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January is the month of la galette in France.  La galette des rois, or King's Cake, a flaky buttery pastry filled with almond paste, is traditionally eaten at Epiphany on 6th January, but in reality it's eaten throughout the month at social gatherings, schools, offices, New Year ceremonies and so on. As today is Epiphany I thought I'd share with you just how easy it is to make your own galette des rois.  For details on the traditions that surround the eating of the cake take a look at this post I wrote a while back.

galette des rois with crown

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Ratatouille - a Nice dish

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Ratatouille, pronounced ra-ta-too-ee, is a delicious vegetable stew originally from Nice, commonly found all over Provence and the South of France.  I feel I have to mention that it was this long before the Pixar film of the same name and the reason I say that is that if you google "ratatouille", the film comes up first. So wrong!

ratatouille served with grilled tuna

It's one of my favorite dishes and really so simple to make, despite the complications some chefs go to. It's a summer dish, at its best when the vegetable ingredients are in season. It consists of juicy ripe tomatoes, courgettes (zucchini), red or yellow peppers (capsicum), aubergines, onion, garlic, herbes de Provence (thyme, rosemary, basil) and olive oil....

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How to make French Crêpes

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Crêpes are probably the most common take away/street food in France; you can find a café or stall selling them just about everywhere.  They are our go-to snack food bribe for encouraging bored flagging young kids when sightseeing...."cheer up, just another 10 minutes in this gallery/just another few hundred metres to walk, and we'll stop for a crêpe"!  But they are also very easy to make with regular store cupboard ingredients....

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Easy French fruit tart - Tarte aux fruits

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I had a number of requests for the recipe for the pear and plum tart I mentioned in my last post, so here it is, though it's barely a recipe as I really did just throw it together.  When you've got ripe juicy fruit and some ready-made pastry in the fridge you can't go wrong.  I'd say the fruit tart is to the French what the fruit pie is to the Americans and the fruit crumble is to the Brits.  It's your regular go-to easy-peasy dessert that you can make without thinking and know it'll be well appreciated by whoever you're cooking for.


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