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Duck in Red Wine

Posted on: 5th Mar, 2014by frenchie

Last week for our family dinner on my mother’s birthday I decided to cook duck. That’s pretty usual for a family celebration but this time I tried a new recipe from a book, published in 1982, on the cooking of south west France that I bought a few weeks ago. The recipe is very easy […]

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Poached Chicken with Tarragon Sauce

Poached Chicken with Tarragon Sauce

Posted on: 5th Mar, 2014by frenchie

The inspiration for this dish came from the one we ate at ‘Aux Lyonnais’ back in the 1980s. Poached chicken may sound a little but boring the sauce going with this is anything but boring – it’s delicate, full of flavour and easy. As well you’ll have a good chicken stock to keep and freeze […]

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Smokey BBQ Roasted Chicken

Smokey BBQ Roasted Chicken

Posted on: 5th Mar, 2014by frenchie

This is a very casually put together BBQ. The combination of plenty of fresh herbs, pohutukawa leaves and lots of garlic and herb butter ensure a very moist, flavoursome bird. Cook two at once and have one cold for lunch the next day. Ingredients (serves 4): 1 whole chicken 3-4 cloves of crushed garlic 3 […]

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Poached Chicken

Posted on: 5th Mar, 2014by frenchie

Poached chicken may sound a little but boring but I can assure you that the sauce going with this is anything but boring – it’s delicate, full of flavour and easy. You have the added advantage of making stock at the same time that can be frozen and used later. Ingredients: 1 Chicken 2 Carrots […]

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Coq au Vin

Coq au Vin

Posted on: 5th Mar, 2014by frenchie

It’s thought to originate in Burgundy where cockerel was cooked in red wine, hence the name. I imagine the birds were large, several years old and needed to be slowly cooked for hours. This is one of my favourite meals as it’s flavoursome and quick. Ingredients (serves 4): 8 chicken thighs – skin on, bone […]

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Chicken Chasseir with Potato Gratin Dauphinois

Chicken Chasseur

Posted on: 5th Mar, 2014by frenchie

I’ve made this dish, Hunters’ Chicken, for about 35 years and now it’s on our bistro menu. I love the combination of chicken, tomatoes and mushrooms and, it’s easy. I always add baby potatoes as it makes a whole meal in one dish. Our bistro chefs leave them out so I’ve made them optional. Ingredients […]

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Chicken & Vegetable Soup Recipe

Posted on: 5th Mar, 2014by frenchie

Frances has been helping me in the kitchen again this week. I was fighting off a cold and thought homemade chicken and vege soup might just do the trick to keep it at bay and at the same time Frances would learn how to make chicken stock and a simple vege soup. This is a […]

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Pork Belly in Saffron

Pork Belly in saffron and almond sauce

Posted on: 13th Feb, 2014by frenchie

It’s difficult to take a photo of this dish but I can assure you it tastes much much better than it looks. It’s another easy Spanish inspired recipe. The sauce would work equally well with chicken pieces or even a firm meaty fish such as monkfish. I bought the pork belly from Churchill Meats. It […]

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Pork Belly with Cider

Braised Pork Belly with Cider

Posted on: 13th Feb, 2014by frenchie

Seeing how good the pork belly from Te Kainga Meats looked last weekend, I asked Louise, one of our chefs, for her favourite recipe so we can try Jamie’s pork a different way this week. Louise has taken inspiration from the cooking traditions of northern France where pork and cider are often teamed. Ingredients and […]

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Pickled Salmon

Pickled Salmon with Wasabi Potato Salad

Posted on: 12th Feb, 2014by frenchie

I know this sounds strange to pickle salmon but I didn’t know quite how else to describe it; maybe ‘soused’ is a better word. Anyway, the result was great. I found that if you prepare it at least a day or two ahead of when you want to eat it then it’ll taste even better. […]

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