Coconut and Cardamom Chicken

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. 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…

Chicken and Broccoli Pasta Bake

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. 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…

Turkey Ballotine

Turkey Ballotine. Traditionally a ballotine is a French term for a boned poultry thigh which is then stuffed before cooking.In fact, the French seem to like stuffing most things and  you can often buy really good sausagemeat, or farcie with fresh herbs and seasonings.    I remember a horrendously complicated recipe involving deboning a whole turkey and stuffing it…

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…

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,…

Pesto Chicken Club Bowl

Pesto Chicken Club Bowl.  We’ve all heard of a Bliss Bowl, a Buddha Bowl, a Poke Bowl and a Smoothie Bowl, so what is a Club Bowl? My family love having dinners served in large bowls like my Raisukaree so when I suggested a Buddha Bowl the response went along the lines of, ‘Mmmm pretty. Where’s the…

Chicken Tagine

This  Chicken Tagine  is  packed full of the flavours of fresh green olives, preserved lemons, garlic, coriander, ginger and chickpeas. It works well for entertaining as all the prep can be done in advance with only some cous cous to worry about to serve. I remember, about ten years ago, everybody seemed to be making…