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 […]

Ham and Cheese Palmiers

Ham and Cheese Palmiers. These deliciously crisp French biscuits are simple to do and perfect to serve to guests with drinks.

Ham and Cheese Palmiers. If you are having people over for drinks at any time, it’s always nice to offer something homemade rather than opening a packet of something shop bought.  Palmiers  have their origin in French Algeria , where themay be known as ‘pig’s ears’, due to their distinctive shape.         […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

French Ploughman’s

French Ploughman's. Here's my take on a British classic using goat cheese, duck confit, smoked duck, cornichons & red onion chutney for a starter or lunch.

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. A classic French dessert of fresh cherries baked in a buttery batter and best served warm.

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 […]

French Roasted Chicken

French Roasted Chicken. Have you ever wondered how to cook French chicken? Head over to my post at The Nut Butter Hub to find out.

French Roasted Chicken. Have you ever seen the huge array of poultry at a French market or supermarket and wondered why it is so expensive? And, if you buy a bird would you know how to cook it? Today I’m over at  The Nut Butter Hub today sharing a  guest post about  my French Roasted Chicken. […]

Duck Terrine with Asparagus

Duck Terrine with Asparagus. Layers of pork mince,liver, duck fillets and asparagus are all wrapped up in streaky bacon for a delicious starter.

Duck Terrine with Asparagus. Have you ever been wanted to make a terrine but thought it looked too difficult?  I’ve never been keen on really complicated dishes but many years ago I realised that a  terrine is really just a question of assembly, putting in the oven, cooling and slicing. I usually make a game […]