French Bread and Butter Pudding

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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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, 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. 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…

Guinea Fowl with Chestnuts and Bacon

Guinea Fowl with Chestnuts and Bacon. In France guinea fowl is readily available, even at the small supermarket in L’Absie so it’s not too posh here! In fact it is often eaten at Christmas as French people don’t do huge turkey dinners, preferring lots of courses. If you haven’t tried it before it is very similar…