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French Food Friday...Coconut Almond Madeleines

recipe and photo from here
Apologies for the lateness of this post but I got waylaid with guests. I love making madeleines and am always on the look out for a new recipe. If you love coconut, you will love this recipe.


Coconut Almond Madeleines
Prep time: 20 mins Cook time: 12 mins Total time: 32 mins Author: AfricanBites Recipe type: Breakfast Cuisine: French Serves: 5-6 Ingredients ⅔ cup(80 gram) all-purpose flour1 teaspoon baking powder½ cup(100 g) sugar½ teaspoons grated lemon(I used lime)2 large eggs1 teaspoon Almond extract1 teaspoon Vanilla flavor6 tablespoons unsalted butter, (85 gram, 3 ounce)melted and cooled2 tablespoons( 1 ounce, 28grams) unsalted butter or Baking spray (madeleines pans)½ cup sweetened shredded coconut flakespinch of salt (optional) Instructions Bake ½ cup coconut flakes in the oven on 350 degrees, for about 10 minutes until some parts turn brown. Let it coolThoroughly butter and flour the madeleine pans or just use a baking sprayIn a small saucepan, melt the 6 tablesp…

What's for breakfast?

One thing is certain about living in France, we are never going to die of starvation. There is nothing nicer than a warm buttery croissant with a cup of strong café to kick start the day....


bonne journée à Toutes et Tous, Leeann x

La Dolce Vita...

Bonjour from a very warm SW France,

As you already know our village is twined with a village in Italy, hence the reason that we have this fabulous mural painted on the side of our local Italian restaurant.



Saturday saw the start of a Italian village, which is taking place in the park of the old chateau.

It is possible to buy a variety of Italian items; wine, olive oil, vinegar, Panettone, cheese, sausage, cafe and such like.


What really added to the ambiance at the weekend, were the venetian performers walking around the village. Their costumes were fabulous and they really had a calmness and serenity about them.




French boyfriend was in his element as you can see from this photo. His family are originally from Venice and he has spent a lot of time there. It is also a favorite place of mine and I am hoping to visit again in the not too distant future....fingers crossed!



A fabulous experience and here's hoping this becomes a regular event in Eymet.

bon lundi et un bon début de semaine! Lee…

French food Friday...Raspberry Frangipane Tart

photo and recipe from here

Wow what a week it has been and I am in the mood to make a sweet treat. Raspberries are a favorite of mine and frangipane is a favorite of French Boyfriend's so this is a match made in heaven.

Raspberry Frangipane Tart
Cuisine: Dessert, Pastry, Tart, Serves: 8-10 Ingredients for the pastry 200g flour50g icing sugar125g cold butter, diced1 egg yolk3-4 tablespoons ice waterfor the filling 150g butter, room temperature150g caster sugar2ml almond essence2 eggs + 1 egg yolk150g ground almonds50g flour200g raspberries5 tablespoons raspberry preserves/jam Instructions To make the pastry, combine the flour, icing sugar and butter in a food processor and pulse until the mixture resembles chunky breadcrumbs.Add the egg yolk and with the motor running, add the ice water, spoon by spoon until the pastry comes together and forms a ball.Remove from the processor and wrap in cling film. Place in the fridge and allow to chill for 30 minutes.Pre-heat the oven to 180°c.When the pas…

charming and oh so sleepy...

Yesterday we spent most of the day in the charming village of Saint Alvere, a charming and sleepy village, around 40 minutes drive from where we live.

This cafe proved to be a lovely spot for a cup of coffee....


 In the centre of the village were these lovely plants, complete with fabulous name tags....


I am not a huge fan of the circus as they come complete with animals in cages but I love the advertising....

Saint Alvere has an air of prosperity and this maybe due to the fact that the village is famous for it's truffle market, truffles are like gold and fetch amazing prices as they are sort after around the world.


It had a fabulous sleepy air and there was not a lot of tourists or foreigners, quite a contrast to where we live.


I could not resist taking a photo of this fabulous and very clean 2CV.
très bonne semaine à tous, Leeann x

Thinking of Nice...

There are no words to describe just how sad we feel today...
Leeann x

bon 14 juillet La France...

bon 14 juillet La France.....

croissant anyone?

This week is one of the busiest weeks of the year, which means a lot of these french delights.
I must admit I like to cover mine in slabs of nice cold butter, naughty but very nice!

bon lundi et bon début de semaine à tous, Leeann x

vendredi fleurs...

I thought we would take a break from the recipes this Friday. I bought these beauties from our market yesterday and I have placed them in the  hall but much prefer them in the basket.
It has been a busy week and I am in the process of organising a petit vacance for later in the year, as those of you that follow me on Facebook, may know.
It is taking longer than I thought to organise but I have managed to book a gite for a week in lovely Normandy, with a stopover in a chateau style hotel which has a Michelin starred restaurant. I am sure that the following months will pass quickly and we will be there before we know it...
très bonne fin de semaine à tous, Leeann x

antiques market...

Bonjour from a very warm SW France,
The first sunday of every month, a marche aux puces takes place in Bergerac and it is a great place to search for antiques. 
The dealers that sell here are some of the best in the region and you never know what you are going to find...

blanc neigeet les sept nains.... Mickey looking as fabulous as normal! I love him but have no where to put him.....

I now wish that I had bought these as they would make fabulous lamp bases.


Lastly this was the scene that greeted us when we crossed the bridge to the old part of Bergerac. The river is looking so lovely and clean after all the rain that we had last month...

I am off to do some work, très bonne semaine à tous....Leeann x