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 […]

Tzatziki

This is an quick and easy version of Tzatziki using grated cucumber, fresh mint, and crème fraîche which is perfect as a dip or simple smeared onto bread.

Tzatziki. When it’s hot  and cucumbers are plentiful you just need five minutes to make my quick version of Tzatziki. This is so refreshing as a dip, spread on bread, dolloped onto potatoes or served with grilled meat or fish. In fact you can put it with anything!  

Sticky Bourbon Ribs

Here's a very simple recipe for slow roasting pork ribs and then covering them in a simple sticky Bourbon glaze. It's delicious!

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 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.

Salmon and Asparagus Frittata Bites

These Salmon and Asparagus Frittata Bites are perfect for summer entertaining such as a buffet or picnic as they taste great hot or cold. This recipe is easy and you could substitute spring onions, prawns or peas for a change along with some dill.  Dare I say it but these are low-carb too for anyone […]

Moules Marinière

My son is flying back to the UK today to spend some time with his brother for a couple of weeks. We are always looking for any excuse for good food so I asked him what he would like for a farewell dinner last night. Bearing in mind we are trying to be healthy I […]

Seasonal Vegetable Frittata

Sometimes I plan a meal and feel sure that I will have enough left over for the following night. Unfortunately, each time I am disappointed and find myself raiding the fridge for possibilities. Of course, here in France, there always seems to be a Bank Holiday too and, of course, shorter opening hours so here […]

Chicken with Tarragon and Juniper Berries

My favourite herb is tarragon. It goes in egg dishes, salmon and of course, chicken. I use it dried for the intensity of the flavour and sometimes fresh, as in this dish. I’m growing it in pots now, but if you want to do the same be sure to buy French Tarragon, not Russian. The […]

Tuscan Roast Pork

We are still in the grip of some seriously hot weather here. Yesterday it was 36 degrees! Now, I love the sun but it’s not ‘doing’ weather is it? My poor doggies only get up when they need a drink or to find a different cold spot on the tiles, so I really can’t be […]