With Garlic

Mussels in Tomato & White Wine

Posted on: 5th Mar, 2014by frenchie

Last week we had an overabundance of tomatoes that I’d picked from our plants. After several days of using tomatoes in all sorts of salads I decided to cook the rest. The result was a delicious sauce that I used as a base for several dinners – with grilled aubergines and courgettes, another with pan […]

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Mussels in pastis and garlic

Mussels in Pastis and Garlic Butter

Posted on: 5th Mar, 2014by frenchie

We love eating fresh mussels. They can be cooked a variety of ways whether as part of another dish or a meal by themselves and, on top of the fact that they taste good, they’re extremely good value. This recipe is great as a starter or excellent as a main meal. It’s one of those […]

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Moroccan style Couscous Stuffed Sardines

Posted on: 5th Mar, 2014by frenchie

It’s the start of the sardine season. On the last 2-3 Saturdays Jimmy has sold the first few. They sell very quickly so you need to be there early. Last week I thought I’d try something different and came up with this recipe with a Moroccan feel to it. Feel free to add or subtract […]

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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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Minestrone

Posted on: 5th Mar, 2014by frenchie

At the beginning of last week when the weather turned nasty I decided it was time for soup again – it’s hard to beat a hearty vegetable soup. I’d bought a big variety of vegetables at our Market during the weekend so had plenty to go into a minestrone. In Italy there are lots of […]

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Rabbit in Mustard Sauce

Rabbit In Mustard Sauce

Posted on: 5th Mar, 2014by frenchie

Last weekend I was doing my shopping in our Market on Saturday morning and decided I wanted to do something slow cooked for Sunday night’s dinner. I noticed that Deidre of WILD GAME had packs with saddles of wild rabbit. I promptly bought them remembering a rabbit in mustard sauce meal we’d had in Paris. […]

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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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Slowcooked Pork Belly

Posted on: 5th Mar, 2014by frenchie

You don’t need to be very precise with what goes into this recipe. Pork belly, chorizo, tomatoes and white beans are the main ingredients; vary the quantities of each as you wish. Method Cut a large piece of pork belly into cubes approx 4-5cms square allowing approx 2 per person. Cut up chorizo into 2 […]

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Homemade Terrine

Home-made terrine

Posted on: 5th Mar, 2014by frenchie

I think many of us think that a terrine is a difficult thing to make. It definitely isn’t. If you can make a meat loaf then you can do this. The result is impressive and delicious. Try making one for Easter. Teamed with a loaf of fresh bread, a platter of Salash’s smoked meats, chutney, […]

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7 Hour Lamb

Seven Hour Lamb

Posted on: 5th Mar, 2014by frenchie

For a long time, until it was replaced by duck breast in berry sauce. Emma always asked for Seven Hour Lamb for her birthday dinner (in winter). I think it’s the ultimate in comfort food. On top of that it’s very easy. In Paris a few years ago I had a pleasurable but slightly weird […]

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