Caramel Chocolate Tart

Caramel Chocolate Tart. I normally only eat desserts for special occasions and this caramel chocolate tart was planned for Christmas time but didn’t quite make it. Now we are nearly at Valentine’s Day and this tart would be perfect for a romantic meal but it would be equally good for any party as it will serve…

Chicken and Broccoli Pasta Bake

Chicken and Broccoli Pasta Bake  is really versatile. It’s one of those dishes where you can make it with leftover chicken, Chorizo or ham and add different vegetables depending on what you have in the fridge. Peppers and green beans go really well and frozen vegetables work too. You can eat it straightaway with just…

Tandoori Chicken Bake

Tandoori Chicken Bake. I’ve always loved Tandoori chicken but hated the mess of the grill-pan afterwards, not to mention the leftover marinade that had to be binned because it had the raw meat juices in it. So what if you could have the same taste with  extra sauce and less clearing up? Here’s my solution with…

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…

Asian Pork Koftas

Asian Pork Koftas. This dish is embarrassingly easy and is lower in fat than you would expect. Of course, it is another accidental dish. We were having a tagine with leftover roast lamb and I was told that there was nowhere near enough to feed the family! Needing to reassure everyone that they wouldn’t starve I…

Mozzarella Sausage Rolls or Mooing Pigs

Mooing Pigs or Mozzarella Sausage Rolls. No I haven’t gone mad. Every year at Christmas I make sausage rolls as my boys love them. They also love mozzarella so I had a dirty little thought. What if I could get mozzarella in the sausage rolls? Wouldn’t it all ooze out? Luckily my little experiment was a…

Season’s Greetings

Season’s Greetings. It’s time for me to wish everyone a Merry Christmas before I sign off for a few days. I’d like to thank all of my WordPress followers for all of their support, we all know how much it means when we pour our heart and soul into our posts! Your lovely comments keep…

French Yorkie Scramble

French Yorkie Scramble. Before I moved to France I was always amazed by the difference in the eggs as they are so yellow and creamy. Most people in the countryside have their own chickens and end up giving the eggs away and there is always a chicken  wandering in the road, which is not good…

Edinburgh at Christmas

Edinburgh at Christmas. A couple of weeks ago we went back to the UK for a shopping and road trip.I booked a three day trip to Edinburgh as we had never been and knew there was a Christmas market. Shopping and the lure of restaurants crammed full of seafood and game was too much to resist….

Pork Rillettes

Rillettes of Pork. If you are thinking about a last minute Christmas gift when visiting which won’t break the bank this is a great recipe. If you are unfamiliar with rillettes they are basically a dish of slow cooked pork or poultry in it’s own fat to make a tasty, unctuous spread.  My French friends give these…