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

smoked tea beurre blanc salmonJill Colonna

Smoked Tea Beurre Blanc Salmon

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A French-Scottish alliance on a plate for Burn's Night - with a smoky twist to the classic beurre blanc lemon sauce using a simple Lapsang Souchong teabag.
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.
butternut walnut gratinJill Colonna

Butternut Walnut Gratin - Playing Winter Squash

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Make this winter comforter in one healthy dish for the family or en amoureux. Delicious veggies with toasted walnuts for the crunch that cling to a layer of melted cheese.
Jill Colonna

Renoir Tour: Chatou - Carrieres-sur-Seine

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Venture out of Paris for an afternoon on one of the four Impressionist's walks in les Yvelines, only 10km west of the city and discover some surprises!
Jill Colonna

Chocolate Ginger Fondant Cake

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A spicy ginger twist to the French classic fudgy fondant that's not only quick and easy but tastes even better next day. Easy to prepare a gluten-free version too.
chai tea creme anglaiseJill Colonna

Chai Tea Creme Anglaise - Light French Custard

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An Autumnal spicy kick to the French classic custard sauce - perfect with the Chocolate Ginger Fondant Cake.
Gratin DauphinoisJill Colonna

Gratin Dauphinois - French Creamy Potato Bake

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Enjoy this easy French classic, a winter warming side-dish guaranteed to please and add a wee touch of extra luxury...
pumpkin pecan chestnut flour tartJill Colonna

Pumpkin Pecan Chestnut Flour Tart

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Inspired by the colourful Autumnal scenes in Paris, taste Autumn on a plate with this lush vegetarian French tart for the holiday season.
Chocolate Banana Marble Cake

Chocolate Banana Marble Cake

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A reduced sugar whirl cake perfect for breakfast or brunch, either topped with roasted banana or served at teatime with a fudgy dark chocolate ganache.
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 - 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.

Happy New Year 2019 – What’s on the January Menu?

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
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!
curried cauliflower soup with seared scallops

Curried Cauliflower Soup with Seared Scallops - and a Flooded Seine

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Sunken scallops in a French-style curried soup to celebrate Montmartre's scallop festival & the annual Burgundy wine festival.
warm creamy kipper pots

Warm Creamy Kipper Pots

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A delicious Scottish starter that's great with all smoked fish. Serve with a crunchy French baguette or oatcakes
Teatime Ritz Paris TableJill Colonna

Putting on The Ritz - Paris Teatime

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For the ultimate luxury Parisian afternoon, head to the Proust room for a French Afternoon Tea and experience the author's famous Madeleines by his favourite fireplace.
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.
best pastries rue Saint-Dominique

Best Pastries Rue Saint-Dominique, Paris

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My guide to the best pastry & chocolate shops plus tearooms all in 3 blocks near the Eiffel Tower!
potato gratin savoyard

Potato Gratin Savoyard

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A simple family recipe for potato gratin, a lighter version of a Gratin Dauphinois with no cream and just as delicious. Try it and see!
cheese spring onion rosemary scones

Cheese Scones with Spring Onion & Rosemary

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How to make the fluffiest cheese scones for teatime!
Orange Caramel Cake

Orange Caramel Cake

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Sticky orange caramel cake - great served warm for breakfast and teatime, if there's any left!
smoked garlic arugula rocket soup

Smoked Garlic Arugula (Rocket) Soup

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A delicious detox & warming soup with a very special ingredient! Only 60 Calories a bowl.
gluten free cheese rosemary waffles

Gluten Free Cheese Waffles

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Have a healthy start to the day with these breakfast waffles inspired by Brazilian cheese puffs!
chocolate pistachio brownies gluten free

Gluten-Free Chocolate Pistachio Brownies

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Lush, fudgy brownies inspired by the Chambelland gluten free bakery in Paris.
Palets Bretons - buttery biscuits from Brittany

Palets Bretons Recipe - French Butter Biscuits or Cookies

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Put just a few good quality basic ingredients together – salted butter, sugar, egg yolks, flour and baking powder – and what do you get? Irresistible French butter biscuits...
Drambuie Ice Cream

Drambuie Ice Cream (No-Churn)

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This Scottish whisky liqueur, honey and herb ice cream will liven up any dinner party when it’s served with dessert! Strictly for adults only…
French leek pie

Flamiche Recipe - French Leek Pie

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A typical French winter classic: leek pie from Picardy which uses 4 egg yolks! For National Pie Day.
Cullen Skink Scottish Smoked Haddock Soup

Cullen Skink Smoked Haddock Soup

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For your Scottish Burn's Night menu on 25 January - or for a cosy gathering to chase away the winter chill! Why "Cullen Skink"?
Galette 2016 Carette Paris

Best Galettes des Rois in Paris

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Although written in 2016, many of these best Galettes des Rois are the same. Grab a crown and take a look around Paris this January!
macaroon jam tarts

Macaroon Jam Tarts

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Not to be confused with coconut and egg white macaroons - or macarons - but these retro tarts are a taste of Scotland!
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!
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!
Clos Vougeot Burgundy French vineyards in winter

Annual Burgundy French Wine Festival

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A taste of the annual Burgundy wine festival, end January. This 2019, it's the host town of Vézelay in Bourgogne.
blanquette de veau

The French's Favourite Casserole: Blanquette de Veau

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Enjoy this French Winter classic casserole, which is surprisingly light too!
poached coffee vanilla pears

Poached Coffee Vanilla Pears - with Mocha Macarons

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A deliciously light, simple yet stunning dessert - inspired by Anne-Sophie Pic