Ricotta and Chocolate Cassatelles

Ricotta and Chocolate Cassatelles. Chocolate and ricotta is stuffed into dumpling sized pastry and deep fried for a delicious Italian speciality.

Ricotta and Chocolate Cassatelles. From fresh fish to delicious produce and soul warming desserts, Sicily is a foodies dream and we recently had the pleasure of immersing ourselves in it! Already great fans of Italy and its lovely produce, wine, seafood and time honoured recipes, we were excited to explore this mecca for foodies and […]

French Roasted Chicken

French Roasted Chicken. Have you ever wondered how to cook French chicken? Head over to my post at The Nut Butter Hub to find out.

French Roasted Chicken. Have you ever seen the huge array of poultry at a French market or supermarket and wondered why it is so expensive? And, if you buy a bird would you know how to cook it? Today I’m over at  The Nut Butter Hub today sharing a  guest post about  my French Roasted Chicken. […]

Linguine with Prawns and Asparagus

Linguine with Prawns and Asparagus. A simple but delicious combination of asparagus, garlic, lemon juice and white wine combined with linguine.

Linguine with Prawns and Asparagus. What can I say? Many of my latest recipes seem to feature asparagus and here is yet another one but when it’s not in season French green beans work really well too. I always keep a stash of raw prawns in the freezer but you could equally make this dish […]

Roasted Asparagus Tart

Roasted Asparagus Tart. Oven roasted asparagus and vine tomatoes are layered on pesto covered puff pastry before being covered with mozzarella and baked.

Roasted Asparagus Tart. Did you know that this week is National Vegetarian Week in the UK? The aim is to encourage people to eat more vegetarian food and they have lots of great recipes here. Here in France it would be a shame not to make the most of asparagus season as it seems so short. […]

Blueberry Chia Dessert

Blueberry Chia Dessert. A healthy combination of superfood chia seeds with yoghurt and blueberries for a delicious breakfast or dessert.

Blueberry Chia Dessert. Have you heard of chia seeds? If you’re a fan of Pinterest and food you already know how easy it is to browse recipes and come across some completely new ingredients. I found chia in this way but couldn’t find it locally in France but you can buy online or easily get it in […]

Duck Terrine with Asparagus

Duck Terrine with Asparagus. Layers of pork mince,liver, duck fillets and asparagus are all wrapped up in streaky bacon for a delicious starter.

Duck Terrine with Asparagus. Have you ever been wanted to make a terrine but thought it looked too difficult?  I’ve never been keen on really complicated dishes but many years ago I realised that a  terrine is really just a question of assembly, putting in the oven, cooling and slicing. I usually make a game […]

Salmon Stuffed Shells

Salmon Stuffed Shells. Giant pasta shells filled with poached salmon and creme fraiche on a bed of cheese sauce then baked with broccoli and cheese.

Salmon Stuffed Shells. This post contains affiliate links. Pasta is always a comforting and satisfying meal but in the springtime I find that we don’t want a heavy lasagne  style dish and I often find myself using salmon or prawns. Although French people seem to love pasta I can’t seem to find the giant pasta shells. […]

Nutty Chocolate Tiffin

Nutty Chocolate Tiffin. No bake squares of chocolate, biscuit, dried fruit and nuts for the perfect tea break or just a sneaky snack.

Nutty Chocolate Tiffin. Is there anything better than sticky chocolate biscuit, almonds, hazelnuts, raisins and cranberries all smothered in a thick layer of milk and plain chocolate? Many years ago my best friend’s mum Lyn used to make some amazing cakes and sometimes I would be there when she was and my friend Michelle were […]

Gammon with Bourbon Ginger Glaze

Gammon with Bourbon Ginger Glaze. Unsmoked gammon is first simmered then roasted with a sticky glaze of crushed pineapple, Bourbon and ginger marmalade.

Gammon with Bourbon Ginger Glaze. What is better than  a piece of gammon at an Easter or  Christmas get together? Do you remember those tins of ham in the 70’s that were the centrepiece of the family buffets?  My dad, the cook, always referred to it a ‘plastic ham’ and avoided it like the plague. He […]

Szechuan Salt & Pepper Prawns

Szechuan Salt & Pepper Prawns. Prawns dipped in flour with Szechuan spice, salt and pepper then baked in the oven rather than fried.

Szechuan Salt & Pepper Prawns.  Have you tried Szechuan pepper? The name is actually a misnomer as Szechuan pepper is not a pepper or chilli at all. It is a flower. If you haven’t tried it before the taste has a hint of citrus and there is a mild burning sensation. The flavour is nothing like chilli though […]