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Chicken Braised in Cider with Apples

Looking at what I had in the fridge and cupboards I decided to try out chicken and apples together thinking in seemed a very odd thing to do but that’s all I had available . Also we needed a way of using up the dry cider we had that I can no longer drink but […]

Posted on: 18th Oct, 2018by frenchie Read more


Chicken, Lemongrass and Chilli

Yet another easy recipe that doesn’t take too long. Emma, who now lives in Papua New Guinea, suggested it to me the other day as it’s one that she makes frequently. It has a slight Asian feel and can have quite a hot spicy taste to it. We made it because I’d bought free-range chicken […]

Posted on: 11th Oct, 2018by frenchie Read more


Slow-cooked Lamb Shanks

As well as my weekend visit to Arek’s fruit and vege stand another must-stop is Karapiro Meats for free-range beef, lamb, pork and/or chicken. I can never decide what to choose and, although winter has now passed, I bought amongst other things last weekend, lamb shanks. So, I made something which was slow-cooked but very […]

Posted on: 4th Oct, 2018by frenchie Read more

chicken & pesto

Chicken and Pesto

Every weekend I buy 2 little containers of fresh basil pesto from Cesare. We often just treat it as a dip, tossed through pasta or on crackers with a pre-drink drink. I’ve discovered it’s also great thickly spread over chicken Maryland pieces and baked in the oven. So good! You’ll see in the photo that […]

Posted on: 27th Sep, 2018by frenchie Read more

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Squid Rissotto

Every weekend I buy a few jars of different Sicilian things from Dario. I’m definitely hooked! All are excellent. Cuttlefish ink sauce was included in his latest shipment from Sicily so I bought some without knowing what I’d do with it. Later, remembering that I had some arborio rice and frozen squid tubes at home, […]

Posted on: 27th Sep, 2018by frenchie Read more

recipe Ribs, Rugby and Red Wine 2

Ribs, Rugby & Red Wine

Last weekend we were lucky enough to have Emma and Jeremy visiting from PNG. On Saturday I bought lamb ribs from Karapiro Meats as Jeremy, in particular, loves ribs and is a huge rugby fan. So, Emma decided we should have a meal together and watch the rugby at the same time. So, we called […]

Posted on: 20th Sep, 2018by frenchie Read more

yacon recipe

Yacón, Roquefort and Walnut Salad

  The yacón is an under ground tuberous root vegetable originally grown in South America in the Andes. It looks something like a large potato, grows like a Jerusalem artichoke, is crisp and sweetish in taste and is said to be a cross between early apples, watermelon and a touch of celery plus a little […]

Posted on: 17th Sep, 2018by frenchie Read more

lamb cutlets

Lamb with Fresh Herb Crust

Ingredients Lamb cutlets or a cut you choose 1 small red onion, peeled and roughly chopped or 2-3 shallots Fresh rosemary leaves stripped off a stalk of rosemary Fresh parsley including stalks, roughly chopped Fresh oregano leaves stripped off the stalks 3-4 fresh sage leaves 1-2 cloves of garlic, peeled and roughly chopped Bunch of […]

Posted on: 17th Sep, 2018by frenchie Read more

chx dish

Chicken with Spinach and Coriander Sauce

Ingredients for 4 4 Chicken Maryland pieces 1 bag of spinach leaves or 1 bunch of spinach, roughly chopped including stalks 1 large bunch of fresh coriander, roughly chopped including stalks 1 ½ tbsp miso 2-3 cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped ½ cup olive oil 1-2 tsps toasted sesame oil 1 large lemon ¼ […]

Posted on: 17th Sep, 2018by frenchie Read more


Slowcooked Lamb Shanks with Cannellini Beans

Last weekend I decided to buy lamb shanks from Karapiro Meats to slowly cook with plenty of vegetables from Areks stand and from Kylie of Fresh Gardens. This is all quiet easy (as usual) but make sure you add the tinned anchovies as they definitely add a special depth of flavour which makes this dish different.   Ingredients 4 […]

Posted on: 23rd Aug, 2018by frenchie Read more