Szechuan Salt & Pepper Prawns

Szechuan Salt & Pepper Prawns.  Have you tried Szechuan pepper? The name is actually a misnomer as Szechuan pepper is not a pepper or chilli at all. It is a flower. If you haven’t tried it before the taste has a hint of citrus and there is a mild burning sensation. The flavour is nothing like chilli though…

Seared Scallops on Peas with Chorizo

Seared Scallops on Peas with Chorizo. In this house we are mad for scallops and mad for Chorizo so If I ever see scallops at a good price we have them for a treat. For this recipe it was my husband’s birthday dinner starter so he chose the ingredients. The previous week we had fish and…

Tarragon and Mushroom Soup

Tarragon and Mushroom Soup. I remember the first time I made mushroom soup was after I got married. I followed a recipe that consisted of sliced white mushrooms, flour to thicken and then stock and milk. It was nice, and for many years I made the same recipe. Then the shops started stocking chestnut mushrooms…

Asian Pork Koftas

Asian Pork Koftas. This dish is embarrassingly easy and is lower in fat than you would expect. Of course, it is another accidental dish. We were having a tagine with leftover roast lamb and I was told that there was nowhere near enough to feed the family! Needing to reassure everyone that they wouldn’t starve I…

Pork Rillettes

Rillettes of Pork. If you are thinking about a last minute Christmas gift when visiting which won’t break the bank this is a great recipe. If you are unfamiliar with rillettes they are basically a dish of slow cooked pork or poultry in it’s own fat to make a tasty, unctuous spread.  My French friends give these…

Curried Pumpkin Soup

Curried Pumpkin Soup. My family love a good hearty soup but before moving to France there was no way you would have got them to eat pumpkin; it’s just not generally eaten in Britain. When we moved here I noticed that everyone has a little potager or vegetable garden and nearly everyone grows pumpkins. I have to…

Summer Salmon Timbales

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…

Pork and Peanut Moneybags

These pork and peanut moneybags are another product of leftovers! Rummaging around in the chest freezer, (it was cool,) I found some pork mince and in the fridge I had some leftover filo pastry. We normally have some sort of Asian dish on Saturday, but as new guests normally arrive on Saturday, it has been moved…

Loaded Potato Skins

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…

Sticky Chicken Wings

These Sticky Chicken Wings are perfect for summer eating. They are great served hot and in the unlikely event of having any leftover, they are great cold for a picnic. They can be cooked on the barbecue or in the oven with the sticky barbecue glaze and they are really easy to do with items…