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 […]

Lemon Meringue Cheesecake

Lemon Meringue Cheesecake. This combines a no bake, no gelatin, lemon cheescake made with a speculoos crust and a meringue top.

Lemon Meringue Cheesecake. I love desserts but they are often complicated to make. When I’m entertaining the last thing I want to do is risk a disaster, and believe me it happens. Cream in France is notoriously tricky and last year I made a Pavlova and watched as the cream just slid out from between […]

Chicken Thighs with Juniper Berries

Chicken Thighs with Juniper Berries. Juicy chicken thighs simmered with tarragon,stock, wine, juniper and creme fraiche for an easy one pot dinner.

Chicken Thighs with Juniper Berries. This recipe is a revamp of my Chicken with Tarragon and Juniper Berries which was  only my fourth recipe on the blog, back in July 2015. Can’t believe it’s been 2 years already! It was a real dinner party favourite for many years but, with chicken breasts becoming more expensive, I thought […]

Ricotta and Chocolate Cassatelles

Ricotta and Chocolate Cassatelles. Chocolate and ricotta is stuffed into dumpling sized pastry and deep fried for a delicious Italian speciality.

Ricotta and Chocolate Cassatelles. From fresh fish to delicious produce and soul warming desserts, Sicily is a foodies dream and we recently had the pleasure of immersing ourselves in it! Already great fans of Italy and its lovely produce, wine, seafood and time honoured recipes, we were excited to explore this mecca for foodies and […]

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. […]

Roasted Asparagus Tart

Roasted Asparagus Tart. Oven roasted asparagus and vine tomatoes are layered on pesto covered puff pastry before being covered with mozzarella and baked.

Roasted Asparagus Tart. Did you know that this week is National Vegetarian Week in the UK? The aim is to encourage people to eat more vegetarian food and they have lots of great recipes here. Here in France it would be a shame not to make the most of asparagus season as it seems so short. […]

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 […]