Frugal French Pantry October 2017

Frugal French Pantry October 2017 is all about pies. Steak and Kidney, Cottage Pie, Chicken and Bacon Ring and Chicken and Leek pie will stick to your ribs!

The Frugal French Pantry October 2017. There is something very British about pies isn’t there? If you walk around the average French supermarket there won’t be a pie in sight. The closest you will get will be a quiche so, if you want comforting layers of meat covered in pastry for warming up on a […]

French Bread and Butter Pudding

French Bread and Butter Pudding. Sweetened French bread is buttered and strewn with hazelnuts and plain chocolate and then baked in a custard.

French Bread and Butter Pudding. What could possibly be French about bread and butter pudding? Absolutely nothing! This is a typical English dish that I would never eat  growing up. To me, sliced white bread was meant for bacon sandwiches or cheese on toast; it certainly wasn’t pudding. Then I married a man who liked very […]

Chicken and Leek Pie

Chicken and Leek Pie. Melt in the mouth double crust pastry pie filled with chicken, leeks and bacon in a simple creamy sauce.

Chicken and Leek Pie. We still love a good British style pie here in France and as it’s ‘British Pie Week’ I thought I would share this recipe for one of our favourite pies. This chicken and leek pie includes freshly poached chicken and homemade pastry but this is an ideal recipe for using up […]

Twisted Toad in the Hole

Twisted  Toad in the Hole. This is a proper winter dish, the sort of comfort food you need when it’s freezing cold outside and you need to warm up. Growing up, this dish was a regular in our house and it still is now. It’s a twisted toad in the hole because the batter contains bacon  and […]

Turkey Ballotine

Turkey Ballotine. An easy version of a French classic where the breast envelopes forcemeat with cranberries and chestnuts and the joint is wrapped in bacon.

Turkey Ballotine. Traditionally a ballotine is a French term for a boned poultry thigh which is then stuffed before cooking.In fact, the French seem to like stuffing most things and  you can often buy really good sausagemeat, or farcie with fresh herbs and seasonings.    I remember a horrendously complicated recipe involving deboning a whole turkey and stuffing it […]

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 […]

Asian Roast Chicken

Asian Roast Chicken. This is a one pot dinner where a chicken is stuffed with spices and cooked with potatoes and rice and a bucketful of turmeric.

Asian Roast Chicken. So you probably know by now that, although I’m British and living in France, I love all of the Asian flavours. Back in Britain we would visit our local Indian restaurant  and enjoy ordering off menu, they must have cringed when we walked in! The food was always fantastic, well priced and […]

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 […]

Seafood Gratin

Seafood Gratin. Easy dish of poached salmon, cod and prawns topped with scalloped potatoes and cheese which is ready in under 30 minutes.

Seafood Gratin, otherwise known as fish pie! My experience of it in restaurants was a watery and waxy tasting sauce with flakes of fish topped with a ton of mashed potato. Needless to say it was never a favourite. Over the years I have developed my own version and I always make it with fish defrosted […]

Beef Bourguignon

Beef Bourguignon. Here's a classic French beef bourguignon with red wine and shallots slow cooked in the oven or crockpot.

Beef Bourguignon. This French classic dish is rich, unctuous  and really simple to do. I am still trying to understand the different  cuts of French beef, but  luckily it is clearly labelled ‘bourguignon’! It is a bit different from normal stewing or braising steak as it has a lot more connective tissue left on the meat. This tends […]