Mad About French Food: Easy Summer Home Cooking

More recipes in the index l How to make macarons & patisserie in my books…

dark chocolate mousseJill Colonna

Lightest French Chocolate Mousse Without Cream

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A fluffy and intensely bittersweet mousse for serious chocolate lovers - with NO CREAM and low in sugar. Now also on video
Corsican Mint OmeletteJill Colonna

Mint Omelette – Corsican Style

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Got mint & eggs? Enjoy this refreshing, authentic omelette from my husband's 'Island of Beauty' - and tips on what makes a Corsican omelette different to a French one. Now also on video.
Black sesame ice creamJill Colonna

Black Sesame Ice Cream

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A taste of a delicious Japanese summer in Paris with this special ice cream. If you love peanut butter, you'll adore this - and it's healthy too. Serve with macarons or crispy sesame tuiles.
broccoli-hummusJill Colonna

Fresh Broccoli Hummus (Vegan)

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A quick & healthy snack made in just 15 mins. A surprisingly divine alternative to traditional hummus. Enjoy with bread, crackers, oatcakes, or crisps - and toss any leftovers in pasta for a real treat! Vegan, dairy-free and gluten free.
Palets Bretons easy French recipeJill Colonna

Palets Bretons: French Salted Butter Biscuits

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See how quick & easy these treats are: irresistible salty-sweet biscuits from Brittany - now on video. Enjoy plain or dress them up for Spring.
Roasted tomato mozzarella bitesJill Colonna

Roasted Tomato Mozzarella Bites

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Just a few minutes of roasting tomatoes concentrates the best tomato flavours to make these simple, delicious & healthy nibbles for your holiday table.
Vegan macaronsJill Colonna

Raspberry Vegan Macaron Recipe (Using Aquafaba French Meringue)

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For the #veganuary challenge. How to make picture perfect macarons without any egg whites or dairy in sight. Vegan macaron tips and tasting test conclusions.
Cranachan Parfait Scottish dessertJill Colonna

Cranachan Parfait – An Iced Scottish Dessert on Shortbread

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Add a French twist to this classic Scottish dessert to enjoy raspberry season. Honey & Whisky cream turned into an iced parfait with a crunchy buttery oat praline.
Berry Gratin RecipeJill Colonna

French Berry Gratin with Elderflower

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A quick yet elegant French berry dessert, topped with an elderflower cream and quickly toasted under the grill. Berry French indeed!
Macaron Berry Sherry Trifle

Macaron Berry Sherry Trifle

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Looking for patriotic red, white & blue treats? You'll love this berry adult, boozy dessert for your holiday menu. A trifle British with Parisian macarons soaked in sherry (gluten free).
French Crème Caramel

French Crème Caramel

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The favourite French classic on many Parisian restaurant menus - yet so easy to make at home. This one is melt-in-the-mouth light with no heavy cream, just milk and eggs.
Apricot Lavender JamJill Colonna

Apricot and Lavender Jam

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A delicious taste of French summer using half sugar quantities - and great for filling your macarons!

Gourmet Travel Articles in France & Beyond

Just to whet your appetite!

Montmartre macaronsJill Colonna

Montmartre Chocolate Pastry Walk

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Join me for an online stroll on my self-guided Montmartre walk - with less tourists. Taste the artistic ambience, macarons, madeleines & chocolate - and perhaps leave 'Absinthe'-minded!
Saint-Germain almond cakeJill Colonna

Saint-Germain Almond Cake

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Created in the royal market town of Saint-Germain-en-Laye outside Paris in 1920. This delicious almond and rum glazed tart is so easy and a real crowd-pleaser.
Béarnaise SauceJill Colonna

Béarnaise Sauce – Recipe & Origins Near Paris

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Ooh the simple Béarn-ecessities of life! This sublime French sauce is so easy to whisk up - did you know it was invented where Louis XIV was born near Paris?
10 reasons to visit HonfleurJill Colonna

10 Reasons to Visit Honfleur, Normandy

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A virtual see and do - and eat! - in this romantic French town & what makes it such a popular getaway - only 2 hours' drive from Paris
Poire Belle HeleneJill Colonna

Pear Belle Helene – A Parisian Musical Story

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When dessert was inspired by Helen's 'beautiful pear' (pun intended). This classic Parisian dessert was created by France's legendary chef, Escoffier, inspired by a French soprano singing Offenbach in Paris
Renoir Walk Chatou Carrieres Cave HousesJill Colonna

Renoir Tour: Chatou – Carrieres-sur-Seine

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Join me online for this Impressionist Renoir Walk starting at Chatou in les Yvelines (just 10km west of Paris), along by the Seine & discover the medieval town of Carrières-sur-Seine with its troglodytes cave houses.
Denise Acabo A l'Etoile d'Or Paris chocolateJill Colonna

Paris Chocolate Golden Star, Denise Acabo – A l’Etoile d’Or

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Ready for a healthy dose of contagiously cheerful chocolate-induced endorphins? Meet the golden star of chocolate in Pigalle.
Teatime in JapanJill Colonna

Teatime in Japan

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Join our discovery of traditional sweet treats (wagashi), ice creams and a traditional tea ceremony learning some Japanese culture along the way
Teatime Ritz Paris TableJill Colonna

Putting on The Ritz – Paris Teatime

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For the ultimate luxury Parisian afternoon, let's head to Proust's room for a French Afternoon Tea and experience his famous Madeleines by his favourite fireplace.
best bakeries in Lyon

Lyon’s Best Pâtisseries, Chocolates & Macarons

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A selection of the finest bakeries for the sweet-toothed in France's gastronomic capital.
bouchons Lyon restaurants

Best Value Gourmet Lyon in 3 Days

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A taste of Lyon's bistros & traditional bouchons in France's gastronomic capital.
renoir cafe montmartre museum

Café Renoir, Montmartre Museum Gardens

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Escape the tourist crowds around Sacré Coeur and enjoy a snack in this hidden haven, with a view of Renoir's legendary swing and the oldest house in Montmartre.