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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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Quince Chutney

Posted on: 8th Mar, 2014by frenchie

I’m not quite sure why I’ve suddenly got into making jams and chutneys this year but I’ve now realised how easy it is. I simply make a list of the main ingredients – a fruit or vegetable, onions, 1-2 apples, cider vinegar and sugar and then list possible ingredients – various herbs and spices, garlic, […]

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Roasted Fruits

Roasted Summer Stone Fruit

Posted on: 7th Mar, 2014by frenchie

While it’s the season for summer stone fruit I like to use them as much as possible. The basis of this week’s recipe was given to me by an old friend Jane. Her cousins Rob and Nicki, the owners of Rockburn Orchards, had raved about the way Jane roasted their Moorpark apricots for dessert. I […]

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Gooey Cinnamon Cake

Posted on: 7th Mar, 2014by frenchie

For our birthday last Friday we had planned to serve Christmas cake (the ones we were selling) with the bubbles. However on Thursday morning a customer bought all our cakes so we had nothing. After an initial panic I asked Lou if he could make something. But what? I subscribe to David Lebovitz’s blog from […]

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Dried Fruit Compote

Dried Fruit Compote

Posted on: 7th Mar, 2014by frenchie

This week it’s one of our old La Cigale favourites which I’ve been making for years. I’m regularly asked for this recipe DRIED FRUIT COMPOTE. 
Serve it with a selection of French cheeses at the end of a meal instead of a dessert or alternatively make it your dessert and serve with whipped cream or mascarpone. […]

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Venison Tagine

Posted on: 5th Mar, 2014by frenchie

Last week Deirdre from the Wild Game stall on Saturdays gave me a pack of venison neck chops. I’d never used that cut before but I definitely will again. As well as the fact they taste good, I overheard Dierdre telling a customer that they’re very good value. This tagine recipe also works with beef […]

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Tarta Panchineta

Tarta Panchineta

Posted on: 12th Feb, 2014by frenchie

Neither Mike nor I are big on desserts but at lunch in Getaria at Asador Astillero we had to have the tarta panchineta after seeing those at a neighbouring table consume it with delight. It’s a very simple Basque dessert of flaky pastry filled with pastry cream (similar to French crème patisserie). Because Frances is […]

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