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?

Driving in France

In recent years, travelling across to the continent and driving in France has become increasingly easy for Brits, but there are laws and regulations to bear in mind while driving abroad.

Saucisse de MorteauAfter watching French chef Raymond Blanc on English TV last week, I suddenly fancied one of the dishes he cooked. The Morteau sausage, or Saucisse de Morteau… This sausage is made in the region of Franche Comté in North East of France. It is made with pork and is smoked the traditional way.

Morteau sausage can be served cold or hot. I cooked mine with boiled potatoes and choucroute (Sauerkraut). I cooked the sausage in water for 30 minutes, then added the potatoes and cooked it for another 10 minutes.

I bought the sausages from the Deli at our local supermarket Leclerc in Dinan.

If you are buying one, ensure it has a ‘proper’ tag (médaille) on it. You can find various ‘copies’ of this sausage in supermarkets but it won’t taste as good. It has a string on one side and a bit of wood on the other side used for hanging it whilst being smoked.

This particular Morteau sausage costs me €5. It was €13/kilo so rather dear but well worth it!

More information and Saucisse de Morteau recipes. I might try the recipe with the Mont D’Or cheese next time. It sounds lovely! If you like Mont d’Or cheese, you can find more info in another one of our posts.

When my English friends tell me English sausages taste better than the French ones, I don’t agree!

Try it and you will see why!

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