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Recipe for Riz à la Catalane

This recipe is quick to make so great for a week night meal that everyone will enjoy. Plus the Catalane touch makes it a little spicy, especially depending on the heat of the chorizo you choose. Bon appétit, or as they say in Catalan, tenir gana ! Photo: A real treat - Laura's homemade Riz à la Catalane, Laura Crotet Ingredients For 4 people 1-1/4 cup long grain rice 7 oz chorizo (more or less) 1 cup tomato sauce ½ onion 1 garlic clove 1 yellow pepper 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon herbes de Provence 2 cups chicken or veggie bouillon Salt and pepper I nstructions Finely chop...

Grocery Shopping in France

Kermit grocery shopping in France
We all know that food is a very important part of French culture, and eating is a major part of any trip to France. Of course, strolling through an outdoor market , or going to a bakery to select a delicious pastry are on the must-do list for all travelers. However, when I travel to a foreign country, I love to go to the grocery stores, because this is where local food habits are laid bare. As a general rule, French people shop more frequently for food supplies than in other countries. This is due to many different things: the desire for very fresh products, smaller...

Biscuits Roses de Reims (Pink Biscuits from Reims) Truffles

Pink biscuit truffles
“Biscuits roses de Reims” are a specialty of the Champagne area. They are light, crunchy finger-shaped cookies and are amongst the oldest cookies in France. The Maison Fossier has been making them since 1691. You may dip them into a glass of Champagne to enjoy, but I like turning them into beautiful pink truffles, making them a perfect treat for Valentine’s Day. Photo : Pink biscuits from Reims Ingredients: 1 cup crushed Pink Biscuits ¼ cup sugar ¼ cup + 3 tablespoons softened butter 1 egg yolk 1 teaspoon rum Powdered sugar Instructions: Mix the butter and the crumbs, then add the egg yolk...

The Galette des Rois to celebrate Epiphany

Galette des Rois
The Galette des Rois is made to celebrate the Epiphany, the arrival of the Magi to visit the baby Jesus, on January 6th. The Brioche des Rois is more traditional in southern France, while the Galette is the king in northern France. INGREDIENTS: [Serves 8 people] For the pastry cream: 2 eggs ¼ cup sugar ¼ cup flour 1 cup milk 1 teaspoon vanilla For the almond cream: 3 egg yolks 1-1/4 cup ground almonds 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup softened butter A splash of rum (optional) 2 store-brought crusts, or you can make your own "pâte feuilletée" 1 yolk for brushing the crust before baking...

Chocolate Orange Dessert - an original home recipe

Chocolate orange French dessert recipe
At home, France Just For You Founder, Emilie Thyebaut, her husband Guillaume and their girls Jeanne and Pauline love to cook and bake. Pauline invented this recipe herself! The girls love to watch a TV show called "The Best Amateur Pastry-Maker" and they get lots of ideas from there. They had their grandmother take them to a pastry-making shop called Zodio, and bought some special molds and other things they would need for this recipe. Instructions For about 10 small molds (the size of a small (French-sized) muffin mold). Make a chocolate mousse You will need: - 3...

8 of the best French cheeses

French cheese
In this post, we explore one of France’s pride gourmet foods - cheese! We have listed some of our favorites, along with the regions they come from and some delicious pairings. But first, here is an amusing anecdote from our Senior Trip Planner Laura’s mother, Judy, about a cheesy faux-pas in a French restaurant while she was visiting France: My husband and I were on a driving tour of France on one of our first trips to Europe. One evening we had dinner at a nice restaurant to celebrate our anniversary. The meal was wonderful and went perfectly until the end. The waiter arrived...

Cheese Soufflé recipe

Cheese souffle recipe
The idea of making soufflé can cause terror in the hearts of some cooks. But this recipe has proved fail proof the numerous times I have made it, and it always receives an impressed “Ahhhh!!” when served. Ingredients: [Serves 6 people] ¼ cup butter, plus some additional butter to grease the ramekin(s) 1 cup grated cheese – I recommend Comté but you could use any gratable cheese 1/3 cup flour 1 cup milk 4 egg yolks, lightly beaten ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon pepper A little bit of freshly grated nutmeg (or you could use some paprika if you prefer) 4 egg whites Instructions...

Ragout des Vendangeurs - 'Grape Picker's Stew'

Stew in pot
In October, to mark the grape harvest season, our recipe of the month is 'Grape-Picker's Stew' - wholesome enough to keep the grape-pickers' energy levels up through the harvest! Ingredients 8 slices of streaky smoked bacon 8 large sausages (we recommend Toulouse, beef or venison) 4 onions cut up into large chunks 200g of dry green lentils (Puy) 2-4 garlic cloves 300 ml of beef stock 150 ml of red wine Fresh thyme Instructions Heat the oil in a large casserole dish and fry the bacon until it's crispy over a medium heat. Remove the bacon, then add the sausages, browning them all over. Then...

Piperade recipe (a delicious condiment)

Piperade Basque recipe
Piperade basque is a sort of condiment made from peppers, tomatoes and, of course, pepper from Espelette. I love making Piperade because it is quick and easy, and very tasty. It is good on chicken, steak, shrimp, but for a veggie meal, I like to mix it into an omlette for a full meal. The Basque region is known for making cider, as opposed to wine. And as Mother Nature knows best, cider pairs very nicely with Piperade. Piperade (Arnaud 25 CC BY-SA 4.0 ) Ingredients 1 green and 1 red pepper, cut into strips 4 tomatoes without skins (or a can of crushed tomatoes) 1 onion 1 garlic clove 1...

Gougères Recipe (French cheese puffs)

Gougeres Recipe
This gougères recipe comes from France Just For You's Senior Trip Planner, Laura. This is one of my favorite recipes. I discovered gougères when meeting my future family-in-law for the first time. They are “Bourguignon” (from Burgundy), as are gougères . While traveling in Burgundy, you may be served gougères during a wine tasting. But don’t wait until then, these are not complicated to make and I guarantee they will be a success. I like to serve them before dinner, with a glass of Chablis, also from Burgundy. This recipe makes about 40 ...

Tomato Tarte Tatin recipe

Tomato tarte tatin
We finally have some tomatoes ripening in our garden and this Tomato Tarte Tatin is one of my favorite things to make for a light summer meal. Unfortunately, there was not quite enough tomatoes ready in the garden, so I had to add some from the market. Emptied tomatoes (Photo© France Just For You) This recipe feeds about 8 people. I like to serve it with a simple green salad with garlic croutons and a crisp and cold white wine from the Mâcon area. Ingredients: 12 medium sized tomatoes, cut into halves and emptied 5 tablespoons of tapenade, preferably made from black olives, but green will...

Aïoli sauce recipe

Aioli sauce
This delicious, garlicky sauce is a specialty from Provence. It goes very well with summer vegetables, salted cod fish, crispy bread and croutons, snails, mussels, potatoes, and eggs. We hope you enjoy this very quick and simple recipe! Ingredients 1 garlic clove 2 egg yolks 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1⁄2 cup olive oil 1⁄2 cup vegetable oil 2 pinches of salt Instructions Cut off the ends of the garlic clove, peel it, and put it through a garlic press. Put the garlic in a pestle and mortar, add the salt and grind it until you have a paste. In a glass/ceramic mixing bowl, whisk the egg yolks, the...

Vin de Noix - Walnut Wine recipe

Walnut wine recipe
The preferred aperitif in the Dordogne region of France is Walnut Wine. This sweet dark wine is made from green walnuts picked between La Fete de St. Jean (June 24th) and Bastille Day (July 14th). These are immature walnuts that haven’t yet developed hard shells. This wine’s unique flavor is due to the walnut’s smooth green skin and soft interior. The longer the wine ages in the cupboard, the better the flavor - it’s definitely worth the wait! Here we share the typical recipe for making Vin de Noix , but we’ve also added some of our own suggestions to make your wine extra...

France's wine regions and our favorite wineries

France's wine country, south of France vineyard
Many of our travelers ask to include a wine tour , wine-tasting or vineyard tour in their self-drive trips. Therefore, we wanted to write a post on some of the famous French wine regions, including some top tips on the best wineries and wines. Bordeaux Bordeaux , in the French region of Aquitaine, is one of the most famous French wine regions, along with Champagne and Burgundy. This is partly due to Bordeaux being next to the coast, which led to it becoming a major wine exporting region for centuries. Bordeaux became the main wine supplying region to...

Pistou Soup recipe

vegetables for soup au pistou recipe
As we write this, France is slowly coming out of lockdown following the Covid-19 pandemic. During this time, we have enjoyed spending more time with our family at home and in our gardens. Our Senior Trip Planner Laura and her husband Jean-François have been working on a garden project which involved dismantling their outdoor swimming pool and recycling the wood to make a vegetable garden. With so many fresh, homegrown vegetables soon to be harvested, this inspired Laura to share this vegetable pistou soup recipe. This is a delicious, comforting meal when it's cold outside or when you're...

Apple and Pear Crumble recipe

Apple and pear crumble recipe
Serves 6 people Ingredients 6 apples 2 pears a small packet of vanilla-flavored sugar 120g butter 160g all-purpose flour 125g granulated brown sugar Emilie preparing the apple and pear crumbles. Photo © France Just For You Instructions Cut the apples into pieces and cook them in a pan until they get quite dry. Add the pears, without cooking them, cut into smaller pieces In a bowl, mix the flour, sugar, vanilla sugar and soft (not melted) butter by hand Put the fruit at the bottom of a dish and spread the paste across the top. Cook at 190°C for about 15 minutes, until they...

Smoked sausages and green peas recipe

sausages and peas recipe
Serves 4 people INGREDIENTS 4 smoked sausages (not too big, if possible). If you can find a Morteau sausage, then buy for 1 for 2-3 people 400g of podded green peas (fresh peas are a much, much better option than frozen) Smoked pork chest, which you cut into big “lardons” bacon strings 2 red onions 2 carrots 3-4 bay leaves Garlic INSTRUCTIONS In your cast iron cocotte dish, brown the onions, the sausages, bacon and carrots until it has a nice smell and color. Add the bay leaves, peas and about ½ liter of water, salt and pepper. Let it cook on the stove half...

Chocolate profiteroles recipe

chocolate profiteroles recipe
Both Guillaume and I and our girls love cooking together when we’re at home, and this week we were making yummy profiteroles! This popular dessert is normally a popular option among dinner guests, so we invite you to try our recipe at home. Guillaume helping Jeanne and Pauline with the chocolate sauce... mmmm! ( Photo © France Just For You) INGREDIENTS For about 8 to 10 profiteroles (we usually serve 3-4 profiteroles per person) choux buns: 50cl of milk 7cl water 1 small teaspoon of salt 2 small teaspoons of sugar 2 eggs 75g of all-purpose...

Baked Camembert in a box recipe

Baked camembert cheese recipe
How about this for a cheesy treat? This recipe will give you a taste of Normandy - if you're in Normandy, look for some Camembert cheese in its box so you can try it out! This is a nice light lunch option and normally goes down well with anyone who enjoys cheese! Ingredients Camembert cheese in a wooden box Salt & pepper A side salad Crusty bread Endives Cooking instructions Take your Camembert cheese out of its wooden box, and leave the box to soak in some water. This helps prevent it from burning in the oven/over the fire. Remove and throw away the wrapping from the cheese. Cut a cross...

Leg of Lamb Easter Dinner recipe

best easter leg of lamb recipe
As Easter approaches, it is also the lambing season, thus we wanted to share this delicious lamb recipe for you to try. Lamb can be a delicious meat when it is slow-cooked to bring out all the finest flavors. This traditional recipe should leave you with a plate of lamb that is so melt-in-your-mouth tender you’ll almost be able to eat it with a spoon! Don’t be put off by the 7-hour cooking time; once you have prepared your ingredients and have the lamb in the oven, the idea is to leave it there to slow-cook for seven hours - you won’t be cooking the whole day! If you try this recipe, please...


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