With Chicken Stock

Duck Breasts with Fig and Port

Posted on: 5th Mar, 2014by frenchie

Duck breasts are easy to prepare and cook if you’re looking to something to impress. I really like having a sauce made with seasonal fruit to go with the duck. In summer it’s red berries and Cassis and it autumn fresh figs and Port.
This is a recipe I found in Williams and Sonoma ‘Paris’which was […]

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Duck a L'Orange

Duck à l’Orange

Posted on: 5th Mar, 2014by frenchie

This French classic is our most popular bistro dish. The acid in the orange sauce acts as a balance to the fat in the duck. I’ve done a little research and found that a recipe for wild ducklings with bigarade (bitter orange) sauce first appeared in a French cooking book in 1828. The recipe stated […]

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Poached Chicken with Tarragon Sauce

Poached Chicken with Tarragon Sauce

Posted on: 5th Mar, 2014by frenchie

The inspiration for this dish came from the one we ate at ‘Aux Lyonnais’ back in the 1980s. Poached chicken may sound a little but boring the sauce going with this is anything but boring – it’s delicate, full of flavour and easy. As well you’ll have a good chicken stock to keep and freeze […]

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Poached Chicken

Posted on: 5th Mar, 2014by frenchie

Poached chicken may sound a little but boring but I can assure you that the sauce going with this is anything but boring – it’s delicate, full of flavour and easy. You have the added advantage of making stock at the same time that can be frozen and used later. Ingredients: 1 Chicken 2 Carrots […]

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Cumin grilled Chicken with Risotto

Posted on: 5th Mar, 2014by frenchie

Whenever Mike and I demonstrate and sample this on Saturday or Sunday everyone raves. I think it’s because the chicken is always moist, well-flavoured by a few spices and has a slightly crispy skin scattered with cumin seeds. The creamy (in texture not by the addition of cream) risotto also flavoured with one or two […]

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Coq au Vin

Coq au Vin

Posted on: 5th Mar, 2014by frenchie

It’s thought to originate in Burgundy where cockerel was cooked in red wine, hence the name. I imagine the birds were large, several years old and needed to be slowly cooked for hours. This is one of my favourite meals as it’s flavoursome and quick. Ingredients (serves 4): 8 chicken thighs – skin on, bone […]

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Chicken with Leeks and Shitake Mushrooms

Posted on: 5th Mar, 2014by frenchie

I’m still finding it difficult to go passed Sally’s shitake mushrooms!  Each weekend I buy some from her stand at our Market and then wonder what to do with them. Last week I brought some free range chicken thighs from Deidre and some leeks and shallots from Jason. The following easy recipe is the result. […]

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Chicken Tagine with CousCous

Posted on: 5th Mar, 2014by frenchie

This is a really easy meal to prepare and is great to serve family or friends. Moroccan cuisine is influential all through France. Ingredients: 2-3 onions thinly sliced 2-3 crushed cloves of garlic Chicken Pieces – I use “Maryland” piece – ie the whole leg and thigh About 500g Peeled potatoes cut into halves or […]

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Chicken & Asparagus Salad

Posted on: 5th Mar, 2014by frenchie

This makes an ideal lunch or light dinner meal. I use quinoa here but it will work just as well with rice, Israeli couscous or orzo. As usual this came about from thinking about what to do with the various ingredients I’d bought from stallholders and what’s in our small garden. Last weekend to make […]

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Pork Belly in Saffron

Pork Belly in saffron and almond sauce

Posted on: 13th Feb, 2014by frenchie

It’s difficult to take a photo of this dish but I can assure you it tastes much much better than it looks. It’s another easy Spanish inspired recipe. The sauce would work equally well with chicken pieces or even a firm meaty fish such as monkfish. I bought the pork belly from Churchill Meats. It […]

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