Frugal French Pantry August 2017

This month the focus is on frugal barbecue recipes with Bourbon Ribs, Lemon Chicken Brochettes, Thai Fish Burgers and Sticky Chicken wings.

Frugal French Pantry August 2017. Are you a savvy shopper? I’m naturally frugal when it comes to food so I’m happy to buy the cheaper frozen fish and any meat that is reduced ready to pop into the freezer for a later time. Typically, in August in France, it is barbecue weather so for my […]

Honey and Cumin Sweet Potato Fries

Honey and cumin roasted sweet potato fries are sweet and earthy. They make a great side dish in the summer for barbecues but why not eat them all year?

These honey and cumin sweet potato fries are so easy and delicious you could easily swap them for potato chips. I love sweet potatoes but, they are hugely expensive here in France, so next year they will definitely be one for the vegetable patch. Like parsnips and carrots they are naturally sweet and adding honey just accentuates […]

Sticky Chicken Wings

Sticky chicken wings with a barbecue flavoured glaze of ketchup, honey, soy and balsamic vinegar. Easy to do in the oven or on the barbecue.

Chicken Wings…who can resist? These Sticky Chicken Wings are perfect for summer eating. They are great served hot and in the unlikely event of having any leftover, they are great cold for a picnic. They can be cooked on the barbecue or in the oven with the sticky barbecue glaze and they are really easy […]

Sticky Bourbon Ribs

Here's a very simple recipe for slow roasting pork ribs and then covering them in a simple sticky Bourbon glaze. It's delicious!

Sticky Bourbon Ribs. One thing I love about France is the availability of ribs, In winter I can buy great slabs of pork belly with the ribs attached at a great price. I’m happy to wrestle with it so I usually chop them off and freeze them for the summer. Who can resist slow roasted […]

Chicken Caesar Burger

Here's a new take on Chicken Caesar salad by combining it with a giant Parmesan crouton or burger! Perfect food for a summer barbecue.

These Chicken Caesar Burgers are perfect ‘man grub’, especially when there is football on! This is another easy recipe that makes lots of dressing so you can slather it on the side salad or leave it for another day. The burger bun becomes one giant crispy Parmesan croûton….

Griddled Asparagus with Serrano

I really can’t resist  Griddled Asparagus with Serrano Ham. In France there seems to be quite a long season of the white asparagus, which just looks too anaemic to me, so when the green stuff finally arrives I buy loads of it! I used to boil it briefly or steam it but, with the dense stem […]

Chilli and Ginger Glazed Salmon

This Chilli and Ginger Glazed Salmon is a great dish for a barbecue. Forget boring burgers and try this really easy recipe. The marinade means that the fish keeps lovely and moist and you still get a great barbecue crispy crust on the outside.    

Coleslaw

Crisp, crunchy coleslaw with apples and walnuts. What could be better on the first day of Spring? The sun has been shining again and it was great to see three roe deer running through the fields this morning, knowing that the hunt was finished and that they and us were safe for a while. We […]

Christmas Apple Chutney

Here is an easy recipe for Christmas Apple Chutney. It’s packed full of Christmas flavours with apples, lemons, ginger and cinnamon. If it’s made now it will be ready to eat in December and will make a perfect gift for someone. Although I’m a massive fan of Christmas dinner I have to say that Boxing […]

Sizzling Summer Spatchcock Chicken

Spatchcock Chicken. It’s been a mad week here! We have a gîte with a full quota of guests, my son and his girlfriend staying in the house, 4 friends staying last night in a tent and my nephew arriving today. So my first thought of the day is wondering how many I am cooking for […]