With Oranges

Pear Chutney

Posted on: 8th Mar, 2014by frenchie

With an abundance of delicious sweet, juicy pears available from our new stallholder Richard of The Sugar Pear Co, I thought I needed to add new pear recipe to my repertoire. Apart from eating a pear whole as a snack, I often make the classic French pear, rocket, walnut and blue cheese salad with a […]

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Fig & Orange Jam

Posted on: 8th Mar, 2014by frenchie

Since the start of the fig season 3 or 4 weeks ago, stallholder Maureen has been at me to find this recipe which I used to make about 6 years ago. I’d totally forgotten about it. From memory I’d translated it from an old French cooking book. It’s a bit fiddly in that the process […]

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Orange Cake

Posted on: 7th Mar, 2014by frenchie

On Sunday night we had a family dinner to celebrate both my father’s and Mike’s birthdays which I had missed last week while in Paris. In a jetlagged state I made the main course and Mum baked the birthday cake for dessert. When she asked what Mike liked I remembered her orange cake that she […]

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Madeleines

Posted on: 7th Mar, 2014by frenchie

I’m not sure what happened last week but suddenly I had the urge to bake something. As I’ve mentioned before I’ve never been a baker. Emma and Frances had to be taught by my mother. Anyway I thought I’d have a try at madeleines because I like their seashell shape and they’re a perfect size […]

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Dried Fruit Compote

Dried Fruit Compote

Posted on: 7th Mar, 2014by frenchie

This week it’s one of our old La Cigale favourites which I’ve been making for years. I’m regularly asked for this recipe DRIED FRUIT COMPOTE. 
Serve it with a selection of French cheeses at the end of a meal instead of a dessert or alternatively make it your dessert and serve with whipped cream or mascarpone. […]

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Moroccan inspired Fish Cakes with carrot salad

Posted on: 6th Mar, 2014by frenchie

Last weekend our daughter Emma was here from Sydney. As we often do, she and I were talking about meals that we’d recently cooked. We’ve both been doing things with wedges of iceberg lettuce and of course fish. A few nights ago Emma made Thai fish balls which sounded really easy. Instead of a Thai […]

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Baked Monkfish with Saffron Sauce

Posted on: 6th Mar, 2014by frenchie

We’ve always enjoyed eating monkfish. Until the last few years it wasn’t widely known in NZ. We’ve probably had it more in France where it’s called ‘lotte’. The fish is quite ugly – if you’re looking for the whole fish is most likely to be sold without it’s head. Monkfish flesh is white and dense […]

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Chicken & Asparagus Salad

Posted on: 6th Mar, 2014by frenchie

While asparagus is in season we love to eat it nearly every day, sometimes simply steamed to accompany meat, fish or chicken and other times as part of a salad that’s the main course. This salad is one of those. It’s a way of using up leftover chicken but is best if you cook some […]

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Venison Osso Bucco

Venision Osso Bucco

Posted on: 5th Mar, 2014by frenchie

From now onwards as the weather gets cooler, our stallholder Deidre usually has packs of venison shin pieces which are great for slow cooked dishes – the meat is always meltingly tender. 

Ingredients: I allow 2-3 pieces of shin per person as they’re smallish. 1-2 chopped onions 2 sticks celery 1 diced carrot 3-4 slices […]

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Provencal Fish Soup

Provencal Seafood Soup

Posted on: 5th Mar, 2014by frenchie

This is a meal in itself. It has quickly become a favourite Sunday night dinner. Once you’ve made the base add whatever fish and shellfish that you like. The pastis is optional but it does add a depth to the flavour as it works with the fennel and is a true taste of Provence.  As […]

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