Massaman Curry Paste

Massaman Curry Paste. My family loves curry and, in the UK we would often go to a restaurant where we would enjoy trying different styles of curry.  Living  in the middle of the countryside, and far from a large city, it was to be expected that I wouldn’t be able to pop out for a curry!…

Mediterranean Roll-Ups

These Mediterranean Roll-ups make  a tasty vegetarian supper. Long slices of aubergine and courgette are smeared with ricotta and basil pesto, rolled up and baked in a rich tomato sauce with a mozzarella and basil topping. Perfect served with some crusty bread! This dish takes a little time but it’s not difficult and can be made…

Pesto Chicken Club Bowl

Pesto Chicken Club Bowl.  We’ve all heard of a Bliss Bowl, a Buddha Bowl, a Poke Bowl and a Smoothie Bowl, so what is a Club Bowl? My family love having dinners served in large bowls like my Raisukaree so when I suggested a Buddha Bowl the response went along the lines of, ‘Mmmm pretty. Where’s the…

Chicken Tagine

This  Chicken Tagine  is  packed full of the flavours of fresh green olives, preserved lemons, garlic, coriander, ginger and chickpeas. It works well for entertaining as all the prep can be done in advance with only some cous cous to worry about to serve. I remember, about ten years ago, everybody seemed to be making…

Moules au Chorizo

Moules au Chorizo. Everyone knows that seafood goes well with Chorizo but until we went to St Jean de Luz, I had never had mussels with Chorizo.It was amazing. Spicy chunks of Chorizo sausage in a creamy sauce poured over delicate mussels is definitely a match made in heaven. Of course, you have to have huge chunks…

Cheese and Onion Potato Cakes

Cheese and Onion Potato Cakes. It may still be hot here in France in September, but I can’t help but think about the seasons changing and the type of dishes I’ll be cooking. All too soon we will be tucked up and eating inside in front of the log burner, rather than trying to find a…

Chicken and Bacon Ring

This Chicken and Bacon Ring is really easy to make ahead and is delicious served hot or cold. It is a great way to use up some roast chicken and makes a filling family meal that is impressive enough for entertaining. And the best thing? It uses ready made croissant dough that keeps for ages in the…

Slow Roast Pork Shanks with Pineapple Sauce

Slow Roast Pork Shanks with Pineapple Sauce. I absolutely love slow roast pork but the price of pork has been steadily increasing here in France. Often, pork is also presented without any skin or bone, as a shoulder or leg joint, to which they then add a piece of fat! Scouring the shelves I spied something…

Blueberry and Coconut Muffins

These Blueberry and Coconut Muffins are really moist and delicious. Whilst I’m normally moaning that I can’t find ingredients here in France, I’ve recently discovered that a local supermarket sells prepared fresh coconut! I’m all for not buying ready prepared food but there is a limit. Next I saw blueberries nearby which got me thinking: hot gooey…

Honey and Cumin Sweet Potato Fries

These honey and cumin sweet potato fries are so easy and delicious you could easily swap them for potato chips. I love sweet potatoes but, they are hugely expensive here in France, so next year they will definitely be one for the vegetable patch. Like parsnips and carrots they are naturally sweet and adding honey just accentuates…