Loaded Potato Skins

Quick, easy loaded potato skins with cheese and bacon served with a crème fraîche and chive dip.

Who can resist loaded potato skins? My boys always enjoyed a trip to an American restaurant when they were young and I have been recreating items off the menu ever since as it was much cheaper than going out! Of course, in rural France there are no similar restaurants so it has to be a […]

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 […]

Mango and Mint Tabbouleh

Make mango and mint tabbouleh with peppers and onion.This simple dish is the perfect accompaniment to a barbecue in Summer.

Mango and Mint Tabbouleh is a cool accompaniment for summer dishes when it’s hot outside. It’s easy to make and you can add any other vegetables you like. It goes well with barbecued meats or you could just add in some chopped cooked chicken for a quick lunch.

Griddled Asparagus with Serrano

I really can’t resist  Griddled Asparagus with Serrano Ham. In France there seems to be quite a long season of the white asparagus, which just looks too anaemic to me, so when the green stuff finally arrives I buy loads of it! I used to boil it briefly or steam it but, with the dense stem […]

Coleslaw

Crisp, crunchy coleslaw with apples and walnuts. What could be better on the first day of Spring? The sun has been shining again and it was great to see three roe deer running through the fields this morning, knowing that the hunt was finished and that they and us were safe for a while. We […]

Duck Spring Rolls

Here is my easy recipe for  Duck Spring Rolls to celebrate Chinese New Year. My son Will told me that I have to post this. His favourite restaurant dish is Chinese Lemon Chicken which I had to learn to recreate for him but he also loves these spring rolls. I have always loved Chinese food and […]

Quick Parmentier Potatoes

These quick Parmentier potatoes are great when you’ve piqued on roasties, wedges and everything else. The main thing here is speed because there is no peeling and the potatoes cook quickly in small chunks. With this dish you have great flavoured spuds in 20 minutes whilst you get on with grilling something. They are so […]

Pak Choi with Garlic and Ginger

I would like to tell you that I am up all night concocting new recipes and then spending all day perfecting them but I can’t because most of the time my recipes are based on looking at what I have hanging about and throwing it together. That’s how this recipe for pak choi, or bok […]

Posh Mash with Broccoli Greens

This sounds really simple. In fact, it is so easy I’m embarrassed! Here’s the story. It has been the first year of the vegetable patch in France and it has been amazing! I can’t take all the credit. My husband put up the greenhouse and made me some staging in 40 degree heat and my […]