How living in France changes your lifestyle..

Whether for better or for worse, many foreigners find that their habits alter when they move to France. Here, a few veteran expats share their experiences of how French culture has changed their lifestyles.

For Janine Marsh, editor of The Good Life France, it’s her attitude towards meal times that has altered the most since moving to France.

“During my 15-minute lunch ‘hour’ in London, I’d rush to do my shopping, pay cheques into the bank, phone the utility services, etc,” she recalls.

In France, however, time off for lunch is sacred

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“For two hours, banks and shops close. Road workers, doctors, butchers, bakers, candlestick-makers simply va va voom at lunchtime to the restaurant of choice.”

Any tips? Visit you local council office before the lunch break, advises Janine, if you want to get anything important done.

There may be increasing fears over the rise in binge-drinking in France, but there’s still a big difference between the British and Gallic drinking culture, according to “A Year in the Merde” author Stephen Clarke.

“I now drink much less than British friends, who are capable of sinking twice as many pints as me during an evening. France just isn’t as much of a binge-drinking culture (though it’s now taking root here),” says Clarke.

Colin Randall, editor of France Salut and the former France correspondent for the Daily Telegraph, has also noticed a change in his drinking habits.

“I think nothing of having something from the trolley on the train into London from airports but never even think of looking for a pre-flight bar in France,” says Randall.

Piu Eatwell, the British expat author of They Eat Horses, Don’t They, agrees.

“A decade of Gallic influence means that I now almost never drink spirits such as whisky or gin, and certainly not as an ‘apéritif’. The only pre-dinner drinks I drink now are Champagne or Kir,” she says.

“I pretty much exclusively drink wine, and only ever accompanied by some sort of food (generally at meal times, or with an apéro).”

Quality over quantity

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Paris-based American writer Lindsey Tramuta, who runs the Lost in Cheeseland blog says she’s learned to value quality above all else.

“My base expectations on quality – ingredients, craftsmanship, experiences – have gotten higher since living in France these last nine years.

“Surrounded by artisans in everything from food to home goods who themselves place a premium on quality, has indeed influenced my own consumption habits. Buy less, buy better.”

Author Stephen Clarke says he’s abandoned the weekly supermarket shop since moving to France.

“I go food shopping every day rather than filling up a supermarket trolley and trying to live off the contents for a week.

“Sometimes I go out and buy fresh bread twice a day, straight from the oven. My whole idea of freshness has changed.

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a bientot

Bertrand Munier

www.bertrandmunier.co.uk 

 

Canapes Party ? the Elegant French touch !

Our Canapés  are delicious , seasonal and tasty morsels creations which are freshly prepared from the highest quality products.

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For Private party our canapes got they final french touch on site times before serving , to ensure Bertrand’s Vision of taste, texture and color can be realised by you in every bite.

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Canapes by ideal party
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canapes by Ideal party

For the delivery service our canapes are made fresh on the day on our special packaging design by us .

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canapes from ideal party

Chef Bertrand Munier  will help create a perfect custom menu for your party. We will advise you on the size and content of your menu, regarding the logistics of the game ( number of guests, location and hours) . Seasonal canapes  can be found here.

Retail balances and presenting elegant Canapés with practicality . Part of 350 customers place needs a different approach to a private party for 20 .

a bientot

Bertrand Munier

http://www.bertrandmunier.co.uk/

Pea Soupe a la Francaise served Hot or Cold

This is on of the best Pea soup recipe for Spring and Summer !

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Ingredients 
600 g shelled peas
4 spring onions
6 lettuce leaves or a big heart
1 tsp tablespoon olive oil
1 liter of water
4 c. tablespoons heavy cream
Salt and pepper
Shell the peas, peel and chop onions, wash the lettuce leaves.Heat the oil in a skillet on medium heat, add onions and let them meltwithout browning, then add the lettuce and peas, pour water, add salt, bring to a simmer and simmer for 20 to 25 min.When the peas are cooked, blend the soup in a blender or hand blenderuntil smooth.Put on low heat, add pepper and heavy cream, stirring, remove from heat tothe first stirrings.

Serve hot or cold .

Bon Appetit
Bertrand

Plan a nice spring cocktail with your canapes for your party

To go with your canapes parties! the perfect cocktail ….
For canapes http://www.bertrandmunier.co.uk/online_shop/canapes

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SPRING HERBS GIN & TONIC

INGREDIENTS
Brimming with fresh, seasonal flavours, this G&T spring herbs offers a sophisticated, Scottish spin on a classic gin and tonic.

1 part gin
2 parts premium tonic water
1 thin celery stalk
1 Granny Smith apple
Szechuan black pepper

METHOD
Build the ingredients over cubed ice.
Garnish it with a thin (10inch) celery stalk, coated with ground Szechuan black pepper and Granny Smith green apple slice

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canapes from ideal party

happy party

Bertrand Munier 

Canapes Party .. The french touch to your party

Ideal party reputation for truly talking point canapés –presented in the most amazing ways, constructed in perfect miniature, and tasting just delicious.

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We use the best, freshest, seasonal produce, just in tiny portions.  We can create a full meal option based on canapes alone or you can compliment these with some bowl food, in order to give your guests a more substantial alternative to canapes.

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 We can take care of all aspects of organizing your cocktail party or if you prefer, we can simply deliver the food freshly prepared to you. Have a look at our canapes box option for more informations.  www.bertrandmunier.co.uk

cooking tips the choux pastry recipe

How to make  choux pastry

  1. Choux pastry is the lightest, crispiest, airiest pastry, which can be used to make profiteroles, éclairs or savoury gougères. It puffs up in the oven until it is eventually set by the heat. The airiness, in fact, is caused because choux has a high water content, which is turned into steam during baking and this forces the pastry shell outwards and gives it volume.
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This a easy recipe I do everytime for my sweet canapes party ….

Ingredients

140g g Strong White Bread Flour o

110g  Butter

25cls Water or milk

5 Eggs

4 gr of salt

METHOD

Combine the milk, 125ml water, the butter and salt  in a saucepan and set over a low heat. Bring the boil and immediately take the pan off the heat. Shower in the flour and beat the mixture with a wooden spoon until spoon. Return the pan to a medium heat for about 1 minute, stirring constantly, to dry out the paste. Tip it into the bowl. Add the eggs one by one, beating with the wooden spoon. Once they are all incorporated into the mixture, it should be smooth and shiny and thick enough to pipe. The choux paste is now ready to use. (If you are not using it immediately brush the surface with eggwash to prevent a crust forming) Pipe small mounds on a baking sheet line greaseproof paper in staggered rows, using a bag fitted with a 1cm nozzle. Brush with eggwash and lightly mark the tops with the back of a spoon. Bake at 200ºC/Gas 6 fir 15-20 minutes until crisp, but still soft inside. Cool on a window sill.

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Blueberry tart recipe ..This tart is a serious treat!!!

Blueberries shine in this simple, delicious tart. The dough comes together quickly and is rolled out on a piece of parchment paper to keep it from sticking to the counter. Pile blueberries mixed with a bit of sugar and lemon zest into the center of the dough and fold up the sides—no pie plate needed. Transfer the whole thing, parchment and all, to a baking sheet in the oven, and in about an hour you’ll have a juicy, bubbling blueberry tart.

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For the dough:

  • 150g cups all-purpose flour
  • 80g tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 80g tablespoons cold unsalted butter (1 1/4 sticks), cut into small pieces
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons ice water

For the filling and baking:

  • All-purpose flour, for dusting
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest (from 1/2 medium lemon)
  • 500g  fresh blueberries (do not use frozen)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Water
  • 2 teaspoons coarse-grained sugar,
  1. STEP 1
    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a food processor, combine flour, sugar, salt, and butter; process until large moist crumbs form (dough should hold together when squeezed).
  2. STEP 2
    Transfer dough to a 9-inch round tart pan with a removable bottom; with floured fingers, press evenly into bottom and up sides. Freeze until firm, about 15 minutes; prick bottom of dough all over with a fork. Bake until golden, 20 to 25 minutes; cool completely.
  3. STEP 3
    Meanwhile, reserve 1 cup of the prettiest berries for topping. In a medium saucepan, bring 1/4 cup water and 1 1/2 cups berries to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat; simmer, stirring occasionally, until berries begin to break down, 3 to 4 minutes.
  4. STEP 4
    In a small bowl, mix cornstarch with 2 tablespoons water; stir into berries in pan. Add lemon zest and juice, sugar, and salt. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer, stirring, just until mixture begins to thicken, 30 to 60 seconds. Remove from heat. Stir in remaining 3 1/2 cups fresh berries. Immediately pour hot berry mixture into cooled tart shell, and smooth with a spatula.
  5. STEP 5
    Scatter reserved berries on top, pressing down lightly to help them adhere. Refrigerate until cool, about 30 minutes and up to overnight.
  6.  Enjoy !!! Bertrand

My favorite Winter Treat ! Italian Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate Recipe

Italy is famous for their Cioccolato Caldo, especially during the fall and winter months. This hot chocolate is sometimes served so thick (like a pudding), that you need a spoon to actually eat it! this recipe doesn’t make it that thick. The luxurious richness comes from using top-quality chocolate.

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What You Will Need:

  1. 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate 70% or higher
  2. 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  3. 2 tablespoons sugar
  4. 2 teaspoons corn starch

What To Do:

  1. Into a saucepan over LOW heat add chocolate and a drop of milk. Stir with a wooden spoon until melted.
  2. SLOWLY add remaining milk until it’s well combined. Add sugar. Mix to combine. Whisk in corn starch.
  3. Continue cooking over LOW heat until it becomes thick, creamy and coats the back of the wooden spoon.

Hot chocolate Italian-style is one of the most amazing treats in the world! You have to try this pudding-like chocolate decadence! Add some Irish cream, cinnamon, and whipped cream for a fun variation, or create your own!”

I suggest some petit four or sweet canapes and  sandwich to serve your afternoon tea

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a delice !!!

for Chocolate lover watch the chocolat movie you will like it !!

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a Bientot

Bertrand Munier

www.bertrandmunier.co.uk 

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Bocuse d’Or 2011

Carpe Diem Club

Ever since 1987, the Bocuse d’Or contest has been giving young chefs a unique opportunity to demonstrate their skills, offering them a tremendous springboard for their careers.

From one competition to the next, its international influence has grown constantly. With the successive creation of contests in Latin America, Asia and Europe, the Bocuse d’Or has become a showcase revealing outstanding talents and gastronomic trends from all over the world. On January 26th 2011 new winners were announced.

Bocuse d’Or: Rasmus KOFOED, representing DENMARK, has won the Bocuse d’Or 2011 trophy and €20,000 in prize money.

Second place, Bocuse d’Argent: Tommy MYLLYMÄKI, representing SWEDEN, won the Bocuse d’Argent trophy 2011 and €15,000 in prize money.

Third place, Bocuse de Bronze: Gunnar HVARNES, representing NORWAY, won the Bocuse de Bronze trophy 2011 and €10,000 in prize money.

Several special prizes were also awarded:

– Prize for the ‘Best Commis’, awarded by…

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