French Ploughman’s

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. 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.  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…