Spicy French Beans with Chilli and Cumin

Spicy French Beans with Chilli and Cumin. French beans or haricot verts blanched thin quickly stir fried with cumin and chilli and tossed with lemon.

Spicy French Beans with Chilli and Cumin. You should know by now that at Chez Le Reve Francais Saturday night is curry night right? This usually involves a rice dish along with a main dish and occasionally my Naan Bread. We all love this combination but we are trying to incorporate more vegetables into our diet […]

Sesame Garlic Tofu

Sesame Garlic Tofu is a vegetarian dish that is packed full of flavour and cooked in under 10 minutes for a delicious and satisfying meal.

Sesame Garlic Tofu. I am definitely not a vegetarian but I do enjoy vegetarian dishes in an effort to eat a balanced diet. I like to think that I’m an adventurous eater but I’ve always had a problem with tofu. Perhaps it’s just that, in the dishes I’ve tried, it has always tasted so bland. […]

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 […]

Prawn & Squid Noodle Bowl

Prawn & Squid Noodle Bowl. Healthy and quick combination of prawns with squid combined with noodles, vegetables, chillies, coriander and sesame.

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 […]

Szechuan Salt & Pepper Prawns

Szechuan Salt & Pepper Prawns. Prawns dipped in flour with Szechuan spice, salt and pepper then baked in the oven rather than fried.

Szechuan Salt & Pepper Prawns.  Have you tried Szechuan pepper? The name is actually a misnomer as Szechuan pepper is not a pepper or chilli at all. It is a flower. If you haven’t tried it before the taste has a hint of citrus and there is a mild burning sensation. The flavour is nothing like chilli though […]

Coconut and Cardamom Chicken

Coconut and Cardamom chicken. This aromatic dish is full garlic, ginger, chilli, coriander, coconut and whole and ground cardamom.

Coconut and Cardamom Chicken. You can  probably guess that I love any Asian dish and on Saturdays we always have a curry as there is no such thing as an Indian takeway, let alone a delivery in rural France and my family demand it! I often refer to my curry bible, otherwise known as the Hairy […]

Crispy Miso Cod

Crispy Miso Cod. Fish and chips get a makeover with a marinade of miso, mirin, sherry, soy and rice vinegar before being dipped in flour and fried.

Crispy Miso Cod.  If you follow my recipes I’m sure that you know by now that I love anything Asian. However, shopping for ingredients in  rural France is  not so easy so I stocked up on Miso paste when I went back to the UK. Miso is  a fermented soybean paste and is the base […]

Tandoori Chicken Bake

Tandoori Chicken Bake. Spices, ginger, garlic, lemon and yoghurt are then marinated, baked and served in one dish with this simple yet delicious recipe.

Tandoori Chicken Bake. I’ve always loved Tandoori chicken but hated the mess of the grill-pan afterwards, not to mention the leftover marinade that had to be binned because it had the raw meat juices in it. So what if you could have the same taste with  extra sauce and less clearing up? Here’s my solution with […]

Asian Pork Koftas

Asian Pork Koftas. Lean pork flavoured with ginger, coriander, garlic, peanut butter and chilli then griddled for a tasty treat.

Asian Pork Koftas. This dish is embarrassingly easy and is lower in fat than you would expect. Of course, it is another accidental dish. We were having a tagine with leftover roast lamb and I was told that there was nowhere near enough to feed the family! Needing to reassure everyone that they wouldn’t starve I […]