Spicy French Beans with Chilli and Cumin

Spicy French Beans with Chilli and Cumin. French beans or haricot verts blanched thin quickly stir fried with cumin and chilli and tossed with lemon.

Spicy French Beans with Chilli and Cumin. You should know by now that at Chez Le Reve Francais Saturday night is curry night right? This usually involves a rice dish along with a main dish and occasionally my Naan Bread. We all love this combination but we are trying to incorporate more vegetables into our diet […]

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 […]

Wild Mushroom Risotto

Wild Mushroom Risotto is simple to make and flavoured with Parmesan and chives. For this recipe I used girolle mushrooms but any mushroom will work.

Wild Mushroom Risotto. If I’m cooking just for myself I often have a vegetarian dish and that normally involves mushrooms. Often I would just cook some pasta, fry some sliced chestnut mushrooms in butter, add some garlic and tarragon then finish with a dollop of creme fraiche. However,  where I live in rural France the […]

Fat-Free Potato and Leek Soup

Potato and Leek Soup is simple to make, fat-free, gluten-free and is very economical to make. It's easy to add a dollop of creme fraiche or blue cheese too.

Potato and Leek Soup. It’s the time of year to buy leeks in France and whether they are slathered in cheese sauce, sauteed with butter and lemon or roasted in the oven , they are a firm family favourite so we buy them every week. It’s also soup season and, rather than make my normal […]

French Buckwheat Galettes

French Buckwheat galettes are gluten free pancakes filled with egg, cheese and ham for a tasty breakfast or lunch.

French Buckwheat Galettes. Have you tried buckwheat? It’s not an everyday grocery item in the UK but it’s really easy to buy in France. In fact, I didn’t know it was buckwheat as the label says it’s 100% Blé Noir, or Farine de Sarrasin, so I just thought it was unrefined wheatflour. Now I realise that […]

Roast Cod with Basil Mousseline Sauce

Cod on a bed of spinach simply roasted in the oven and served with a Mousseline sauce which is flavoured with basil.

Roast Cod with Basil Mousseline Sauce. I’ve been making this Mousseline sauce for over  twenty years and I can assure you, if you were subjected to a boil in the bag fish portion with a dodgy parsley sauce as a child, this is totally different. A Mousseline sauce is a daughter sauce of a Hollandaise […]

Mediterranean Roll-Ups

Mediterranean roll-ups. Slices of aubergine and courgette smeared with pesto and ricotta and baked in a tomato sauce with a mozzarella topping.

These Mediterranean Roll-ups make  a tasty vegetarian supper. Long slices of aubergine and courgette are smeared with ricotta and basil pesto, rolled up and baked in a rich tomato sauce with a mozzarella and basil topping. Perfect served with some crusty bread! This dish takes a little time but it’s not difficult and can be made […]