Honey and Cumin Sweet Potato Fries

Honey and cumin roasted sweet potato fries are sweet and earthy. They make a great side dish in the summer for barbecues but why not eat them all year?

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 an easy side dish for summer which can be made ahead of time. it is best served at room temperature.

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

Lemon Chicken Brochettes or chicken thigh meat marinated in lemon and rosemary and threaded onto skewers with lemon which can be grilled or barbecued.

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

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 […]

Squid with Prawn and Crab

Squid tubes stuffed with cooked prawns, crab, coriander, garlic, ginger and chillies and then seared on a hot grill for a fantastic low fat dish.

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

This is an quick and easy version of Tzatziki using grated cucumber, fresh mint, and crème fraîche which is perfect as a dip or simple smeared onto bread.

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

Warm duck salad with a lemon and lime dressing. Slow roasted duck legs andt, griddled fresh pineapple and combines with cucumber and mixed salad leaves.

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

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 […]

Tomato, Feta and Oregano Salad

Small tomatoes mixed with fresh oregano, olive oil, red onion and topped with crumbled feta. This makes a simple salad that's big on flavour.

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!