris
  • Flamiche: French Leek Pie

    French leek pie - best Flamiche recipe
  • Chocolate & Passion Fruit Crème Brûlée

    Chocolate passion fruit creme brûlée dessert
  • Apple & Cinnamon Tart

    Alsacian French Apple Tart Recipe
  • Mushroom Cappuccino

  • Stinging Nettle Pesto with fresh egg pasta

  • Melting Moments: oat biscuits

Index of all recipes

Take your pick from the recipe cards below. 

For the lazy gourmet: all recipes are deliciously easy and accessible to make at home. Most of them are French and above all, they’re reduced in sugar. Like macarons, many recipes are gluten-free and some recipes, such as desserts and starters, are designed to be served with your macarons – and now little cakes – from the books.

If you’re looking for my macaron recipes, you’ll find them in Mad About Macarons and Teatime in Paris. The latest book also includes step-by-step recipes for éclairs, tarts, millefeuilles and more. As you can appreciate, Waverley Books prefer these recipes are not shared online – instead I’ve collected more of my favourite recipes here, so help yourself and feel free to share them…

Look for specific ingredients like Lemon? Vanilla? chocolate? Strawberry Asparagus

passion fruit mango creams

Passion Fruit Mango Creams

A healthy, easy no-bake fruity dessert that goes so well with Easter chocolate!
April 2, 2017/by Jill Colonna
potato gratin savoyard

Potato Gratin Savoyard

A simple family recipe for potato gratin, a lighter version of a Gratin Dauphinois with no cream and just as delicious.
March 30, 2017/by Jill Colonna
chocolate ginger passion cake

Chocolate Ginger Passion Cake

Say it with chocolate cake this Easter or Mother's Day with ginger, passion fruit and top with macarons!
March 23, 2017/by Jill Colonna
mojito snaps

Brandy Snaps – Mojito Style!

Retro brandy snaps given a lime, mint and rum twist to make Mojito Snaps - something rather adult for Mother's Day
March 15, 2017/by Jill Colonna
cheese spring onion rosemary scones

Cheese Scones with Spring Onion & Rosemary

How to make the fluffiest cheese scones for teatime!
March 7, 2017/by Jill Colonna
Macaron Tiramisu

Macaron Tiramisu (gluten free)

Tiramisu macaron shells are given a creative twist to make a gluten free version of the Italian classic dessert
February 27, 2017/by Jill Colonna
Apple Rose Tarte Tatins

Apple Rose Tarte Tatin

Easy to make in advance! Surprise you Mum for UK Mother's Day with apple caramel tarts and a red apple rose.
February 5, 2017/by Jill Colonna
Corsican Veal Pepper casserole

Corsican Veal Stew with Red Peppers

A warming easy casserole that's even better reheated next day and fabulous served with pasta (plus glass of red!).
January 27, 2017/by Jill Colonna
sticky orange caramel cake

Orange Caramel Cake

Sticky orange caramel cake - great served warm for breakfast and teatime, if there's any left!
January 22, 2017/by Jill Colonna
smoked garlic arugula rocket soup

Smoked Garlic Arugula (Rocket) Soup

A delicious detox & warming soup to keep the flu at bay or fight it off if you didn't have a Mickey mask.
January 19, 2017/by Jill Colonna
gingerbread apple caramel trifles with macarons

Gingerbread Apple Caramel Trifles

Recipe for Gingerbread Apple Caramel Trifles, a perfect festive dessert over the holiday season and delicious served with salted caramel macarons.
December 23, 2016/by Jill Colonna
Mincemeat Pinwheels

Mincemeat Pinwheels

A quick and handy vegetarian recipe that's perfect to make in advance for your festive end-of-year parties
December 14, 2016/by Jill Colonna
Mincemeat macaron

Quick No-Suet Mincemeat

A quick and deliciously easy mincemeat recipe, ideal for Vegetarians since it's without suet - and great for filling macarons!
December 1, 2016/by Jill Colonna
Easiest nougatine recipe

Easiest Nougatine Recipe

As the world is going nuts, it's time for a crunch with a French salted caramel nougatine!
November 15, 2016/by Jill Colonna
Fiadone Corsican Cheesecake

Fiadone Corsican Cheesecake

The laziest cheesecake on the planet! A Corsican family dessert typically served between November and June.
November 3, 2016/by Jill Colonna
Chorizo Risotto

Chorizo Risotto with Prawns

A quick, easy and versatile recipe - saucy risotto with a kick!
October 7, 2016/by Jill Colonna
mini macaron trifles - raspberry rose lychee

Mini Macaron Trifles – Ispahan Style

A trifle of British nostalgia given a mini Parisian touch for UK Mother's Day
September 28, 2016/by Jill Colonna
fig & almond pudding

Fig & Almond Pudding

A simple, elegant figgy pudding with the added French touch of mini raspberry macarons
September 22, 2016/by Jill Colonna
plum jam weighing sugar with digital scales

Spiced Plum Jam & Digital Jam Scale Review

How to make consistently perfect jam with a clever new digital jam-making scale
September 20, 2016/by Jill Colonna
Corsican fig jam

Corsican Fig Jam

The perfect partner to put out a Corsican cheese fire.
September 16, 2016/by Jill Colonna
healthy breakfast granola flapjacks

Healthy Fruit & Nut Flapjacks

Lighten routine with these healthy, reduced sugar flapjacks for breakfast or after-school
September 8, 2016/by Jill Colonna
gluten free cheese rosemary waffles

Gluten Free Cheese Waffles

Have a healthy start to the day with these breakfast waffles inspired by Brazilian cheese puffs!
September 3, 2016/by Jill Colonna
roasted nectarines in honey with verbena ice cream

Roasted Nectarines & Lemon Verbena Ice Cream

A perfectly light dessert that celebrates summer in France.
August 29, 2016/by Jill Colonna
monkfish stew from Brittany

Monkfish French Brittany Stew – Lotte à l’armoricaine

A deliciously easy French classic: monkfish stew or Lotte à L'Armoricaine
July 19, 2016/by Jill Colonna
gluten-free chocolate pistachio brownies

Gluten-Free Chocolate Pistachio Brownies

Lush, fudgy gluten-free brownies inspired by Chambelland in Paris.
June 19, 2016/by Jill Colonna
Strawberry Almond Rhubarb Upside Down Tart

Strawberry, Almond & Rhubarb Tart

An upside-down tart that turns into a chic French cake
June 13, 2016/by Jill Colonna
Chocolate cherry ganache macaron filling

Chocolate Cherry Ganache – Macaron Filling

Rain in some Kirsch in these dark chocolate and cherry macarons!
June 1, 2016/by Jill Colonna
Asparagus mint pea clafoutis gluten free recipe

Asparagus, Mint & Pea Clafoutis (Gluten Free)

A delicious dose of asparagus for vegetarian week and Celiac Awareness month.
May 20, 2016/by Jill Colonna
Baked rhubarb and custard cheesecake with strawberries

Rhubarb and Custard Cheesecake with Strawberries

A rather Franglais-style cheesecake & ranting over Brexit
May 15, 2016/by Jill Colonna
Dried Rhubarb Chips

Dried Rhubarb Chips

Easy wow-factor decor for your rhubarb recipes
May 8, 2016/by Jill Colonna
Rhubarb rose sorbet recipe

Rhubarb Rose Sorbet

A perfect light dessert for Mother's Day - serve with macarons and a bunch of roses for Mum!
May 5, 2016/by Jill Colonna
pink rhubarb ginger compote

Pink Rhubarb & Ginger Compote

Adding a touch of fruity tea to Parisian rhubarb to give that pretty pink blush.
April 27, 2016/by Jill Colonna
Palets Bretons Recipe French Butter Cookies from Brittany

Palets Bretons Recipe – French Butter Biscuits or Cookies

Slightly sweet & salty French butter biscuits - just irresistible!
April 10, 2016/by Jill Colonna
French Apple Crumble

Apple Oat Crumble – A Scottish French Alliance

Who would have thought that the good old Apple Crumble would be so popular in Paris these days? And trust the French to make it sound so romantic as "crrum-belle"!
February 26, 2016/by Jill Colonna
no-churn Drambuie ice cream recipe

Drambuie Ice Cream (No-Churn)

This Scottish whisky liqueur, honey and herb ice cream will liven up any dinner party when it’s served with dessert! Strictly for adults only…
February 19, 2016/by Jill Colonna
rose and white chocolate panna cotta with cherry and cardamom coulis

Top Ten Last-Minute Valentine Dessert Ideas

Where has this week gone?  All those plans of making a fabulous…
February 11, 2016/by Jill Colonna
orange blossom and pomegranate valentine rice pudding recipe

Orange Blossom and Pomegranate Rice Pudding

Orange Blossom Pomegranate Rice Pudding with macarons from Teatime in Paris!
February 7, 2016/by Jill Colonna
Orange curd best topping for crepes or pancakes

Creamy Orange Curd – a perfect topping for Crêpes!

A deliciously zingy, creamy topping for crepes or pancakes this February.
January 30, 2016/by Jill Colonna
French leek pie - best Flamiche recipe

Flamiche Recipe – French Leek Pie

A typical French winter classic: leek pie from Picardy which uses 4 egg yolks! For National Pie Day.
January 22, 2016/by Jill Colonna
Cullen Skink or Scottish Smoked Haddock Soup

Cullen Skink Smoked Haddock Soup

Don't ask me why, but I'm needing a fix of my favourite warming Scottish recipes ... It's hard enough to take a sexy photo of a bowl of soup but why the name, Cullen Skink?
January 18, 2016/by Jill Colonna
Macaroon Jam tarts

Macaroon Jam Tarts

Happy Delicious New Year to you! 2016 has started more like "out with the new" and "in with the old"! The other day, I re-discovered an old faithful baking guide ...
January 4, 2016/by Jill Colonna
Choux pastry for special occasions

How to Make a Giant Paris-Brest Choux (Eclair) Christmas Pastry Ring

This Christmas pastry ring sums me up just now: I'm going around…
December 17, 2015/by Jill Colonna
Stuffed Cabbage easy French recipe

Stuffed Cabbage (Chou Farci): A Cheat’s French Classic Winter Recipe

A French Classic recipe of stuffed savoy cabbage made easy by using turkey stuffing leftovers.
December 13, 2015/by Jill Colonna

Dark Chocolate Lava Cakes with Runny Hearts

How many times have you seen chocolate lava cakes on dessert menus? In Paris ...
December 7, 2015/by Jill Colonna
Pumpkin sage mushroom and chestnut tart recipe

Chestnut, Pumpkin & Mushroom Tarts – and Beaujolais Nouveau!

The shock of the inhuman terrorist attacks in Paris last week…
November 18, 2015/by Jill Colonna
pumpkin sage and parmesan financiers recipe

Pumpkin, Sage and Parmesan Financiers

Today the sun is shining again on the city we love so much.  While…
November 15, 2015/by Jill Colonna
caramel and jasmine macarons

Caramel and Jasmine Macarons and Tea-Infused Recipes

Apparently 9 November is International Tea Day.  When I saw…
November 9, 2015/by Jill Colonna
Egg pasta recipe Alsatian noodles

Egg Pasta Recipe: Alsatian Noodles

You know how I love sharing egg yolk recipes with you - especially…
November 4, 2015/by Jill Colonna
Alsacian French Apple Tart Recipe

French Apple Custard Tart – An Easy Yolk Recipe you HAVE to try!

The last time I made this French Apple Custard Tart, I earmarked…
October 25, 2015/by Jill Colonna
Creamy warm rice pudding recipe using green tea

A Fragrant Rice Tea Pudding Recipe with Little Bear from Theodor Paris

The first Autumn chill hit the Paris air last week. Suddenly…
October 21, 2015/by Jill Colonna
Chapon Paris Chocolate Mousse Recipe pure cacao

Pure 100% Cacao Chocolate Mousse Recipe by Patrice Chapon

How many chocolate storefronts do you know resemble dark chocolate?…
October 13, 2015/by Jill Colonna
Tarte Tatin French recipe for caramelised apple tart

Tarte Tatin – An Easy Classic French Dessert Recipe

According to my old 1984 edition of Larousse Gastronomique (given…
October 8, 2015/by Jill Colonna
dark chocolate pear cake

Upside-Down Dark Chocolate, Coffee & Pear Cake

That did it - it had to be a chocolate pear cake since the pears…
October 4, 2015/by Jill Colonna
Sweetcorn and red pepper cream soup recipe

Sweetcorn and Red Pepper Velouté Soup

Autumn may officially be upon us but I'm still hanging on by…
September 28, 2015/by Jill Colonna
Banana coffee chestnut cake recipe

Banana, Chestnut and Coffee Cake – or Muffins

That's the first full-on week back at school conquered. Hearing…
September 13, 2015/by Jill Colonna
Aubergine tomato and filo pastry tart Provence

An Avignon Summer Festival Morning and an Aubergine Tart

I love Avignon at any time of year. Come windy mistral weather…
July 23, 2015/by Jill Colonna
Chickpea Spread or French poichichade - Hummous from Provence

A Taste of Provence with Chickpea Spread

This view is from my parents-in-law's house in the Luberon, the…
July 10, 2015/by Jill Colonna
Giant raspberry macaron with passion fruit cream filling

Passion Fruit and Raspberry Macaron Filling

Standing in the buzzing queue of many of Paris's best pâtisseries,…
July 1, 2015/by Jill Colonna
French clafoutis easy recipe

French Clafoutis – Baked Cherry Custard Dessert

Clafoutis is a French speciality from the Limousin region. It's…
June 11, 2015/by Jill Colonna
carrot cake muffins

Carrot Cakes

Light and airy individual carrot cakes with reduced sugar, tons of carrots & spices. Ideal for parties, picnics and school bake sales.
May 31, 2015/by Jill Colonna
pasteis de nata recipe

Pastéis de Nata Portuguese Custard Tarts Recipe

After tasting the exquisite Pastéis de Nata from Comme à Lisbonne in…
April 28, 2015/by Jill Colonna
oat and maple healthy breakfast granola cereal

Maple Granola – Homemade Breakfast Cereal

Pamper your body with this organic homemade breakfast muesli
March 13, 2015/by Jill Colonna
Madagascan Vanilla on sale at the market in Provence

Confiture de Lait Recipe and How to Store Vanilla Beans

I have a confession to make. I'm glad it hasn't really snowed…
March 1, 2015/by Jill Colonna
honey love-heart and star sablé cookies

Honey Lemon Sablé Biscuits

A quick and easy egg yolk recipe that's perfect with a cup of ginger rooibos tea at teatime
February 9, 2015/by Jill Colonna
chocolate coffee fondant cakes

Chocolate Coffee Fondant Cakes

"I'm starving!" Lucie flew in the door with the rain blowing…
January 29, 2015/by Jill Colonna
classic blanquette veal casserole recipe

The French’s Favourite Casserole: Blanquette de Veau

Enjoy this French Winter classic casserole, which is surprisingly light too!
January 13, 2015/by Jill Colonna
Orange and cinnamon cheesecake with macarons for Teatime in Paris

Happy New Year with a Cheesecake from Paris!

Cinnamon & Orange Cheesecake, inspired by Jean-François Piège of Thoumieux in Paris & given the Mad About Macarons touch!
January 5, 2015/by Jill Colonna
peppermint creams recipe

Festive Desserts with Macarons and Peppermint Creams

Festive holiday menu ideas to serve with your macarons, from desserts to even savoury!
December 21, 2014/by Jill Colonna
mini Christmas pudding bonbons

Express Mini Christmas Puddings

I'm on a roll again.  Have you noticed all the snowballs coming…
December 15, 2014/by Jill Colonna
chocolate brownie cookie crumbles

Chocolate Brownie Cookie Crumbles

It all started this summer.  In August, to be precise. Lucie…
December 11, 2014/by Jill Colonna
Scottish Macaroon Bar Snowball gluten-free recipe

Scottish Macaroon Bar Snowballs

We have been lucky lately in Paris.  Up until Sunday the weather…
December 2, 2014/by Jill Colonna
a festive holiday bite into a chocolate coconut snowball

Chocolate Coconut Snowballs (gluten-free)

Who would know they're gluten free? Deliciously high in chocolate and low in sugar.
November 25, 2014/by Jill Colonna
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…
November 10, 2014/by Jill Colonna
pumpkin spice macarons potimarron red kuri squash macarons

Pumpkin Spice Macarons & Roasted Red Kuri Squash Filling

Now that the new book is with the publisher, I can make macarons again!
October 28, 2014/by Jill Colonna

Beetroot & Horseradish Risotto with Macarons

I'm often amazed how some recipes, like this Beetroot Horseradish…
October 13, 2014/by Jill Colonna
Egg yolk recipes frozen creme brûlée

Whisky Toffee Frozen Crème Brûlée with Macarons

It was a sign:  a Scottish saltire traced onto such dazzling…
September 28, 2014/by Jill Colonna
pistachio and strawberry panna cotta and macarons

Pistachio-Strawberry Panna Cotta with Macaron Kisses

Continuing to follow the sun this summer, we stopped for breath…
September 14, 2014/by Jill Colonna
Postcard of South Queensferry village near Edinburgh

The Boat House Edinburgh and a Lemon & Thyme Tart Recipe

As the Commonwealth Games kick off in Scotland, I'm taking you…
July 23, 2014/by Jill Colonna
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.…
June 2, 2014/by Jill Colonna
red fruits bavarois dessert with rose macarons

A Sexy Valentine Dessert Recipe with Parisian Macarons

A super easy gluten-free red fruit Bavarois dessert for your Valentine
February 12, 2014/by Jill Colonna

Forgotten Apple Chutney, Curry Macarons and a Mole

An easy and quick recipe for making homemade apple chutney with mango and apricot.
January 23, 2014/by Jill Colonna
Bathing huts at the beach in Normandy France

A New Year Kir Royal from Normandy

Happy, bubbly New Year to you! It's good to be back. Do you…
January 10, 2014/by Jill Colonna

Savoury Macarons: Festive Starter Ideas

Who can believe that the year has just about made a wrap?  Before…
December 20, 2013/by Jill Colonna

Chocolate Hazelnut Rocher Truffles

As I got the ball rolling with chocolate hazelnut macarons for…
December 17, 2013/by Jill Colonna
Red Onion and Goat Cheese Chèvre Tarte Tatin

Red Onion Chevre Tatin for Ann Mah’s Tuesday Dinner

I'm thrilled to be a guest over at Ann Mah's Tuesday Dinner series.…
December 10, 2013/by Jill Colonna
harvesting in watercress beds

France’s Smallest River, Watercress Beds and Soup

A recipe for watercress soup and a visit to the watercress beds during harvesting in Normandy.
November 5, 2013/by Jill Colonna

Raspberry, Redcurrant and Rose Macaron Filling

As the sweet queues became out of line via Pierre Hermé's pâtisserie…
September 9, 2013/by Jill Colonna
Belchen mountain Black Forest Germany

Chocolate Drizzle in the Black Forest

The hills were alive with the sound of cattle bells and gradual…
August 28, 2013/by Jill Colonna
Staufen Black Forest Germany, wine country

Black Forest Cakes in Germany and a No Bake Chocolate Cherry Dessert

Do you really think a sweet tooth determines our family holiday…
August 13, 2013/by Jill Colonna
creamy lemon ice cream recipe and interview with orgasmic chef

Food Writer Friday, Lemon Ice Cream and the Orgasmic Chef

This time last year I had a wonderful surprise on my return from…
August 2, 2013/by Jill Colonna
strawberry and pistachio cream tart

Strawberry Tart with Pistachio Pastry Cream

Ouf! Over the years, I've come to use this word just as the French…
June 30, 2013/by Jill Colonna

Rose, Raspberry and Lychee Eclairs

Did I ever tell you how much I actually enjoy visiting my dentist? It's…
June 4, 2013/by Jill Colonna

Roasted Vanilla Pineapple with Passion Fruit

As we're enjoying the pineapple season, I can't help noticing…
May 28, 2013/by Jill Colonna

Lemon Cream Meringue Nests (Gluten Free)

It was time to return to France before I put on weight. We certainly…
May 10, 2013/by Jill Colonna
asparagus clafoutis vegetarian recipe

White Asparagus French Clafoutis

Become totally asparagused with this delicious French savoury clafoutis inspired by Chef Eric Fréchon
April 4, 2013/by Jill Colonna

Patrick Roger’s Chocolate Cake for Easter

A dense layered chocolate cake from the MOF himself. Let's crown it with macarons!
March 22, 2013/by Jill Colonna

Chocolate Cream Desserts for Macaron (Yolk) Lovers

Poor blog. I've neglected it and so my apologies. Chest infection…
February 17, 2013/by Jill Colonna

To Make Macaron Hearts, Think ‘V’ for Valentine

How to make macaron hearts for your Valentine
February 5, 2013/by Jill Colonna

How to Make a French Religieuse or a Scottish Mac Snowman

I have a confession to make. I should have made something more…
January 21, 2013/by Jill Colonna
creamy rice pudding

How to Make Rice Pudding like the French – Riz au lait!

When my Frenchman asked me to make rice pudding years ago, it…
January 17, 2013/by Jill Colonna

Happy Sweet 2013 from Paris with Galettes des Rois

So we made it to 2013. It wasn't the end of the world after all,…
January 8, 2013/by Jill Colonna

Lemon Sauce for Roast Chicken and Stuffed Mini Pumpkins

This week the Autumnal chill has hit abruptly, just as much as…
November 15, 2012/by Jill Colonna
beet horseradish macarons and Corsica

Corsica on the Rocks and Savoury Macarons

Wild waves were crashing on the rocks off the west coast of Corsica…
November 6, 2012/by Jill Colonna
Plombieres French Glazed Fruit no churn ice cream

Glace Plombières: No-Churn Candied Fruit Ice Cream

I'd promised the children a taste of the best ice creams in Paris…
October 2, 2012/by Jill Colonna

Cremini Mushroom Cappuccino with Mini Macarons

Just look at this tray of healthy looking cremini mushrooms from…
September 24, 2012/by Jill Colonna

Racing with Banana Almond Cakes for the Egg and Spoon

I know. I'm not the biggest fan of cake. But suddenly remembering…
September 20, 2012/by Jill Colonna
French brioche breakfast recipe

Arise, Sir Brioche

This sign popped out to say bonjour as we were meandering on…
September 12, 2012/by Jill Colonna

Apricot and Lavender Jam

Imagine my surprise back from holidays and seeing this last crate…
August 17, 2012/by Jill Colonna
Pistachio Vanilla Wasabi Ice Cream recipe

The Heat is on: Pistachio Vanilla Wasabi Ice Cream

Are you feeling the heat? You're lucky. Mid July in Paris and…
July 21, 2012/by Jill Colonna

Strawberry Eclairs with Poppy and Vanilla Pastry Cream

What on earth has been going on?  I have not wanted to cook…
June 12, 2012/by Jill Colonna

Strawberry and Rhubarb Gratin

I'm just back from the market in St Germain-en-Laye. It's a luxury…
May 18, 2012/by Jill Colonna
chocolate easter mendiants

Begging for Chocolate Macarons and Mendiants for Easter

Meaning "Beggar" in French and representing four mendicant monastic orders from the Middle Ages, these popular chocolates are great to make for Easter!
April 6, 2012/by Jill Colonna
chocolate and passion fruit creme brûlée dessert recipe

Passionfruit Milk Chocolate Crème Brûlée: Walking on Mars?

Have you ever imagined what it could be like to walk on Mars?…
March 29, 2012/by Jill Colonna

I’m a Guest at Lazaro Cooks!

Today is cool: I'm a guest over at Lazaro Cooks. What an honour…
March 13, 2012/by Jill Colonna

The Cutest Wombat Bento Box by Pudding Pie Lane

I don't watch TV much these days but I'm hooked on Top Chef.…
February 29, 2012/by Jill Colonna
Peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies recipe

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies

It's already the second week of the mid-term school winter holidays.…
February 27, 2012/by Jill Colonna
how to make French chouquettes using choux or eclair pastry

Making Chouquettes with Cravings of a Lunatic

Chouquettes are mini versions of choux buns. For anyone who hasn't…
February 23, 2012/by Jill Colonna

It’s Mardi from Eat. Live. Travel. Write and a Raspberry Curd Recipe

Surprise! It's mardi. It's Tuesday. It's Mardi Gras, and I'm…
February 21, 2012/by Jill Colonna
white chocolate mousse

White Chocolate Mousse with a Valentine’s Touch

How often have you heard of perfectly competent cooks and bakers…
February 9, 2012/by Jill Colonna

Mango and Orange Tarte Tatin for Marsha’s Birthday

Tatin! Joyeux Anniversaire from Paris, Marsha! I just couldn't…
February 7, 2012/by Jill Colonna
tartare sauce with smoked fishcakes

Smoked Haddock Fishcakes with Tartare Sauce

Tintin may still make the odd appearance in French shop windows…
February 1, 2012/by Jill Colonna

Chestnut Vanilla Ice Cream

Baby it's cold outside. I've been humming this song most of the…
January 21, 2012/by Jill Colonna
pumpkin leek soup

Leek, Pumpkin and Ginger Soup with Curry Macarons

A perfectly simple yet healthy winter warming soup with a few benefits of leeks.
January 4, 2012/by Jill Colonna
poached coffee vanilla pear dessert with mocha macarons

Poached Coffee Vanilla Pears with Mocha Macarons

A deliciously light, simple yet stunning dessert - inspired by Anne-Sophie Pic
December 30, 2011/by Jill Colonna

Beet-Horseradish Macarons with Apple and Salmon

Are you all enjoying the festive season? Still merry? Dead beet?…
December 26, 2011/by Jill Colonna
nougat glacé caramel choux buns

Nougat Glacé Choux Buns with Orange Caramel

As you may have gathered, I'm not just mad about macarons, but…
December 19, 2011/by Jill Colonna

Knitted Choux Carnival of Festive French Chouquettes

A promise is a promise. Remember I said I'd make my own homemade…
December 1, 2011/by Jill Colonna

Passion Fruit, Cardamom and Ginger Panna Cotta

Who prefers light desserts to heavy puddings? I do; particularly…
November 26, 2011/by Jill Colonna

Sticky Toffee Pudding Sauce

Why don't the French do sticky toffee pudding? OK, it's…
November 17, 2011/by Jill Colonna

Parsnip, Round Carrot & Coriander Soup

The French call the parsnip (le panais) one of the "forgotten"…
November 4, 2011/by Jill Colonna
melting moment oat biscuits or cookies

Melting Moments (or Mini Oat Cookies)

Ouf! It's the school holidays. Enfin!   The children…
October 24, 2011/by Jill Colonna

Corsican Stuffed Courgettes-Zucchini with Mint

Mamma Mia! When Manu asked me to guest post, my adoration for…
October 12, 2011/by Jill Colonna
pumpkin bread recipe

Guest Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Bread

Paris this week has been blessed with an incredible Indian Summer.…
September 30, 2011/by Jill Colonna
mini mushroom macaron

French Mushroom and Truffle Macarons of the Season

There has been a definite change in the air over the past 10…
September 25, 2011/by Jill Colonna
Roasted Figs in Marsala

Roasted Figs in Marsala with Giant Tiramisu Macarons

They can say what they like. I do give a fig. Fig. Season.…
September 23, 2011/by Jill Colonna
fig and lavender tart

Quick and Easy Fig Tart Recipe

When Mardi asked me to guest post on her blog, I was so excited.…
September 22, 2011/by Jill Colonna

Crispy Papaya Nests, Prawns, and Skinny Sweet Potato Fries

I'm not into fried foods. It's like an unspoken rule to avoid…
September 16, 2011/by Jill Colonna

Sticky Baked Amaretti Peaches

As a newcomer on the block to la vie en France 18 years ago,…
September 6, 2011/by Jill Colonna

Sweet Potato, Crab & Thai Herb Croquettes

There's something magical about holidays.  It's not only a precious…
August 26, 2011/by Jill Colonna

Basil & Lime Pesto: Quick and Saucy

Could you get me some basil, please? Antoine came back from the…
August 26, 2011/by Jill Colonna
sauce-beurre-blanc-smoked-tea-lapsang-souchong

Herb-Hugging John Dory with Smoked Tea Beurre Blanc

The signs were all there.  First this one, rue St Pierre - or…
July 28, 2011/by Jill Colonna

Guest Recipe: Rum and Toasted Coconut Ice Cream (low carb/gluten free)

How often do you dream about food?  Do you think about lunch…
July 25, 2011/by Jill Colonna

Peppermint Millefeuille with Fraises des Bois

  Last weekend these little wild strawberry jewels…
July 8, 2011/by Jill Colonna

Cherry Tomato, Wild Strawberry & Rocket Salad

When Mum came to visit recently, she left an enticing pile of…
July 4, 2011/by Jill Colonna
Warm goat cheese salad chèvre chaud recipe

Warm Goat Cheese Salad (salade de chèvre chaud)

My husband refuses to eat salad as a main dish.  C'est comme…
July 1, 2011/by Jill Colonna
white chocolate raspberry Paris-Brest egg yolk recipe

Guest Recipe: White Chocolate and Raspberry Paris-Brest

Today is an extra special Guest Post. My lovely Irish guest,…
June 24, 2011/by Jill Colonna
prawn lemon and asparagus spaghetti

Creamy Lemon, Prawn and Asparagus Spaghetti

This has to be one of my favourite pronto pasta dishes after…
June 22, 2011/by Jill Colonna
strawberry cream mousse pie using pate à bombe egg yolk recipe

Guest Recipe: Strawberries and Cream Mousse Pie

How often have you felt harried or harrassed?  My guest this…
June 17, 2011/by Jill Colonna
crème caramel purin recipe

Guest Recipe: Crème Caramel (Purin)

This has been a LONG week. I'm such a party-pooper since cancelled…
June 10, 2011/by Jill Colonna

Guest Recipe: Caesar Salad Dressing with Croutons

Fancy a change of scene?  Well, this week we're heading into…
June 6, 2011/by Jill Colonna
mango egg tart egg yolk recipe

Guest Recipe: Mango Egg Tarts

Do you ever get all soppy sentimental over certain foods?  It…
May 27, 2011/by Jill Colonna
chocolate crunchy trifle egg yolk recipe

Guest Recipe: Chocolate Crunchy Trifle with Egg Yolk Buttercream Frosting

"Nice driveway", Kate had on her personal blog profile.  I was…
May 20, 2011/by Jill Colonna
white asparagus with sage butter

Thyme to be Sage with Buttered Asparagus

This past week I was so ashamed of the garden. I had run away…
May 16, 2011/by Jill Colonna
Recipe Sables Biscuits Bretons

Guest Recipe: Biscuits Bretons

When my friend, Joshua, told me he had the perfect French recipe…
May 13, 2011/by Jill Colonna

Stinging Nettle Pesto

Nettles are full of healthy nutrients.  When you check out their…
May 9, 2011/by Jill Colonna
chocolat pots de crème egg yolk recipe

Guest Recipe: Chocolate Pots de Crème

It has been a while since we've seen chocolate on the site.  Passing…
May 6, 2011/by Jill Colonna
blueberry curd egg yolk recipe

Guest Recipe: Blueberry Curd

Blueberries are so healthy so why not make this blueberry curd recipe, which also uses egg yolk - so use the whites for macarons!
April 29, 2011/by Jill Colonna

Passion Fruit Caramel Choux Buns & a Choux-Choux Train

I used to think that Choux pastry was complicated.  Until…
April 27, 2011/by Jill Colonna
egg yolk recipe Sicilian Genovesi Ericine

Guest Recipe: Genovesi Ericine

I'm excited yet again.  As part of the new series on egg yolk…
April 15, 2011/by Jill Colonna
pineapple curd egg yolk recipe

1st Guest Post: Pineapple Curd

I am so excited.  Not only for hosting my first Guest Post but…
April 8, 2011/by Jill Colonna
lime macaron with mango, passion fruit, coconut and lemongrass cream

Lime Macarons with Marinated Mango, Coconut, Vanilla, Lemongrass & Passion Cream (gluten free dessert)

          This photo…
April 6, 2011/by Jill Colonna
saltimbocca veal roll easy recipe

Saltimbocca: Veal and Parma Ham Spirals

A few years back, Antoine gave me a clever Christmas present:…
March 27, 2011/by Jill Colonna
roman gnocchi side dish

Sweet Potato & Sage Roman Gnocchi

As some of you may know, I'm married to a Frenchman but whether…
March 24, 2011/by Jill Colonna
sage flowers close-up

Crispy Sage Leaves

Crispy Sage Leaves are one of my favourite decorations to…
March 23, 2011/by Jill Colonna
Scotch Pancakes with chestnut

Scotch Corsican Pancakes with Chestnut Flour

A delicious teatime twist on the classic drop scone or pancake with chestnut flour and orange
March 2, 2011/by Jill Colonna

Salted Caramel Sauce (Caramel au beurre salé)

This has to be one of the most satisfying of homemade sauces:…
February 23, 2011/by Jill Colonna
ling chorizo

Fish, Chorizo and Black Pudding

We just came back from Scotland yesterday morning.  I'm suddenly…
February 23, 2011/by Jill Colonna
rose and white chocolate panna cotta with cherry and cardamom coulis

Rose & White Chocolate Panna Cotta with Cherry & Cardamom Coulis

A perfectly light dessert for Saint Valentine's Day: Rose and white chocolate panna cotta with a black cherry and cardamom coulis.
February 16, 2011/by Jill Colonna
Whisky Pigeon

Pigeon with Whisky, Ginger and Apricots

This is a quick and easy dish for entertaining. First, find…
February 10, 2011/by Jill Colonna
Chocolate beet flourless fondant cakes and praline macarons with chocolate-beet fondants

Chocolate Beetroot Flourless Fondants

Why is it that most people pull a face when you mention chocolate-beetroot…
February 3, 2011/by Jill Colonna
Moroccan-style panna cotta

Orange Blossom & Cinnamon Pannacotta

A quick, light and easy dessert that can either be served…
January 20, 2011/by Jill Colonna
Orange Flower Water Ice-cream

To Orange Blossom & Paris Lovers

It has been chilly in Paris this week. On a damp, drizzly Monday…
January 20, 2011/by Jill Colonna

Crab, Ginger & Coriander Gluten-free Quiches

  This is such an easy starter. You’re basically…
January 3, 2011/by Jill Colonna