Proper Homemade Crumpets

Proper home-made crumpets. Easy batter fried in butter for deliciously fresh crumpets ready to smother with your favourite toppings.

Crumpets. Growing up Sunday tea was as much an institution as Sunday lunch. It was the best day of the week for food as it involved  a yummy roast and then at tea time sandwiches or crumpets followed by cake. Of course, crumpets always came out of a packet in those days and it never occurred […]

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 […]

Slow Cooked Paprika Pork

Slow Cooked Paprika Pork. Tasty pork shoulder stewed with peppers, onions and pineapple in a smoked paprika tomato sauce.

Slow Cooked Paprika Pork. When it’s the time of year to get the slow cooker out it’s always good to try a new dish. For this recipe I decided to use pork shoulder as it’s economical and has plenty of flavour. Slow cooking the pork  makes it fork tender so it’s a great dish for […]

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 […]