With Cayenne Pepper

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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Pear Chutney

Posted on: 8th Mar, 2014by frenchie

With an abundance of delicious sweet, juicy pears available from our new stallholder Richard of The Sugar Pear Co, I thought I needed to add new pear recipe to my repertoire. Apart from eating a pear whole as a snack, I often make the classic French pear, rocket, walnut and blue cheese salad with a […]

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Roasted Monkfish

Posted on: 6th Mar, 2014by frenchie

Last week a customer commented that she enjoyed cooking the fish tagine I did a couple of weeks ago because more hearty fish dishes are good during the winter and it’s often difficult to find them. That prompted me to come up with this recipe. I used monkfish because that’s what Jimmy had last week […]

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Moroccan inspired Fish Cakes with carrot salad

Posted on: 6th Mar, 2014by frenchie

Last weekend our daughter Emma was here from Sydney. As we often do, she and I were talking about meals that we’d recently cooked. We’ve both been doing things with wedges of iceberg lettuce and of course fish. A few nights ago Emma made Thai fish balls which sounded really easy. Instead of a Thai […]

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Barbequed Salmon

Posted on: 6th Mar, 2014by frenchie

While we’re still having beautiful weather with warm evenings, barbecueing is a must in our household. I’m always looking for easy and different thing  to cook on the BBQ other than the usual sausages etc. One of our old favourites comes from Madhur Jaffrey’s Indian cooking book – I’ve had the book since the late […]

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Provencal Fish Soup

Provencal Seafood Soup

Posted on: 5th Mar, 2014by frenchie

This is a meal in itself. It has quickly become a favourite Sunday night dinner. Once you’ve made the base add whatever fish and shellfish that you like. The pastis is optional but it does add a depth to the flavour as it works with the fennel and is a true taste of Provence.  As […]

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Grilled Poussins with curry and preserved lemons

Posted on: 5th Mar, 2014by frenchie

At this stage of the year – end of summer – I’m always trying to come up with something easy but different for the BBQ. The grilled poussins aren’t different but the accompanying sauce is great for a change. Allow 1 poussin per person. With a sharp, pointed knife, split each poussin open along the […]

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Marinated Chicken

Posted on: 5th Mar, 2014by frenchie

This week’s recipe is another we’ve tried both on the BBQ and in the oven. The longer you can marinate it during the day the better. Deidre in our market has a really good selection of fresh free range chicken – pieces in various forms and whole chickens. 
Next week I’ll give you a couscous […]

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BBQ Grilled Salmon

BBQ Grilled Salmon

Posted on: 13th Feb, 2014by frenchie

As the weather slowly starts to get warmer and we begin to use our BBQ more, we’ve been trying a variety of things on the new Emile Henry grill pieces I showed in last week’s email. A couple of nights ago we cooked on a fillet of salmon on the fish grill. This recipe is […]

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Baked Stuffed Sardines

Baked Stuffed Sardines

Posted on: 13th Feb, 2014by frenchie

A few days ago I was hunting for one of my recipe books and found an old one I’d bought in the early 80s and hadn’t opened for years. Many of the recipes are based on classical French cooking methods but all are easy. There are lots of interesting ideas. I know that I’m going […]

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