Twisted Toad in the Hole

Twisted  Toad in the Hole. This is a proper winter dish, the sort of comfort food you need when it’s freezing cold outside and you need to warm up. Growing up, this dish was a regular in our house and it still is now. It’s a twisted toad in the hole because the batter contains bacon  and…

Asian Pork Koftas

Asian Pork Koftas. This dish is embarrassingly easy and is lower in fat than you would expect. Of course, it is another accidental dish. We were having a tagine with leftover roast lamb and I was told that there was nowhere near enough to feed the family! Needing to reassure everyone that they wouldn’t starve I…

Mozzarella Sausage Rolls or Mooing Pigs

Mooing Pigs or Mozzarella Sausage Rolls. No I haven’t gone mad. Every year at Christmas I make sausage rolls as my boys love them. They also love mozzarella so I had a dirty little thought. What if I could get mozzarella in the sausage rolls? Wouldn’t it all ooze out? Luckily my little experiment was a…

Season’s Greetings

Season’s Greetings. It’s time for me to wish everyone a Merry Christmas before I sign off for a few days. I’d like to thank all of my WordPress followers for all of their support, we all know how much it means when we pour our heart and soul into our posts! Your lovely comments keep…

French Yorkie Scramble

French Yorkie Scramble. Before I moved to France I was always amazed by the difference in the eggs as they are so yellow and creamy. Most people in the countryside have their own chickens and end up giving the eggs away and there is always a chicken  wandering in the road, which is not good…

Edinburgh at Christmas

Edinburgh at Christmas. A couple of weeks ago we went back to the UK for a shopping and road trip.I booked a three day trip to Edinburgh as we had never been and knew there was a Christmas market. Shopping and the lure of restaurants crammed full of seafood and game was too much to resist….

Pork Rillettes

Rillettes of Pork. If you are thinking about a last minute Christmas gift when visiting which won’t break the bank this is a great recipe. If you are unfamiliar with rillettes they are basically a dish of slow cooked pork or poultry in it’s own fat to make a tasty, unctuous spread.  My French friends give these…

Fried Monkfish with Chorizo and Rosemary

Fried Monkfish with Chorizo and Rosemary. I often get inspired to cook from eating out and I love trying to recreate something I’ve eaten and then adding a little twist. It was actually my husband’s dinner  from a La Rochelle visit in the summer. The dish was roasted monkfish with Thyme. I’m not a massive fan of thyme,…

Turkey Ballotine

Turkey Ballotine. Traditionally a ballotine is a French term for a boned poultry thigh which is then stuffed before cooking.In fact, the French seem to like stuffing most things and  you can often buy really good sausagemeat, or farcie with fresh herbs and seasonings.    I remember a horrendously complicated recipe involving deboning a whole turkey and stuffing it…

Roasted Winter Vegetables

Roasted Winter Vegetables. Although I love cooking, preparing  a roast dinner often means hours in the kitchen peeling vegetables and I don’t always have the time or a willing kitchen assistant. We often have  belly pork  as we love the crackling and pork is normally sold in France with the skin removed. For me, I have…