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!  

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!

Rocket and Walnut Pesto Pasta

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.

My walnut pesto pasta is really easy to make and can be used in any pasta dish. Slip in a few rocket leaves and some  walnuts and you have the perfect pasta salad for barbecues, a quick vegetarian supper or a tasty  topping for tomatoes. This is one of my family’s favourite dishes and they […]

Mango and Mint Tabbouleh

Make mango and mint tabbouleh with peppers and onion.This simple dish is the perfect accompaniment to a barbecue in Summer.

Mango and Mint Tabbouleh is a cool accompaniment for summer dishes when it’s hot outside. It’s easy to make and you can add any other vegetables you like. It goes well with barbecued meats or you could just add in some chopped cooked chicken for a quick lunch.

Roasted Garlic Mayonnaise

Roasted Garlic Mayonnaise is one of my favourites but it’s often sold in a small jar with a large price! I often make my own mayonnaise so I thought I would making my own. This is a really easy recipe, which is great for the coming barbecue season. We have been barbecuing for the last month, although […]