Maple Roasted Beetroot Salad

Sweet,soft, crunchy and tangy, this Maple Roasted Beetroot Salad has everything.With Roquefort cheese, walnuts and rocket with a maple syrup dressing.

Maple Roasted Beetroot Salad. One thing that is abundantly clear in France is that they eat according to the growing season and a popular vegetable is beetroot. I have to say that previously I wasn’t a fan. My main experience of beetroot as a child was pickled and, once it was on your plate it […]

Pesto Chicken Club Bowl

Pesto Chicken Club Bowl. Chicken breast fried in pesto, sliced and served with hummus, salad, boiled eggs, avocado, bacon and croutons.

Pesto Chicken Club Bowl.  We’ve all heard of a Bliss Bowl, a Buddha Bowl, a Poke Bowl and a Smoothie Bowl, so what is a Club Bowl? My family love having dinners served in large bowls like my Raisukaree so when I suggested a Buddha Bowl the response went along the lines of, ‘Mmmm pretty. Where’s the […]

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 […]

Warm Duck and Pineapple Salad

Warm duck salad with a lemon and lime dressing. Slow roasted duck legs andt, griddled fresh pineapple and combines with cucumber and mixed salad leaves.

This warm duck salad with griddled pineapple is perfect for hot summer evenings. Should I add that this is really easy? Once the duck is in the oven the dressing takes a few minutes. When the duck is cooked there is no panic for everything to be hot so sit back and relax…  

Tomato, Feta and Oregano Salad

Small tomatoes mixed with fresh oregano, olive oil, red onion and topped with crumbled feta. This makes a simple salad that's big on flavour.

This tomato, feta and oregano salad is one of my accidental hybrids. I saw these tomatoes in the supermarket and I was seduced. It was a bit like seeing a  beautiful pair of shoes and having to have them, although I can’t ever see me wearing posh shoes on a 5k dog yomp!

Chicken Caesar Burger

Here's a new take on Chicken Caesar salad by combining it with a giant Parmesan crouton or burger! Perfect food for a summer barbecue.

These Chicken Caesar Burgers are perfect ‘man grub’, especially when there is football on! This is another easy recipe that makes lots of dressing so you can slather it on the side salad or leave it for another day. The burger bun becomes one giant crispy Parmesan croûton….

Mango and Mint Tabbouleh

Make mango and mint tabbouleh with peppers and onion.This simple dish is the perfect accompaniment to a barbecue in Summer.

Mango and Mint Tabbouleh is a cool accompaniment for summer dishes when it’s hot outside. It’s easy to make and you can add any other vegetables you like. It goes well with barbecued meats or you could just add in some chopped cooked chicken for a quick lunch.

Seared Tuna Niçoise Platter

A healthy dish of seared tuna Nicoise with lime and coriander served with a salad including asparagus, anchovies, black olives and hard-boiled eggs.

Seared Tuna Nicoise Platter.  How can you resist a beautiful piece of tuna cooked simply? This is a lower fat dish for summer which is easy to put together for casual dining. If your experience of tuna is of the canned variety then  you have to try this.

Champignons à La Crème

Champignons aA La Creme. We had our lovely French neighbours over for a meal at the weekend. Last week had been crazy with all the visitors and then a change of guests on Saturday. Alex, my eldest and his girlfriend Jenn left on Saturday too, after we all spent a fabulous day at Futuroscope with […]