Baked Eggs with Greens

Last weekend I bought lots of green vegetables from Fresh Gardens and Jason – leeks, spring onions, spinach, kale, collard greens, coriander and more. I ended up cooking most of them in the following dish which we had as a light dinner one night but would be equally good for brunch or lunch. You don’t […]

Posted on: 20th Apr, 2017by frenchie Read more

Roasted Plums & Apricots with Almond Cream

While stone fruit continue to be plentiful I’m using them in lots of different dishes. In last week’s recipe I grilled nectarines for a salad and this week I’ve baked plums and apricots for a dessert. Peaches and nectarines would also work allowing extra cooking time because the fruit are usually larger. Eden Orchards who […]

Posted on: 15th Feb, 2017by frenchie Read more


I started on a mission to make a few jars of pickles to have in the cupboard at home as we’d run out and they’re always great have. I went completely overboard and in the last two weeks have pickled lots of different vegetables and fruit. The last lot was yesterday! Mike then suggested I […]

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


I’ve always liked crumpets for breakfast but haven’t made them before. As a child I favourite topping was golden syrup!! After reading lots of slightly different methods for making them I settled on an old recipe from Elizabeth David. You need a ring to spoon the dough into for cooking. I couldn’t find one of […]

Posted on: 3rd May, 2016by frenchie Read more

Risotto Cake

I made a cake again earlier in the week and I bought a cake tin!! This time it’s one which I was totally at ease making – a savoury risotto cake filled with spinach, mozzarella and prosciutto. It’s very easy and very moreish. We had it warm for dinner while the mozzarella was still oozy […]

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

Fig, Chocolate & Hazelnut Cake

Line and spray a loaf tin – the one we used was quite deep – 190mms x 120mms x 90mms deep. As I said above, Frances replaced the pears in the original recipe with fresh figs   8-10 small/medium fresh figs, cut up 250g plain flour 2 tsp baking powder 125g butter, softened 225g light […]

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

Spiced Quince Cake

I think this would also work well with pears, cooking apples and other seasonal fruit particularly anything that is a bit tart.   For poaching the quinces 1.5 litres water 150g caster sugar 3 medium quinces   For the cake 250g self-raising flour ½ each ground ginger, ground nutmeg and ground allspice 1½ tsp cinnamon […]

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

Pan-fried or Roasted Summer Fruits with Frozen Lemon Curd Yoghurt

For this recipe have a variety of fruit or just one or two types – here I used 2 large plums, 2 apricots, a white-fleshed nectarine, a peacharine and a handful of blueberries. I think mangoes and pineapple would also work in the recipe and you could replace the blueberries with any other red berry […]

Posted on: 23rd Feb, 2016by frenchie Read more

Grilled Summer Fruit Skewers

  Ingredients: Rosemary stalks Apricots, plums, peaches or nectarines, halved and de-stoned Juice and zest of one orange 2 tbps runny honey (Terry Lister has some just harvested from his hives) 25g butter 75ml liqueur (I used pear liqueur but any fruit one would be fine or something like Grand Marnier or Cointreau)   Put […]

Posted on: 23rd Feb, 2016by frenchie Read more

Spicy Damson Plum Sauce

Last week a friend gave us the first figs of the season and damson plums that she’d picked from her trees up North. We quickly devoured the figs but you can’t do that with damson plums – they’re quite sour and are best cooked. I regularly buy excellent damson plum jam from Terry Lister so […]

Posted on: 23rd Feb, 2016by frenchie Read more