All posts tagged: french

Tasty herb jellies from aix & terra

I haven’t done many full ‘product’ reviews on the blog recently but this one absolutely warranted one. I’ve been trying out these gorgeous herb jellies from aix & terra. Aix & terra is a French company which began its story in 2010 in Aix en Provence. It started out as a small shop located in Richelme, well known for its lively and vibrant market place. It was discovered by a couple named Marina and Richard who had recently left Paris and relocated to Mirmande. Marina (originally from Barcelona) and Richard (born in Marseille) fell in love with its artisan products straight away and bought the shop. Alongside the shop itself, Marina and Richard started to reinvent recipes using the culinary expertise of the Provence region, from their kitchen workshop inside the old barn adjacent to the family home. They now produce and sell a wide selection of fine food products from their shop, online and through a number of trusted suppliers throughout the world. Each day they source a wide variety of seasonal products directly from …

My Food Heaven at Champagne + Fromage

I’m a little bit worried you’re all going to get bored of me rabbiting on about cheese, but hey ho, here’s another cheese-tastic blog post! This time I’m writing about Champagne + Fromage. I first came across the restaurant on Twitter a few weeks ago, as they’ve opened a new branch in Greenwich, not too far from where I live.  But on Saturday I planned to meet my friend Laura for lunch, and we ended up at Brixton market. After sitting at a table at a tapas restaurant for about 15 minutes being completely ignored, then told there was basically nothing on the menu, we decided to try elsewhere. And low and behold, we stumbled across Champagne + Fromage, right in the heart of the market (it was like a cheesy, dreamy mirage!) I’d completely forgotten they had a place there.     I couldn’t grab a table quick enough after glancing at the menu board outside, and we were promptly served by a very friendly, helpful gentleman.  My heart honestly skipped a beat when I …

A French Dinner at Blanchette Soho

French cuisine is one of my favourites in the world – it’s usually meaty, creamy, cheesy and decadent! But the techniques involved in French cooking are normally quite traditional. I’ve previously written about our visit to The Waterside Inn, one of the only UK establishments to maintain three Michelin stars. And while the food is absolutely superb, it’s very ‘old school’ in style. You can tell that Alain Roux has been cooking like this for a long time and it clearly works very well. So when I met Yannis and Maxime at a recent Teisseire event, I was intrigued to learn that at their French restaurant in Soho, Blanchette, they serve French cuisine ‘with a twist.’  I finally got round to visiting Blanchette last week with Ceri. It’s located to the North of Soho, a few minutes away from Oxford Circus tube station. I left it quite last minute to book and there was only room left to sit at the bar. I took this to be a good sign, as the restaurant was clearly …

The Canelé Revolution! Yvonne & Guite Review and Interview

In case you don’t know by now, I’m a bit of a Francophile, especially when it comes to food. Although I’m usually more of a fan of savoury French food than sweet. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll happily tuck into a macaron or a croissant any day, but given the opportunity to snack on something at home, I would usually opt for something savoury. When I was approached by a new London-based baking business called Yvonne & Guite, asking if I’d ever tried canelés, I shamefully had to say no. But when I did a bit of research, I realised I had tried them, I was just unaware of the name. They’re very unusually shaped and as my experience goes to show, the name hasn’t quite caught on in the UK yet, but I truly believe they’re going to go down a storm in the British confectionery scene very soon! Yvonne & Guite is owned by Caroline Coutand-Gavriloiu, who has loved to bake ever since she was a child in her parents’ kitchen. Her grandmothers, Yvonne …

Making Teisseire Cocktails At Home

When I’m out at a bar or restaurant, I like to order cocktails. They were once very expensive, but I’ve recently found that they’re not that much more than a large glass of wine or a spirit and mixer any more. But so much more fun! When I’m at home, I rarely make cocktails – it feels a bit weird cracking out a cocktail making kit just for the two of us. However, I’m hoping that we’ll be able to make some cocktails when we eventually move into our house and have a house warming party (my friends will no doubt hold me to that, now!) I recently attended an event by Teisseire, which I wrote about here. They sent me some of their cordials to try out some cocktail recipes at home, to get some practice in before the housewarming! And because they were all 0% sugar, I was really keen to see what they would taste like and whether you would be able to notice a difference in the flavour. After all, cocktails …

A Taste Of French Flair With Teisseire

As I’m sure you’ll know by now if you’ve been reading my blog since I started it a few months ago, I love everything French. French food. French culture. French everything! Every time I go to St Pancras station (which is fairly often, as I live and work near it), the temptation to just jump on the Eurostar to Paris is huge! “But you’d need your passport,” I hear you cry! Well seeing as I can’t drive (that’s a whole other story) I’ve normally got my passport on me to use as ID. So it’s an actual possibility! When I was invited to an event hosted by French sirop brand Teisseire at Searceys Champagne Bar at St Pancras station last week, I had to lock the passport away! And I brought the lovely Ceri along with me. Teisseire might not be a recognised name in the UK yet, but it’s a well established brand across the Channel. It all began hundreds of years ago, in 1720 to be exact, when Matthieu Teisseire, a liquoriste and …

Pétanque Players Assemble! Dinner at Angelus Restaurant

Dubbed the new ‘hipster sport’, Pétanque is becoming increasingly popular in the UK. I used to play it on holiday as a child and surprisingly (unlike most sports!) I was fairly good at it. I even beat Tim once, but of course, he’ll never admit to that ;). For those of you who don’t know, Pétanque is a form of boules where the goal is to throw metal balls as close as possible to a small wooden ball called a cochonnet (literally “piglet”) or jack, while standing inside a starting circle with both feet on the ground. This June (5th-7th), The Londonaise are hosting an International Pétanque festival at Barnard Park in Islington. And to celebrate, French restaurant Angelus is introducing a unique boules inspired main dish into their set menu, which I was lucky enough to preview this week. Angelus restaurant was formerly a pub and covert meeting place for political figures such as Winston Churchill, tucked away in a beautiful mews alongside Hyde Park, a couple of minutes walk from Lancaster Gate station. Upon …