Ham and Cheese Palmiers

Ham and Cheese Palmiers. These deliciously crisp French biscuits are simple to do and perfect to serve to guests with drinks.

Ham and Cheese Palmiers. If you are having people over for drinks at any time, it’s always nice to offer something homemade rather than opening a packet of something shop bought.  Palmiers  have their origin in French Algeria , where themay be known as ‘pig’s ears’, due to their distinctive shape.         […]

French Buckwheat Galettes

French Buckwheat galettes are gluten free pancakes filled with egg, cheese and ham for a tasty breakfast or lunch.

French Buckwheat Galettes. Have you tried buckwheat? It’s not an everyday grocery item in the UK but it’s really easy to buy in France. In fact, I didn’t know it was buckwheat as the label says it’s 100% Blé Noir, or Farine de Sarrasin, so I just thought it was unrefined wheatflour. Now I realise that […]

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 […]

Cheese and Onion Potato Cakes

A quick side dish of cheese and onion potato cakes using leftover baked potatoes with parsley or coriander.

Cheese and Onion Potato Cakes. It may still be hot here in France in September, but I can’t help but think about the seasons changing and the type of dishes I’ll be cooking. All too soon we will be tucked up and eating inside in front of the log burner, rather than trying to find a […]

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 […]

Glam Cottage Pie

Glam cottage pie.  Cottage pie is the perfect comfort food for winter weather and, by adding a few extra ingredients, an ordinary weekday meal can become a bit more special. So here is my version of cottage pie that is really just for grown-ups!