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Crepe Suzette

Crêpe Suzette Recipe

Posted on: 13th Feb, 2014by frenchie

The origin of this famous French dessert is somewhat disputed, but the strongest claim is that it was created out of a mistake made by a young waiter in 1895 at the Maitre at Monte Carlo’s Café de Paris. He was preparing a dessert for the Prince of Wales, the future King Edward VII of […]

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Asparagus Salad

Roasted Asparagus and Beetroot Salad and Raw Artichoke Salad

Posted on: 13th Feb, 2014by frenchie

We spent our weekend (Monday and Tuesday) out of Auckland. Without thinking too much about what I’d cook, I quickly bought a variety of fruit and vegetables from several stallholders during the weekend. I ended up with fresh artichokes, asparagus, beetroot, basil, watercress and more. As well I bought boccincini from Marina of Italian Cheeses. […]

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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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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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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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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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Veal Saltimbocca

Veal Saltimbocca

Posted on: 13th Feb, 2014by frenchie

I was excited to see that Rhys and his team at Churchill Meats sell veal scalopinne – thin slices of tender, juicy milk-fed veal. I immediately thought of our favourite meals using this meat – veal Marsala, panfried with mushrooms or panfried with a tomato, caper and olive mix and of course saltimbocca. It’s very […]

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Pork Belly in Saffron

Pork Belly in saffron and almond sauce

Posted on: 13th Feb, 2014by frenchie

It’s difficult to take a photo of this dish but I can assure you it tastes much much better than it looks. It’s another easy Spanish inspired recipe. The sauce would work equally well with chicken pieces or even a firm meaty fish such as monkfish. I bought the pork belly from Churchill Meats. It […]

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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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