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…

Fried Monkfish with Chorizo and Rosemary

Fried Monkfish with Chorizo and Rosemary. I often get inspired to cook from eating out and I love trying to recreate something I’ve eaten and then adding a little twist. It was actually my husband’s dinner  from a La Rochelle visit in the summer. The dish was roasted monkfish with Thyme. I’m not a massive fan of thyme,…

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…

Chicken with Lemon and Avocado Pasta Sauce

Chicken with Lemon and Avocado Pasta Sauce. If there is one thing I love it is avocados. Right from my first encounter in the eighties, when it was a starter of prawns in avocado boats, I have been hooked. Avocados are hastily followed by lemon. I often make lemon rice for our curry nights, always…

Seafood en Papillotte

Seafood en Papillotte. I make no excuses for the amount of seafood recipes I post. Living in western France, near to the coast, means that the shops do have a huge range of fish and shellfish to choose from. I’m sure that wherever you are from fish is still expensive, so as ever, I use frozen…