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 […]

Twice Baked Stuffed Potatoes

Twice Baked Stuffed Potatoes. Baked potato mixed with onions, bacon, cheese, garlic, chives and creme fraiche stuffed in potato skins and baked.

Twice Baked Stuffed Potatoes. There’s something extremely comforting about a baked potato, although they were always referred to as potatoes in their jackets, when I was growing up. I remember this dish as an eighties thing as that was the time I started collecting recipe cards and stuffed potatoes was one of those free cards […]

Seafood Gratin

Seafood Gratin. Easy dish of poached salmon, cod and prawns topped with scalloped potatoes and cheese which is ready in under 30 minutes.

Seafood Gratin, otherwise known as fish pie! My experience of it in restaurants was a watery and waxy tasting sauce with flakes of fish topped with a ton of mashed potato. Needless to say it was never a favourite. Over the years I have developed my own version and I always make it with fish defrosted […]

Garlic and Tarragon Potato Salad

This garlic and tarragon potato salad is an easy side dish for summer which can be made ahead of time. it is best served at room temperature.

This Garlic and Tarragon Potato Salad is definitely a family favourite and it’s even better when  the potatoes are from the garden. You may find this hard to believe but new potatoes are almost the same price as fresh cod here in France! Yes, it’s definitely something we have to grow here. For this potato salad there […]

Loaded Potato Skins

Quick, easy loaded potato skins with cheese and bacon served with a crème fraîche and chive dip.

Who can resist loaded potato skins? My boys always enjoyed a trip to an American restaurant when they were young and I have been recreating items off the menu ever since as it was much cheaper than going out! Of course, in rural France there are no similar restaurants so it has to be a […]

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 […]