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 […]

Roasted Tomato Soup with Garlic

Roasted Tomato Soup with Garlic. Tomatoes and garlic roasted in the oven then combined with stock to make a simple and delicious soup.

Roasted Tomato Soup with Garlic. The first thing I noticed when I moved to rural France is that many people grow their own vegetables. The earth here is like crumbled chocolate and everything seem to grow and grow. It’s easy to grow melons and peaches, which would be difficult where I used to live. Naturally […]

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 […]

Duck Terrine with Asparagus

Duck Terrine with Asparagus. Layers of pork mince,liver, duck fillets and asparagus are all wrapped up in streaky bacon for a delicious starter.

Duck Terrine with Asparagus. Have you ever been wanted to make a terrine but thought it looked too difficult?  I’ve never been keen on really complicated dishes but many years ago I realised that a  terrine is really just a question of assembly, putting in the oven, cooling and slicing. I usually make a game […]

Szechuan Salt & Pepper Prawns

Szechuan Salt & Pepper Prawns. Prawns dipped in flour with Szechuan spice, salt and pepper then baked in the oven rather than fried.

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. Scallops on a minted pea puree with cubes of Chorizo then garnished with truffle oil.

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. This is a simple soup, ready in 15 minutes with only a handful of ingredients but is packed full of taste.

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. Lean pork flavoured with ginger, coriander, garlic, peanut butter and chilli then griddled for a tasty treat.

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

Pork Rillettes. A classic French dish that is easy to make, makes a great gift, is very cheap to make and lasts 6 weeks in the fridge if it's unopened.

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 enriched with coconut milk and dried coconut and flavoured with coriander, cumin and tamarind for a rich, warming, winter 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 […]