Asian Roast Chicken

Asian Roast Chicken. So you probably know by now that, although I’m British and living in France, I love all of the Asian flavours. Back in Britain we would visit our local Indian restaurant  and enjoy ordering off menu, they must have cringed when we walked in! The food was always fantastic, well priced and…

Chicken with Lemon and Avocado Pasta Sauce

Chicken with Lemon and Avocado Pasta Sauce. If there is one thing I love it is avocados. Right from my first encounter in the eighties, when it was a starter of prawns in avocado boats, I have been hooked. Avocados are hastily followed by lemon. I often make lemon rice for our curry nights, always…

Seafood en Papillotte

Seafood en Papillotte. I make no excuses for the amount of seafood recipes I post. Living in western France, near to the coast, means that the shops do have a huge range of fish and shellfish to choose from. I’m sure that wherever you are from fish is still expensive, so as ever, I use frozen…

Vietnamese Caramelised Pork

Vietnamese Caramelised Pork. When we go to our local Asian restaurant for a treat it’s a 45 minute car journey but it is so worth the wait! We don’t go very often as my resolve tends to weaken when I see the platters of sushi, fresh shellfish, appetizers and delicious Asian dishes. Of course, it…

Seafood Gratin

Seafood Gratin, otherwise known as fish pie! My experience of it in restaurants was a watery and waxy tasting sauce with flakes of fish topped with a ton of mashed potato. Needless to say it was never a favourite. Over the years I have developed my own version and I always make it with fish defrosted…

Beef Bourguignon

Beef Bourguignon. This French classic dish is rich, unctuous  and really simple to do. I am still trying to understand the different  cuts of French beef, but  luckily it is clearly labelled ‘bourguignon’! It is a bit different from normal stewing or braising steak as it has a lot more connective tissue left on the meat. This tends…

Guinea Fowl with Chestnuts and Bacon

Guinea Fowl with Chestnuts and Bacon. In France guinea fowl is readily available, even at the small supermarket in L’Absie so it’s not too posh here! In fact it is often eaten at Christmas as French people don’t do huge turkey dinners, preferring lots of courses. If you haven’t tried it before it is very similar…

Salmon and Avocado Parcels

Salmon and Avocado Parcels. I love pastry! I love  the surprise of  cutting through a crisp shell and finding something soft and delicious inside but if I spent my time eating suet crust and all butter pastries I wouldn’t be able to keep up with Dex and Gray! What is the answer? For me it’s Brik, (brique)…

Massaman Duck Curry

Massaman Duck Curry. Remember the Massaman curry paste?       It’s time to put it to good use! You might think it’s mad to be using duck in a curry but I’ve often had it served in Asian restaurants and it always seems to stay tender. I think this is great for a special occasion and,…

Roast Cod with Basil Mousseline Sauce

Roast Cod with Basil Mousseline Sauce. I’ve been making this Mousseline sauce for over  twenty years and I can assure you, if you were subjected to a boil in the bag fish portion with a dodgy parsley sauce as a child, this is totally different. A Mousseline sauce is a daughter sauce of a Hollandaise…