Food

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photo of Marion Barral's Christmas Hampers

Last year I started making original, economic and eco-friendly presents for Christmas. My solution: making soe cute Christmas hampers full of treats and delicacies. They do not cost even 10% the price of the famous Fortnum & Masons’ hampers, but they look just as nice and most importantly – they are unique! They require a
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two perfectly fluffy scones

Recipe Ingredients Base: 200g plain flour (white or wholemeal) 50g cold butter 150cl full fat milk at room temperature 1 teaspoon lemon juice or vinegar 4 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt For sweet scones: 1 tablespoon caster sugar To taste: raisins, cinnamon, vanilla pod…. For savoury scones: Different combinations that I have tried and
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photo of Marion Barral's pink Brompton bike

We now all agree that cycling is the best way of going around in London: it is good for you, good for the planet, it saves time, money, etc. I have never ever been so conviced of that as since I bought myself a cute  pink Brompton bike. You can see a video of the
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macarons provence au romarin et à la fleur d'oranger (9 sur 32) (Large)

Macarons… Soooooo French ! I like to make them to give as a gift, in a nice packaging. As it takes quite a long time to make them, I cook many macarons and keep them in the freezer for when I need some. It took me a long time to find the right recipe but
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photo of my brompton folding bike

Let me introduce you to my new best friend: My Brompton folding bike. It takes very little space, is very comfortable, solid (I cycle about 20 miles/day with it) and I just take it everywhere: in the eurostar when I go to Paris, in th ebus in London when it starts raining, in th eplane
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Photo of runners at the Park and Tower Race 2011

Two days ago I runned for a charity the Mayfair Park and Tower Race. I was invited by one our customers, the fantastic restaurant Galvin at Windows. They created a few years ago Galvin’s Chance, a charity designed to help disadvantaged young people at risk from gun and knife crime by opening up opportunities for
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fond de tarte avant cuisson

I cannot tell you the number of times I have tried the classic tart dough recipes, trying different ones, following each step, making them well ahead of time… For so much disappointment! So I finally gave up and came back to this recipe that I found a very long time ago in one of my
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pizza dough

Ingredients For 3 large and thin pizzas or 2  thick ones 400 g flour. I use plain classic flour. I use strong flour to make bread 220 g water 1 teaspoon dried yeast or 10g fresh yeast 8 g salt (2 teaspoons) A pinch of sugar 2 tablespoons olive oil For this pizza dough recipe you will first
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Cambodge 2004Cambodia 2004

I had the chance in 2004 to do a 3 months internship in Cambodia. This gave me the opportunity to discover some of the kindest persons on earth.