Did someone say ‘Doughnuts’?

Aaah, Stage 12 and Saint-Étienne!  Thank you for having your own regional doughnut recipe! While the French word beignet simply refers to all types of doughnuts, the term Bugnes is reserved for these particular delicacies, originally conceived in the Duchy of Savoie, and more specifically around the areas of the Lyon, Rhône valley, Saint-Étienne and…

Last of the catch up recipes!

Here you can check out the recipes for stages 9 to 11.  All are delicious, but I promise you, the Feuilleté is amazing!! Stage 9: Snail Cake (Schneckekueche Gateau)         Stage 10: Duck Lorraine (Canard a la Lorraine)         Stage 11: Smoked Ham and Comté Pastry (Feuilleté Comtois au…

And we’re back!

Yes, it’s been a few days, but we are back from our trip to the snow fields, healthy, happy and thoroughly exhausted! While I have not been able to post, the cooking has continued as promised.  I have a few recipes to share with you tonight and a few more to come over the coming…

Where’s my musette?

As the tour speeds its way to the French Alps, I am coming to you tonight from the Victorian snow fields (to call them ‘alps’ just doesn’t seem quite right!). We’ve taken the family on a snow weekend holiday and despite my best efforts it has proven quite difficult to blog from up here! Rest…

In need of a little comfort food?

Well it was a treacherous road in the Tour last night.  Wet.  Miserable. Dangerous.  After experiencing three crashes in two days, Stage 5 forced the retirement of the defending Champion, Chris Froome, amongst a day of carnage and mayhem on the wet cobblestone roads of Northern France. I think the whole peloton could do with…

Hello France! Gaufres de Lille

If you watched the episode of Taste le Tour last night I bet you were hoping that Gabriel was going to give you the recipe for those delectable Meert Waffles, weren’t you? Well, don’t despair!  As delish as Gabriel’s mousse and prawn dish looked, my focus this evening has been recreating the Meert (or Lille)…

I think I am crazy…

It’s a double-header tonight – Steak and Ale Pie with Hot Water Crust Pastry and Mushy Peas and a Treacle Tart!  Well almost! I got through the cooking part okay, but the blogging part, not so much.  I’ve posted the recipes for the Steak and Ale Pie, Hot Water Crust Pastry and Mushy Peas, but…

You say Perkin, I say Parkin…

Day Two of the Tour sees us heading from York to Sheffield.  Now, I know the obvious recipe that springs to mind is Yorkshire Pudding, but I don’t like to be too predictable! Parkin is the English equivalent of the Cassoulet or the Pavlova in terms of a hotly contested point of origin.  In true…

Okay, time to strap in!

Where did the last month go?  We’ve had the World Cup, Wimbledon and suddenly it seems we find ourselves on the eve of the Great Race.  It seems that for some, too much sport is never enough!  Oh well, at least I can cook my way through this one!  Are you prepared to embark on…