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

sugar free oat muffinsJill Colonna

Healthy Banana Oat Muffins (no added sugar)

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A naturally sweet breakfast boost using dried fruits, brazil nuts for Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month.
Sesame Tuiles Best RecipeJill Colonna

Crispy Sesame Tuiles

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The easiest, quickest French-style biscuits made with sesame seeds - perfect for teatime or served with black sesame ice cream for dessert
Roasted tomato mozzarella bitesJill Colonna

Roasted Tomato Mozzarella Bites

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Just a few minutes of roasting tomatoes concentrates the best tomato flavour to make these simple, delicious summer nibbles.
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!
air-conditioned Paris tea salonsJill Colonna

Air-Conditioned Paris Tea Salons

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Find a listing of the coolest Parisian tearooms during the summer heatwave.
Saint-Germain almond cakeJill Colonna

Saint-Germain Almond Cake

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Born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye outside Paris in 1920, this simple almond and rum patisserie is so easy and addictive too!
Béarnaise SauceJill Colonna

Béarnaise Sauce - Recipe & Origins

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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 Castle 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 with a rooftop visit UNTIL END SEPTEMBER.
Rose Rhubarb Orange CakeJill Colonna

Rose Rhubarb Orange Cake

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Celebrate rhubarb and rose season with this light financier-style French cake for teatime, breakfast or brunch - and an easy bake to say Merci to Maman.
10 reasons to visit HonfleurJill Colonna

10 Reasons to Visit Honfleur, Normandy

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What to see and do in this romantic French town and what makes it such a popular getaway - only 2 hours drive from Paris
Chocolate Easter Bunny Birthday CakeJill Colonna

Chocolate Easter Bunny Birthday Cake

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Great for Easter, birthdays or baby showers: hidden dark, moist chocolate cake topped with the easiest reduced sugar white chocolate buttercream. So good, you'll want it at any time of year!
Chocolate Hazelnut Pear CrumbleJill Colonna

Chocolate Hazelnut Pear Crumble

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Comfort food dessert at its best - with a healthy dose of bittersweet chocolate that melts into the vanilla fruit, topped with oats.
Poire Belle HeleneJill Colonna

Poire Belle Helene - A Musical Story

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When music and dessert are pair-fect partners: this classic Parisian dessert was created by a famous French chef, inspired by a French soprano's voice singing Offenbach in Paris
sticky toffee apple puddingJill Colonna

Sticky Toffee Apple Pudding

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Up close with the most lush, dark, comfort-food classic dessert with apple - seeing blurry? Looking for a spoon? You may have sticky toffee pudding syndrome. Quick and check out the solutions...
Hottest Paris Food Tour #parisfoodtour #paristravel

The Hottest Paris Food Tour

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A great introduction to traditional French foods for your trip to Paris, enjoyed in relaxed restaurant settings in the lovely Marais.
Caramelised pineapple rice puddingJill Colonna

Caramelised Pineapple Rice Pudding (Riz Condé)

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French riz au lait served "à la Condé", a chic yet simple vanilla rice pudding with pineapple. Kicking off an exciting Alexandre Dumas culinary challenge.
Vegan macaronsJill Colonna

Raspberry Vegan Macarons: Aquafaba French Meringue

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How to make picture perfect macarons without any egg whites or dairy in sight. Vegan macaron tips and tasting test conclusions.
chicken prune tagineJill Colonna

Chicken Prune Tagine - Spicy Comfort Food

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A gently spiced family favourite that's lighter than it looks. Light a candle, dim the lights and be transported to Morocco in Paris!
Cranachan Parfait Scottish dessertJill Colonna

Cranachan Parfait - An Iced Scottish Dessert

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My French twist to the traditional Scottish dessert of cream, honey, Whisky, oats and raspberries for Burn's Night, St Andrew's Night, St Valentine's - or any occasion.
smoked tea beurre blanc salmonJill Colonna

Smoked Tea Beurre Blanc Salmon

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A French-Scottish dishy alliance for St Andrew's or Burn's Night - with my smoky twist to the classic beurre blanc lemon sauce using a simple Lapsang Souchong teabag. Shh don't tell anybody...
Melting Meringue SnowballsJill Colonna @Mad About Macarons

Melting Meringue Snowballs

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French meringues generously filled with hazelnut praline, lemon jelly, vanilla cream and candied chestnut for a light, festive dessert that's just waiting for you to 'throw' a party!

What’s on October’s Menu?

Béarnaise SauceJill Colonna

Béarnaise Sauce - Recipe & Origins

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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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What to see and do in this romantic French town and what makes it such a popular getaway - only 2 hours drive from Paris
Poire Belle HeleneJill Colonna

Poire Belle Helene - A Musical Story

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When music and dessert are pair-fect partners: this classic Parisian dessert was created by a famous French chef, inspired by a French soprano's voice singing Offenbach in Paris
Hottest Paris Food Tour #parisfoodtour #paristravel

The Hottest Paris Food Tour

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A great introduction to traditional French foods for your trip to Paris, enjoyed in relaxed restaurant settings in the lovely Marais.
Caramelised pineapple rice puddingJill Colonna

Caramelised Pineapple Rice Pudding (Riz Condé)

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French riz au lait served "à la Condé", a chic yet simple vanilla rice pudding with pineapple. Kicking off an exciting Alexandre Dumas culinary challenge.
Vegan macaronsJill Colonna

Raspberry Vegan Macarons: Aquafaba French Meringue

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How to make picture perfect macarons without any egg whites or dairy in sight. Vegan macaron tips and tasting test conclusions.
chicken prune tagineJill Colonna

Chicken Prune Tagine - Spicy Comfort Food

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A gently spiced family favourite that's lighter than it looks. Light a candle, dim the lights and be transported to Morocco in Paris!
smoked tea beurre blanc salmonJill Colonna

Smoked Tea Beurre Blanc Salmon

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A French-Scottish dishy alliance for St Andrew's or Burn's Night - with my smoky twist to the classic beurre blanc lemon sauce using a simple Lapsang Souchong teabag. Shh don't tell anybody...
Melting Meringue SnowballsJill Colonna @Mad About Macarons

Melting Meringue Snowballs

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French meringues generously filled with hazelnut praline, lemon jelly, vanilla cream and candied chestnut for a light, festive dessert that's just waiting for you to 'throw' a party!
Bourdaloue Pear TartJill Colonna

Bourdaloue Pear Tart - a Parisian Classic

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Found in many patisseries at this time of year, this tart has been glazing around Paris since the 1900s when it was invented in Rue Bourdaloue.
Jill Colonna

Renoir Tour: Chatou - Carrieres-sur-Seine

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Venture out of Paris on this surprising Impressionist walk in les Yvelines, only 10km west of the city. 2019 marks 100yrs since Renoir's death with animations at the Fournaise Museum.
chai tea creme anglaiseJill Colonna

Chai Tea Creme Anglaise - Light French Custard

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A cheeky spicy kick to the French classic custard sauce with Chai tea. Perfect with Chocolate Ginger Fondant Cake.
Top 10 Halloween Macaron IdeasJill Colonna

Top 10 Halloween Macaron Ideas

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Are you trick or treat? No matter 'witch' one, find your ideal macarons to party as Mad About Macarons celebrates its 10th reprint on its 8th birthday! Thank YOU for all your support and joining the fun.
Denise Acabo A l'Etoile d'Or Paris chocolateJill Colonna

Paris Chocolate 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.
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 - with no cream!
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 warm sunshine to the table at any time of year
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
moist banana chestnut loaf

Moist Banana Chestnut Loaf

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A rustic Corsican-inspired banana bread recipe to enjoy 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).
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.
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 from the Mad About Macarons book are given a deliciously easy gluten free twist to the Italian classic dessert
Gingerbread apple caramel trifles

Gingerbread Apple Caramel Trifles

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A must try! Autumnal trifles with a hint of spice - delicious with salted caramel macarons from Teatime in Paris.
chorizo risottoJill Colonna

Chorizo Risotto with Prawns

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A quick, easy and extra French saucy Italian risotto with a kick!
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 farmers' market 3x a week