Summer Salmon Timbales

These summer salmon timbales are light and delicate. Smoked and lightly cooked salmon with cucumber and avocado in a creamy dill and lemon dressing.

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

Pork mince, flavoured with Thai red curry paste, garlic, coriander and peanut butter and baked in filo moneybags tied with chives.

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

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 […]

Sticky Chicken Wings

Sticky chicken wings with a barbecue flavoured glaze of ketchup, honey, soy and balsamic vinegar. Easy to do in the oven or on the barbecue.

Chicken Wings…who can resist? 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 […]

Sticky Bourbon Ribs

Here's a very simple recipe for slow roasting pork ribs and then covering them in a simple sticky Bourbon glaze. It's delicious!

Sticky Bourbon Ribs. One thing I love about France is the availability of ribs, In winter I can buy great slabs of pork belly with the ribs attached at a great price. I’m happy to wrestle with it so I usually chop them off and freeze them for the summer. Who can resist slow roasted […]

Chicken Satay with Grilled Pineapple

Simply spiced chicken satay with coconut, peanut and chilli dipping sauce.

Chicken Satay.  Chunks of chicken marinated with chillies, ginger and spices, grilled and served with a peanut, coconut and chilli sauce. Simple to do and packed full of taste, so what could be better ? My version of chicken satay makes a great main course or starter and you can use the recipe with pork […]

Seared Tuna Niçoise Platter

A healthy dish of seared tuna Nicoise with lime and coriander served with a salad including asparagus, anchovies, black olives and hard-boiled eggs.

Seared Tuna Nicoise Platter.  How can you resist a beautiful piece of tuna cooked simply? This is a lower fat dish for summer which is easy to put together for casual dining. If your experience of tuna is of the canned variety then  you have to try this.

Salmon and Asparagus Frittata Bites

These Salmon and Asparagus Frittata Bites are perfect for summer entertaining such as a buffet or picnic as they taste great hot or cold. This recipe is easy and you could substitute spring onions, prawns or peas for a change along with some dill.  Dare I say it but these are low-carb too for anyone […]

Sushi

Sushi? Don’t mind if I do! We have the most amazing Asian buffet restaurant in Fontenay Le Comte where they have loads of Chinese Dishes, Sushi, fresh seafood and  an area where you can pick raw seafood, meat and vegetables and watch someone cook it all for you. Starters and dessert are included too and it’s […]

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 […]