Honey and Cumin Sweet Potato Fries

These honey and cumin sweet potato fries are so easy and delicious you could easily swap them for potato chips. I love sweet potatoes but, they are hugely expensive here in France, so next year they will definitely be one for the vegetable patch. Like parsnips and carrots they are naturally sweet and adding honey just accentuates…

Garlic and Tarragon Potato Salad

This Garlic and Tarragon Potato Salad is definitely a family favourite and it’s even better when  the potatoes are from the garden. You may find this hard to believe but new potatoes are almost the same price as fresh cod here in France! Yes, it’s definitely something we have to grow here. For this potato salad there…

Lemon Chicken en Brochettes

This dish of lemon chicken en brochettes is really easy to do. Buying thigh meat is better value, juicier and tastier than boneless  chicken breast and leaving the skin on with a lemon marinade means that the chicken just melts in the mouth. The pieces of lemon baste the chicken without the need for added fat which…

Sticky Chicken Wings

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…

Squid with Prawn and Crab

I first posted  a recipe of stuffed squid  just over a year ago when I could normally only buy tiny tubes or huge lumps of giant encornets,  or squid, which would scare most epicureans! So, you wouldn’t be surprised to see me dancing in the aisles when I found frozen squid tubes about 20cm long. I had to revamp…

Tzatziki

Tzatziki. When it’s hot  and cucumbers are plentiful you just need five minutes to make my quick version of Tzatziki. This is so refreshing as a dip, spread on bread, dolloped onto potatoes or served with grilled meat or fish. In fact you can put it with anything!  

Warm Duck and Pineapple Salad

This warm duck salad with griddled pineapple is perfect for hot summer evenings. Should I add that this is really easy? Once the duck is in the oven the dressing takes a few minutes. When the duck is cooked there is no panic for everything to be hot so sit back and relax…  

Sticky Bourbon Ribs

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

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…

Tomato, Feta and Oregano Salad

This tomato, feta and oregano salad is one of my accidental hybrids. I saw these tomatoes in the supermarket and I was seduced. It was a bit like seeing a  beautiful pair of shoes and having to have them, although I can’t ever see me wearing posh shoes on a 5k dog yomp!