Mango and Mint Tabbouleh

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…

Pommes de Terre à la Dauphinoise for cheats!

Who doesn’t love a tasty Gratin Dauphinois? Well, even if it’s not everyone’s favourite, it is probably more popular than my chicken liver recipe! Now I love to cook Pommes de Terres à la Dauphinoise in the oven traditionally, especially when we have duck, but there isn’t always the time or the ingredients. This dish…

Champignons à La Crème

We had our lovely French neighbours over for a meal at the weekend. Last week had been crazy with all the visitors and then a change of guests on Saturday. Alex, my eldest and his girlfriend Jenn left on Saturday too, after we all spent a fabulous day at Futuroscope with my nephew and younger…

Seasonal Vegetable Frittata

Sometimes I plan a meal and feel sure that I will have enough left over for the following night. Unfortunately, each time I am disappointed and find myself raiding the fridge for possibilities. Of course, here in France, there always seems to be a Bank Holiday too and, of course, shorter opening hours so here…