With Pinenuts

My Salade Landaise

Posted on: 9th Apr, 2014by frenchie

Saying that there’s only one way to make this salad is a bit like saying there’s only one way to make a Salade Niçoise. There are many versions of both. This is my easy take on it. Traditionally smoked duck breast is used instead of duck confit but this is much easier to find here. […]

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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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Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb

Posted on: 5th Mar, 2014by frenchie

Jamie’s Te Kainga lamb is great for this recipe. It’s easy and quick meal. It can be served with any selection of vegetables and/or a salad. Last night I served it with 2 vegetables I don’t usually cook – roasted yams and pan-fried caramelised brussel sprouts. Until our Sydney visit I didn’t like brussel sprouts. […]

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Chicken & Asparagus Salad

Posted on: 5th Mar, 2014by frenchie

This makes an ideal lunch or light dinner meal. I use quinoa here but it will work just as well with rice, Israeli couscous or orzo. As usual this came about from thinking about what to do with the various ingredients I’d bought from stallholders and what’s in our small garden. Last weekend to make […]

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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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