Duck Terrine with Asparagus

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…

Gammon with Bourbon Ginger Glaze

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…

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…

Asian Pork Koftas

Asian Pork Koftas. This dish is embarrassingly easy and is lower in fat than you would expect. Of course, it is another accidental dish. We were having a tagine with leftover roast lamb and I was told that there was nowhere near enough to feed the family! Needing to reassure everyone that they wouldn’t starve I…

Mozzarella Sausage Rolls or Mooing Pigs

Mooing Pigs or Mozzarella Sausage Rolls. No I haven’t gone mad. Every year at Christmas I make sausage rolls as my boys love them. They also love mozzarella so I had a dirty little thought. What if I could get mozzarella in the sausage rolls? Wouldn’t it all ooze out? Luckily my little experiment was a…

Pork Rillettes

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…

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…

Slow Roast Pork Shanks with Pineapple Sauce

Slow Roast Pork Shanks with Pineapple Sauce. I absolutely love slow roast pork but the price of pork has been steadily increasing here in France. Often, pork is also presented without any skin or bone, as a shoulder or leg joint, to which they then add a piece of fat! Scouring the shelves I spied something…

Sticky Bourbon Ribs

Sticky Bourbon Ribs. One thing I love about France is the availability of ribs, In winter I can buy great slabs of pork belly with the ribs attached at a great price. I’m happy to wrestle with it so I usually chop them off and freeze them for the summer. Who can resist slow roasted…

Slow Roast Belly Pork with Chilli and Fennel

Here’s my latest recipe for belly pork. We are in the midst of pre-Christmas madness here but, of course, most French people are still chilled and the supermarkets are still fairly quiet! It’s a long way from standing in a queue for hours in Sainsbury’s watching everyone heave huge trolleys around, getting more and more…