Fish and Seafood

Two Ways with Salmon

We eat salmon at least once a week. We’re not keen on it pan fried as that seems to bring out the richness so I either bake it in the oven in a variety of ways, poach it or have it as tartare.   Salmon and Vegetable Bake This recipe came about one night because […]

Posted on: 27th Apr, 2017by frenchie Read more

Creamy Tarragon Sauce for Fish or Chicken

This year for the first time I’ve had success growing French tarragon particularly in our tiny garden at our beach place. I don’t why but this year it has flourished. So, in the last little while I’ve used tarragon a lot. Last night I made this sauce and spooned it over pan fried hapuku but […]

Posted on: 23rd Mar, 2017by frenchie Read more

Roasted Salmon Fillet

Last week Jason had American blood oranges for sale. I don’t usually buy imported oranges but I love blood oranges so bought a few. Years ago we used to stay in a small hotel on the hill above Prato in Italy. Every morning as soon as we sat down for breakfast we were served a […]

Posted on: 23rd Feb, 2017by frenchie Read more

Herb Crusted Fish with Tomato Herb Salad

At the moment I have plenty of French tarragon growing in our garden so I’m using it as much as I can with other herbs which have finally started to grow quickly now that the weather is a bit warmer. On Sunday we bought home a piece of hapuku (my favourite) from our weekend fish […]

Posted on: 6th Dec, 2016by frenchie Read more

Prawn Caesar Salad

I’d planned to cook the prawn part of this dish on the barbecue but on the weather was so windy and horrible that I didn’t feel like standing out in it so I cooked the prawns on my grill pan on the stove. I really like Caesar salads but am often disappointed. In my opinion, […]

Posted on: 28th Nov, 2016by frenchie Read more

Lime, Chilli and Lemongrass Coconut Mussels

Mussels make such a quick, easy and delicious meal. Sometimes I go through patches of forgetting how good they are. This is my current favourite mussel recipe with simple Asian flavours – lemongrass, lime, chilli and coriander. Jason always has fresh lemongrass stalks, coriander and chillis. He doesn’t always have kaffir lime leaves but he […]

Posted on: 22nd Nov, 2016by frenchie Read more

Poached Salmon and Asparagus

I love asparagus and we have it nearly every day while it’s in season. I might even try pickling some!! From now on Jason will have plenty of medium sized asparagus and every week or two the girls at Fresh Gardens will have their skinny asparagus. I always buy both. It’s so easy to make […]

Posted on: 4th Oct, 2016by frenchie Read more

Fish and Mussels with Braised Leeks

Last week on a shelf in my office tucked in a corner I found a bottle of Pineau de Charentes an aperitif made from Cognac and sweet unfermented grape juice from the Cognac region in France. It was on our wine list for a while but because it was unfamiliar we didn’t sell it well […]

Posted on: 5th Sep, 2016by frenchie Read more

Hapuku & Scallop Ceviche

Normally I’d think of ceviche as a summer dish but really felt like it a few days ago. The scallop season started recently and we’d already eaten them a few times very simply pan-fried and we felt like something different. As well, we had some very fresh hapuku available. So rather than cook both, I […]

Posted on: 15th Aug, 2016by frenchie Read more

Pasta Paella

I don’t know why but I’ve never got round to making a pasta paella. Since the Middle Ages along Spain’s Mediterranean coast thin fideo noodles have been instead of short grain rice and combined with local seafood to create pasta paella. I was finally prompted into action after watching David Chang of Momofuku online. He […]

Posted on: 7th Jun, 2016by frenchie Read more