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Galettes de pomme de terre

There is an art to making potato pancakes, known in French as galettes de pomme de terre, or potato flat cakes. The basic recipe is very simple — grate the potatoes, mix with a beaten egg, season with salt and … Continue reading

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Dinde à la française

It’s the time of year when roast turkey appears on many holiday menus, including in France, where a meat stuffing is often used. Two years ago, I had the pleasure of traveling to Vonnas, north of Lyon, to attend a … Continue reading

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Mendiants

Sometimes words beggar translation. I can remember, as a student of French, being taught that gourmet meant someone with a discriminating palate, but gourmand meant a glutton. So you can imagine my confusion when, aged 25, out to dinner in … Continue reading

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Joyeuses fêtes!

Better late than never. As it’s not quite the night before Christmas, I’m posting some holiday menus for fabulous feasts with a French touch. They each feature a first course, and sometimes a second, before a spectacular main dish and … Continue reading

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Charlotte glacée aux framboises

Here’s a holiday dessert that’s fun to prepare and makes a light change from fruitcake or mince pies or yule log. Three layers of ice cream and sorbet are encased in ladyfingers (boudoirs in French), inverted onto a lovely plate, … Continue reading

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Perdreaux aux poires

This could be the start of something big. This year, as an idea for your Christmas dinner, I give you a partridge in a pear tree. Well, to be more specific, roast partridge surrounded by succulent sautéed pear slices on … Continue reading

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