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Crepes a La Creme De Marrons

Pancake Day is at last mere days away. On February 28th, it’s finally time to grab a whisk the moment you come home from work and whip up a batch of battery goodness. I’ve had some pretty killer pancake ideas in my time (I think my favourite will always be last years marzipancakes) but this year, I decided to take inspiration from my recent trip to Dieppe, France. In Dieppe, there was an outdoor crepe stall almost every few paces. They were made fresh outside restaurants, cafes and dessert joints, and creme de marrons was on every menu. Creme de marron (which I, of course, had to use Google Translate to decipher when I first saw it) means chestnut paste. This, it turns out, is incredibly easy to make. Vacuum packed cooked chestnuts (I had a packet in the house leftover from Christmas) are boiled gently with sugar, water and vanilla for about half an hour. The chestnuts go into a blender with a little of the syrup at a time until you reach a …

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Happy Sunday

I’m back in England. Boo. Hoo. I’ve had the holiday blues from the moment I stepped off that ferry. It may have a lot to do with the fact that as soon as you alight a ferry from Dieppe, you find yourself in Newhaven (it’s an absolute shithole, we can’t very well beat around that bush). It may also have something to do with the hangover that was soon to kick in because we got incredibly drunk off £3 white wine from the ferry shop that we weren’t technically supposed to drink on the ferry. However, the holiday blues have failed at overshadowing my baseline level of happiness as a result of the lovely time we had in France together. We celebrated two birthdays and Valentines Day and not a thing went wrong, it was the perfect trip. It even had the perfect ending, just look at how beautiful everything was as we pulled out of the ferry port.. I know I’ve overused the word perfect already but truly, that’s what it was. I’m struggling …

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Dieppe #2 

Today is my 22nd birthday. I’ll miss 21, it had a lovely ring to it. However, I’ve nothing to complain about. I saw in this new year of my life in a beautiful little French town with Tom, and the sun shone for me all day.  I was desperate to have coffee and croissants for my birthday breakfast, so we were out of bed early on the hunt. We found what I think will end up being my favourite place in Dieppe. La Mie Câline is a little cafe with no indoor seating but plenty of room to sit outside. They serve breakfast pastry in delightful variety, plus gorgeous patisserie and fresh bread – and the coffee is to die for. We ordered two cafe creme (a shot of espresso and just a little hot frothy milk) and two almond croissants. The coffee was heavenly and the almond croissants were exactly what I was hoping for. Breakfast came to just €5.  Bargain of the trip so far. If the price and quality of food doesn’t …