Moroccan Chicken and Couscous

I always have some of stallholder Soufiane’s (brand Besaha) Moroccan spice blends in my pantry along with his preserved lemons and ready-to-cook couscous mixes. Soufiane is a lovely quiet, unassuming guy from a small village in Morocco near the Atlas Mountains close to the Sahara. He doesn’t have many products but all are really good. […]

Posted on: 5th May, 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

Japanese Style Soy Glazed Chicken Meatballs

  At least once a week I like to cook something with a Japanese feeling. Once you have the core ingredients which are available in most supermarkets it’s easy to make something quick and easy for dinner. For this recipe I’d intended to do my own chicken mince by buying chicken thighs and mincing them […]

Posted on: 16th Mar, 2017by frenchie Read more

Easy Panko Crumbed Baked Chicken

This is such an easy recipe – something that you put together quickly at the end of the day – not a special dinner type of a dish but good for something quick and casual. The crumb mix on the chicken keeps it moist and juicy. I used whole chicken legs but drum sticks and/or […]

Posted on: 2nd Mar, 2017by frenchie Read more

Barbecued Chicken with Squash, Broccoli and Farro Salad

Like many of you, we’ve been cooking as many meals as possible on our barbecue. For me a whole butterflied chicken is always a favourite as I can marinate the chicken earlier in the day, then later, heat the barbecue, Mike puts the chicken in and after 45 minutes its done. Easy and the kitchen […]

Posted on: 12th Jan, 2017by frenchie Read more

Orange and Honey Grilled Chicken Salad

This is a great recipe for a summer lunch or dinner – both easy to prepare and cook. To make it more substantial for dinner serve it with baby potatoes roasted with a little garlic and plenty of fresh rosemary. Once the asparagus season is finished swap to French beans instead. Edamame beans also work […]

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

Slow Roasted Chicken

It’s hard to go past a good roast chicken. I usually roast a chicken in a moderate oven and it takes about 1 hour 15 minutes. However I was recently reading about the continuing popularity of roasted and/or rotisserie chickens amongst chefs. One suggested cooking the chicken much more slowly to retain the moisture and […]

Posted on: 8th Nov, 2016by frenchie Read more

Poached Chicken & Soba Noodle Bowl

At least once a week I like to cook something Japanese style and serve our meal in large noodle bowls. I really like the clean flavours and the simple ingredients. I add what vegetables I’ve bought at the market and add fish, chicken or meat and often an egg. I always have Japanese soy sauce, […]

Posted on: 18th Oct, 2016by frenchie Read more

Roasted Tamarind and Ginger Chicken with Coconut Rice

I keep forgetting to cook with tamarind although I always have a block in the fridge. I love the taste which is both sweet and sour. I had planned to cook this on the BBQ but the weather wasn’t good so I used the oven. I’d also wanted to use chicken Marylands but my local […]

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

Chicken Fricassée

It seems that a few updated versions of classic French chicken recipes are back on menus and quickly becoming favourites. Chicken Fricassée appears most often. Nowadays the term ’fricassée’ is applied to lots of chicken dishes with a sauce of some sort. I did a little research on what it used to mean. Larousse describes […]

Posted on: 2nd Aug, 2016by frenchie Read more