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Classic French Recipe: Tartiflette {with...

French Tartiflette recipe

The traditional French Tartiflette is one of those dishes that are pure comfort food. Made with potatoes, lardons, onions, white wine and Reblochon cheese, it just oozes warmth and cold weather comfort. It’s absolute heaven as far as I’m concerned, but then I could live on cheese and potatoes. It is a recipe that originates from […]

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Classic French Recipe: Daube Provençale

French recipe daube provencale

  daube: meat that is braised then stewed in wine (culinary) Not to be mistaken for ‘C’est de la daube’: is slang for ‘it’s sh*t’, as in ‘it isn’t worth anything’  I was going through my French cookery books looking for inspiration for a classic French stew recipe and found this one called ‘Daube Provençale’, which sounds […]

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Welcome to my new home!

Welcome to my new home!

At last, the blog has moved! I’ve been threatening to do it for months and it has been a challenge to actually get here, but yay, I’m so excited! It’s a completely DIY move, so there are some issues yet to resolve, but I’m learning. If you’re reading this, you have made it to the new home and […]

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Are French spelling changes a sign of th...

Are French spelling changes a sign of the apocalypse?

  In case you were wondering, a heavy dose of sarcasm was used when deciding on the title for this post… We may have some time to go yet before the apocalypse is upon us, but I think it’s fair to say that almost nobody likes change and that people love to overreact on social media. When […]

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31 days to love all things French {day t...

31 days to love all things French {day thirty-one}

Bonjour! This is it, the final day of my series on how to Frenchify Your Life. 31 days of actually finishing something I cannot believe I managed to post every day for 31 days about France. When I first started, I thought I would get really stressed half-way through and give up. I was convinced I would […]

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Books about France and the French {day t...

Books about France and the French {day twenty-nine}

Today I am just going to recommend a handful of books about France that are more humorous than hard history, but that I enjoyed reading and found accurate enough.   The Secret Life of France by Lucy Wadham: I love this book; it is dry, astute and well-observed, and covers many interesting topics ranging from attitudes to […]

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French people don’t jump queues {day twe

French people don’t jump queues {day twenty-four}

French people don’t jump queues. They don’t tend to, and if they do, it is not well received and will likely result in the queue-jumper being passive-aggressively or directly rebuffed and sent to the back of the queue. What happens however, if that apart from clear instances where queueing is inevitable, like at the post office […]

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The Truth about Frogs and Snails {day ni...

The Truth about Frogs and Snails {day nineteen}

When I was preparing for this series earlier this year, I asked people on my Facebook page if they had any questions about the French that they would like answered, and one of the things that came up was: why do the French eat frogs and snails? That’s a good question, which is just as […]

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Classic French recipe: Gratin Dauphinois...

Classic French recipe: Gratin Dauphinois {day sixteen}

I love a good Gratin Dauphinois, I mean, what’s not to like about potatoes and cream with a hint of garlic and a beautiful melted cheese on top? It is one of my favourite comfort foods and works brilliantly as a side to most types of roast meat, especially beef. I usually serve it as a […]

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Celebrate the year French-style {day fif...

Celebrate the year French-style {day fifteen}

A common idea about French people is that they have a lot of holidays, and it’s one of the few that is actually true. Most French people get five weeks holiday a year by law, and surprise surprise, they often take the bulk of them during the summer in either July or August, hence why French […]

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