Even if one can get strawberries almost all year round, the best ones, the most enjoyable are those that have that spring savour, those that give a start kick to the Pimm’s season. No Pimm’s in France! (except for the stuff brought back from a spring trip to London; they always have fantastic deals at airports!). Strawberries enter the composition of lovely traditional cakes such as le fraisier and la charlotte aux fraises. It is sometimes said that the latter was invented around year 1800 by the french chef Antonin Carême for the Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III from the United Kingdom. Read More
Blooming daffodils, the 1st of April with its foolish jokes, Easter with its rabbits and our overdose of chocolate: there we are: spring is in the air, with its sunny (and still not so warm) days. Children are allowed to wear the summer school uniform, but is it wise? In France kids are told that Read More
Here you will find some words about Easter. By clicking in the « I » next to the word, you will hear the pronunciation in French and if you do so on the picture, the English translation will appear. Have fun!
This Sunday is Mother’s Day in the UK. In France, Mothers Day is usually on the last Sunday in May, except if it coincides with Pentecost. In this case, Mother’s Day is shifted to the first Sunday of June.
On this occasion I would like to invite you to read a few lines by Marcel Proust (1871-1922) where the narrator mentions his mother. Read More
Mardi gras (Shrove Tuesday, literally Fat Tuesday) is the last day before Carême (Lent) which starts on Mercredi des Cendres (Ash Wednesday). On that day, people are supposed to eat rich food before fasting, a religious ritual for Lent. Pancakes and pancake races are very popular on mardi gras in the UK. French people have their pancake tradition on la Chandeleur, the 2nd of February. The usual buns for Mardi gras, and the carnaval (carnival) season are: beignets, bugnes, merveilles and oreilletes. Read More