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Chicken & Chorizo

The other night we felt like something slow cooked and ended up with a chicken and chorizo dish which we served on a bed of pureed white beans. It was absolutely delicious. If you don’t feel like beans serve with creamy mash potatoes.   Ingredients for 4: 8 chicken pieces – preferably thigh cutlets with bones in 2 […]

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


Tonkatsu Sandwich

Back in the 1980s when we spent 3-4 weeks a year in Osaka on ragtrade business, we usually worked through lunch with one supplier. When asked what we’d like them to order in, we always asked for pork sandwiches which we now realise are the tonkatsu sandwiches that the world now seems to be hooked […]

Posted on: 22nd Sep, 2017by frenchie Read more

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Vegetable Tagine

This week’s recipe is vegetarian but is also works really well as a base to which you could add pieces of chicken or fish instead of a selection of vegetables. I realise as I’m writing this that I hadn’t noted any quantities as I cooked this the other day. It doesn’t matter though, its not […]

Posted on: 14th Sep, 2017by frenchie Read more


Provencal Chicken

We’ve been away for a few days which has meant I haven’t been around to come up with any new recipes. So, wondering what I was going to do in this slot today, Frances suggested I make Provencal Chicken which David Lebovitz published in his blog earlier this week. Last night I made my version […]

Posted on: 31st Aug, 2017by frenchie Read more


Pan-fried John Dory with Leek Curry Sauce

The other day I was looking for a particular cook book amongst my many books and found ‘Sauces’ by Michel Roux amongst them. It was published about 20 years ago and I used it from time to time over the years particularly for classic sauces.   I got distracted from my original mission of looking […]

Posted on: 24th Aug, 2017by frenchie Read more

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Superfoods Salad

From our markets every weekend I always buy carrots, courgettes, kale, spinach, cucumbers, spring onions, daikon, radishes, microgreens, lots of herbs, red onions, rocket and more. I use various combinations of these in salads usually adding toasted seeds and/or nuts. So, come up with your own mix. This is our salad from last night. I […]

Posted on: 17th Aug, 2017by frenchie Read more

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Bulgar Wheat Salad

This winter I’ve made lots of different salads and this is of my favourites at the moment. Last Sunday Jason had a large pile of bunches of mint and coriander selling for only $2.50 bunch. Although I grow mint, these bunches looked so fresh I had to buy some which was, of course, too much! So, […]

Posted on: 17th Aug, 2017by frenchie Read more


Easy Chicken Curry

If you’re looking for something quick to make for dinner this chicken curry fits the bill. I used chicken breasts but boned thighs would be just as good. The apricots are optional but I like to have them in as they add a little sweetness. Make this as mild or as hot as you like […]

Posted on: 10th Aug, 2017by frenchie Read more


Seared Eye Fillet with mushroom sauce

We’re not big meat eaters so when we have meat it’s usually a small piece. It must have great quality and flavour. Having Karapiro Meats as a new stallholder has meant that I’m assured of that when I buy their meat. Their beef and lamb, direct from Ryan’s family farm in the Waikato is fantastic. […]

Posted on: 4th Aug, 2017by frenchie Read more

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Asian Style Chicken Soup

On cold winter days and nights what could be more comforting than a meal of chicken soup!! The liquid that you poach the whole chicken in, becomes the stock for the soup. The flavour is delicate and you can choose whether to serve with a chilli sauce on the side if you want a little […]

Posted on: 28th Jul, 2017by frenchie Read more