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…

Summer Salmon Timbales

Timbales are a popular French starter so I created these Summer Salmon Timbales. Our French neighbours came for dinner this week and I thought I would ease them in with something familiar before I served the main course. I made a chicken tikka masala, a good old British classic. I have yet to see an Indian restaurant…

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…

Pork and Peanut Moneybags

These pork and peanut moneybags are another product of leftovers! Rummaging around in the chest freezer, (it was cool,) I found some pork mince and in the fridge I had some leftover filo pastry. We normally have some sort of Asian dish on Saturday, but as new guests normally arrive on Saturday, it has been moved…

Garlic and Tarragon Potato Salad

This Garlic and Tarragon Potato Salad is definitely a family favourite and it’s even better when  the potatoes are from the garden. You may find this hard to believe but new potatoes are almost the same price as fresh cod here in France! Yes, it’s definitely something we have to grow here. For this potato salad there…

Raspberry and White Chocolate Mini Loaves

Raspberry and White Chocolate Mini Loaves. There’s an abundance of fresh berries in season right now and I was completely seduced by a pack of raspberries and blueberries. French people love berries and at a recent evening with our French neighbours, dessert consisted of black currants and strawberries  in a sort of light custard. I was…

Hot Dogs

Hot, hot dogs.  Here’s my trial and error recipe when you have hot dogs and you need cool dogs. There is no bun, mustard, onions or ketchup here, just a few ideas. If you have read my About page you probably know that my life is somewhat ruled by our father and son Weimaraners, Dexter and…

Loaded Potato Skins

Who can resist loaded potato skins? My boys always enjoyed a trip to an American restaurant when they were young and I have been recreating items off the menu ever since as it was much cheaper than going out! Of course, in rural France there are no similar restaurants so it has to be a…

Lemon Chicken en Brochettes

This dish of lemon chicken en brochettes is really easy to do. Buying thigh meat is better value, juicier and tastier than boneless  chicken breast and leaving the skin on with a lemon marinade means that the chicken just melts in the mouth. The pieces of lemon baste the chicken without the need for added fat which…

Lunching in La Rochelle Again!

Yes, we’ve been lunching in lovely La Rochelle again, but we had a good excuse. My nephew has been staying with us  for the last week and the boys have been working in the garden, playing tennis, swimming and go-karting. There hasn’t been much time for culture so on the way to the airport we…