Amanda on May 7th, 2006
French Strawberry Tarts

French Strawberry Tarts

Barquettes de Fraises
April in southern France is a gastronomic feast.
The markets overflow with the luscious new vegetables and fruits of spring. Foremost amongst these are asparagus and strawberries, the perfect beginning and end to any spring dinner party.
Since the only way to eat new asparagus is plainly cooked with melted butter or hollandaise, I thought I would show you this pretty way of serving the deliciously sweet fraises des bois, which are in season right now.

Makes 10 to 12. Read More »

French Strawberry Tart Recipe from French Life

Amanda on May 1st, 2006
Orchid

Orchid

The weather is truly warm here now, meals are taken outside and the more exotic flowers are beginning to make their appearance. The oleanders are full of bud, numerous tamarisk trees drip with dusky pink blossom and on a recent five kilometre ramble I spotted seven different varieties of wild orchid – the Quercy is justly famed for it’s orchids – and after a copious amount of huffing and puffing and thumbing through dusty tomes I eventually managed to identify my prizes. In all the years that I tramped the woods and fields the length and breadth of Sussex, I never found more than two at one time, thrilling. Read More »

French Life in the Quercy from French Life