Macarons made for munching

Macaroons, or macarons as the Brits now tend to call them, are very à la mode on both sides of the Channel, with Ladurée cropping up in London, Birmingham and Manchester. Vanilla, pistachio, chocolate, coffee and lemon are usually the go-to flavours, but have you ever tried snail, marshmallow or caramel and calvados flavour? Meet Patricia. Once…

Buying local in Bayeux

Over on this side of the Channel, think of Bayeux and I bet your boots that images of its world famous UNESCO listed tapestry come to mind.

Peckish this Pâques?

Normandy is a great place to be at Easter (or Pâques as it’s known in France) what with all that tasty French chocolate to eat! But did you know that becoming a chocolatier takes a lot of training and the average French person eats 7kg of chocolate every year? Chocolate first came to France in 1615…

There’s a new pâtissier in town

Over in Blighty, Mary Berry and the Great British Bakeoff have sent us all a little cake crazy. Across the Channel in France, sensational patisserie has never been out of fashion. I often witness overwhelmed tourists drooling at the sight and scent of a French patisserie window. I know, I’ve been one of them.