Crab Cakes

If you love crab then you are going to love these crab cakes which are flavoured with spring onion, ginger, chilli and coriander.  Over the years I have made different variations of crab cakes with a potato or white sauce base but these are easier to make and much lighter and fresher in taste. This…

How to Prepare Monkfish with Mustard Seeds

I can’t remember the first time I had monkfish but I think it was in a little hotel in Cromer, Norfolk with my Uncle, quite a few years ago now. Since then I have been recreating the same dish and thought I would try it out on my son, who came to stay at Christmas…

Lemon Drizzle Muffins

Everyone loves lemon drizzle cake so what could be better then this recipe for muffins? Lemony, sticky drizzle topping on fluffy, moist muffins….what could be better? My French friends really like receiving something homemade, and especially anything English, so I made these to thank one of my neighbours recently from my post: How to Shuck Oysters….

Confit de Canard or Duck Confit with Redcurrant sauce

Yes…..I’m going to be in trouble, big trouble! My long suffering husband has gone back to Blighty this week, leaving me home alone with two starving Weimaraners, (well that’s what they would have you believe), and my youngest son who loves his food. The trouble is that I only share recipes on my website that…

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’…

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…

Simple Saucey Steaks

Simple Saucey Steaks. My family love steak. We don’t have it often as it is expensive in France, as it is in the UK, so we reserve it for special occasions. When my son went back to the UK last week part of his last meal here was steak. We managed to get some tender…

Delicious Ducky Noodles

Duck has got to be my favourite meat. I nearly always pick duck if we go to a restaurant nearby (a rarity saved for birthdays!). I love it roasted, confit, curried,  in a salad or whatever else, I’m a huge fan. Unfortunately, it’s still an expensive meal so I’ve devised this dish which gives me…

Moules Marinière

My son is flying back to the UK today to spend some time with his brother for a couple of weeks. We are always looking for any excuse for good food so I asked him what he would like for a farewell dinner last night. Bearing in mind we are trying to be healthy I…

Spicy Stuffed Squid

This is another Virtuous dish. Can you guess that I am on a diet yet? It’s been hot for weeks here, regularly in the 30’s, so the good thing is that we haven’t wanted to eat much.  I absolutely love squid and have seen similar recipes on the television but they looked a bit complicated so…