Spicy French Beans with Chilli and Cumin

Spicy French Beans with Chilli and Cumin. French beans or haricot verts blanched thin quickly stir fried with cumin and chilli and tossed with lemon.

Spicy French Beans with Chilli and Cumin. You should know by now that at Chez Le Reve Francais Saturday night is curry night right? This usually involves a rice dish along with a main dish and occasionally my Naan Bread. We all love this combination but we are trying to incorporate more vegetables into our diet […]

Sesame Garlic Tofu

Sesame Garlic Tofu is a vegetarian dish that is packed full of flavour and cooked in under 10 minutes for a delicious and satisfying meal.

Sesame Garlic Tofu. I am definitely not a vegetarian but I do enjoy vegetarian dishes in an effort to eat a balanced diet. I like to think that I’m an adventurous eater but I’ve always had a problem with tofu. Perhaps it’s just that, in the dishes I’ve tried, it has always tasted so bland. […]

4 Ingredient Garlic Lemon Chicken

4 Ingredient Garlic Lemon Chicken. Here’s a deliciously easy dish combining economical chicken thighs with lemon, garlic and shallots.

 4 Ingredient Garlic Lemon Chicken. I love to use chicken thighs for an easy mid week meal as they are simple to prepare, economical and have such natural flavour. Of course, cooking the chicken on the bone keeps it deliciously moist too so it can be happily left in the oven for a while without […]

Ham and Cheese Palmiers

Ham and Cheese Palmiers. These deliciously crisp French biscuits are simple to do and perfect to serve to guests with drinks.

Ham and Cheese Palmiers. If you are having people over for drinks at any time, it’s always nice to offer something homemade rather than opening a packet of something shop bought.  Palmiers  have their origin in French Algeria , where themay be known as ‘pig’s ears’, due to their distinctive shape.         […]

Seasons Greetings for Christmas 2017

Christmas 2017. I can’t believe we are at this time of year again when we have fridges crammed full of vegetables and the unmistakeable whiff of cheese every time you venture inside for the milk! In fact, the goat cheese was starting to take over so all the cheese has been banished to the outside […]

Frugal French Pantry Christmas 2017

Frugal French Pantry Christmas 2017. Here is a selection of my favourite frugal celebration recipes including vegetarian, gifts and pies.

Frugal French Pantry Christmas 2017. With food prices rising you don’t need to splurge out on expensive prepared food or expensive joints. There are plenty of dishes to be made using foraged food, cupboard staples and cheaper cuts of meat. It’s time to delve into my Christmas selection box! All of these recipes feature on […]

Baked Eggs in Potatoes with Bacon

Baked Eggs in Potatoes with Bacon. Baked potatoes lined with bacon and egg and baked with cheese for a delicious breakfast or brunch treat.

Baked eggs in potatoes with bacon. When the weather is cold it’s time to make a hearty breakfast  or lunch. Here is an all in one breakfast dish that is gluten-free and can be prepared in advance so it’s perfect if you have guests and don’t want to be a slave in the kitchen trying […]

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 […]