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 […]

Gammon with Bourbon Ginger Glaze

Gammon with Bourbon Ginger Glaze. Unsmoked gammon is first simmered then roasted with a sticky glaze of crushed pineapple, Bourbon and ginger marmalade.

Gammon with Bourbon Ginger Glaze. What is better than  a piece of gammon at an Easter or  Christmas get together? Do you remember those tins of ham in the 70’s that were the centrepiece of the family buffets?  My dad, the cook, always referred to it a ‘plastic ham’ and avoided it like the plague. He […]

Szechuan Salt & Pepper Prawns

Szechuan Salt & Pepper Prawns. Prawns dipped in flour with Szechuan spice, salt and pepper then baked in the oven rather than fried.

Szechuan Salt & Pepper Prawns.  Have you tried Szechuan pepper? The name is actually a misnomer as Szechuan pepper is not a pepper or chilli at all. It is a flower. If you haven’t tried it before the taste has a hint of citrus and there is a mild burning sensation. The flavour is nothing like chilli though […]

Coconut and Cardamom Chicken

Coconut and Cardamom chicken. This aromatic dish is full garlic, ginger, chilli, coriander, coconut and whole and ground cardamom.

Coconut and Cardamom Chicken. You can  probably guess that I love any Asian dish and on Saturdays we always have a curry as there is no such thing as an Indian takeway, let alone a delivery in rural France and my family demand it! I often refer to my curry bible, otherwise known as the Hairy […]

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 […]

Seared Scallops on Peas with Chorizo

Seared Scallops on Peas with Chorizo. Scallops on a minted pea puree with cubes of Chorizo then garnished with truffle oil.

Seared Scallops on Peas with Chorizo. In this house we are mad for scallops and mad for Chorizo so If I ever see scallops at a good price we have them for a treat. For this recipe it was my husband’s birthday dinner starter so he chose the ingredients. The previous week we had fish and […]

Chicken and Leek Pie

Chicken and Leek Pie. Melt in the mouth double crust pastry pie filled with chicken, leeks and bacon in a simple creamy sauce.

Chicken and Leek Pie. We still love a good British style pie here in France and as it’s ‘British Pie Week’ I thought I would share this recipe for one of our favourite pies. This chicken and leek pie includes freshly poached chicken and homemade pastry but this is an ideal recipe for using up […]

Crispy Miso Cod

Crispy Miso Cod. Fish and chips get a makeover with a marinade of miso, mirin, sherry, soy and rice vinegar before being dipped in flour and fried.

Crispy Miso Cod.  If you follow my recipes I’m sure that you know by now that I love anything Asian. However, shopping for ingredients in  rural France is  not so easy so I stocked up on Miso paste when I went back to the UK. Miso is  a fermented soybean paste and is the base […]

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 […]

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 […]