Roasted Asparagus Tart

Roasted Asparagus Tart. Oven roasted asparagus and vine tomatoes are layered on pesto covered puff pastry before being covered with mozzarella and baked.

Roasted Asparagus Tart. Did you know that this week is National Vegetarian Week in the UK? The aim is to encourage people to eat more vegetarian food and they have lots of great recipes here. Here in France it would be a shame not to make the most of asparagus season as it seems so short. […]

Salmon Stuffed Shells

Salmon Stuffed Shells. Giant pasta shells filled with poached salmon and creme fraiche on a bed of cheese sauce then baked with broccoli and cheese.

Salmon Stuffed Shells. This post contains affiliate links. Pasta is always a comforting and satisfying meal but in the springtime I find that we don’t want a heavy lasagne  style dish and I often find myself using salmon or prawns. Although French people seem to love pasta I can’t seem to find the giant pasta shells. […]

Gammon with Bourbon Ginger Glaze

Gammon with Bourbon Ginger Glaze. Unsmoked gammon is first simmered then roasted with a sticky glaze of crushed pineapple, Bourbon and ginger marmalade.

Gammon with Bourbon Ginger Glaze. What is better than  a piece of gammon at an Easter or  Christmas get together? Do you remember those tins of ham in the 70’s that were the centrepiece of the family buffets?  My dad, the cook, always referred to it a ‘plastic ham’ and avoided it like the plague. He […]

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 […]

Chicken and Leek Pie

Chicken and Leek Pie. Melt in the mouth double crust pastry pie filled with chicken, leeks and bacon in a simple creamy sauce.

Chicken and Leek Pie. We still love a good British style pie here in France and as it’s ‘British Pie Week’ I thought I would share this recipe for one of our favourite pies. This chicken and leek pie includes freshly poached chicken and homemade pastry but this is an ideal recipe for using up […]

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 […]

Twice Baked Stuffed Potatoes

Twice Baked Stuffed Potatoes. Baked potato mixed with onions, bacon, cheese, garlic, chives and creme fraiche stuffed in potato skins and baked.

Twice Baked Stuffed Potatoes. There’s something extremely comforting about a baked potato, although they were always referred to as potatoes in their jackets, when I was growing up. I remember this dish as an eighties thing as that was the time I started collecting recipe cards and stuffed potatoes was one of those free cards […]

Chicken and Broccoli Pasta Bake

Chicken and Broccoli Pasta Bake. This is an easy dish with bacon and mushrooms which can be served straight away or baked in the oven.

Chicken and Broccoli Pasta Bake  is really versatile. It’s one of those dishes where you can make it with leftover chicken, Chorizo or ham and add different vegetables depending on what you have in the fridge. Peppers and green beans go really well and frozen vegetables work too. You can eat it straightaway with just […]

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 […]

Twisted Toad in the Hole

Twisted  Toad in the Hole. This is a proper winter dish, the sort of comfort food you need when it’s freezing cold outside and you need to warm up. Growing up, this dish was a regular in our house and it still is now. It’s a twisted toad in the hole because the batter contains bacon  and […]