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Covid complications causing concerns

Martin and Nadine haven’t been to France since January, and Covid complications certainly are an issue and a constant worry. It seems sorting out a ferry crossing isn’t the only hurdle. Is it better to go or to cancel?

Requirements for driving in France – Breath Test Kits

On 1st July 2012, a law was introduced in France: all drivers had to carry a breath test kit in their car. Find out why and if or how that law was implemented. Read more about the driving requirements in France.

Kouign-amann vs Lardy cake

Kouign-amann is a beautiful, buttery, traditional Breton cake. During the current lockdown, unable to travel to Brittany, we have found an alternative: the British lardy cake. Read on.

Exporting a UK-bought LHD car to France

Is it possible or indeed practical to buy a LHD car in the UK, originally registered in Poland, and then import it to France? Are there guidelines to be followed?

I have just read an article in Le Figaro which I struggling to believe. It says,

‘72% of British people cook at home every day compared to 59% of French people.

Of those surveyed, half of British cooks spend more than 30 minutes preparing meals, while only a quarter of the French are willing to spend that long.

Almost twice as many British people as French people bake their own bread.’

Nicola Harrington - guest blogger living in France with 7 holiday rental gites

Nicola Harrington

Can this be true?

So more British people cook at home. During the week I can understand this as the main meal of the day is still taken at lunch time. In large organisations, factories, hospitals and offices there are huge canteens where everyone goes for their two hour break and a three course lunch. Children eat their main meals at school and most restaurants in France offer a 10 euro workers lunch for those who are out and about, plumbers, salesmen and electricians. So maybe, in the evening the French eat more simply. This would also explain why they don’t spend so long preparing their evening meal. They have already eaten a huge three course meal at lunchtime !!..

Would you bake your own bread if you could get lovely french French bread ?

This may not be the expaination, but if it isn’t what are the French eating?  In rural France,  takeaway shops do not exist and the Supermarkets still don’t sell convenience food, apart from the odd frozen pizza.

Maybe, I have got it all wrong and the French are a nation of MacDonald s eaters !!

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