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 […]

Guinea Fowl with Chestnuts and Bacon

Guinea Fowl with Chestnuts and Bacon. Here's a really tasty and hearty casserole for the winter.

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 […]

Mediterranean Roll-Ups

Mediterranean roll-ups. Slices of aubergine and courgette smeared with pesto and ricotta and baked in a tomato sauce with a mozzarella topping.

These Mediterranean Roll-ups make  a tasty vegetarian supper. Long slices of aubergine and courgette are smeared with ricotta and basil pesto, rolled up and baked in a rich tomato sauce with a mozzarella and basil topping. Perfect served with some crusty bread! This dish takes a little time but it’s not difficult and can be made […]

Slow Roast Belly Pork with Chilli and Fennel

Here’s my latest recipe for belly pork. We are in the midst of pre-Christmas madness here but, of course, most French people are still chilled and the supermarkets are still fairly quiet! It’s a long way from standing in a queue for hours in Sainsbury’s watching everyone heave huge trolleys around, getting more and more […]