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


Spiced Quince Cake

I think this would also work well with pears, cooking apples and other seasonal fruit particularly anything that is a bit tart.   For poaching the quinces 1.5 litres water 150g caster sugar 3 medium quinces   For the cake 250g self-raising flour ½ each ground ginger, ground nutmeg and ground allspice 1½ tsp cinnamon […]

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

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Pan-fried or Roasted Summer Fruits with Frozen Lemon Curd Yoghurt

For this recipe have a variety of fruit or just one or two types – here I used 2 large plums, 2 apricots, a white-fleshed nectarine, a peacharine and a handful of blueberries. I think mangoes and pineapple would also work in the recipe and you could replace the blueberries with any other red berry […]

Posted on: 23rd Feb, 2016by frenchie Read more