Wild Mushroom Risotto

Wild Mushroom Risotto is simple to make and flavoured with Parmesan and chives. For this recipe I used girolle mushrooms but any mushroom will work.

Wild Mushroom Risotto. If I’m cooking just for myself I often have a vegetarian dish and that normally involves mushrooms. Often I would just cook some pasta, fry some sliced chestnut mushrooms in butter, add some garlic and tarragon then finish with a dollop of creme fraiche. However,  where I live in rural France the […]

Slow Cooked Paprika Pork

Slow Cooked Paprika Pork. Tasty pork shoulder stewed with peppers, onions and pineapple in a smoked paprika tomato sauce.

Slow Cooked Paprika Pork. When it’s the time of year to get the slow cooker out it’s always good to try a new dish. For this recipe I decided to use pork shoulder as it’s economical and has plenty of flavour. Slow cooking the pork  makes it fork tender so it’s a great dish for […]

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 […]

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 […]

Honey Garlic Salmon

Honey Garlic Salmon. Delicious combination of butter, honey, garlic and lemon spread over salmon, baked and then grilled.

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 […]

Veggie Cheese Stromboli

Veggie Cheese Stromboli. Simple but delicious dish of pizza dough spread with olives, tomatoes and cheese then rolled up and baked.

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. A simple one pot dish of chicken marinated in harissa and honey then roasted in the oven with peppers, onions and mushrooms.

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 […]

Seafood Paella

Seafood Paella. Clams and mussels cooked in white wine and garlic are added to rice, chorizo, prawns and asparagus for a great sharing dish.

Seafood Paella. I’ve always loved seafood, especially shellfish. I’ve been making my version of Paella ever since we used to holiday in Majorca many years ago. Sometimes I make it with chicken and prawns with peppers but, now that I have discovered that clams are cheaper than mussels here, this seafood paella is my favourite. […]

Chicken Thighs with Juniper Berries

Chicken Thighs with Juniper Berries. Juicy chicken thighs simmered with tarragon,stock, wine, juniper and creme fraiche for an easy one pot dinner.

Chicken Thighs with Juniper Berries. This recipe is a revamp of my Chicken with Tarragon and Juniper Berries which was  only my fourth recipe on the blog, back in July 2015. Can’t believe it’s been 2 years already! It was a real dinner party favourite for many years but, with chicken breasts becoming more expensive, I thought […]