Proper Homemade Crumpets

Proper home-made crumpets. Easy batter fried in butter for deliciously fresh crumpets ready to smother with your favourite toppings.

Crumpets. Growing up Sunday tea was as much an institution as Sunday lunch. It was the best day of the week for food as it involved  a yummy roast and then at tea time sandwiches or crumpets followed by cake. Of course, crumpets always came out of a packet in those days and it never occurred […]

Tarted Up Treacle Tart with Ginger and Pecans

Treacle Tart gets a festive makeover with the addition of ginger, lemon zest and chopped pecans. Delicious served warm with cream!

Treacle Tart. If someone asks me what my favourite dessert is it has to be a treacle tart. It has to be served warm and preferably with a large dollop of clotted cream. My husband has to have it with custard and my mum prefers ice cream. At this point I have to say that […]

Festive Nut Terrine (gluten free)

Lentils, chestnuts, hazelnuts and walnuts form the basis for this gluten free, vegetarian nut terrine that is also a great accompaniment for turkey.

Festive Nut Terrine. I was inspired to make this dish as I was asked if I would like to do two pages for The Frugal French Pantry December issue of the Deux Sevres Monthly magazine. Our outbuildings are crammed with boxes of walnuts, hazelnuts and chestnuts that we collect and use throughout the year and as […]

Frugal French Pantry November 2017

For the Frugal French Pantry November 2017 it's frugal soups including Roasted Garlic & Tomato, Potato & Leek, Curried Pumpkin and Mushroom and Tarragon.

The Frugal French Pantry November 2017. For this month the focus for my frugal recipes for  the Deux Sevres Monthly magazine is soup. We are big soup eaters in this house as it’s filling and warming when we’ve been busy in the garden. Although we are not vegetarian we do love a vegetable soup and they are […]

Wild Mushroom Risotto

Wild Mushroom Risotto is simple to make and flavoured with Parmesan and chives. For this recipe I used girolle mushrooms but any mushroom will work.

Wild Mushroom Risotto. If I’m cooking just for myself I often have a vegetarian dish and that normally involves mushrooms. Often I would just cook some pasta, fry some sliced chestnut mushrooms in butter, add some garlic and tarragon then finish with a dollop of creme fraiche. However,  where I live in rural France the […]

Slow Cooked Paprika Pork

Slow Cooked Paprika Pork. Tasty pork shoulder stewed with peppers, onions and pineapple in a smoked paprika tomato sauce.

Slow Cooked Paprika Pork. When it’s the time of year to get the slow cooker out it’s always good to try a new dish. For this recipe I decided to use pork shoulder as it’s economical and has plenty of flavour. Slow cooking the pork  makes it fork tender so it’s a great dish for […]

Fat-Free Potato and Leek Soup

Potato and Leek Soup is simple to make, fat-free, gluten-free and is very economical to make. It's easy to add a dollop of creme fraiche or blue cheese too.

Potato and Leek Soup. It’s the time of year to buy leeks in France and whether they are slathered in cheese sauce, sauteed with butter and lemon or roasted in the oven , they are a firm family favourite so we buy them every week. It’s also soup season and, rather than make my normal […]

French Buckwheat Galettes

French Buckwheat galettes are gluten free pancakes filled with egg, cheese and ham for a tasty breakfast or lunch.

French Buckwheat Galettes. Have you tried buckwheat? It’s not an everyday grocery item in the UK but it’s really easy to buy in France. In fact, I didn’t know it was buckwheat as the label says it’s 100% Blé Noir, or Farine de Sarrasin, so I just thought it was unrefined wheatflour. Now I realise that […]

Frugal French Pantry October 2017

Frugal French Pantry October 2017 is all about pies. Steak and Kidney, Cottage Pie, Chicken and Bacon Ring and Chicken and Leek pie will stick to your ribs!

The Frugal French Pantry October 2017. There is something very British about pies isn’t there? If you walk around the average French supermarket there won’t be a pie in sight. The closest you will get will be a quiche so, if you want comforting layers of meat covered in pastry for warming up on a […]

Maple Roasted Beetroot Salad

Sweet,soft, crunchy and tangy, this Maple Roasted Beetroot Salad has everything.With Roquefort cheese, walnuts and rocket with a maple syrup dressing.

Maple Roasted Beetroot Salad. One thing that is abundantly clear in France is that they eat according to the growing season and a popular vegetable is beetroot. I have to say that previously I wasn’t a fan. My main experience of beetroot as a child was pickled and, once it was on your plate it […]