Lavender Crème Brûlée

Lavender Crème Brûlée. A crisp, caramelised sugar topping a lavender infused cream baked custard. This dessert is easier than you think!

Lavender  Crème Brûlée. We were invited to our French neighbour’s for dinner and Madame served an exquisite  crème brûlée that was flavoured with lavender. They had been staying with friends in Provence recently and visiting the lavender fields and perfume factories in Grasse. Inspired, she had returned with lavender oil and lots of dried lavender. I […]

French Ploughman’s

French Ploughman's. Here's my take on a British classic using goat cheese, duck confit, smoked duck, cornichons & red onion chutney for a starter or lunch.

French Ploughman’s. Have you heard of a  Ploughman’s lunch? From what I understand and remember it was one of the first meals that pubs served before the rather greasy offering of chicken in the basket and the the more modern gastro-pubs. Typically it would consist of great doorsteps of bread, a hunk of cheddar some pickled […]

Cherry Clafoutis

Cherry Clafoutis. A classic French dessert of fresh cherries baked in a buttery batter and best served warm.

Cherry Clafoutis. We are lucky enough to have two gorgeous cherry trees and normally I make a cherry crumble as the cherries make a delicious sauce. Of course, who can resist the buttery crumble on top? That’s my problem. If I make a crumble I simply can’t rest until the whole thing is eaten. I […]

French Roasted Chicken

French Roasted Chicken. Have you ever wondered how to cook French chicken? Head over to my post at The Nut Butter Hub to find out.

French Roasted Chicken. Have you ever seen the huge array of poultry at a French market or supermarket and wondered why it is so expensive? And, if you buy a bird would you know how to cook it? Today I’m over at  The Nut Butter Hub today sharing a  guest post about  my French Roasted Chicken. […]

Duck Terrine with Asparagus

Duck Terrine with Asparagus. Layers of pork mince,liver, duck fillets and asparagus are all wrapped up in streaky bacon for a delicious starter.

Duck Terrine with Asparagus. Have you ever been wanted to make a terrine but thought it looked too difficult?  I’ve never been keen on really complicated dishes but many years ago I realised that a  terrine is really just a question of assembly, putting in the oven, cooling and slicing. I usually make a game […]

French Bread and Butter Pudding

French Bread and Butter Pudding. Sweetened French bread is buttered and strewn with hazelnuts and plain chocolate and then baked in a custard.

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. This is a simple soup, ready in 15 minutes with only a handful of ingredients but is packed full of taste.

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

Pork Rillettes. A classic French dish that is easy to make, makes a great gift, is very cheap to make and lasts 6 weeks in the fridge if it's unopened.

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. Here's a classic French beef bourguignon with red wine and shallots slow cooked in the oven or crockpot.

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 […]