Exporting a UK-bought LHD car to France

Tracey, a British expat living in Brittany, contacted us to ask the following question: I am thinking of exporting a UK-bought LHD car to France. The car would be registered in Poland. Is this possible? How difficult would it be? EXPORTING A UK BOUGHT LHD CAR TO...

Driving in France

In recent years, travelling to the continent and driving in France has become increasingly easy for Brits. Both the Channel Tunnel and the various ferry companies offer numerous options. We live in Swindon and usually use the Portsmouth - Le Havre crossing. It offers...

Mushroom picking in France

Autumn, mushroom picking season Mid-October is upon us, and autumn is already well on its way... glorious golden colours abound in the countryside. A real feast for the senses: bright yellows, oranges, rich reds and browns so pleasing to the eye. The earthy and musty...

Pineau … or Pinot? Do you know the difference?

What is the difference between Pineau and Pinot? When I first met my wife's family in France, I had never heard of Pineau. When I did hear of it, I thought people were referring to Pinot – as in Pinot Grigio, which I love! But I did not realise there is a great...

Mushrooming in Monteneuf forest

An unexpected visitor (original post by Nicola) There was a terrific storm yesterday in the Ploërmel area. I had just put another log on the fire this afternoon when there was a knock at the door. Since yesterday was a bank holiday, we were rather startled: generally,...

Category: French Recipes

Friday Night in Brittany = Galette Night

There aren’t too many takeaways in rural Brittany…. In fact I think our closest takeaway restaurant is 45km away. So instead of a takeaway night the French have a ‘galette night’ which, in Brittany,...

Mont d’Or cheese

This cheese is a delight! Made from cow’s milk in the Jura region in France, this cheese called Mont d’Or is an Appellation Origin Controlled cheese. It is marketed in round boxes made of spruce...

Pike recipes – how to cook pike quenelles

Pike Quenelles This is another dish that Raymond Blanc cooked on his program when he visited Lyon (France) and that I really fancied after watching it! I cheat and buy mine frozen. All I need to do...

A French smoked sausage – Saucisse de Morteau

After watching French chef Raymond Blanc on English TV last week, I suddenly fancied one of the dish he cooked. The Saucisse de Morteau… This sausage is made in the region of Franche Comté in...

La Bouillabaisse de Marseille in Brittany

Lucienne was in the village shop when I called in for our lunch time baguette. “I’m glad you are here” I say, “I need your advice.” “Ah bon” she replies....