Spicy French Beans with Chilli and Cumin

Spicy French Beans with Chilli and Cumin. French beans or haricot verts blanched thin quickly stir fried with cumin and chilli and tossed with lemon.

Spicy French Beans with Chilli and Cumin. You should know by now that at Chez Le Reve Francais Saturday night is curry night right? This usually involves a rice dish along with a main dish and occasionally my Naan Bread. We all love this combination but we are trying to incorporate more vegetables into our diet […]

Baked Eggs in Potatoes with Bacon

Baked Eggs in Potatoes with Bacon. Baked potatoes lined with bacon and egg and baked with cheese for a delicious breakfast or brunch treat.

Baked eggs in potatoes with bacon. When the weather is cold it’s time to make a hearty breakfast  or lunch. Here is an all in one breakfast dish that is gluten-free and can be prepared in advance so it’s perfect if you have guests and don’t want to be a slave in the kitchen trying […]

Wild Mushroom Risotto

Wild Mushroom Risotto is simple to make and flavoured with Parmesan and chives. For this recipe I used girolle mushrooms but any mushroom will work.

Wild Mushroom Risotto. If I’m cooking just for myself I often have a vegetarian dish and that normally involves mushrooms. Often I would just cook some pasta, fry some sliced chestnut mushrooms in butter, add some garlic and tarragon then finish with a dollop of creme fraiche. However,  where I live in rural France the […]

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 […]

Easy Fluffy Naan Bread

This Naan Bread is simple to make in a food mixer and no messy rolling out. Cooked in a hot pan, this bread is perfect for dipping in your favourite curry.

Easy Fluffy Naan Bread. Why is it easy? Well, it’s easy as it’s all made in a food mixer, left to prove in the same bowl, quickly shaped by hand and cooked in minutes in a non stick pan. This naan bread comes out soft and fluffy and you don’t need to get into a […]

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. […]

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 […]

Roasted Winter Vegetables

Roasted Winter Vegetables. Here's a wicked mix of garlic, fennel, potatoes, onions, apples and carrots for an easy and tasty accompaniment to roast pork.

Roasted Winter Vegetables. Although I love cooking, preparing  a roast dinner often means hours in the kitchen peeling vegetables and I don’t always have the time or a willing kitchen assistant. We often have  belly pork  as we love the crackling and pork is normally sold in France with the skin removed. For me, I have […]

Mediterranean Roll-Ups

Mediterranean roll-ups. Slices of aubergine and courgette smeared with pesto and ricotta and baked in a tomato sauce with a mozzarella topping.

These Mediterranean Roll-ups make  a tasty vegetarian supper. Long slices of aubergine and courgette are smeared with ricotta and basil pesto, rolled up and baked in a rich tomato sauce with a mozzarella and basil topping. Perfect served with some crusty bread! This dish takes a little time but it’s not difficult and can be made […]

Cheese and Onion Potato Cakes

A quick side dish of cheese and onion potato cakes using leftover baked potatoes with parsley or coriander.

Cheese and Onion Potato Cakes. It may still be hot here in France in September, but I can’t help but think about the seasons changing and the type of dishes I’ll be cooking. All too soon we will be tucked up and eating inside in front of the log burner, rather than trying to find a […]