French food


Master A French Classic – Soupe de Poisson

I’ll never forget the meal I ate the first time we visited Marseille way back in 2008. We were novice travellers at the time, and spent most days delighted and intimidated by the food choices on offer. We’d wander around French towns and villages, trying to decide what and where to eat. Some days we […]

Soupe de poisson

À Table

À Table – A Book Review

If you’d been staking out our Melbourne home over the past month or so, apart from being extremely bored, you would likely have come to two realisations. Firstly, Scotty and I have led very dull lives during lockdown. And secondly we’ve recently had lots and lots of books delivered. I’ve always loved anything to do […]


Master A French Classic – Slow Roasted Duck Legs

Duck. In my mind it’s so French. You’ll see it on menus all over France. And it’s the ideal ingredient to cook with when you want to Frenchify your day. But, here’s the thing about duck. It’s not the easiest poultry to work with. It has a reputation for being both a touch fancy and […]

Duck legs

Dinner in French

Dinner In French – A Book Review

From my perspective, the fact that more of us are cooking at home is one positive that’s come from this rather nasty situation. All around the world, the Covid -19 crisis is changing the way we live our lives. But cooking at home always requires some level of inspiration. And often that inspiration is difficult […]


Bring France Into Your Home

So, I’m probably understating it when I say we are living in unprecedented times. The devastating impact Covid-19 has been having on families the world over is almost too horrific to be believed. Some of us are in lockdown at home, others are choosing to self-isolate and so many of us are grieving. For loved […]

Bring France Into Your Home

Parisian Charm School

Parisian Charm School – A Book Review

It’s the height of summer here in Melbourne. The weather has been hot (and oddly steamy) and the days are luxuriously long. It is the perfect time of the year for a little rest and relaxation. And what are lazy days without a good book – or two – to dip into? Jamie Cat Callan’s […]


Great Gift Ideas For Francophiles

Despite the fact that it shows up at the same time every year, the holiday season seems to have snuck up on me this time round. Perhaps it’s due to the fact that we’ve been travelling but I was quite shocked yesterday when someone wished me a Merry Christmas. I got a second jolt when […]

Gift suggestions for francophiles

Dedication to quality

The French Dedication To Quality

I love the fact that the French are completely committed to the very best of everything. I find their dedication to quality both fascinating and inspirational. As a result, I continually try to upgrade the quality of every area of my own life. With those words as background, I’m sure you’ll understand why I was so […]


Lunch – French Style

Before we get into today’s post, I just want to take a moment to recognise the Thanksgiving holiday and to send all of our U.S. readers some love. I hope you are enjoying a time of peace and togetherness. When you stop to think about it, there really is so much to be grateful for […]

Lunch - French Style

Joel Robuchon Petit Fours

Frenchify Your Friday – Number 51

Welcome to the latest instalment of Frenchify Your Friday. And, if you are a regular reader, you may not be surprised to learn that this week’s idea involves sugar. It seems that you can bring a whole lot of French inspiration to your day with just a touch of the sweet stuff. If you are […]


Master A French Classic – The Madeleine

While they don’t quite evoke deep memories for me like they did for Marcel Proust, one of my all time favourite French sweet treats is the madeleine. Madeleines are not nearly as fancy or elaborate as some other French cakes, pastries and petits fours but they are just perfect served with a cup of tea […]

Master a French Classic - Madeleines

Le Pré Catelan- our top tips for Michelin-starred dining in France

Our Top Seven Tips For Michelin-Starred Dining In France

Many travellers head to France wishing to experience the amazing food. And if you feel like you want to take the ‘foodie’ experience to a whole new level, then checking out a Michelin-starred restaurant could be for you. We’ve been lucky enough to eat at a number of one, two and three starred restaurants now […]


Frenchify Your Friday – Number 17

  Full of smoked meats, creamy pâtés and preserved veggies, sharing a French charcuterie board is one of my favourite ways to start a meal. And it’s also the way I’m recommending you Frenchify Your Friday this week. Now, I love the fancy charcuterie boards you get in restaurants, but you can easily whip up […]


French inspiration

Frenchify Your Friday – Number Three

This week, I’ve got a sweet little way to Frenchify Your Friday.  Buy yourself some macarons! Very small and very sweet, these colourful confections are simply beautiful. They are virtually guaranteed to bring a smile – and some French inspiration – to your day. In fact, sometimes I think they are almost too pretty to […]