Pasta and Vegetables

Two Vegetable Dishes

I love buying lots of vegetables from our vege stallholders in both markets. I get sucked in by how good they look, how fresh they are and consequently buy without too much planning. It means that by the end of every weekend our fridge is full and Mike says ‘how are we going to eat […]

Posted on: 8th Jun, 2017by frenchie Read more

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

Mushroom, Goats Cheese and Pea Bruschetta

  Ingredients:   I’ll leave the quantities to you Use a mixture of both fresh and dried mushrooms. Put a good handful of dried mushrooms in a bowl with warm water to re-hydrate them. Slice the fresh mushrooms and gently cook them in a pan with a little olive oil, 2-3 cloves of crushed garlic and […]

Posted on: 19th Jan, 2017by frenchie Read more

Coconut Rice

1 cup brown rice 1 cup coconut milk 1½-2 cups water 20cms piece fresh ginger, peeled 1 large clove garlic, peeled Salt and pepper Crispy shallots to garnish Finely chopped coriander to garnish   Place the rice in a pot and add the coconut milk and water. Add the piece of ginger and garlic. Season. […]

Posted on: 19th Sep, 2016by frenchie Read more

Bubble and Squeak

This week I had intended to make different recipes than those below but I found I didn’t have some of the ingredients I needed. I was at home on Monday and couldn’t quite face going out shopping in the cold so I opted to just use things I had in the fridge, pantry and garden. […]

Posted on: 12th Jul, 2016by frenchie Read more

Pumpkin, Broccoli and Chickpea Winter Salad

At home we’re slowly working our way through pumpkins that we harvested from the self-seeded plant that sprouted from our compost heap in the summer. Half of one down, 3½ to go!! The other night I made this dish to go with a rack of lamb – the combination of this salad with the meat […]

Posted on: 21st Jun, 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

Asparagus with Sesame Sauce

As you might expect after our trip to Japan this week’s recipes are inspired by food we ate while away. These are all easy and don’t require many ingredients – the sorts of dishes you can make for very quick dinners. All the Japanese ingredients are available in supermarkets.   This sauce works with any […]

Posted on: 11th Nov, 2015by frenchie Read more

Roasted Purple Kumara Salad

When I unpacked my shopping from market stallholders last weekend I found that I had a heavy emphasis on purple vegetables. I bought purple kumaras and cabbage from Fresh Gardens and purple carrots and kale from Jason. I love purple kumaras – they’re quite dense and sweet and very high in antioxidants. They’re smaller than […]

Posted on: 1st Sep, 2015by frenchie Read more

Pasta with Prawns, Chorizo & Vegetables

A few days ago before heading home from work for dinner, trying to think of something different to do with the prawns I had in the fridge at home, I asked our chef Lou for suggestions. He immediately said what about combining them with    pasta. In our kitchen at La Cigale Lou keeps 2-3 bags […]

Posted on: 23rd Feb, 2015by frenchie Read more