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


Savoury Bread & Butter Pudding

 You could say this isn’t technically a bread and butter pudding as the only butter used is to grease the baking dish. However it does have plenty of cheese!! I took the idea of this from a recipe I saw online but changed it round. A piece is great for lunch with some salad. I […]

Posted on: 18th May, 2017by frenchie Read more

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Crunchy Spicy Chickpeas

These are great as a replacement for peanuts to have with a drink. They’re much more healthy than many snacks designed to go with a beer of glass of wine. You can use any spices you like but I found it easiest to use stallholder Besaha’s Chermoula spice blend. I wanted them quite spicy so […]

Posted on: 18th May, 2017by frenchie Read more


Baked Eggs with Greens

Last weekend I bought lots of green vegetables from Fresh Gardens and Jason – leeks, spring onions, spinach, kale, collard greens, coriander and more. I ended up cooking most of them in the following dish which we had as a light dinner one night but would be equally good for brunch or lunch. You don’t […]

Posted on: 20th Apr, 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



I started on a mission to make a few jars of pickles to have in the cupboard at home as we’d run out and they’re always great have. I went completely overboard and in the last two weeks have pickled lots of different vegetables and fruit. The last lot was yesterday! Mike then suggested I […]

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

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I’ve always liked crumpets for breakfast but haven’t made them before. As a child I favourite topping was golden syrup!! After reading lots of slightly different methods for making them I settled on an old recipe from Elizabeth David. You need a ring to spoon the dough into for cooking. I couldn’t find one of […]

Posted on: 3rd May, 2016by frenchie Read more

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Risotto Cake

I made a cake again earlier in the week and I bought a cake tin!! This time it’s one which I was totally at ease making – a savoury risotto cake filled with spinach, mozzarella and prosciutto. It’s very easy and very moreish. We had it warm for dinner while the mozzarella was still oozy […]

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


Fig, Chocolate & Hazelnut Cake

Line and spray a loaf tin – the one we used was quite deep – 190mms x 120mms x 90mms deep. As I said above, Frances replaced the pears in the original recipe with fresh figs   8-10 small/medium fresh figs, cut up 250g plain flour 2 tsp baking powder 125g butter, softened 225g light […]

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