Mad About French Food: Easy Home Cooking for Spring

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

chorizo risotto scallops optJill Colonna

Chorizo Risotto with Seared Scallops or Prawns

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A spectacularly easy dish for special occasions or a cosy night in - yet made in 35 minutes. Creamy leek risotto served with a separate Chorizo sauce. Time to chill the white wine!
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.
Pink-rhubarb-compoteJill Colonna

Rhubarb Hibiscus Compote – How to Make Green Rhubarb Red

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Not sure what to make with rhubarb? Make a healthy compote! It freezes well and is perfect for a vegan breakfast or spooned on ice cream. Now on video!
French Asparagus ClafoutisJill Colonna

Asparagus Clafoutis with Parmesan Sauce

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An elegant yet simple French starter or lunch. Serve with a crusty baguette to mop up that gorgeous cheese sauce! Also on VIDEO.
Strawberry Pistachio ClafoutisJill Colonna

Strawberry Pistachio Clafoutis – A Twist to the French Classic Cherry

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Now on video! Enjoy summer's fruity season with this twist to the French classic cherry baked custard. With pistachios or almonds for a gluten free breakfast, dessert or teatime treat.
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.
cracked macaron black forest creamsJill Colonna

Cracked Macaron Black Forest Creams

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Cracked macarons? Make these chocolate cherry boozy gluten free desserts. They're so good, you'll want to make them with perfect macaron shells too!
Breakfast oat cookiesJill Colonna

Breakfast Oat Cookies with Hazelnut & Cranberry

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A deliciously healthy start to the day with reduced sugar, plus a perfect quick teatime 'goûter' to tide you over until dinner without the guilt
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.

Gourmet Travel Articles in France & Beyond

Just to whet your appetite!

Bourdaloue Pear TartJill Colonna

Parisian Bourdaloue Pear Tart – a French Classic

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Say Bour-da-loue! Found in many French patisseries, this almond tart has been a favourite around Paris since the 1900s when it was invented in Rue Bourdaloue in the 9th arrondissement. Read on for the story and the recipe...
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?
Saint-Germain-en-Laye Castle Roof VisitsJill Colonna

Saint-Germain-en-Laye Chateau Roof Visit (Paris Day Trips)

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A taste of royal history from the birthplace of Louis XIV, Debussy and some culinary origins too. Only 30 mins from Paris. Plan ahead your rooftop visit May to end September.
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.