Nutty Chocolate Tiffin

Nutty Chocolate Tiffin. Is there anything better than sticky chocolate biscuit, almonds, hazelnuts, raisins and cranberries all smothered in a thick layer of milk and plain chocolate? Many years ago my best friend’s mum Lyn used to make some amazing cakes and sometimes I would be there when she was and my friend Michelle were…

Tandoori Chicken Bake

Tandoori Chicken Bake. I’ve always loved Tandoori chicken but hated the mess of the grill-pan afterwards, not to mention the leftover marinade that had to be binned because it had the raw meat juices in it. So what if you could have the same taste with  extra sauce and less clearing up? Here’s my solution with…

Asian Pork Koftas

Asian Pork Koftas. This dish is embarrassingly easy and is lower in fat than you would expect. Of course, it is another accidental dish. We were having a tagine with leftover roast lamb and I was told that there was nowhere near enough to feed the family! Needing to reassure everyone that they wouldn’t starve I…

Pork Rillettes

Rillettes of Pork. If you are thinking about a last minute Christmas gift when visiting which won’t break the bank this is a great recipe. If you are unfamiliar with rillettes they are basically a dish of slow cooked pork or poultry in it’s own fat to make a tasty, unctuous spread.  My French friends give these…

Salmon and Avocado Parcels

Salmon and Avocado Parcels. I love pastry! I love  the surprise of  cutting through a crisp shell and finding something soft and delicious inside but if I spent my time eating suet crust and all butter pastries I wouldn’t be able to keep up with Dex and Gray! What is the answer? For me it’s Brik, (brique)…

Honey and Cumin Sweet Potato Fries

These honey and cumin sweet potato fries are so easy and delicious you could easily swap them for potato chips. I love sweet potatoes but, they are hugely expensive here in France, so next year they will definitely be one for the vegetable patch. Like parsnips and carrots they are naturally sweet and adding honey just accentuates…

Sticky Bourbon Ribs

Sticky Bourbon Ribs. One thing I love about France is the availability of ribs, In winter I can buy great slabs of pork belly with the ribs attached at a great price. I’m happy to wrestle with it so I usually chop them off and freeze them for the summer. Who can resist slow roasted…

Chicken Satay with Grilled Pineapple

Chicken Satay.  Chunks of chicken marinated with chillies, ginger and spices, grilled and served with a peanut, coconut and chilli sauce. Simple to do and packed full of taste, so what could be better ? My version of chicken satay makes a great main course or starter and you can use the recipe with pork…

Tomato, Feta and Oregano Salad

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!

Mango and Mint Tabbouleh

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.