Croquembouche How-To Guide

Where does the croquembouche comes from? The invention of the croquembouche ( also named croque-en-bouche in French which could be translated as “a crunchy bite”) is often attributed to Antonin Carême,who includes it in his 1815 cookbook Le Pâtissier royal parisien, but it is mentioned as early as 1806, in André Viard’s culinary encyclopedia Le…

Potato Croquettes

potato croquettes are bite size fluffy potato snacks that can be serve as a side dish or just be eaten on their own with mayonnaise or other sauces. they are very versatile and easy to make at home and are perfectly suited for kids and adult alike. If you are used to buy those frozen…

Crepes suzette and crepes Flambees

If you are into French crepes, there are 2 famous French crepes recipe that you need to know and try. the first one is the crepe suzette and the second one is the crepes flambe.  However it is important to note that the crepe suzette is not what many people tend to think it is….

The essential guide to Crème Brûlée

Crème Brûlée By French Cooking Academy  – Edited by Greg Hanlon 8-10-2018 (see the video – Crème Brûlée: The Essential Guide) Crème brûlée (also known as Cambridge burnt cream, crema catalana or Trinity cream) is a dessert consisting of a rich custard base topped with a layer of crispy caramel. It is normally served cold and…

The French Pantry: essentials ingredients

Following My live session on YouTube where I talked about what are the essential ingredient you should be stocking in your pantry if you are a French food enthusiast.  here is a list to get you started. This list of ingredients will allow prepare a wide array of  French fish  meat recipes. Dairy products: French…

Homestyle French family roast chicken

This simple home recipe consist of an oven roasted free range chicken cooked, with a mix potatoes, onions, garlic and tomatoes. Simple ingredients but delicious French flavors. this is a recipe that I am personally doing very often for the weekend or just when I don’t what to bother with complicated dishes. The big advantage…

Piemontaise ( Classic bistro potato salad)

The Piemontaise is a French mixed potato salad composed of five simple ingredients mixed together with a homemade mayonnaise. I know it does not sound impressive But don’t be deceived yet  by its simplicity as this is one of France’s most iconic salad that pretty is much the whole France is eating on a regular…

Roulés au fromage (ham and cheese rolls)

The ham and cheese rolls or Roulé au fromage has to be one of France’s most well known snack. This recipe is cheesy, indulgent, addictive and delicious, all at the same time. This  typical French snack is made of hollow puff pastry rolls that are pre cooked, then filled with a cheesy Bechamel sauce which itself…

Brown Stock (using Escoffier Method)

Today I am having a go at the Escoffier brown stock recipe ( estouffade). This brown cooking stock is realised in 2 stages. The beef bones are first cooked to create a bone broth. the broth is then used to moisten and cook the fresh pieces of meat creating the final product known as the…

French Madeleines

If you have you ever wanted to know how to make the real and authentic looking french madeleines then this recipe is for you. in order to get those perfect looking little madeleine cake you need know a few little secrets, use the right madeleine and have a recipe that works. and this is exactly…

French Style Lemon Tart

The French Style Lemon Tart is another delicious dessert whose popularity extends beyond French borders. It is made out of a creamy and buttery cream infused with a sharp lemon flavour. The  filling (similar to a lemon custard) is typically poured into a pre-baked homemade sweet and biscuity shortcrust pastry shell. However, we shouldn’t forget…

The French chocolate mousse

French chocolate mousse is one recipe with true universal appeal. It is sweet, light and fluffy and has that intense chocolate taste that appeals to almost anyone. But as delicious as a chocolate mousse can be, there is one hurdle you need to overcome before you can kick back and inhale that chocolatey indulgence during…

Croque monsieur and Croque Madame Secrets

The famous French croque monsieur and Croque madame story. Did you know that those toasted sandwiches first appeared in Paris in the 1900’s. A simple formula that used sliced bread ham, cheese plus an egg for the croque madame. Of course in modern time some other ingredients have been added and one of the most…

Duck breast with green peppercorn sauce

Duck breast are the perfect choice If you are looking at cooking something different to go with a green peppercorn sauce. This uber delicious French recipe will take you through the steps of making a classic green peppercorn sauce “by the book”. which means no shortcuts and full flavours guaranteed. The following recipe is for…

Chicken with Morels and Sherry wine

The chicken with cream and Morels is a specialty recipe from the Franche-comte region. in this region most dishes are quite rich (hence the use of loads of cream) but also very tasty which I personally really like. Ingredients: 4 chicken breast or tighs (best quality you can find) 15g / 1 tbsp Unsalted butter…

Fresh Leeks 2 ways

In this recipe we take a look at a classic French way on how to prepare leeks to be serve as a starter and served with a choice of 2 sauces. French dressing or Vinaigrette and a apple cider veloute. the main component of course here are the leeks. they need to be of small…

Provencal tomatoes

Provencal tomatoes are delicious halved tomatoes filled with a mix of breadcrumbs garlic, parsley and olive oil. The provencal tomatoes are then broiled in the oven and serve as a side dish or appetizer. they pair nicely with grilled meat and fish. These stuffed tomatoes are very popular in the south of france and you…

Macaroni and Cheese French Style

Macaroni and cheese or Mac and Cheese is a world famous recipe that exist all over the planet, france included. and as you would expect, yes, the French version is somehow different. however, I believe that it is really great to have a version from every country to be able to try it out for…

Parisian cutlets with mushroom sauce

The parisian pork cutlets are pieces of either pork of chicken that are pan fried with some onions, a hint of garlic and plenty of mushrooms. the whole lot is then deglazed with Creme fraiche which create a silky and tasty sauce. it is a recipe that only takes 15 minutes to make which is…

Duck a l’orange Recipe

Canard à l’Orange also called Duck l’Orange is a classic French dish in which a duck is roasted and served with a bigarade sauce. (The name bigarade derives from the type of oranges that are typically used to make that duck recipe). the canard a l’orange recipe is part French cuisine but various country such…

30 Cloves Garlic Chicken

Pieces of chicken braised in wine and cognac with 30 cloves of garlic (no peeling involved). This French Bistro chicken recipe packs a punch of flavors and is really easy to make. If you like garlic this is one dish you really have to try. ingredients: for 4 to 6 people 1kg of chicken pieces…

Coq au vin recipe

Coq au vin “rooster with wine” is a French dish of chicken braised with wine, lardons, mushrooms, and optionally garlic. A red Burgundy wine is typically used though many regions of France. Ingredients for 4 people: (based on 1 kg of chicken pieces) Cooking time 25 to 30 minutes in the oven at 200 C…

Braised Pork in veloute sauce (Blanquette)

This one pot Braised Pork or French ragout (Blanquette) is the perfect autumn dish to try. Tender pork filet cooked in a voluptuous creamy veloute Sauce with pancetta, onions and carrot. A one pot dish that is relatively easy to make with a 1h 30 minutes cooking time. This recipe use a braising technique (a…

Chicken Chasseur (Hunter’s chicken)

The chicken chasseur (poulet sauté chasseur) is a classic French stew made with pieces of chicken, which are braised in brown chicken stock, tomato sauce, mushrooms, shallots, tarragon and parsley. It is best made using a cast iron dutch oven. Serve with a side of potatoes or quality tagliatelli, and a dry white Muscadet wine. 1.Prepare…

Tomato Tart

Latest from the French Cooking Academy Channel a delicious vegetarian recipe.

Broiled mussel with burgundy butter

Learn how to make herb butter mussels with this step by step recipe and video demonstration. In France this Herb butter recipe for mussels is called Moules farcies, translated stuffed mussels in English. however this term does not seem to be used very much. this mussel recipe is really great if you are looking at…

Bistro Style Fish Veloute

This sauce is a classic recipe that is served mainly with fish and is very popular in France. It is also called the “butter sauce” ( sauce au beurre) but is not the same sauce as the “beurre blanc”.We have so many sauces in France that it is easy to get mixed up.  This sauce…

Creme caramel

The creme caramel recipe is on eof the most well known dessert in the world and it is nothing new, but it is always good to have a recipe at hand when you want to make this lovely dessert. The recipe below will show you the French version of the dessert which will produce light…

The Sauce Gribiche – The Mayonnaise made with boiled eggs.

If you are someone that want to have a good mayonnaise but cannot stomach raw eggs , then this is the sauce for you. Today, I am glad to share with you the recipe of the Gribiche Sauce. A mayonnaise made with boiled eggs which is then enhanced with fresh herbs capers, gherkins. This classic…

Baby Cherry Clafoutis recipe

If you want to add a French touch to your table this holiday season,then there is nothing better than the simple but delicious Cherry clafoutis. Ingredients to serve 4: for the cherry marinade: 450 grams of Good quality black Cherries 3 tablespoons of sugar 3 tablespoon of cherry liquor or cherry brandy for the clafoutis…

How to make Duchess Potatoes

If you are tired of making mash over and over again, then why don’t you try to make some Duchess potatoes instead. Discover how to make that recipe in the following video:

The simple but delicious French yoghurt cake

If you feel like baking something that’s easy and fun where your kids can join in, but don’t know what well.. Why don’t you make a delicious French yoghurt cake? It is a simple fool proof recipe that takes 15 minutes to make and only 30 minutes to bake. for a bit of history, that cake…

Simple and easy Beef Bourguignon

The Beef bourguignon is a simple family dish that is known in many countries around the world for its unforgettable red wine sauce with Mushrooms, bacon combined with tender pieces of stewed beef. In a nutshell its simply a typical French classic. Today i will share the a version of that recipe that is done…

The French Hot Chocolate

If you have ever been to paris or somewhere in France and had that delicious Hot Chocolate I am sure that will enjoy making that simple recipe. the hot chocolate or “chocolat chaud” in france is a great breakfast or winter warmer beverage that simply has to be made from scratch if you really want…

Moule Marinieres Recipe

This classic recipe originated from the Vendee region in France and is one of those that anyone that is keen on seafood should know. being for yourself or for friends and family that versatile dish never failed to impress with its simplicity and fabulous flavour from sea. To make that recipe for two starter size…

French Lentils Salad, City of lyon style.

Lentils in some part of france are called the poor man’s caviar and I have to say that not only they are good for you but they are also delicious and versatile. you can eat them hot or cold and combine them with all kind of ingredients. Today we are the looking at a recipe…

The French Vinaigrette

Learn how to make the classic version of the genuine French vinaigrette dressing. This is used widely in French homes. it is simple but delicious and can be used for all kind of purpose with green salads, vegetables, tomatoes and much more. here is the list of ingredients for one of the most widely used…

Classic French Onion Soup

The authentic French onion soup is the simplest recipe there is to make. that recipe has been around for centuries and has not changed much since then, away from adding cheese on top. For the best results you have to use the best quality ingredients you can find as this is what will guarantee you…

The Tarte Flambee recipe

If you are tired of eating pizza and are looking for something similar but that taste radically different then you have to try the Tarte Flambee (Flammekueche). this Franco- german recipe is perfect for a quick snack and can be served as an aperitif for your guest with a nice glass white wine from Alsace….

Poire belle helene

This week recipe is the Poire belle helene which a simple dessert made out of poached pears in a delicious clear syrup infused with vanilla and lemon zest. The poached pear is served with a chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream which is then covered with toasted flaked almonds. For this recipe you will need…

The French Cooking Academy Store is now open

If you are looking for good quality cookware and knives don’t look any further. The French Cooking Academy online store has just open its doors and I have selected for you the best French made equipment pots, pans, knives, and utensils at the cheapest possible price. All the items you’ll find in my store are…

The Rough Guide to the French Tarte Tatin

The famous Tarte Tatin or the “upside down Apple Tart” is one of the most loved french dessert around the world. it is actually very simple to make but for some reason people tends to get scared or think you need amazing baking skills to make one. So for everyone viewing pleasure and if you…

Creating a good looking dessert from scratch.

How many time have you been to a good restaurant or cafe, ordered a dessert, and when it arrived you went like Wow! that looks good! Having worked in few good restaurants, cafes and hotels in the past, I will take you through the part that you never see when you place your order as…

THE TIMELESS FRENCH PRAWN COCKTAIL.

It is simply the Star of all cocktail receptions. It is easy to make and you never get tired of it. Yes its true we are in 2015 and that dish may not look hipster and Fancy pants but it is still a bloody good Appetizer. There is not much to say about it other…

Australian Craft beers

I have now been in Australia for 3 years and as a good Frenchman of course, I had no choice but explore, taste and compare the majority of wines the new world had to offer.But along my journey,and across the many Australian wine roads I kept seeing other places advertised where huge crowds where stopping by…

What is a “mise en place”?

The “Mise en place” is a French cooking term used in professional kitchens which can be translated literally as: “to put in place” which does make too much sense in English. But, since I am a French  and I understand both French and English I will try to explain what the “mise en place” really…

Do I need to make my own Cooking stock?

Cooking stock plays a vital role in french cooking especially when making sauces, Veloute and other preparations. In today’s hectic world most people don’t have hours to spare near stove anymore so the easy options for many is to go out and buy a ready made cooking stock. To be honest I have tried all…

What is a Kitchen Workstation?

What are those  Kitchen workstation or “Stations” as they’re commonly called on today’s cooking shows?   A WORKSTATION !?  Isn’t that a computer or a desk or something? Well not exactly…. back in the days it looked like that: If you are new to the cooking world you need to know that the term “station”…