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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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Fish Tagine

Fish Tagine

Posted on: 6th Mar, 2014by frenchie

An easy tagine where you make the sauce well in advance (even keep some in the deep freezer) and when you’re nearly ready for dinner, simply heat the sauce and cook the fish for a few minutes. It’s done. I was prompted to make this last weekend by the fact that Jimmy had fantastic large […]

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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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Wild honey and walnut tart

Wild Honey and Walnut Tart

Posted on: 13th Feb, 2014by frenchie

This is a favourite dessert with our customers when Warwick puts it on our evening bistro menu. For the best results use fresh New Zealand grown walnuts and honey from an artisan producer. We recommend the Whanganui walnuts sold by stallholder Owen Wilson on Saturdays and First Peak honey from William. I particularly enjoy his […]

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Preserved Lemons & Artichoke Heart Salad

Posted on: 13th Feb, 2014by frenchie

In boiling salted water, cook the artichokes for 20-30 minutes or until one of the central leaves will come away with a little give and the base feels soft when you test with a knife. Drain and cool. Pull away the tough outside leaves, trim the stalks of string and fibre, and cut away the […]

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Grilled Octopus

Grilled Octopus

Posted on: 13th Feb, 2014by frenchie

This week’s recipe was inspired by a great lunch I recently enjoyed at Paul Bert’s Epicere in Paris – grilled octopus on caponata. Sorry I know this might sound too messy or you might feel funny about handling octopus but it’s easy and I can assure you the results are delicious. I had to buy […]

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Marinated BBQ Chicken Wings

Posted on: 13th Feb, 2014by frenchie

If you’re like us you’ll have done plenty of barbecuing over the summer. This is one of our quick and easy favourites and one where it doesn’t matter how much of each ingredient goes into the marinade – hence most of my ingredient list is a bit vague. The marinade works equally well with other […]

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Lemon Honey Saffron Chicken

Lemon, Honey and Saffron Chicken

Posted on: 13th Feb, 2014by frenchie

Wanting to cook something simple but flavoursome for dinner a few days ago, I decided on this Spanish/Moorish inspired dish using chicken pieces I’d bought from Deidre. The chicken needs to be marinated for at least 2 hours but as usual, the longer the better. If you like quite lemony tart flavours, use ½ cup […]

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Braised Quail

Braised Quail

Posted on: 12th Feb, 2014by frenchie

Last weekend I bought a pack of six quail from William in our market on Saturdays. I cut them in half and four of us to had three halves each. They look small but that was definitely enough. When eating quail you need to be prepared to pick them up and eat in your hands. […]

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