Alsace Caramelised Onion Tart with Gruyère and Tarragon

We tumbled through the door of the packed antique brasserie just opposite the Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, our faces flushed from the frosty air and the glasses of gently spiced vin chaud bought from the Christmas market, one of the oldest in Europe. Laughing, perhaps a little too loudly, we grabbed the only remaining…

Poischichade, a Provençal Chickpea, Lemon and Sun-dried Tomato Dip

‘Paris, hours in the café, a certain spirit of rebellion, one side a bit too stubborn, the sea, the true, in Bretagne, the walking in Provence, the taste, the passion for literature, the libraries, the beautiful editions, remaking the world in a set of hours around a table and a bottle of wine. Talking without…

Parisian Madeleine Cakes with Sicilian Lemon

Many stories are attributed to the origins of the madeleine cake, a classic scallop shell-shaped confection that is perfectly designed for those – like me – who don’t possess a ‘sweet tooth’ but whom occasionally crave an exquisite bite of sweetness to savour alongside a delicate herbal tisane or a glittering crystal glass of chilled…

La Belle Salade Niçoise with a Green Olive Tapenade Dressing

Named ‘La Belle’ after the frequently used nickname for the city of Nice which lies in the French Riviera on the Mediterranean Sea, this salad typifies for me the fresh seasonal beauty of the local cuisine. This simple plate of summer is inspired by Richard Olney’s musings on Lulu Peyraud who, with her husband Lucien,…

Saint-Raphaël Soft-boiled Egg, Shallot and Tarragon Tartine

“Egg dishes have a kind of elegance“ wrote Elizabeth David, “a freshness, an allure which sets them quite apart from any other kind of food so it becomes a great pleasure to be able to cook them properly and to serve them in just the right condition.” It’s exactly that quality that makes this simple tartine…

Hyères Elderflower and Orange Blossom Cordial and a French 77 Cocktail

There aren’t many things as intoxicating as the scent of orange blossoms in the depths of winter, their heady aroma immediately transports me back to fine winter days in Provence. This isn’t merely an emotional response, it’s actually a physical one as the humble orange is revered for its uplifting mood enhancing properties. You don’t have to travel…