Mad About French Food: Easy Home Cooking

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

French Onion Tarte Tatin Cover OptJill Colonna

French Onion Tarte Tatin with Cheese

A quick, easy savoury twist to the French classic with caramelised onions and an (optional) hidden layer of cheese. No sugar added - the onions caramelise themselves! Now on video.
Palets Bretons easy French recipeJill Colonna

Palets Bretons: French Salted Butter Biscuits

See how quick & easy these treats are: irresistible salty-sweet biscuits from Brittany - now on video. Enjoy plain or dress them up for Spring.
Quick French Apple TartJill Colonna

Quick French Apple Tart with Calvados Cream

This dessert is almost cheating! Made in 20 minutes using 2 Granny Smiths, ready-made butter puff pastry, honey, almonds, butter and Calvados.
Goat Cheese & Walnut Pasta SauceJill Colonna

Goat Cheese & Walnut Pasta Sauce

Add some French sunshine to your table with my saucy, creamy pasta version of the French classic, Salade de Chèvre Chaud.
Berry Gratin RecipeJill Colonna

French Berry Gratin with Elderflower

A quick yet elegant French berry dessert, topped with an elderflower cream and quickly toasted under the grill. Berry French indeed!
Corsican Brocciu Lasagne

Corsican Brocciu Lasagne

My easy version of Corsica's classic dish of Cannelloni au Brocciu, with a special ingredient that makes us believe we're on that Island of Beauty... Read on...
sweetcorn-red-pepper-soupJill Colonna

Sweetcorn and Red Pepper Soup

A magnificent way to enjoy the freshest farmers' market corn-on-the-cob for a taste of the late summer harvest
maple granola recipe

Maple Granola – Homemade Breakfast Cereal

A healthy homemade oat breakfast cereal with no sugar - just maple syrup, nuts and dried fruits
mini mushroom macaron

French Mushroom Truffle Macarons

Make the most of the Autumnal mushroom season with these savoury macarons!

Gourmet Travel Articles in France & Beyond

Just to whet your appetite!

Montmartre macaronsJill Colonna

Montmartre Chocolate Pastry Walk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Café Renoir, Montmartre Museum Gardens

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.