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Barbecued Chicken with Squash, Broccoli and Farro Salad

Like many of you, we’ve been cooking as many meals as possible on our barbecue. For me a whole butterflied chicken is always a favourite as I can marinate the chicken earlier in the day, then later, heat the barbecue, Mike puts the chicken in and after 45 minutes its done. Easy and the kitchen […]

Posted on: 12th Jan, 2017by frenchie Read more

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Orange and Honey Grilled Chicken Salad

This is a great recipe for a summer lunch or dinner – both easy to prepare and cook. To make it more substantial for dinner serve it with baby potatoes roasted with a little garlic and plenty of fresh rosemary. Once the asparagus season is finished swap to French beans instead. Edamame beans also work […]

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

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Slow Roasted Chicken

It’s hard to go past a good roast chicken. I usually roast a chicken in a moderate oven and it takes about 1 hour 15 minutes. However I was recently reading about the continuing popularity of roasted and/or rotisserie chickens amongst chefs. One suggested cooking the chicken much more slowly to retain the moisture and […]

Posted on: 8th Nov, 2016by frenchie Read more

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Poached Chicken & Soba Noodle Bowl

At least once a week I like to cook something Japanese style and serve our meal in large noodle bowls. I really like the clean flavours and the simple ingredients. I add what vegetables I’ve bought at the market and add fish, chicken or meat and often an egg. I always have Japanese soy sauce, […]

Posted on: 18th Oct, 2016by frenchie Read more

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Roasted Tamarind and Ginger Chicken with Coconut Rice

I keep forgetting to cook with tamarind although I always have a block in the fridge. I love the taste which is both sweet and sour. I had planned to cook this on the BBQ but the weather wasn’t good so I used the oven. I’d also wanted to use chicken Marylands but my local […]

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

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Chicken Fricassée

It seems that a few updated versions of classic French chicken recipes are back on menus and quickly becoming favourites. Chicken Fricassée appears most often. Nowadays the term ’fricassée’ is applied to lots of chicken dishes with a sauce of some sort. I did a little research on what it used to mean. Larousse describes […]

Posted on: 2nd Aug, 2016by frenchie Read more

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Light Chicken and Apricot Curry

  In the last week or two it seems that many of the food articles I’ve read, whether online or in magazines, included recipes for all sorts of curries from several parts of Asia. On top of that Emma raved about a chicken and apricot curry from Rick Stein’s ‘India’ that she’d made last week. […]

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

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Saffron & Almond Chicken

This week’s recipe is a Spanish inspired chicken dish with subtle layers of flavour. It’s easy to prepare and as with most of my recipes you don’t have to be exact with ingredient quantities. The ground almonds add texture and help thicken the sauce. It’s not a pretty looking dish though and unfortunately my photo […]

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


Brined Roast Chicken

The free range rotisserie chickens we serve in our bistro on Wednesday and Thursday nights are brined for 48 hours before we cook them. Brining adds moisture and flavour. The last two times that I’ve roasted a chicken at home I’ve brined them for 24 hours before cooking. It’s easy and definitely makes a difference […]

Posted on: 14th Jun, 2016by frenchie Read more


Chicken and Prawn Meatball Hotpot

When I started thinking about what this week’s recipe would be I had in mind a soup, something really comforting like chicken broth with the addition of chicken meatballs and vegetables – carrots, leeks, celery, spinach and more. Then on Sunday night we watched documentary about sake making in Japan. That made us want to […]

Posted on: 31st May, 2016by frenchie Read more