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Provencal Chicken

Provencal Chicken

Posted on: 8th Mar, 2014by frenchie

Last week I remembered that I used to make this dish a lot and we’d always really enjoyed it. Somehow I’d forgotten about it. It’ll definitely be a favourite again. I’d describe the flavour combination as south of France mixed with a little French Moroccan. Ingredients and Method (for 6) The day before (or at […]

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Spicy Plum & Tomato Sauce

Posted on: 8th Mar, 2014by frenchie

Two Saturdays ago at our market, Murray of Heirloom Organix gave me a large bag of plums from their orchard and Dragon gave me some cooking tomatoes. I’d already done my fruit and vege shopping so we ended up with too much for us to get through. Our daughter Emma suggested I make sauce. We […]

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Oeufs Meurette – eggs in red wine sauce

Posted on: 8th Mar, 2014by frenchie

Thinking about our Burgundy region dinner next week reminded me of this dish which we first ate in Beaune in Burgundy many years ago – ‘oeufs meurette’ – eggs in red wine sauce. I used to make it regularly but somehow had forgotten about it. The sauce is also a delicious accompaniment to poached prawns. […]

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Gazpacho – Chilled Tomato Soup

Posted on: 8th Mar, 2014by frenchie

A favourite recipe for summer is gazpacho – chilled tomato soup. It’s great for lunch or as part of a meal for dinner. This year we’ve had an over abundance of tomatoes in the garden at home. I grew a type of Italian tomato from seed from the Franchi seed range that we sell. I’ve […]

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Bread & Butter Pickle

Posted on: 8th Mar, 2014by frenchie

This is a very old fashioned pickle that was one I used to make with a few additional spices.  I think the recipe must have originally come from my mother. Cucumbers and onions are the base. I’m growing several varieties of cucumbers so my pickle ended up a mix of apple and Lebanese. It doesn’t […]

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Quince Chutney

Posted on: 8th Mar, 2014by frenchie

I’m not quite sure why I’ve suddenly got into making jams and chutneys this year but I’ve now realised how easy it is. I simply make a list of the main ingredients – a fruit or vegetable, onions, 1-2 apples, cider vinegar and sugar and then list possible ingredients – various herbs and spices, garlic, […]

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Beef Carbonnade

Posted on: 7th Mar, 2014by frenchie

This is a rich oven-cooked stew of beef in beer, a favourite throughout the North of France. Our chef Lou has tweeked the traditional recipe slightly….so here we go…enjoy! Ingredients (serves 4): 30g butter 2-3 tablespoons oil 1kg lean beef rump or chunk steak, cubed 2 medium onions, diced 2 large carrots, diced 1 large […]

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Roasted Monkfish

Posted on: 6th Mar, 2014by frenchie

Last week a customer commented that she enjoyed cooking the fish tagine I did a couple of weeks ago because more hearty fish dishes are good during the winter and it’s often difficult to find them. That prompted me to come up with this recipe. I used monkfish because that’s what Jimmy had last week […]

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Poached Whole Salmon

Poached Whole Salmon or Trout

Posted on: 6th Mar, 2014by frenchie

As our product of the week is a fish poacher, here’s an easy but impressive recipe which is great for a whole salmon or trout (if you’re lucky enough to catch them). You can serve the fish warm or at room temperature. The salmon or trout always look good served on a large platter at […]

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Fish Tagine

Fish Tagine

Posted on: 6th Mar, 2014by frenchie

An easy tagine where you make the sauce well in advance (even keep some in the deep freezer) and when you’re nearly ready for dinner, simply heat the sauce and cook the fish for a few minutes. It’s done. I was prompted to make this last weekend by the fact that Jimmy had fantastic large […]

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