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. […]

Roasted Winter Vegetables

Roasted Winter Vegetables. Here's a wicked mix of garlic, fennel, potatoes, onions, apples and carrots for an easy and tasty accompaniment to roast pork.

Roasted Winter Vegetables. Although I love cooking, preparing  a roast dinner often means hours in the kitchen peeling vegetables and I don’t always have the time or a willing kitchen assistant. We often have  belly pork  as we love the crackling and pork is normally sold in France with the skin removed. For me, I have […]

Curried Pumpkin Soup

Curried Pumpkin Soup enriched with coconut milk and dried coconut and flavoured with coriander, cumin and tamarind for a rich, warming, winter 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 […]

Mediterranean Roll-Ups

Mediterranean roll-ups. Slices of aubergine and courgette smeared with pesto and ricotta and baked in a tomato sauce with a mozzarella topping.

These Mediterranean Roll-ups make  a tasty vegetarian supper. Long slices of aubergine and courgette are smeared with ricotta and basil pesto, rolled up and baked in a rich tomato sauce with a mozzarella and basil topping. Perfect served with some crusty bread! This dish takes a little time but it’s not difficult and can be made […]

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 […]

Cheese and Onion Potato Cakes

A quick side dish of cheese and onion potato cakes using leftover baked potatoes with parsley or coriander.

Cheese and Onion Potato Cakes. It may still be hot here in France in September, but I can’t help but think about the seasons changing and the type of dishes I’ll be cooking. All too soon we will be tucked up and eating inside in front of the log burner, rather than trying to find a […]

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 […]

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 […]

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!