Pasta and Vegetables

recipe 20 jan

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

recipe- coconut rice

Coconut Rice

1 cup brown rice 1 cup coconut milk 1½-2 cups water 20cms piece fresh ginger, peeled 1 large clove garlic, peeled Salt and pepper Crispy shallots to garnish Finely chopped coriander to garnish   Place the rice in a pot and add the coconut milk and water. Add the piece of ginger and garlic. Season. […]

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


Bubble and Squeak

This week I had intended to make different recipes than those below but I found I didn’t have some of the ingredients I needed. I was at home on Monday and couldn’t quite face going out shopping in the cold so I opted to just use things I had in the fridge, pantry and garden. […]

Posted on: 12th Jul, 2016by frenchie Read more


Pumpkin, Broccoli and Chickpea Winter Salad

At home we’re slowly working our way through pumpkins that we harvested from the self-seeded plant that sprouted from our compost heap in the summer. Half of one down, 3½ to go!! The other night I made this dish to go with a rack of lamb – the combination of this salad with the meat […]

Posted on: 21st Jun, 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

REcipe - Asparagus and sesame seeds

Asparagus with Sesame Sauce

As you might expect after our trip to Japan this week’s recipes are inspired by food we ate while away. These are all easy and don’t require many ingredients – the sorts of dishes you can make for very quick dinners. All the Japanese ingredients are available in supermarkets.   This sauce works with any […]

Posted on: 11th Nov, 2015by frenchie Read more


Roasted Purple Kumara Salad

When I unpacked my shopping from market stallholders last weekend I found that I had a heavy emphasis on purple vegetables. I bought purple kumaras and cabbage from Fresh Gardens and purple carrots and kale from Jason. I love purple kumaras – they’re quite dense and sweet and very high in antioxidants. They’re smaller than […]

Posted on: 1st Sep, 2015by frenchie Read more

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Pasta with Prawns, Chorizo & Vegetables

A few days ago before heading home from work for dinner, trying to think of something different to do with the prawns I had in the fridge at home, I asked our chef Lou for suggestions. He immediately said what about combining them with    pasta. In our kitchen at La Cigale Lou keeps 2-3 bags […]

Posted on: 23rd Feb, 2015by frenchie Read more

corn fritter

Sweetcorn Fritters

I bought lovely fresh corn from Terry Lister who’d picked it the night before. For lunch yesterday I made corn fritters which I served with a salsa-like salad and basil pesto. I think using fresh corn and basil makes such a difference to the flavour of what can sometimes be a pretty boring fritter.   […]

Posted on: 14th Jan, 2015by frenchie Read more


Camargue Rice and Spring Vegetable Salad

I love using a selection of Spring vegetables in salads. I always buy lots from our market stallholders without anything in particular in mind. Last weekend I bought asparagus, broad beans, flat green beans, snow peas, global artichokes and more. I had red Camargue rice in my pantry but you could use any grain for […]

Posted on: 11th Nov, 2014by frenchie Read more