Tag Archives: france

Paris, Brexit

When we’re all punching each other for the last croissant or getting into headlocks over the final packet of Camenbert after the supposed 2019 Brexit deadline of March 29th, doing a daytrip to Paris will seem like a faraway folly. As queues at customs and border control snake out of the Eurostar terminal at St […]

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Saladin Epicerie du Monde, Marseille

I hadn’t been to Marseille for over 12 years. I have family there, but for one reason or another our orbits haven’t aligned for a long time. In mid-January, I finally went down for a 48-hour visit to see my aunt and cousins. The Marseille I remember from my summers there as a child was […]

Restaurant Chez Marie The

Have you ever wanted to have lunch alongside a bunch of French farmers? Rub shoulders at the buffet with some ruddy-faced tractor drivers? The restaurant Chez Marie Thé, in the small village of Ploerdut, Southern Brittany, is just the place to do it. It’s a fascinating eye opener into just how seriously the French take […]

Ratatouille Provencale

There’s something about the current UK heatwave that’s making me dig out the French Provencale recipes I ate as a child when we used to spend scorching summer holidays in Marseilles with my family. When I rub the leaves of the basil plant outside and it smells so strong it could almost be skunk, I […]

Black olive tapenade

My mum, even though she is French, detests raw garlic. She not only finds it hard to digest, but finds its aroma and taste even more offensive. ‘Oof,’ she’ll exclaim, wrinkling her nose as I approach from 20 paces away. ‘Have you been eating raw garlic?’ She can smell it on me even if I […]