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Creamy Tarragon Sauce for Fish or Chicken

This year for the first time I’ve had success growing French tarragon particularly in our tiny garden at our beach place. I don’t why but this year it has flourished. So, in the last little while I’ve used tarragon a lot. Last night I made this sauce and spooned it over pan fried hapuku but […]

Posted on: 23rd Mar, 2017by frenchie Read more

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Japanese Style Soy Glazed Chicken Meatballs

  At least once a week I like to cook something with a Japanese feeling. Once you have the core ingredients which are available in most supermarkets it’s easy to make something quick and easy for dinner. For this recipe I’d intended to do my own chicken mince by buying chicken thighs and mincing them […]

Posted on: 16th Mar, 2017by frenchie Read more


Pan fried Pork with Cider, Mustard & Apple Sauce

Last night I was halfway through making this and thought it wasn’t going to work and that I’d be telling you this morning that there’d be no recipe this week. However it all came together in the end and tasted really good. It’s the sort of sauce that you can make to go with pan […]

Posted on: 9th Mar, 2017by frenchie Read more

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Easy Panko Crumbed Baked Chicken

This is such an easy recipe – something that you put together quickly at the end of the day – not a special dinner type of a dish but good for something quick and casual. The crumb mix on the chicken keeps it moist and juicy. I used whole chicken legs but drum sticks and/or […]

Posted on: 2nd Mar, 2017by frenchie Read more


Roasted Salmon Fillet

Last week Jason had American blood oranges for sale. I don’t usually buy imported oranges but I love blood oranges so bought a few. Years ago we used to stay in a small hotel on the hill above Prato in Italy. Every morning as soon as we sat down for breakfast we were served a […]

Posted on: 23rd Feb, 2017by frenchie Read more


Roasted Plums & Apricots with Almond Cream

While stone fruit continue to be plentiful I’m using them in lots of different dishes. In last week’s recipe I grilled nectarines for a salad and this week I’ve baked plums and apricots for a dessert. Peaches and nectarines would also work allowing extra cooking time because the fruit are usually larger. Eden Orchards who […]

Posted on: 15th Feb, 2017by frenchie Read more

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Grilled Nectarine and Rocket Salad

There’s finally lots of variety of summer stone fruit at our markets – nectarines, several varieties of peaches, apricots and plums. In the summer I like using nectarines and peaches in salads particularly when I’ve grilled them on the barbecue.   Last weekend I decided on a salad with grilled nectarines but I’m sure it […]

Posted on: 8th Feb, 2017by frenchie Read more

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Mushroom, Goats Cheese and Pea Bruschetta

  Ingredients:   I’ll leave the quantities to you Use a mixture of both fresh and dried mushrooms. Put a good handful of dried mushrooms in a bowl with warm water to re-hydrate them. Slice the fresh mushrooms and gently cook them in a pan with a little olive oil, 2-3 cloves of crushed garlic and […]

Posted on: 19th Jan, 2017by frenchie Read more

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Barbecued Chicken with Squash, Broccoli and Farro Salad

Like many of you, we’ve been cooking as many meals as possible on our barbecue. For me a whole butterflied chicken is always a favourite as I can marinate the chicken earlier in the day, then later, heat the barbecue, Mike puts the chicken in and after 45 minutes its done. Easy and the kitchen […]

Posted on: 12th Jan, 2017by frenchie Read more

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Barbecued Marinated Lamb with Farro & Mint Salad

Lamb is a favourite to cook on the barbecue and I know we’ll be doing that a lot over the summer. I either slowly cook it in a foil oven dish on a low heat for 4-5 hours until its falling apart or cook it reasonably quickly straight on the grill for about an hour […]

Posted on: 19th Dec, 2016by frenchie Read more