Move Over Coffee, Tea Has Arrived

I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the French have an obsession with tea. I was expecting to drink lots of coffee but no! They enjoy a cuppa just as much as the English. They are very passionate about it too.

I drank some beautiful tea in Lyon, France. It was in a traditional Chinese tea room with a French twist. Very extraordinary and unique.

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It was very delicious and refreshing and felt much healthier than drinking a strong coffee or espresso.
To prove my theory about the French’s obsession with tea, a friend sent me this interesting article about France’s Silent Tea Revolution an interesting read.

Who knows, in the future coffee will be no more and tea will be the normal accompaniment with a croissant!? Watch this space….

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Stephanié x x

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Bouillet Patisserie – Lyon

Having already sampled the delightful gateaux’s in a patisserie in the centre of Lyon we decided to travel around the city to discover more culinary delights!

Viola we found this fabulous patisserie. The Macarons were a delight. I scoffed the most tastiest Macarons I think I’ve ever eaten!

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It was well worth the steep climb to reach the shop, French streets are so pretty. Rustic and full of charm and character.

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I ate a variety of flavours including; pistachio, coffee, chocolate orange and lemon. Tres tres bon! Before you ask, no I didn’t share them, I ate them all myself as something’s in life are meant to be indulged by oneself and this is one of them.

The patisserie Bouillet is well worth a visit.

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You are truly spoilt for choice, not a bad thing, but I found the Macarons particularly superb!

Next to try making them myself…….

Stephanié x x

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My Fab French Foodie Adventure Continues, Baking Afternoon

As much as I enjoyed relaxing and chilling out in France, after all it was a holiday. No holiday would be complete to us bakers than having a baking afternoon. Some might say this is a bit strange and not relaxing at all but to me it’s so therapeutic.

It was a challenge having to read packets and ingredients in French, I had a panic as to whether or not I added enough baking powder but it turned out great in the end.

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I wanted to bake a traditional English cake, a Victoria Sponge but with a twist. Having only one baking tin I decided to put the filling on the top, not in the middle. Not traditional I know but my French friends thoroughly enjoyed it. Viola.

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It was great to bake a cake for friends, in France and try their beautiful, traditional sweet treats too.

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This apple tart was a delight, lovely thin pastry, with no soggy bottom. (Mary Berry would have been impressed.) The apples beautifully presented, a feast for the eyes and stomach.

A pleasant afternoon with tea and cake; what’s not to like!

Stephanié x x

My Fab French Foodie Experience

I’ve recently journeyed to France. C’est trés bon. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the different culture and way of life. It’s steeped in history and has much to see and experience.

I stayed in Lyon, a truly magnificent city. I was so impressed with the ambience and the real ease of accessibility around the city.

Most of all however, I adore the food!! I have sampled some amazing dishes and of course the patisseries and boulangeries. In particular my favourite patisserie is Pignol. I was so impressed with it’s authentic and traditional French feel, with a wide variety of cakes to eat! You are truly spoilt for choice.

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It took me a while to decide I have to admit but in the end I decided on this;

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A hot chocolate with chattily cream and for the cake;

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Words can’t describe how amazing this was!!!!

You can’t come to France though and not sample Macarons. Delicious. Not only a delight to the eyes, an explosion to the taste buds. I wasn’t disappointed! I have to admit to trying to make these at home but due to impatience didn’t allow them to rest properly, hence they didn’t rise properly. I have learnt my lesson; next time I try them it will be very patient. Even if they are a fraction like the ones I had in France the would be a real treat.

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As you can see; I was spoilt for choice. In the end I chose; Pistachio, Coffee, Chocolate Orange and Lemon. Yum yum!! Let’s just say…I was blown away.

Please visit France to experience the amazing patisserie.

I next sampled some amazing bread and pastries.

This was my first French breakfast. So tasty and perfect with a coffee.

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You can’t come to France and not go to Paul world famous and well renowned. I had a gorgeous late night snack. Haha.

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I tried guinea fowl for the first time and loves it. Great with a huge chunk of bread and wine!

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Safe to say I’ve had an ace time in France and highly recommend the food!! Paris is known for being a romantic city but Lyon is known as the food capital of France…I know which one is chose!

Stephanié x x