Cherry clafoutis – a perfect summer and festive dessert

Serves 4 - 6 Clafoutis is a rustic, country farm house, ‘batter style’, dessert, hailing from the Limousin region of France and is traditionally made with cherries. The original recipe calls for whole cherries with the pits in them, as the pits impart an almondy flavour; however, I always pit mine for more enjoyable eating. [...]

By | 2017-12-18T10:12:28+11:00 December 18th, 2017|Cherries, Cherry Clafoutis, Cooking classes, Desserts - fruit, Festive Food, French food, Fruit in season, Recipes|Comments Off on Cherry clafoutis – a perfect summer and festive dessert

Our last few days in Migennes, on the River Yonne, Burgundy

We arrived back at our winter base, always with sadness to finish the barging. Now it is the packing, cleaning, organising for the winterisation of the barge and our departures. We moored next to a lovely barge, Rysland, and met the delightful English, French, Swiss owner Sophie, who is the Captain and sometimes her own [...]

By | 2016-09-07T11:31:36+10:00 September 7th, 2016|Barging on the Betty B, Burgundy, Canal de Bourgogne, Culinary writing, France, French food|Comments Off on Our last few days in Migennes, on the River Yonne, Burgundy

Dinner at Hôtel de l’Est in Saint-Florentin in the Department of the Yonne, on the Canal de Bourgogne, France

It is a challenge finding a ‘perfect’ restaurant when you are barging along the canals. For me, this means a charming, pretty restaurant with a pleasant ambience and décor, with good quality, flavoursome, well-presented food, with a focus on the region; a small, quality wine list with a variety of price ranges; if you are [...]

By | 2016-12-07T19:32:13+11:00 August 31st, 2016|Barging on the Betty B, Burgundy, Canal de Bourgogne, Culinary Travel, France, France - wine, French food, French wine, Restaurants, Travel|Comments Off on Dinner at Hôtel de l’Est in Saint-Florentin in the Department of the Yonne, on the Canal de Bourgogne, France

Autumn is Chestnut season

Autumn is chestnut time and they are now appearing in the fruit markets.  Chestnuts, unlike other nuts and seeds, are relatively low in calories, carry less fat, but are rich sources of minerals, vitamins and phyto-nutrients that benefit your health. Chestnuts always remind of another old favourite sung by Nat ‘King’ Cole, Christmas song, 'Chestnuts [...]

By | 2016-12-07T19:32:25+11:00 May 18th, 2016|Chestnuts, Desserts - chilled, Food, France and cooking, French food, Recipes|Comments Off on Autumn is Chestnut season

Dee Nolan’s wonderful book ‘A food lover’s pilgrimage to France…’, wine, food, history, people and produce along the way of St James

I loved everything about this book! ‘A food lover’s pilgrimage to France: from the vineyards of Burgundy to the mountains of the Basque country food, wine, walking and history on the French pilgrim paths to Santiago de Compostella’ - it is one of the best books I have ever read. Remember, in my former life, [...]

By | 2016-12-07T19:32:26+11:00 February 16th, 2016|Books, Culinary writing, France, France - wine, France and cooking, French food, French wine|Comments Off on Dee Nolan’s wonderful book ‘A food lover’s pilgrimage to France…’, wine, food, history, people and produce along the way of St James

Dining at La Coupole, on rue Montparnasse, Paris

Despite our great lunch at the Cristal room, we treated ourselves with another dinner out, as we could eat my lapin with calvados, apple cider and apples any night on the barge! La Coupole is one of the great Parisian brasseries of la belle époque’ and is the favourite of Celebrity English Chef, Rick Stein, [...]

By | 2017-01-10T11:08:12+11:00 January 26th, 2016|Culinary Travel, France, French food, Restaurants|Comments Off on Dining at La Coupole, on rue Montparnasse, Paris

Dining at the Cristal Room, Baccarat Museum, in Paris

John’s birthday lunch at the Cristal Room, Baccarat Museum. Michael has talked about taking me the Baccarat Cristal Room restaurant for a long time; usually our visits to Paris are too short. Now, we have time as we are staying for 3 nights in The Arsenal, the barge mooring, right in the centre of Paris, [...]

By | 2016-12-07T19:32:26+11:00 January 26th, 2016|Barging on the Betty B, Culinary Travel, France, France - wine, French food|Comments Off on Dining at the Cristal Room, Baccarat Museum, in Paris

‘My French life’ in Provence with Karen Stride.

Armchair travel back to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence – the birthplace of Nostradamus! My friend and colleague in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Karen Stride, established her Gourmet Escapades in Saint-Rémy, last year, and is living ‘My French life’ as described by Vicki Archer in her book of that name! January is my reading time and I treasure every moment. [...]

By | 2016-12-07T19:32:26+11:00 January 12th, 2016|Books and reading, Culinary Travel, France, French food, French wine, Provence, Travel, Uncategorized|Comments Off on ‘My French life’ in Provence with Karen Stride.

The Flower Drum and Moët Hennessy join up at Cooking on the Bay and cook.

Last Monday, the front of house and sommeliers from the Flower Drum cooked dishes, at Cooking on the Bay, designed to match Moët's new release 2006 Grand Vintage champagne. What a great cooking class; full of concentration, good chopping and cooking, followed by considered comments and discussions about the food and how it matched the [...]

By | 2016-06-16T22:06:35+10:00 November 25th, 2015|Champagne, Cooking classes, French food, French wine|Comments Off on The Flower Drum and Moët Hennessy join up at Cooking on the Bay and cook.

Sens and La Madeleine – renewing acquaintances with Chef Patrick Gauthier

La Madeleine, with 2 star Michelin chef, Patrick Gauthier, was the special highlight dinner during my 2007 stay at La Varenne residential cooking school in Burgundy. Coming back to Sens this time on the barge was a wonderful opportunity for us to book La Madeleine and for me to meet up with Chef [...]

By | 2016-12-07T19:32:26+11:00 September 7th, 2015|Barging on the Betty B, Culinary Travel, Culinary writing, France, France and cooking, French food, Restaurants, Travel, Truffles|Comments Off on Sens and La Madeleine – renewing acquaintances with Chef Patrick Gauthier