With Brown Sugar

Spicy Plum & Tomato Sauce

Posted on: 8th Mar, 2014by frenchie

Two Saturdays ago at our market, Murray of Heirloom Organix gave me a large bag of plums from their orchard and Dragon gave me some cooking tomatoes. I’d already done my fruit and vege shopping so we ended up with too much for us to get through. Our daughter Emma suggested I make sauce. We […]

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Oeufs Meurette – eggs in red wine sauce

Posted on: 8th Mar, 2014by frenchie

Thinking about our Burgundy region dinner next week reminded me of this dish which we first ate in Beaune in Burgundy many years ago – ‘oeufs meurette’ – eggs in red wine sauce. I used to make it regularly but somehow had forgotten about it. The sauce is also a delicious accompaniment to poached prawns. […]

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Bread & Butter Pickle

Posted on: 8th Mar, 2014by frenchie

This is a very old fashioned pickle that was one I used to make with a few additional spices.  I think the recipe must have originally come from my mother. Cucumbers and onions are the base. I’m growing several varieties of cucumbers so my pickle ended up a mix of apple and Lebanese. It doesn’t […]

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Beef Carbonnade

Posted on: 7th Mar, 2014by frenchie

This is a rich oven-cooked stew of beef in beer, a favourite throughout the North of France. Our chef Lou has tweeked the traditional recipe slightly….so here we go…enjoy! Ingredients (serves 4): 30g butter 2-3 tablespoons oil 1kg lean beef rump or chunk steak, cubed 2 medium onions, diced 2 large carrots, diced 1 large […]

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Fresh Fig & Kalamata Olive Relish

Posted on: 7th Mar, 2014by frenchie

Make the most of the fresh figs available. 
There are so many ways to enjoy them as sweets or savoury.
If fresh are not available you can use dried figs for this recipe. Ingredients: 300 gm Fresh Figs 150gm Pitted Kalamata Olives 100gms Red Wine Vinegar 100gm Brown Sugar 100 mls Water Method Cut figs into quarters. Add to […]

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Scallopini (or courgette) Chutney

Posted on: 5th Mar, 2014by frenchie

I like to have a good selection of chutneys in our pantry as I consider they’re essential to any good sandwich. We always have some from Terry Lister who sells at our market every weekend. His wife’s Maharajah Chutney is a favourite. Recently however, with an abundance of vegetables in our garden, I decided to […]

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BBQ Chicken with Pastis, Fennel & Oranges

Posted on: 4th Mar, 2014by frenchie

Since the beginning of the year we’ve barbecued nearly every day.  We’ve had lots of fun trying different things for breakfast, lunch or dinner sometimes using both a gas BBQ and a charcoal one depending on what we were cooking. Ottolenghi and Tamimi’s cook book ‘Jerusalem’ is a current favourite. I took inspiration from that […]

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Creme Brulee

Creme Brulee

Posted on: 13th Feb, 2014by frenchie

When at home in NZ it’s rare that I make a dessert. If I do something to have afterward our main course it will be cheese platter and fruit compote. However when I’m in France occasionally I do indulge in something sweet. One of my favourites is CREME BRULEE. Lou has given me a great […]

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