Seasons Greetings for Christmas 2017

Christmas 2017. I can’t believe we are at this time of year again when we have fridges crammed full of vegetables and the unmistakeable whiff of cheese every time you venture inside for the milk! In fact, the goat cheese was starting to take over so all the cheese has been banished to the outside […]

Frugal French Pantry Christmas 2017

Frugal French Pantry Christmas 2017. Here is a selection of my favourite frugal celebration recipes including vegetarian, gifts and pies.

Frugal French Pantry Christmas 2017. With food prices rising you don’t need to splurge out on expensive prepared food or expensive joints. There are plenty of dishes to be made using foraged food, cupboard staples and cheaper cuts of meat. It’s time to delve into my Christmas selection box! All of these recipes feature on […]

Tarted Up Treacle Tart with Ginger and Pecans

Treacle Tart gets a festive makeover with the addition of ginger, lemon zest and chopped pecans. Delicious served warm with cream!

Treacle Tart. If someone asks me what my favourite dessert is it has to be a treacle tart. It has to be served warm and preferably with a large dollop of clotted cream. My husband has to have it with custard and my mum prefers ice cream. At this point I have to say that […]

Festive Nut Terrine (gluten free)

Lentils, chestnuts, hazelnuts and walnuts form the basis for this gluten free, vegetarian nut terrine that is also a great accompaniment for turkey.

Festive Nut Terrine. I was inspired to make this dish as I was asked if I would like to do two pages for The Frugal French Pantry December issue of the Deux Sevres Monthly magazine. Our outbuildings are crammed with boxes of walnuts, hazelnuts and chestnuts that we collect and use throughout the year and as […]

Season’s Greetings

Season's greetings. Thanking all of my followers from Wordpress, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn and wishing everyone a very merry Christmas.

Season’s Greetings. It’s time for me to wish everyone a Merry Christmas before I sign off for a few days. I’d like to thank all of my WordPress followers for all of their support, we all know how much it means when we pour our heart and soul into our posts! Your lovely comments keep […]

Pork Rillettes

Pork Rillettes. A classic French dish that is easy to make, makes a great gift, is very cheap to make and lasts 6 weeks in the fridge if it's unopened.

Rillettes of Pork. If you are thinking about a last minute Christmas gift when visiting which won’t break the bank this is a great recipe. If you are unfamiliar with rillettes they are basically a dish of slow cooked pork or poultry in it’s own fat to make a tasty, unctuous spread.  My French friends give these […]

Turkey Ballotine

Turkey Ballotine. An easy version of a French classic where the breast envelopes forcemeat with cranberries and chestnuts and the joint is wrapped in bacon.

Turkey Ballotine. Traditionally a ballotine is a French term for a boned poultry thigh which is then stuffed before cooking.In fact, the French seem to like stuffing most things and  you can often buy really good sausagemeat, or farcie with fresh herbs and seasonings.    I remember a horrendously complicated recipe involving deboning a whole turkey and stuffing it […]