Maple Roasted Beetroot Salad

Sweet,soft, crunchy and tangy, this Maple Roasted Beetroot Salad has everything.With Roquefort cheese, walnuts and rocket with a maple syrup dressing.

Maple Roasted Beetroot Salad. One thing that is abundantly clear in France is that they eat according to the growing season and a popular vegetable is beetroot. I have to say that previously I wasn’t a fan. My main experience of beetroot as a child was pickled and, once it was on your plate it […]

French Ploughman’s

French Ploughman's. Here's my take on a British classic using goat cheese, duck confit, smoked duck, cornichons & red onion chutney for a starter or lunch.

French Ploughman’s. Have you heard of a  Ploughman’s lunch? From what I understand and remember it was one of the first meals that pubs served before the rather greasy offering of chicken in the basket and the the more modern gastro-pubs. Typically it would consist of great doorsteps of bread, a hunk of cheddar some pickled […]

Frugal French Pantry July 2017

Easy to make basil and walnut pesto stirred into pasta and combined with rocket, Parmesan and chopped walnuts for a delicious hot or cold dish.

Frugal French Pantry July 2017. What is this all about?  Well, I live in Deux Sevres which is the northern region of the new department ‘Nouvelle Aquitaine’ in Western France. We have a magazine which is aimed at holidaymakers and English speakers called The Deux Sevres Monthly. It’s a great way to find out what is […]

Pesto Chicken Club Bowl

Pesto Chicken Club Bowl. Chicken breast fried in pesto, sliced and served with hummus, salad, boiled eggs, avocado, bacon and croutons.

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 […]

Summer Salmon Timbales

These summer salmon timbales are light and delicate. Smoked and lightly cooked salmon with cucumber and avocado in a creamy dill and lemon dressing.

Timbales are a popular French starter so I created these Summer Salmon Timbales. Our French neighbours came for dinner this week and I thought I would ease them in with something familiar before I served the main course. I made a chicken tikka masala, a good old British classic. I have yet to see an Indian restaurant […]

Garlic and Tarragon Potato Salad

This garlic and tarragon potato salad is an easy side dish for summer which can be made ahead of time. it is best served at room temperature.

This Garlic and Tarragon Potato Salad is definitely a family favourite and it’s even better when  the potatoes are from the garden. You may find this hard to believe but new potatoes are almost the same price as fresh cod here in France! Yes, it’s definitely something we have to grow here. For this potato salad there […]

Tzatziki

This is an quick and easy version of Tzatziki using grated cucumber, fresh mint, and crème fraîche which is perfect as a dip or simple smeared onto bread.

Tzatziki. When it’s hot  and cucumbers are plentiful you just need five minutes to make my quick version of Tzatziki. This is so refreshing as a dip, spread on bread, dolloped onto potatoes or served with grilled meat or fish. In fact you can put it with anything!  

Warm Duck and Pineapple Salad

Warm duck salad with a lemon and lime dressing. Slow roasted duck legs andt, griddled fresh pineapple and combines with cucumber and mixed salad leaves.

This warm duck salad with griddled pineapple is perfect for hot summer evenings. Should I add that this is really easy? Once the duck is in the oven the dressing takes a few minutes. When the duck is cooked there is no panic for everything to be hot so sit back and relax…  

Tomato, Feta and Oregano Salad

Small tomatoes mixed with fresh oregano, olive oil, red onion and topped with crumbled feta. This makes a simple salad that's big on flavour.

This tomato, feta and oregano salad is one of my accidental hybrids. I saw these tomatoes in the supermarket and I was seduced. It was a bit like seeing a  beautiful pair of shoes and having to have them, although I can’t ever see me wearing posh shoes on a 5k dog yomp!

Rocket and Walnut Pesto Pasta

Easy to make basil and walnut pesto stirred into pasta and combined with rocket, Parmesan and chopped walnuts for a delicious hot or cold dish.

My walnut pesto pasta is really easy to make and can be used in any pasta dish. Slip in a few rocket leaves and some  walnuts and you have the perfect pasta salad for barbecues, a quick vegetarian supper or a tasty  topping for tomatoes. This is one of my family’s favourite dishes and they […]