Spicy French Beans with Chilli and Cumin

Spicy French Beans with Chilli and Cumin. French beans or haricot verts blanched thin quickly stir fried with cumin and chilli and tossed with lemon.

Spicy French Beans with Chilli and Cumin. You should know by now that at Chez Le Reve Francais Saturday night is curry night right? This usually involves a rice dish along with a main dish and occasionally my Naan Bread. We all love this combination but we are trying to incorporate more vegetables into our diet […]

Sesame Garlic Tofu

Sesame Garlic Tofu is a vegetarian dish that is packed full of flavour and cooked in under 10 minutes for a delicious and satisfying meal.

Sesame Garlic Tofu. I am definitely not a vegetarian but I do enjoy vegetarian dishes in an effort to eat a balanced diet. I like to think that I’m an adventurous eater but I’ve always had a problem with tofu. Perhaps it’s just that, in the dishes I’ve tried, it has always tasted so bland. […]

Festive Nut Terrine (gluten free)

Lentils, chestnuts, hazelnuts and walnuts form the basis for this gluten free, vegetarian nut terrine that is also a great accompaniment for turkey.

Festive Nut Terrine. I was inspired to make this dish as I was asked if I would like to do two pages for The Frugal French Pantry December issue of the Deux Sevres Monthly magazine. Our outbuildings are crammed with boxes of walnuts, hazelnuts and chestnuts that we collect and use throughout the year and as […]

Frugal French Pantry November 2017

For the Frugal French Pantry November 2017 it's frugal soups including Roasted Garlic & Tomato, Potato & Leek, Curried Pumpkin and Mushroom and Tarragon.

The Frugal French Pantry November 2017. For this month the focus for my frugal recipes for  the Deux Sevres Monthly magazine is soup. We are big soup eaters in this house as it’s filling and warming when we’ve been busy in the garden. Although we are not vegetarian we do love a vegetable soup and they are […]

Wild Mushroom Risotto

Wild Mushroom Risotto is simple to make and flavoured with Parmesan and chives. For this recipe I used girolle mushrooms but any mushroom will work.

Wild Mushroom Risotto. If I’m cooking just for myself I often have a vegetarian dish and that normally involves mushrooms. Often I would just cook some pasta, fry some sliced chestnut mushrooms in butter, add some garlic and tarragon then finish with a dollop of creme fraiche. However,  where I live in rural France the […]

Fat-Free Potato and Leek Soup

Potato and Leek Soup is simple to make, fat-free, gluten-free and is very economical to make. It's easy to add a dollop of creme fraiche or blue cheese too.

Potato and Leek Soup. It’s the time of year to buy leeks in France and whether they are slathered in cheese sauce, sauteed with butter and lemon or roasted in the oven , they are a firm family favourite so we buy them every week. It’s also soup season and, rather than make my normal […]

Maple Roasted Beetroot Salad

Sweet,soft, crunchy and tangy, this Maple Roasted Beetroot Salad has everything.With Roquefort cheese, walnuts and rocket with a maple syrup dressing.

Maple Roasted Beetroot Salad. One thing that is abundantly clear in France is that they eat according to the growing season and a popular vegetable is beetroot. I have to say that previously I wasn’t a fan. My main experience of beetroot as a child was pickled and, once it was on your plate it […]

Roasted Tomato Soup with Garlic

Roasted Tomato Soup with Garlic. Tomatoes and garlic roasted in the oven then combined with stock to make a simple and delicious soup.

Roasted Tomato Soup with Garlic. The first thing I noticed when I moved to rural France is that many people grow their own vegetables. The earth here is like crumbled chocolate and everything seem to grow and grow. It’s easy to grow melons and peaches, which would be difficult where I used to live. Naturally […]

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 […]