Pastis Henri Bardouin

With the end of the Summer around the corner, at The Amazing Blog we've been enjoying the summer parties the French way with Pastis Henri Bardouin, 'le Grand Cru du Pastis'. It's the only pastis produced in Forcalquier, an area of Provence famous for its herbs and anise. At the beginning of the last century there were 10 distilleries in Forcalquier producing pastis, but only one remains today: Distillers et Domaines de Provence, an independent company founded in 1898 which is still produces the finest pastis named after its founder Henri Bardouin. Pastis Henri Bardouin is a complex of 50 natural Provencal herbs and imported spices rich in aroma and flavour such as: mugwort, bluebonnet, sage, star anise, cardamon, black and white pepper, tonka bean, grains of paradise, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. These spices and herbs are purchased directly from the growers surrounding the region or from specialist spice importers. Each ingredient of Pastis Herni Bardouin is individually infused in 96% alcohol to extract the aroma and flavour for 3 months. After that and in a month time, the blend takes place and the final result is bottled with a 45% of alcohol.

Pastis Henri Bardouin is recognised in France as the ultimate pastis, to be enjoyed as an aperitif or as a thirst-quenching drink mixed with water, which only requires one part of Pastis and 5 or 6 part of water. Pastis should be poured into a glass first and then add water from a jug containing ice - putting ice in the glass isn't recommended as it will kill the aromas of the pastis.

The taste of Pastis Henri Bardouin is intense and refreshing, the largest selling spirit drink in France, where over 6 million cases are consumed annually over vodka and whisky.

At The Amazing Blog we really enjoyed mixing Pastis Henri Bardouin with cola to make our own Mazout cocktail and enjoying it in the sun.

Pastis Henri Bardouin is available in Harrods, Waitrose and Independent Retailers at £20.75.



Quick Crêpes

One of my absolute favourite things about visiting France is the crêpes. Whether it's just with sugar and lemon, or something more decadent like nutella and banana there aren't many sweet treats that can compare to a piping hot crêpe. Now, as we all know, I am so useless in the kitchen that I wouldn't even dream of attempting to make crepes at home but that's where Quick Crêpes comes in. I'm sure everyone reading has tried some sort of pancake mix in their life, but if you've ever tried a crêpe then you know they're worlds away from thick stodgy pancakes. But making them at home is a different story. Quick Crêpes has taken all the guess work out of creating your perfect crêpe, by mixing all the ingredients perfectly. All you have to do is add water to the pre-mixed sachet, et voila! It honestly could not be easier to get a taste of France in your home, and I will put it out there that I didn't even burn the first one. I used quite a large pan and easily got 6 crêpes from one sachet of their Traditional Crêpe Mix. I chose the simple but delicious lemon and sugar combo to top mine, but feel free to experiment with your fillers - maybe even a savoury crêpe! The delicious Quick Crêpes are made with buckwheat which makes for a crispier crêpe, and the ingredients in the mix are all natural. Even the packaging looks authentic and rustic, none of that cheap supermarket cardboard found here.

So if you're looking to add a bit of French flare to your kitchen, Quick Crêpes are the perfect addition to your summer menu. Available on their website from £4.99.