Rocket and Walnut Pesto Pasta

My walnut pesto pasta is really easy to make and can be used in any pasta dish. Slip in a few rocket leaves and some  walnuts and you have the perfect pasta salad for barbecues, a quick vegetarian supper or a tasty  topping for tomatoes. This is one of my family’s favourite dishes and they…

San Sebastian

San Sebastian is a vibrant  Spanish city right on the Atlantic coast, nestled in the Basque country. From our base in St Jean de Luz in France, it was amazing to be in another country within five minutes. We arrived in the city in about twenty minutes and had no trouble in finding a secure…

Chicken Caesar Burger

These Chicken Caesar Burgers are perfect ‘man grub’, especially when there is football on! This is another easy recipe that makes lots of dressing so you can slather it on the side salad or leave it for another day. The burger bun becomes one giant crispy Parmesan croûton….

Brexit….A Sumptuous Supper, a ‘Break’ fast or a Dog’s Dinner?

Brexit…. This is such a hard post to write as it’s a bit ‘Marmite’; you are either going to be nodding in agreement with me or, my friends and followers will be reduced to zero! I’m going to be brave and see what happens. I have put off writing this but I feel the time is…

Mozzarella Meatballs with Veggie Spaghetti

Mozzarella Meatballs with Veggie Spaghetti. So there are big lumps of creamy mozzarella wedged into beef meatballs, smothered  in a rich tomato sauce and served with carrot and courgette spaghetti. This would qualify as ‘man grub’ in our house. It’s not meant to be sexist in any way but we refer to it as satisfying…

Emigrating to France

Emigrating to France. It was two years ago this week that we got up in the early hours, deflated our airbeds, cleaned the house again and packed up the last few bits into the trailer and car, along with two relieved Weimaraners. They are always jittery when  the bags come out as I’m sure that…

Mango and Mint Tabbouleh

Mango and Mint Tabbouleh is a cool accompaniment for summer dishes when it’s hot outside. It’s easy to make and you can add any other vegetables you like. It goes well with barbecued meats or you could just add in some chopped cooked chicken for a quick lunch.

St Jean de Luz

St Jean de Luz. On the south western tip of France and just  a few minutes from Spain, St Jean de Luz town is right on the seafront facing the Atlantic and the Bay of Biscay. With mountains surrounding the  pretty little town, studded with restaurants and little boutiques, surfing and plenty of coastal walkways it…

Seared Tuna Niçoise Platter

Seared Tuna Nicoise Platter.  How can you resist a beautiful piece of tuna cooked simply? This is a lower fat dish for summer which is easy to put together for casual dining. If your experience of tuna is of the canned variety then  you have to try this.

The Grand Hotel at St Jean de Luz

The  Grand Hotel at St Jean de Luz is only five hours away by car from  us in Deux Sevres but as we approached our destination it felt like we had ventured into another country. You could describe it as a cross between Swiss chalets and fishing ports such as Fowey in Cornwall mixed in with a…