An English Gourmande

Parisian culinary escapades and recipes

Algerian lamb tagine & Marche d’Aligre

Plenty of French folk can speak English but choose not to when an opportunity presents itself. Pourquoi? Because a lot of them think their language is the crème de la … Continue reading

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Marshmallows & Pain de Sucre

Imagine a single marshmallow that’s €1.50. Now imagine eating it and finding the price entirely justified. That’s exactly what happens when you have a handmade marshmallow from Pain de Sucre … Continue reading

May 22, 2013 · 2 Comments

How to buy bread the French way

Find out how to buy bread à la mode française in my article on the BBC Good Food blog

May 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

Raspberry and pineapple fruit salad & Marché Bastille

Until very recently everything I knew about French history came from Les Misérables. The musical not the book. You see we had the LP at home when I was growing … Continue reading

April 16, 2013 · 2 Comments

Prawn and pineapple stir-fry & Guadeloupe

If you’d asked me a year ago where Guadeloupe was I’d probably have said somewhere in Africa. Having just got back I can confirm it’s in fact an island in … Continue reading

April 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Brioche & Lenôtre

Like most French infants my little man eats four times a day, about every four hours, and will keep that up here on in. Because in France, four o’clock is … Continue reading

February 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

Goat’s cheese and sweet onion tartlets & La Fermette

I can confirm that customer service hasn’t yet made it to Paris. Most shop assistants sigh, huff and stomp around to labour the point that by serving you they’re going … Continue reading

February 20, 2013 · 5 Comments

Beetroot and celeriac gratin & Marché biologique Raspail

Marché biologique Raspail, pitched next to metro Rennes between 9am and 3pm on Sundays, is Paris’ one and only organic market. Think heaving trestle tables with luscious fruit and veg, … Continue reading

February 15, 2013 · 1 Comment

Macaroons & Mora

In Helmut Fritz’s song, Ça M’énerve, he singles out the customers at Ladurée queuing for macaroons (or macarons if you want to be French about it). Then he backtracks saying … Continue reading

February 11, 2013 · 4 Comments

Pumpkin, white chocolate and cashew nut cake & L’Atelier du Chocolat

Paris is chock-a-block with chocolate shops and they’re really just there for the tourists. Subtle souvenir shops if you like. You rarely spot a native in one despite the Frenchies … Continue reading

February 6, 2013 · 1 Comment