Mad About Macarons! A French – Scottish Food Blog in Paris

Denise Acabo A l'Etoile d'Or Paris chocolateJill Colonna

Paris Chocolate Star Denise Acabo - A l'Etoile d'Or

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Come for a healthy dose of contagiously cheerful chocolate-induced endorphins from the golden star of chocolate in Pigalle.
dark chocolate mousseJill Colonna

Lightest Dark Chocolate Mousse

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A light and intensely bittersweet French dark chocolate mousse for serious chocolate lovers - topped with the most fondant macarons.
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 snack to tide you over until dinner without the guilt
Goat Cheese & Walnut Pasta SauceJill Colonna

Goat Cheese & Walnut Pasta Sauce

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My saucy, creamy pasta version of the French classic, Salade de Chèvre Chaud to bring the sunshine to the table at any time of year
Black sesame ice creamJill Colonna

Black Sesame Ice Cream

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We're hanging on to a Japanese summer in Paris with hot temperatures this week so out with this special ice cream. Yuzu'll love it with macarons!
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
Blueberry Lemon ClafoutisJill Colonna

Blueberry Lemon Clafoutis

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I'm also mad about clafoutis - and when you try the recipe, you'll see why: it's so versatile! Serve warm or chilled for dessert, teatime or breakfast!
Berry Gratin RecipeJill Colonna

French Berry Gratin with Elderflower

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A quick yet elegant French dessert with fresh berries, topped with an elderflower cream and toasted under the grill for a couple of minutes. Perfect for a summer heatwave!
Carol Gillott Champagne Patisserie Salon ParisJill Colonna

Champagne and Patisserie Salon - Paris 2018

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The most arty, bubbly and deliciously sweet Parisian event with watercolour artist, Carol Gillott
Melting MomentsJill Colonna

Melting Moments - Children's Party Oat Biscuits

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Melt-in-the-mouth buttery oatmeal biscuits, rolled in oats and topped with bits of glacé cherry - great for children's parties and sharing with the adults.
Jill Colonna

Perfect Porridge Hamlyns Giveaway

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How do you like YOUR porridge? Tell us before midnight 16 July 2018 and you could win one of three prizes from Hamlyns of Scotland.
Blueberry lemon bavarois dessertJill Colonna

Blueberry Lemon Bavarois With Roasted Coriander

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Bonjour summer! Stay chilled with this easy no-bake fruity French dessert. Roasted coriander seeds add that 'je ne sais quoi'!
Asparagus ClafoutisJill Colonna

Asparagus Clafoutis with Parmesan Sauce

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An elegant yet simple summery starter or supper. Serve with crusty French baguettes to mop up the silky sauce!
Corsican French Mint OmeletteJill Colonna

Mint Omelette - Corsican Style

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A particularly refreshing omelette from the Island of Beauty - and tips on what makes a Corsican omelette different.
Strawberry Pistachio ClafoutisJill Colonna

Strawberry Pistachio Clafoutis

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Fancy a fresh strawberry twist to the classic French cherry baked custard dessert? With pistachios to soak up the fragrant juices.
Macaron Berry Sherry Trifle

Macaron Berry Sherry Trifle

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A trifle British for a Wimbledon party or dress it up as the French flag for Fête Nationale on 14th July! Uses Parisian macarons for a berry boozy celebration dessert.
French Crème Caramel

French Crème Caramel

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The favourite classic on many Parisian restaurant menus - yet so easy to make at home. This one is so melt-in-the-mouth light!
pure vegetable soup

Pure Vegetable Soup

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Pure and simple genius: no stock, just butter, the freshest of veg and herbs make this a chunky healthy bowl of only 55 calories

What’s on the October Menu?

French Crème Caramel

French Crème Caramel

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The favourite classic on many Parisian restaurant menus - yet so easy to make at home. This one is so melt-in-the-mouth light!
pure vegetable soup

Pure Vegetable Soup

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Pure and simple genius: no stock, just butter, the freshest of veg and herbs make this a chunky healthy bowl of only 55 calories
healthy breakfast bran muffinsJill Colonna

Healthy Breakfast Bran Muffins

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Irresistibly moist muffins with oats, dates and apple for a great healthy start to the day - inspired from my Granny's Black Book of Scottish recipes.
moist banana chestnut loaf

Moist Banana Chestnut Loaf

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Whether it's banana bread, loaf or cake, it's a recipe you'll want to make for teatime or breakfast.
relais desserts yulelogs Paris 2017

Relais Desserts Yule Log Presentation, Paris 2017

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20 top pastry chefs from this elite group show us their French Christmas cake creations (Bûches de Noël).
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.
cheese spring onion rosemary scones

Cheese Scones with Spring Onion & Rosemary

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How to make the fluffiest cheese scones for teatime!
Macaron Tiramisu

Macaron Tiramisu (gluten free)

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Tiramisu macaron shells are given a creative twist to make a gluten free version of the Italian classic dessert
saint Germain-en-Laye

Saint-Germain-en-Laye: Paris Day Trips

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Want to do something different and avoid the tourist crowds in Paris? Come to my Mini Paris: a royal town filled with history and a super market 3x a week

Fig & Almond Pudding

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A simple, elegant figgy pudding with the added French touch of mini raspberry macarons
plum jam digital scales

Spiced Plum Jam & Digital Jam Scale Review

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How to make consistently perfect jam with a clever new digital jam-making scale by Terraillon France
chocolate pistachio brownies gluten free

Gluten-Free Chocolate Pistachio Brownies

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Lush, fudgy gluten-free brownies inspired by the Chambelland bakery in Paris.
chestnut flour pumpkin and mushroom tartsJill Colonna

Chestnut, Pumpkin & Mushroom Tarts - and Beaujolais Nouveau!

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A taste of pure Autumn on a plate with a deliciously moorish chestnut flour pastry base that's perfect with the season's mushrooms and Beaujolais - great with leftover turkey too!
Alsacian French Apple Tart Recipe

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

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The last time I made this French Apple Custard Tart, I earmarked…
rice pudding green tea

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

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A delicious fragrant rice pudding infused with a mandarin and ginger green tea
Tarte Tatin

Tarte Tatin - An Easy French Classic

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Upside-down caramelised apple tart; it's a lot easier to make than it looks! A French baking mistake that turned up in the right direction!
Autumn leaved vines in Montmartre, ParisJill Colonna

October Wine Festival Montmartre, Paris

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Join the annual Fêtes des Vendanges to celebrate the Clos de Montmartre harvest. Next edition: 10-14 October 2018.
best orangettes in Paris

Discovering the Best Orangettes, Rue de Miromesnil Paris

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The master of chocolate-coated oranges, ginger, lemon - you name it - shows us how it's done.
chocolate coffee fondant cakes

Chocolate Coffee Fondant Cakes

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Good gooey dark chocolate cakes with a mocha glaze will give you the needed boost for Autumn!
Sugar cone cutters gourmet chocolate museum Paris

Paris Gourmet Chocolate Museum - Choco Story

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If you love chocolate and in Paris this is a must. Enjoy a taste of chocolate history and how it's made.
chocolate and macaron candy dress salon du chocolat Paris 2014

20th Salon du Chocolat Paris

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A taste of Paris's popular annual Chocolate Salon. Next edition is 31 October to 4 November 2018 at the Porte de Versailles
Pumpkin spice macarons

Pumpkin Spice Macarons & Roasted Red Kuri Squash Filling

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An autumnal macaron filling made with pumpkin - and the spices!

A Lazy Gourmet Visit to Yvoire - one of France's Prettiest Villages

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Summer this year was all pretty much last-minute.  On return…
Red Onion and Goat Cheese Chèvre Tarte Tatin

Red Onion Chevre Tatin

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An easy savoury twist to the French classic with caramelised onions and goats' cheese.

France's Smallest River, Watercress Beds and Soup

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A recipe for watercress soup and a visit to the watercress beds during harvesting in Normandy.
lemon sauce for chicken

Lemon Sauce for Roast Chicken and Stuffed Mini Pumpkins

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This week the Autumnal chill has hit abruptly, just as much as…

A Fruity Weekend at the King's Vegetable Garden in Versailles

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Explore the annual October gourmet festival in the Potager du Roi: this year it's 6-7 Oct 2018. Read more...