Culinary Discoveries & Travels on Le Blog

dark chocolate mousseJill Colonna

Lightest French Chocolate Mousse - without cream

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Our favourite fluffy and intensely bittersweet mousse for serious chocolate lovers - with NO CREAM! Now also on video with yours truly playing flute...
Black sesame ice creamJill Colonna

Black Sesame Ice Cream

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A taste of a delicious Japanese summer in Paris with this special ice cream. If you love peanut butter, you'll adore this - and it's healthy too. Serve with macarons or crispy sesame tuiles.
French Asparagus ClafoutisJill Colonna

Asparagus Clafoutis with Parmesan Sauce

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An elegant yet simple summery starter or lunch. Serve with a crusty French baguette to mop up that gorgeous cheese sauce! NOW on VIDEO.
Dubarry French Cauliflower Cream SoupJill Colonna

Dubarry Cauliflower Cream Soup

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The crème de la crème of French soups - with a deliciously hot royal romance behind it, which simmered away between Versailles and Paris in the 18th century.
Montmartre macaronsJill Colonna

Montmartre Chocolate Pastry Walk

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Join me for an autumnal online stroll on my self-guided Montmartre walk - with less tourists. Taste the artistic ambience, macarons, madeleines - and perhaps leave 'Absinthe'-minded!
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.
Béarnaise SauceJill Colonna

Béarnaise Sauce - Recipe & Origins Near Paris

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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. Plan ahead your rooftop visit May to end September.
10 reasons to visit HonfleurJill Colonna

10 Reasons to Visit Honfleur, Normandy

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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

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When music and dessert are pear-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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Ideas for dates! 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.
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.
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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. Join me online for this Renoir Tour starting at Chatou, along by the Seine for a 1h30 walk, discovering the medieval town of Carrières-sur-Seine with its troglodytes cave houses.

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