Lemon Meringue Cheesecake

Lemon Meringue Cheesecake. This combines a no bake, no gelatin, lemon cheescake made with a speculoos crust and a meringue top.

Lemon Meringue Cheesecake. I love desserts but they are often complicated to make. When I’m entertaining the last thing I want to do is risk a disaster, and believe me it happens. Cream in France is notoriously tricky and last year I made a Pavlova and watched as the cream just slid out from between […]

Frugal French Pantry August 2017

This month the focus is on frugal barbecue recipes with Bourbon Ribs, Lemon Chicken Brochettes, Thai Fish Burgers and Sticky Chicken wings.

Frugal French Pantry August 2017. Are you a savvy shopper? I’m naturally frugal when it comes to food so I’m happy to buy the cheaper frozen fish and any meat that is reduced ready to pop into the freezer for a later time. Typically, in August in France, it is barbecue weather so for my […]

Frugal French Pantry July 2017

Easy to make basil and walnut pesto stirred into pasta and combined with rocket, Parmesan and chopped walnuts for a delicious hot or cold dish.

Frugal French Pantry July 2017. What is this all about?  Well, I live in Deux Sevres which is the northern region of the new department ‘Nouvelle Aquitaine’ in Western France. We have a magazine which is aimed at holidaymakers and English speakers called The Deux Sevres Monthly. It’s a great way to find out what is […]

Seafood Paella

Seafood Paella. Clams and mussels cooked in white wine and garlic are added to rice, chorizo, prawns and asparagus for a great sharing dish.

Seafood Paella. I’ve always loved seafood, especially shellfish. I’ve been making my version of Paella ever since we used to holiday in Majorca many years ago. Sometimes I make it with chicken and prawns with peppers but, now that I have discovered that clams are cheaper than mussels here, this seafood paella is my favourite. […]

Linguine with Prawns and Asparagus

Linguine with Prawns and Asparagus. A simple but delicious combination of asparagus, garlic, lemon juice and white wine combined with linguine.

Linguine with Prawns and Asparagus. What can I say? Many of my latest recipes seem to feature asparagus and here is yet another one but when it’s not in season French green beans work really well too. I always keep a stash of raw prawns in the freezer but you could equally make this dish […]

Roasted Asparagus Tart

Roasted Asparagus Tart. Oven roasted asparagus and vine tomatoes are layered on pesto covered puff pastry before being covered with mozzarella and baked.

Roasted Asparagus Tart. Did you know that this week is National Vegetarian Week in the UK? The aim is to encourage people to eat more vegetarian food and they have lots of great recipes here. Here in France it would be a shame not to make the most of asparagus season as it seems so short. […]

Pesto Chicken Club Bowl

Pesto Chicken Club Bowl. Chicken breast fried in pesto, sliced and served with hummus, salad, boiled eggs, avocado, bacon and croutons.

Pesto Chicken Club Bowl.  We’ve all heard of a Bliss Bowl, a Buddha Bowl, a Poke Bowl and a Smoothie Bowl, so what is a Club Bowl? My family love having dinners served in large bowls like my Raisukaree so when I suggested a Buddha Bowl the response went along the lines of, ‘Mmmm pretty. Where’s the […]

Hummus with Coriander Pesto

Hummus made with garlic, chickpeas, lemon and tahini and drizzled with homemade coriander and walnut pesto.

I love hummus and in the UK there was a huge array of dips in the supermarkets and at least five types of hummus, of which coriander was my favourite. Can’t you tell? I use it a lot! When we first bought our house here, nearly seven years ago, the supermarkets didn’t seem to stock […]

Caprese Tart

Make this simple Caprese tart in 30 minutes with tomatoes, mozzarella, fresh basil and shop bought puff pastry for a delicious vegetarian dish.

This  Caprese Tart is one of my favourite creations this year as it always goes down well. In Summer our guest season is in full swing so it’s great to have an easy vegetarian dish that also doubles as a side dish. Serve this Caprese Tart warm with salads like Coleslaw for lunch or cold for a […]

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 […]