Chicken and Leek Pie

Chicken and Leek Pie. Melt in the mouth double crust pastry pie filled with chicken, leeks and bacon in a simple creamy sauce.

Chicken and Leek Pie. We still love a good British style pie here in France and as it’s ‘British Pie Week’ I thought I would share this recipe for one of our favourite pies. This chicken and leek pie includes freshly poached chicken and homemade pastry but this is an ideal recipe for using up […]

Twice Baked Stuffed Potatoes

Twice Baked Stuffed Potatoes. Baked potato mixed with onions, bacon, cheese, garlic, chives and creme fraiche stuffed in potato skins and baked.

Twice Baked Stuffed Potatoes. There’s something extremely comforting about a baked potato, although they were always referred to as potatoes in their jackets, when I was growing up. I remember this dish as an eighties thing as that was the time I started collecting recipe cards and stuffed potatoes was one of those free cards […]

French Yorkie Scramble

French Yorkie Scramble. Vamp up scrambled egg by making it the French way and serving it in a giant British Yorkshire pudding for a decadent breakfast.

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 […]

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 […]

Chicken and Bacon Ring

Chicken and Bacon Ring. An easy and versatile dish of chicken, bacon, cheese, onions and peppers baked in a tarragon mayonnaise.

This Chicken and Bacon Ring is really easy to make ahead and is delicious served hot or cold. It is a great way to use up some roast chicken and makes a filling family meal that is impressive enough for entertaining. And the best thing? It uses ready made croissant dough that keeps for ages in the […]

Loaded Potato Skins

Quick, easy loaded potato skins with cheese and bacon served with a crème fraîche and chive dip.

Who can resist loaded potato skins? My boys always enjoyed a trip to an American restaurant when they were young and I have been recreating items off the menu ever since as it was much cheaper than going out! Of course, in rural France there are no similar restaurants so it has to be a […]

Goat Cheese and Caramelised Onion Tart

This Goat Cheese and Caramelised Onion Tart is a really simple recipe that can easily be served as a vegetarian dish for entertaining or  as a simple supper with salad. As a cheat I always keep a round of all butter puff pastry in the fridge and if it’s good enough for one of my favourite […]

Chicken and Bacon Chowder

Chicken and Bacon Chowder. More usually a white chowder is traditionally a North American hearty soup typically served with seafood, especially clams according to its origins. Interestingly the word chowder may have come from the French word chaudière or cauldron but I’ve never seen it here in France!     Here is my very easy version of a chowder that works particularly […]

Foies de Volailles (chicken livers)

Growing up as a seventies child I wasn’t  aware that I was being brought up in a time of austerity. I remember the power cuts, but to me that just meant the excitement of lighting a candle! Everybody had a vegetable patch of some sort and weekends outings were often to a ‘pick your own’ […]