French Bread and Butter Pudding

French Bread and Butter Pudding. What could possibly be French about bread and butter pudding? Absolutely nothing! This is a typical English dish that I would never eat  growing up. To me, sliced white bread was meant for bacon sandwiches or cheese on toast; it certainly wasn’t pudding. Then I married a man who liked very…

Tarragon and Mushroom Soup

Tarragon and Mushroom Soup. I remember the first time I made mushroom soup was after I got married. I followed a recipe that consisted of sliced white mushrooms, flour to thicken and then stock and milk. It was nice, and for many years I made the same recipe. Then the shops started stocking chestnut mushrooms…

Pork Rillettes

Rillettes of Pork. If you are thinking about a last minute Christmas gift when visiting which won’t break the bank this is a great recipe. If you are unfamiliar with rillettes they are basically a dish of slow cooked pork or poultry in it’s own fat to make a tasty, unctuous spread.  My French friends give these…

Fried Monkfish with Chorizo and Rosemary

Fried Monkfish with Chorizo and Rosemary. I often get inspired to cook from eating out and I love trying to recreate something I’ve eaten and then adding a little twist. It was actually my husband’s dinner  from a La Rochelle visit in the summer. The dish was roasted monkfish with Thyme. I’m not a massive fan of thyme,…

Beef Bourguignon

Beef Bourguignon. This French classic dish is rich, unctuous  and really simple to do. I am still trying to understand the different  cuts of French beef, but  luckily it is clearly labelled ‘bourguignon’! It is a bit different from normal stewing or braising steak as it has a lot more connective tissue left on the meat. This tends…

Blanquette de la Mer

I got the inspiration for this recipe of Blanquette de la Mer from our regular visits to La Rochelle. I always have some sort of seafood when we go as it is always good value in the restaurants there. For a bit more information have a look at my previous post; Lunch in La Rochelle Lunch in La…

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…

Champignons à La Crème

We had our lovely French neighbours over for a meal at the weekend. Last week had been crazy with all the visitors and then a change of guests on Saturday. Alex, my eldest and his girlfriend Jenn left on Saturday too, after we all spent a fabulous day at Futuroscope with my nephew and younger…