A Breakfast Shared with Brioche Pasquier

Brioche Pasquier have been making traditional brioche and other French pâtisseries since they were founded in 1936 in a small village bakery in Les Cerqueux, France. Founder Gabriel Pasquier taught his traditional levain-based recipes to his sons who built the business into Brioche Pasquier, now a large and successful company with over 3,000 employees. Levain, ... Read more »

Vin d’Orange Recipe

This lovely Vin d’Orange recipe comes from Wild Drinks & Cocktails: Handcrafted Squashes, Shrubs, Switchels, Tonics, and Infusions to Mix at Home  by Emily Han, and is best to make during winter, when citrus fruits are at their best, ready to enjoy through the next spring or summer. Read more about Wild Drinks and Cocktails ... Read more »

Making French Pastries at the Cookery School at Little Portland Street

Who doesn’t love a freshly baked French pastry for breakfast? Flaky, buttery croissants, pillowy brioche with jam or perhaps a pain au chocolat if you’re feeling decadent. In my house this usually means an early morning walk to the nearest bakery but today I’m learning how to make these breakfast delights for myself. Located in ... Read more »

Le Garrick: A Little Corner of France in London’s Tourist Heartland

One of the pleasures of a holiday in France is simple, classic meals in inexpensive local restaurants serving the same dishes they have been serving for generations. They are all about delicious food; familiar rather than innovative. Service is warm and friendly and you wish you could visit more often. You feel envious of the ... Read more »

‘Allo ‘Allo!

I love France! I’ve loved the French language since the first day we started learning it at school, rising from our seats when our French teacher entered the class room and settling back down on her crisp “asseyez-vous”. Born with a handy ability to mimic accents and blessed with a French teacher who was actually ... Read more »

Upside Down Caramelised Flat Peach Tart aka Flat Peach Tarte Tatin

I adore flat peaches. As I’ve written before, they’re also known as doughnut peaches, saturn peaches and even UFO peaches, because of their flattened disc-like shape. Usually they’re superbly sweet and impossible to eat without dribbling copious sticky juice down chin and arms. In recent years, I’ve found them easier than ever to find; my ... Read more »