Pasta and Vegetables

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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

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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

Moroccan Risotto with dried fruit & snails

Moroccan Risotto with Dried Fruits and Snails

  Ingredients for 4: 400g Risotto rice (eg Arborio) 1 tin of snails (2 dozen) 2 medium onions (finely chopped) 12 dried apricots (sliced) 12 prunes (sliced) 1 big handful of dried raisins 2 teaspoons of smoked paprika 1 teaspoon of turmeric 100ml liquid crème fraiche 50g butter Fig oil Salt & pepper Flaked almonds […]

Posted on: 6th Oct, 2014by frenchie Read more

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Risotto with Duck Gizzards, Asparagus & Porcini Mushrooms

Spring has officially began, but we still need to warm up and what is better that a creamy risotto with porcini mushrooms and seasonal asparagus?  If you are vegetarian, just leave out the gizzards. The shopping list from La Cigale French Market stallholders is below. You can add more mushrooms and/or another variety (porcini are […]

Posted on: 29th Sep, 2014by frenchie Read more

Vegetable Gratin

A few days ago I was using the Zyliss Smart Guard Slicer Mandolin in preparation for this weekend’s Kitchen Shop product demonstration. I used the vegetables that I had at home and come up with this gratin. It was delicious hot that night and also at room temperature the next day. It’s a particularly good […]

Posted on: 6th Mar, 2014by frenchie Read more

Tomato Tarte Tatin

Tomato Tarte Tatin recipe – This is a fabulous appetizer, side dish during a barbecue, or as a light dinner with a glass of white wine. Ingredients: 6-10 Roma tomatoes, halved Olive Oil Salt and Pepper Italian seasoning mix, or just oregano, depending on taste Flakey Puff pastry Salad greens, such as mesclun or baby spinach […]

Posted on: 6th Mar, 2014by frenchie Read more

Stuffed Baby Peppers & Pearl Drop Onions

Last weekend I had to buy Sally’s gorgeous looking baby peppers and her new onions called ‘Pearl Drop’ as both looked so good. The onions are very similar to Italian cipollini onions. They’re small, slightly flattened looking and sweet when cooked. The colourful peppers come in bags of about 15-18. You’ll get any assortment of […]

Posted on: 6th Mar, 2014by frenchie Read more