I’m Lost in Cheeseland with a Giveaway

Today I’m proud to be a guest over at Lindsey Tramuta’s legendary blog, Lost in Cheeseland for her Franco File Friday feature.

For those of you who perhaps don’t know Lindsey yet, she is a lovely American living in Paris and writes about all topics of life in the City of Light. I’m sure there are countless amusing tales we can relate to as we have settled in over the years of la vie after marrying a Frenchman.

Lindsey was better prepared: she was no stranger to the French language, having studied it since she was 12 and continued her studies at The American University of Paris.  I met my French sweetheart in Scotland where we spoke English together, so I arrived in Paris with a giant thud when I realised I had to speak French.  Quoi? C’est normal;  live in the country, speak the language – but somehow I hadn’t completely thought of that one before I came.  I was too head over heels in love.

Raising brioche and kids

Now I love it when my children can help my French.  Although being a Mum this week set another challenge with la rentrée (back to school) – hence my lack of blogging and online life.

I found myself back in the classroom on Monday morning, sitting next to my terrified daughter amongst a classroom of bewildered new students on their first day of Collège (the equivalent of 1st year at Secondary School.) New school, new teachers, new subjects, new friends, a locker with a code, new confusing timetables (week A, week B…) and a whopping load of typical French paperwork to complete. I wonder who was more scared: my daughter or me. Ouf!  We have managed to jump that first hurdle and survive this first week. TGIF.

TGIFFF. Thank goodness it’s Friday. It’s Franco File Friday.

Head on over to the Franco File Friday feature over at Lost in Cheeseland

and enter the giveaway: 2 lucky readers can win a copy of Mad About Macarons

it’s open to all readers!


Sticky Baked Amaretti Peaches

As a newcomer on the block to la vie en France in 1992, it was impressive to see how French women are just, well, so slim. How could they be so slender yet enjoy their food so much?

There is something strikingly similar to my friend, Kelly’s wonderful view of enjoying food, though. Readers of her blog, Eat Yourself Skinny, don’t need any introduction to her tasty and healthy recipes. So what on earth could I prepare for her skinny-conscious readers as a guest post? Sticky Baked Amaretti Peaches!

buzzing at the sight of lavender

Luckily at this time of year, there is no shortage of inspiration for fruity desserts. In the garden, the French lavender is out in full bloom, bulging raspberries are poking out to say bonjour behind the leaves, and juicy peaches are abundant at the local market.  Who could ask for more?

Well, perhaps my youngest daughter would. When it comes to eating fruit, she’s funny; ask her to eat a peach and it takes a painstaking 30 minutes to finish it all up.  Give her a donut peach and mentally, the process is slightly quicker. Don’t even try her on raspberries.

They’re hairy, she says.

Until one day I won the fruit jackpot in Mummyland. Ever since I made this gluten free peach dessert stuffed with raspberries, there has been no turning back.  She gobbles this one up in record time and asks for more. How can you explain that one?  It’s now over to you to try it.

Sticky Baked Amaretti Peaches

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time:
25 minutes
Chilling Time:
30 minutes

4 large ripe yellow-fleshed peaches
2 tbsp honey
100g amaretti biscuits (or crushed macarons)
handful of raspberries
1 egg yolk
10g brown sugar
1 tsp lavender flowers (optional)
knob of butter

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Wash, halve and stone the peaches.
  2. Scoop out a bit of pulp to make slightly bigger cavities to stuff.

    I’ve got a crush on you…

  3. Crush the amaretti biscuits (or macarons) – either in a mortar & pestle or place them in a bag and bash them about with a rolling pin (particularly effective if you’re needing to get some frustration out of the system.)

    Add the egg white to your macaron-making stock of whites

  4. Add the egg yolk, honey, raspberries, lavender and the left-over peach pulp and mix well.
  5. Fill the peaches with the mixture and place in a buttered ovenproof dish.

    Quick stuff, bake in the oven and smell that!

  6. Sprinkle with the sugar and roast for 25 minutes.
  7. Set aside to cool then chill in the fridge until needed.

sticky baked amaretti peaches

The baked peaches are delicious served on their own for a perfect end to a meal. However, if you are feeling rather decadent, then add a petit dollop of vanilla ice cream.  And if you’re like Kelly who enjoys her dessert wines, I would definitely recommend serving this with a chilled glass of her favourite Moscato.

sticky baked amaretti peaches

Cheers! Santé !

Guest Post at Eat Yourself Skinny

It’s a beautiful sunny Friday. It’s Guest Post Friday today and I’m so thrilled to be a guest over at the lovely Kelly’s blog, Eat Yourself Skinny.

I first discovered Kelly’s blog via her Facebook page. The title was just too intriguing; I mean, who doesn’t dream of eating away, enjoying their food, AND being skinny at the same time?  When you take one look at the gorgeous Kelly, you immediately hit, “Like”, “Wish I Could Be-Like”, “Want to Be-Like”… I even tried a Thai anti-ageing facial on holiday to look like Kelly.  No luck, but they did make better use of the hotel’s tummy-stripping coffee by using it as a beauty treatment.

When I first came to live in France, it was particularly impressive to see how French women are just, well, so slim. How could they be so slender yet enjoy their food so much?  They also love their wine, too.  In fact, that’s something strikingly similar to Kelly’s wonderful view of enjoying food. Kelly’s readers don’t need any introduction to her tasty and healthy recipes.  Each one is just as good as the other! So what on earth could I prepare for her skinny-conscious readers?

Eat Yourself Skinny with these sticky, juicy peaches

Head on over to Eat Yourself Skinny where I’m baking some
Sticky Amaretti Lavender Peaches
.
And for macaron lovers, you’ll be glad to hear that it includes an egg yolk. 🙂