Lemon Meringue Cheesecake

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…

Frugal French Pantry August 2017

Frugal French Pantry August 2017. Are you a savvy shopper? I’m naturally frugal when it comes to food so I’m happy to buy the cheaper frozen fish and any meat that is reduced ready to pop into the freezer for a later time. Typically, in August in France, it is barbecue weather so for my…

Prawn & Squid Noodle Bowl

Prawn & Squid Noodle Bowl. Despite some of my recipes being rather decadent we do try and eat a balanced diet which includes plenty of fish and vegetables. I always keep some frozen prawns in the freezer and some noodles in the cupboard, then, when we have a busy day and I don’t have much…

Strawberry Pimm’s Tiramisu

Strawberry Pimm’s Tiramisu. What ingredients could be more British, especially in the summer? I’ve always loved Tiramisu but I had a bottle of Pimm’s in the cupboard and fabulous strawberries so it was time for a new twist. Unlike my other  more traditional Tiramisu this version uses Mascarpone and eggs. It’s best made a day…

French Ploughman’s

French Ploughman’s. Have you heard of a  Ploughman’s lunch? From what I understand and remember it was one of the first meals that pubs served before the rather greasy offering of chicken in the basket and the the more modern gastro-pubs. Typically it would consist of great doorsteps of bread, a hunk of cheddar some pickled…

Cherry Clafoutis

Cherry Clafoutis. We are lucky enough to have two gorgeous cherry trees and normally I make a cherry crumble as the cherries make a delicious sauce. Of course, who can resist the buttery crumble on top? That’s my problem. If I make a crumble I simply can’t rest until the whole thing is eaten. I…

Honey Garlic Salmon

Honey Garlic Salmon. This is one of those dishes that once you have made it once you’ll want to make it again and again. I think it makes a beautiful dinner party dish or summer buffet and is quite simple enough to do on weeknights if you have some thawed frozen salmon fillets. There is…

Frugal French Pantry July 2017

Frugal French Pantry July 2017. What is this all about?  Well, I live in Deux Sevres which is the northern region of the new department ‘Nouvelle Aquitaine’ in Western France. We have a magazine which is aimed at holidaymakers and English speakers called The Deux Sevres Monthly. It’s a great way to find out what is…

Veggie Cheese Stromboli

Veggie Cheese Stromboli. #Guest Post# If there’s one thing I love, it would have to be a stromboli! You’ll be surprised that there is so much to know about the stromboli; it isn’t just an Italian wrap. But cutting to the chase, it’s a favorite dish I love to do, especially for potlucks and family…

Baked Harissa Chicken

Baked Harissa Chicken. Have you used harissa paste yet? I’ve yet to find it in supermarkets in France but then I am in the middle of nowhere! I bought my little jar of harissa paste from a UK trip and have been slathering it on all sorts but I think it best goes well with…