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Recipe: French lamb stew

Enjoy a classic spring dish with this recipe for a French lamb stew – navarin printanier and find our how the dish got its name

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20 French words you need to know to set up utilities in France

Do you know how to say ‘meter reading’ or ‘peak hours’ in French? Here are 20 French words to help you set up your gas, electricity, water and telephone supplies in France

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Oeufs en cocotte a la creme recipe © Snap and Stir

Recipe: Oeufs en cocotte à la crème

Try the rich and creamy oeufs en cocotte à la crème at home and discover some variations on the dish you can expect in different areas of France

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Do you know your fraise from your pastèque?

Test your knowledge by pairing the English and French words for each fruit in this fun game of Pairs.

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10 of the best food & wine tours in France

Love the thought of touring French vineyards and spending days sampling delicious French food and wines? Then check out our favourite 10 food and drink holidays across France that include among others champagne trails, river cruises and cognac tasting breaks

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18 French words you need to know to use the banking system in France

Do you know how to say ‘cash’ or ‘overdraft’ in French? Here are 18 words and phrases you need to know in order to be able to use the French banking system

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French food to take home: Goat’s cheese

In her monthly column, Food blogger and Paris resident Clotilde Dusoulier shows how to use the produce that we buy from French markets. This year it’s goat’s cheese in the limelight

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Recipe: Fondant au chocolat

Indulge your sweet tooth and impress your guests with our recipe for fondant au chocolat and find out how the dessert was invented

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Celebrate French cuisine with Gôut de France

This 19 March, a celebration of Gallic gastronomy will take the form of a multi-course meal served worldwide

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Test your French: animal names game

Test your knowledge by pairing the English and French words for each animal in this fun game of Pairs.

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21 French words you need to use to sound more sophisticated

Pretentious, moi? If you want to sound like a wordsmith par excellence, sprinkling your casual conversation with these Gallic words is certainly de rigueur

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Six classic French desserts © Snap and Stir

Classic French desserts you have to try in France – our top 6 picks

French cuisine is famous the world over, particularly for its sweets and pastries.

We share our favourite 6 treats from food writer Mary Cadogan, accompanied by easy-to-follow recipes

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Recipe: Daube de boeuf Provençale

Food writer Louise Pickford shares her recipe for the Provence dish daube de boeuf and explores the history behind this warming beef stew

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Recipe: Poulet Vallée d’Auge

Try a taste of Normandy with this recipe for the creamy chicken and apple dish poulet Vallée d’Auge

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My France: Michel Roux

The three-Michelin-star chef tells Carolyn Boyd what he loves about his home country

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Galette de Rois © Snap and Stir

Recipe: Galette des Rois

Get into the festive spirit with Mary Cadogan’s recpe for Galette des Rois and learn how this cake is traditionally served in France

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Putting Paris on the map with iconic quotes © Dreamstime

Top 20 quotes about Paris

Be it Amercian president or Irish novelist, everyone has some to say about the iconic city of Paris

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Crepes Suzette © Snap and Stir

Recipe: Crêpes Suzette

Treat yourself with Mary Cadogan’s recipe for crêpes Suzette and discover why it is called crêpes Suzette

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Guide to fishing in France

Fishing is another popular pastime in France, but make sure you’ve got the right permits before you start

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A bottle of Bénédictine, one of several great French tipples

French Christmas Drinks

Learn all about the origins of these top French Christmas tipples

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My France: Interview with Sheila Hancock

Actress and author Sheila Hancock has owned a house in Vaucluse for two decades. She talks to Zoë McIntyre about her love of France and the inspiration behind her debut novel.

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Mushroom and Comte tartlets

Recipe: Mushroom and Comté tartlets

Chef Laura Pope has worked together with Comté cheese to create a recipe for mushroom and thyme tartlets, great for your Christmas party

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Cassoulet recipe

Discover the history behind the French classic cassoulet and make your own cassoulet with Mary Cadogan’s easy recipe

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Michel Guérard © Corentin Mossière

Lean French cuisine

Michelin-three-star chef Michel Guérard’s slimline dishes give a guilt-free spin to French favourites. He offers Zoë McIntyre a lesson in lightening up

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Vanilla-infused pumpkin soup

Slimming French Recipes

Enjoy the richness of French cuisine without worrying about your waistline with these recipes from chef Michel Guérard’s new cookbook

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Learn how to make moules marinières

This mainstay of French seaside holidays is simple to prepare at home, says Rosa Jackson

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Ten things to know about Beaujolais Nouveau

Prepare for the release of Beaujolais Nouveau on 20 November with ten top facts to know before you go

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My France interview: Bryan Adams

The Canadian rock star and photographer, best known for his hit singles Summer Of ’69 and Run To You, spent time in the south of France before buying an apartment in Paris. He talks to Zoë McIntyre about singing in French and cycling in Paris

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Mousse au chocolat  © Snap and Stir

Recipe: Mousse au chocolat

Find out the origins of this rich chocolate mousse and make your own with Mary Cadogan’s easy recipe

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Tarte Tatin © Snap and Stir

Tarte Tatin recipe

Food writer Mary Cadogan shares her recipe for tarte Tatin and reveals the origins of the dessert

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