Frugal French Pantry Christmas 2017

Frugal French Pantry Christmas 2017. Here is a selection of my favourite frugal celebration recipes including vegetarian, gifts and pies.

Frugal French Pantry Christmas 2017. With food prices rising you don’t need to splurge out on expensive prepared food or expensive joints. There are plenty of dishes to be made using foraged food, cupboard staples and cheaper cuts of meat. It’s time to delve into my Christmas selection box! All of these recipes feature on […]

Tarted Up Treacle Tart with Ginger and Pecans

Treacle Tart gets a festive makeover with the addition of ginger, lemon zest and chopped pecans. Delicious served warm with cream!

Treacle Tart. If someone asks me what my favourite dessert is it has to be a treacle tart. It has to be served warm and preferably with a large dollop of clotted cream. My husband has to have it with custard and my mum prefers ice cream. At this point I have to say that […]

Festive Nut Terrine (gluten free)

Lentils, chestnuts, hazelnuts and walnuts form the basis for this gluten free, vegetarian nut terrine that is also a great accompaniment for turkey.

Festive Nut Terrine. I was inspired to make this dish as I was asked if I would like to do two pages for The Frugal French Pantry December issue of the Deux Sevres Monthly magazine. Our outbuildings are crammed with boxes of walnuts, hazelnuts and chestnuts that we collect and use throughout the year and as […]

Edinburgh at Christmas

Edinburgh at Christmas. A visit to the castle, Christmas markets and a review of Ondine and Wedgewood restaurants.

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. […]

An English Christmas in France

This is our second official English Christmas in France after moving here in 2014 and it’s still very English. I know that if you move to another country it is customary to follow the culture and I think we are doing quite well but old habits die hard, so it’s difficult to give up a […]

Christmas Shortbread

So why is it Christmas shortbread? To me it’s Christmas shortbread as, growing up, the only time you could buy shortbread was at Christmas. Mostly it came in a circle where you were supposed to break off a portion. It never worked that way, you either had a massive bit or a pile of dust. […]

Mucky Mango Chutney

Mucky mango chutney. Sweet, spicy, sticky and tangy…who can resist this delicious home-made lime and mango chutney? I started making this by accident as I couldn’t buy mango chutney here in France and now, I have to say, I prefer this. The lime pickle in restaurants in the UK is too strong for me and […]

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 […]