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 […]

Hummus with Coriander Pesto

Hummus made with garlic, chickpeas, lemon and tahini and drizzled with homemade coriander and walnut pesto.

I love hummus and in the UK there was a huge array of dips in the supermarkets and at least five types of hummus, of which coriander was my favourite. Can’t you tell? I use it a lot! When we first bought our house here, nearly seven years ago, the supermarkets didn’t seem to stock […]

Strawberry Crumble

Strawberry Crumble sounds a bit odd doesn’t it? Being typically English I am always seduced by a tray of strawberries, artfully presented in a little wooden crate, even if it’s only a few weeks until my own strawberries will be ready. The trouble is that April has been fairly wet, not exactly the weather for sitting […]

Coleslaw

Crisp, crunchy coleslaw with apples and walnuts. What could be better on the first day of Spring? The sun has been shining again and it was great to see three roe deer running through the fields this morning, knowing that the hunt was finished and that they and us were safe for a while. We […]

Pumpkin Muffins with Coconut, Walnuts and Spices

So, who truthfully doesn’t like a naughty muffin? Well today is Halloween and it’s a gorgeous sunny day here in France with temperatures in the twenties! All the shops have been full of a huge range of pumpkins as opposed to the UK and they eat them rather than just carving them up. Earlier in […]