Fish and Seafood


Herb Crusted Fish with Tomato Herb Salad

At the moment I have plenty of French tarragon growing in our garden so I’m using it as much as I can with other herbs which have finally started to grow quickly now that the weather is a bit warmer. On Sunday we bought home a piece of hapuku (my favourite) from our weekend fish […]

Posted on: 6th Dec, 2016by frenchie Read more

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Prawn Caesar Salad

I’d planned to cook the prawn part of this dish on the barbecue but on the weather was so windy and horrible that I didn’t feel like standing out in it so I cooked the prawns on my grill pan on the stove. I really like Caesar salads but am often disappointed. In my opinion, […]

Posted on: 28th Nov, 2016by frenchie Read more


Lime, Chilli and Lemongrass Coconut Mussels

Mussels make such a quick, easy and delicious meal. Sometimes I go through patches of forgetting how good they are. This is my current favourite mussel recipe with simple Asian flavours – lemongrass, lime, chilli and coriander. Jason always has fresh lemongrass stalks, coriander and chillis. He doesn’t always have kaffir lime leaves but he […]

Posted on: 22nd Nov, 2016by frenchie Read more


Poached Salmon and Asparagus

I love asparagus and we have it nearly every day while it’s in season. I might even try pickling some!! From now on Jason will have plenty of medium sized asparagus and every week or two the girls at Fresh Gardens will have their skinny asparagus. I always buy both. It’s so easy to make […]

Posted on: 4th Oct, 2016by frenchie Read more


Fish and Mussels with Braised Leeks

Last week on a shelf in my office tucked in a corner I found a bottle of Pineau de Charentes an aperitif made from Cognac and sweet unfermented grape juice from the Cognac region in France. It was on our wine list for a while but because it was unfamiliar we didn’t sell it well […]

Posted on: 5th Sep, 2016by frenchie Read more


Hapuku & Scallop Ceviche

Normally I’d think of ceviche as a summer dish but really felt like it a few days ago. The scallop season started recently and we’d already eaten them a few times very simply pan-fried and we felt like something different. As well, we had some very fresh hapuku available. So rather than cook both, I […]

Posted on: 15th Aug, 2016by frenchie Read more

recipe 8 june 2016

Pasta Paella

I don’t know why but I’ve never got round to making a pasta paella. Since the Middle Ages along Spain’s Mediterranean coast thin fideo noodles have been instead of short grain rice and combined with local seafood to create pasta paella. I was finally prompted into action after watching David Chang of Momofuku online. He […]

Posted on: 7th Jun, 2016by frenchie Read more


Chicken and Prawn Meatball Hotpot

When I started thinking about what this week’s recipe would be I had in mind a soup, something really comforting like chicken broth with the addition of chicken meatballs and vegetables – carrots, leeks, celery, spinach and more. Then on Sunday night we watched documentary about sake making in Japan. That made us want to […]

Posted on: 31st May, 2016by frenchie Read more

Thai green curry recipe

Thai Green Curry

At home we have fish at least 3-4 times a week and I like to cook it in lots of different ways. Below are 2 recipes. I love the fact that fish so versatile, light and quick to cook. One of our favourite fish meals at the moment is my version of a Thai green […]

Posted on: 10th May, 2016by frenchie Read more

Moroccan fish cakes

Moroccan Fish Cakes

Fish cakes are one of those family favourites that I make regularly at home. Most of the time I keep them very simply flavoured by adding finely grated carrot and onion and chopped coriander to finely minced fish. I usually serve them with an Asian style slaw or a grated kohlrabi salad. Sometimes I change […]

Posted on: 10th May, 2016by frenchie Read more