Pizza – Quick & Easy

Every weekend when shopping at the market, I have it in my head to buy flatbreads from Tahsin of Turkish Bazaar knowing that I’ll need them for quick & easy pizzas (Sunday or Monday night’s dinner). And as well, last weekend, amongst everything I bought, were the following products which I ended up deciding to use […]

Posted on: 7th Jun, 2019by frenchie Read more


I decided that I’d make a frittata with some of the vegetables I’d brought from Arek on Saturday and including some of our goat’s cheese. It’s easiest to use the vac-packed one that’s soft and has no rind. It’s so easy to break up into small pieces using your hands.   Ingredients 2 leeks, thinly […]

Posted on: 15th Jun, 2018by frenchie Read more

Leek & Goat’s Cheese Terrine

Last week when reading one of the newsletters I get I decided it was about time to try a few different meals with leeks. So this week’s recipe is already a favourite, making a change from having meat, fish or chicken as part of your lunch or for dinner as a first or main course. […]

Posted on: 17th May, 2018by frenchie Read more

Pumpkin, Spinach & Rice Tian

A Tian is a French oven dish used for both cooking  and serving. It is also the name of the dish prepared in it.  I’ve mentioned Spinach here but its ok to use any other leafy green vegetable such as kale. I actually used cavolo nero leaves stripped from their stalks. Around 2 large bunches. […]

Posted on: 27th Apr, 2018by frenchie Read more

Cheese Biscuits

  Ingredients 1 large packet of bluebird salt & vinegar chips (150g) 1 1/2 cups of tasty cheese, grated 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated 1 cup flour 1/4 tsp cayenne 110g butter, softened 2-3 tbspns chopped fresh chives, thyme leaves or rosemary   Crush the potato chips using a food processor. Place the crushed chips into a large […]

Posted on: 13th Apr, 2018by frenchie Read more

Hot Cross Buns

A couple of days ago I said to Emma that we must get some Hot Cross Buns for the weekend. Her reply was that she would make some, using a recipe that she has used for the last couple of years. So if you’re feeling energetic and have some spare time over the weekend here’s […]

Posted on: 29th Mar, 2018by frenchie Read more

Tonkatsu Sandwich

Back in the 1980s when we spent 3-4 weeks a year in Osaka on ragtrade business, we usually worked through lunch with one supplier. When asked what we’d like them to order in, we always asked for pork sandwiches which we now realise are the tonkatsu sandwiches that the world now seems to be hooked […]

Posted on: 22nd Sep, 2017by frenchie Read more

Vegetable Tagine

This week’s recipe is vegetarian but is also works really well as a base to which you could add pieces of chicken or fish instead of a selection of vegetables. I realise as I’m writing this that I hadn’t noted any quantities as I cooked this the other day. It doesn’t matter though, its not […]

Posted on: 14th Sep, 2017by frenchie Read more

Savoury Bread & Butter Pudding

 You could say this isn’t technically a bread and butter pudding as the only butter used is to grease the baking dish. However it does have plenty of cheese!! I took the idea of this from a recipe I saw online but changed it round. A piece is great for lunch with some salad. I […]

Posted on: 18th May, 2017by frenchie Read more

Crunchy Spicy Chickpeas

These are great as a replacement for peanuts to have with a drink. They’re much more healthy than many snacks designed to go with a beer of glass of wine. You can use any spices you like but I found it easiest to use stallholder Besaha’s Chermoula spice blend. I wanted them quite spicy so […]

Posted on: 18th May, 2017by frenchie Read more