French Buckwheat Galettes

French Buckwheat galettes are gluten free pancakes filled with egg, cheese and ham for a tasty breakfast or lunch.

French Buckwheat Galettes. Have you tried buckwheat? It’s not an everyday grocery item in the UK but it’s really easy to buy in France. In fact, I didn’t know it was buckwheat as the label says it’s 100% Blé Noir, or Farine de Sarrasin, so I just thought it was unrefined wheatflour. Now I realise that […]

Frugal French Pantry October 2017

Frugal French Pantry October 2017 is all about pies. Steak and Kidney, Cottage Pie, Chicken and Bacon Ring and Chicken and Leek pie will stick to your ribs!

The Frugal French Pantry October 2017. There is something very British about pies isn’t there? If you walk around the average French supermarket there won’t be a pie in sight. The closest you will get will be a quiche so, if you want comforting layers of meat covered in pastry for warming up on a […]

Maple Roasted Beetroot Salad

Sweet,soft, crunchy and tangy, this Maple Roasted Beetroot Salad has everything.With Roquefort cheese, walnuts and rocket with a maple syrup dressing.

Maple Roasted Beetroot Salad. One thing that is abundantly clear in France is that they eat according to the growing season and a popular vegetable is beetroot. I have to say that previously I wasn’t a fan. My main experience of beetroot as a child was pickled and, once it was on your plate it […]

Roasted Tomato Soup with Garlic

Roasted Tomato Soup with Garlic. Tomatoes and garlic roasted in the oven then combined with stock to make a simple and delicious soup.

Roasted Tomato Soup with Garlic. The first thing I noticed when I moved to rural France is that many people grow their own vegetables. The earth here is like crumbled chocolate and everything seem to grow and grow. It’s easy to grow melons and peaches, which would be difficult where I used to live. Naturally […]

Naughty Nutella Macarons

Naughty Nutella Macarons are a must try if you love Nutella. This simple recipe is easy to put together and is certain to wow your guests.

Naughty Nutella Macarons? It should really be Naughty Amanda! I’ve been known to dive into a jar of Nutella with a spoon, so even though it’s cheaper to buy a huge jar, I just don’t trust myself. Macarons are found everywhere in France in all sorts of lurid colours with flavours to match and I […]

Easy Fluffy Naan Bread

This Naan Bread is simple to make in a food mixer and no messy rolling out. Cooked in a hot pan, this bread is perfect for dipping in your favourite curry.

Easy Fluffy Naan Bread. Why is it easy? Well, it’s easy as it’s all made in a food mixer, left to prove in the same bowl, quickly shaped by hand and cooked in minutes in a non stick pan. This naan bread comes out soft and fluffy and you don’t need to get into a […]

Frugal French Pantry September 2017

Frugal French Pantry September 2017. This month the focus is on takeaways: Prawn & Squid Noodles, Baked Tandoori, Vietnamese Pork & Cardamom Chicken.

The Frugal French Pantry  September 2017. The British people love their takeaways, although, more often than not these days you can just order and pay online and wait for someone to deliver it. Not so in France! We have a pizza van that comes to town once a week, but you still need to drive […]

Lavender Crème Brûlée

Lavender Crème Brûlée. A crisp, caramelised sugar topping a lavender infused cream baked custard. This dessert is easier than you think!

Lavender  Crème Brûlée. We were invited to our French neighbour’s for dinner and Madame served an exquisite  crème brûlée that was flavoured with lavender. They had been staying with friends in Provence recently and visiting the lavender fields and perfume factories in Grasse. Inspired, she had returned with lavender oil and lots of dried lavender. I […]

Simple Stromboli in 30 Minutes

Simple Stromboli. This version uses ready made dough and contents from the fridge for an easy dinner that is cooked in 30 minutes

Simple Stromboli. Ever since Claire from Sumo Chef wrote a guest post for me with her Veggie Cheese Stromboli I’ve been obsessed! I had never even heard of one before and I tried out her recipe as I had some vegetarians for dinner. It was absolutely delicious! Then I started to think. What if you don’t have time to […]

Lemon Meringue Cheesecake

Lemon Meringue Cheesecake. This combines a no bake, no gelatin, lemon cheescake made with a speculoos crust and a meringue top.

Lemon Meringue Cheesecake. I love desserts but they are often complicated to make. When I’m entertaining the last thing I want to do is risk a disaster, and believe me it happens. Cream in France is notoriously tricky and last year I made a Pavlova and watched as the cream just slid out from between […]