Master a French Classic


Master A French Classic – Slow Roasted Duck Legs

Duck. In my mind it’s so French. You’ll see it on menus all over France. And it’s the ideal ingredient to cook with when you want to Frenchify your day. But, here’s the thing about duck. It’s not the easiest poultry to work with. It has a reputation for being both a touch fancy and […]

Duck legs

French Lamb And Beans

Master A French Classic – Lamb And Beans

It’s funny sometimes how travel forces you to try new things. Whether you want to, or not.  In our case, a Sunday trip on tourist railway through the Ardèche region of France to the village of Saint-Agrève, introduced us to the French classic dish, Lamb and Beans. The particular railway we were riding on conveniently […]


Master A French Classic – Macarons

Although I couldn’t tell you exactly who it was, I remember someone telling me once that macarons – those gorgeous jewel-like French sweet treats – were just a passing fad. That was about 10 years ago now. At this point in time I’m prepared to make a call and say that whoever they were, they […]

Master a French classic - Macarons

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My French Life And Distant Francophile Team Up Again

I’ve never written about this before but I am a big, big fan of goal setting. While I don’t go as far as reading my goals every day, I do write them down. And I am very happy to talk about my goals with the special people in my life. I remember very clearly the […]


Master A French Classic – Crêpes

Scott is a real fan of street food. No matter where in the world we visit, trying the local street food is high on his list of things to do. I, on the other hand, can take it or leave it. Most of the time I leave it, preferring to eat my food from a […]

Master a French classic. Crêpes.

Master A French Classic - The Trench Coat

Master A French Classic – The Trench Coat

Baby pink blossom, with an Eiffel Tower backdrop. Parisian café terraces bathed in ever brightening sunlight. Yes, the photos that have been popping up in my Instagram feed lately have been sending a clear message. Spring is on the way – at least in Paris. And while the ever appropriate Parisians won’t be looking to […]


Master A French Classic – Duck Confit

One of the first meals we hunt down when we arrive in Paris is Duck Confit with Sarladaise Potatoes. Our favourite version of this classic dish is served at Le Bistrot du 7ème, a lovely restaurant not too far from the Tour Eiffel. We first visited this restaurant on the recommendation of our Hotel’s concierge and […]


Master A French Classic – French Onion Soup

Although it seems almost too obvious, one of my very favourite soups is the classic French onion soup. Rich and full of flavour, it’s best when topped with croutons made from toasted baguette, which are dripping with melted cheese. But while French onion soup is fabulous, it can be a bit of a bother to […]