French Ploughman’s

French Ploughman's. Here's my take on a British classic using goat cheese, duck confit, smoked duck, cornichons & red onion chutney for a starter or lunch.

French Ploughman’s. Have you heard of a  Ploughman’s lunch? From what I understand and remember it was one of the first meals that pubs served before the rather greasy offering of chicken in the basket and the the more modern gastro-pubs. Typically it would consist of great doorsteps of bread, a hunk of cheddar some pickled […]

Cherry Clafoutis

Cherry Clafoutis. A classic French dessert of fresh cherries baked in a buttery batter and best served warm.

Cherry Clafoutis. We are lucky enough to have two gorgeous cherry trees and normally I make a cherry crumble as the cherries make a delicious sauce. Of course, who can resist the buttery crumble on top? That’s my problem. If I make a crumble I simply can’t rest until the whole thing is eaten. I […]

Honey Garlic Salmon

Honey Garlic Salmon. Delicious combination of butter, honey, garlic and lemon spread over salmon, baked and then grilled.

Honey Garlic Salmon. This is one of those dishes that once you have made it once you’ll want to make it again and again. I think it makes a beautiful dinner party dish or summer buffet and is quite simple enough to do on weeknights if you have some thawed frozen salmon fillets. There is […]

Frugal French Pantry July 2017

Easy to make basil and walnut pesto stirred into pasta and combined with rocket, Parmesan and chopped walnuts for a delicious hot or cold dish.

Frugal French Pantry July 2017. What is this all about?  Well, I live in Deux Sevres which is the northern region of the new department ‘Nouvelle Aquitaine’ in Western France. We have a magazine which is aimed at holidaymakers and English speakers called The Deux Sevres Monthly. It’s a great way to find out what is […]

Veggie Cheese Stromboli

Veggie Cheese Stromboli. Simple but delicious dish of pizza dough spread with olives, tomatoes and cheese then rolled up and baked.

Veggie Cheese Stromboli. #Guest Post# If there’s one thing I love, it would have to be a stromboli! You’ll be surprised that there is so much to know about the stromboli; it isn’t just an Italian wrap. But cutting to the chase, it’s a favorite dish I love to do, especially for potlucks and family […]

Baked Harissa Chicken

Baked Harissa Chicken. A simple one pot dish of chicken marinated in harissa and honey then roasted in the oven with peppers, onions and mushrooms.

Baked Harissa Chicken. Have you used harissa paste yet? I’ve yet to find it in supermarkets in France but then I am in the middle of nowhere! I bought my little jar of harissa paste from a UK trip and have been slathering it on all sorts but I think it best goes well with […]

Seafood Paella

Seafood Paella. Clams and mussels cooked in white wine and garlic are added to rice, chorizo, prawns and asparagus for a great sharing dish.

Seafood Paella. I’ve always loved seafood, especially shellfish. I’ve been making my version of Paella ever since we used to holiday in Majorca many years ago. Sometimes I make it with chicken and prawns with peppers but, now that I have discovered that clams are cheaper than mussels here, this seafood paella is my favourite. […]

Chicken Thighs with Juniper Berries

Chicken Thighs with Juniper Berries. Juicy chicken thighs simmered with tarragon,stock, wine, juniper and creme fraiche for an easy one pot dinner.

Chicken Thighs with Juniper Berries. This recipe is a revamp of my Chicken with Tarragon and Juniper Berries which was  only my fourth recipe on the blog, back in July 2015. Can’t believe it’s been 2 years already! It was a real dinner party favourite for many years but, with chicken breasts becoming more expensive, I thought […]

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. […]