A visit to Nantes

Wow what a great city, which needs more exploring, but the one thing I wanted to do was see the mechanical elephant on this quick stop over in Nantes on our road trip across France. However I managed to fit in a few other sights!
So after our 24 hours in Montlucon, we continued on to Nantes. Nantes is a city on the Loire river in the upper Brittany region of France.

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Things to do in Montluçon

Nestled in the heart of central France in the Auvergne region, Montluçon offers a delightful blend of medieval charm, great cuisine and a warm welcome. From exploring the picturesque old town with its timber-framed houses to indulging in local foods and cheeses, this vibrant town has something to offer every visitor. Discover some of the top things to do, see, and eat in Montluçon.

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Endive and Potato Gratin

The endive is a very popular vegetable in France, in fact it is the 3rd most consumed vegetable in France;
Endives also known as chicory are a versatile vegetable, great cooked in gratins, braised, sautéed and topped with cheese, make good soups, can be used in stir fries and also tasty raw in salads. They make great decorations to a plate and good canapes as their boat shaped leaves can be filled with pâte or used to dip into cheese and dips…

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Five more ways with Reblochon

Here are my latest Reblochon recipes from the Taste of Savoie Kitchen.

From fusion tartiflettes, the cauliflower and Diots one is keto-friendly! Swapping out the potatoes for cauliflower makes this a posh cauliflower cheese really! Then I felt the humble turnip needed some press so I used turnip in place of potato, this is a great alternative. the classic Croziflette uses Crozets pasta from The Savoie region. To a Reblochon tart and little Reblochon pillows for Apero time.

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So you think you know your Olive Oils?

Deep in the beautiful Umbrian countryside, near Todi in Italy, we discovered a hidden treasure. The wonderful olive farm of Passo della Palomba really is a taste of paradise and certainly a taste of some of the best olive oil that Italy has to offer. This delightful 19th century estate has been expertly and lovingly restored by Alessandro and Claudia Gilotti and their sons. The restoration took 4 years using original materials to retain its former glory. Now at Passo Della Palomba you can enjoy a peaceful holiday in this tranquil location.

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Cauliflower and Diots Tartiflette

A Tartiflette… by any other name…to quote part of a well-known line from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet; what matters is what it is – not what it’s called! Well in this case it is another fusion version of the classic Tartiflette. A cauliflower and Diots Tartiflette! Obviously, the Reblochon Cheese being the star of the Tartiflette must always be included. (In my opinion) However in this particular ‘Tartiflette’ that is all that remains!

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How to make a great Turnip Tartiflette

All you purist Tartiflette eaters, look away now!
I love trying new fusion style recipes with Savoyarde ingredients. The turnip Tartiflette is my latest recipe using Reblochon cheese and swapping around a few ingredients. The humble turnip called a navet in French – it’s le navet so the t is not pronounced. ..

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Cheese Fondue in Summer!

Oh yes a cheese fondue in Summer – It’s a thing!
I recently enjoyed a wonderful cheese filled lunch at Restaurant Des Bergers in Grilly, near Divonne. This fabulous restaurant is attached to the Fromagerie Michelin

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French Fish Names

What’s that fish called in French?
Deciphering a french fish and seafood menu. Do you know your Églefin from your Espadon? This is a question I have been asked many times when going through a french menu trying to identify the fish dish.

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Croziflette with Diots

Yes, you guessed it… La Croziflette is related to La Tartiflette – the common ingredient being Reblochon cheese from the Haute Savoie. I’ve mixed things up a bit and used Crozet pasta and Diots sausages both from the Savoie region.

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