Frugal French Pantry September 2017

Frugal French Pantry September 2017. This month the focus is on takeaways: Prawn & Squid Noodles, Baked Tandoori, Vietnamese Pork & Cardamom Chicken.

The Frugal French Pantry  September 2017. The British people love their takeaways, although, more often than not these days you can just order and pay online and wait for someone to deliver it. Not so in France! We have a pizza van that comes to town once a week, but you still need to drive […]

Frugal French Pantry August 2017

This month the focus is on frugal barbecue recipes with Bourbon Ribs, Lemon Chicken Brochettes, Thai Fish Burgers and Sticky Chicken wings.

Frugal French Pantry August 2017. Are you a savvy shopper? I’m naturally frugal when it comes to food so I’m happy to buy the cheaper frozen fish and any meat that is reduced ready to pop into the freezer for a later time. Typically, in August in France, it is barbecue weather so for my […]

Frugal French Pantry July 2017

Easy to make basil and walnut pesto stirred into pasta and combined with rocket, Parmesan and chopped walnuts for a delicious hot or cold dish.

Frugal French Pantry July 2017. What is this all about?  Well, I live in Deux Sevres which is the northern region of the new department ‘Nouvelle Aquitaine’ in Western France. We have a magazine which is aimed at holidaymakers and English speakers called The Deux Sevres Monthly. It’s a great way to find out what is […]

Bisque

Steaming hot bisque with the kick of cayenne, my mouth is watering just thinking about it….This is definitely my husband’s favourite. There’s something really comforting about soup, especially with winter approaching. As a child I remember  having tomato soup on cold winter days and, if I felt ill, it had to be be chicken soup, […]

Steak and Kidney Pie

There’s nothing better when the leaves are falling from the trees and the nights are drawing in, than looking forward to a proper pie. Steak and kidney or ‘snake and pygmy’, as my dad always referred to it, is a real family frugal favourite. It’s frugal as I can buy the cheapest, toughest steak and […]

Preserved, Oven Dried Tomatoes

I used to be so organised. Well not anymore. I used to wear suits and heels to work. Well not any more….three quarter lengths and walking boots are more my thing. Back in the UK all the Christmas presents were bought and wrapped, with input from Father Christmas of course, by the end of September. […]

Pommes de Terre à la Dauphinoise for cheats!

Who doesn’t love a tasty Gratin Dauphinois? Well, even if it’s not everyone’s favourite, it is probably more popular than my chicken liver recipe! Now I love to cook Pommes de Terres à la Dauphinoise in the oven traditionally, especially when we have duck, but there isn’t always the time or the ingredients. This dish […]

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’ […]

Ten Tips for Frozen, Frugal Food!

Hello! As promised in my last post the next few posts will be full of frugal ideas. Before we know it we will be constantly reminded about Christmas. Unfortunately most of us will be working and wondering how we will find the time,  or the money, to be the perfect host  on a budget when […]

The Bed’s Not Wet! The Story of the New Roof for the Barn

The trials and tribulations of living in rural France after two years.

It’s been a hectic two weeks at Le Rêve as at long last we have a new roof! Although we have only lived here a year last June for the previous four years we came to the house throughout the year and always used to cross our fingers when it rained. Many nights we had […]