Vegetable & (Chicken* optional) Noodle Soup

Last weekend for some reason I was more disorganized than usual and when we arrived home I found I had lots of random things to use and I had no idea of what I’d end up making. So this week’s recipe is quick and easy but totally thrown together one night. In saying that though […]

Posted on: 5th Jul, 2019by frenchie Read more

Lentil, Speck and Sausage Soup

This is a meal in one bowl – it’s both hearty and comforting and it’s hard not to like lentils. It’s up to you whether you cook another sausage or two to use as garnish.   Ingredients 1 carrot, peeled, roughly chopped 1 large onion, peeled, roughly chopped 2 stalks of celery including leaves, roughly […]

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

Ham & Cannellini Bean Soup with Cavolo Nero & Kale

A hearty soup is perfect in weather like we’ve had in the last few days. It’s comforting, warming and easy – a thick soup is a whole meal in a pot. Everyone loves pea and ham soup but I decided to do something a little different – change the split peas to cannellini beans and […]

Posted on: 27th Jun, 2016by frenchie Read more

Asian style Soup

  On Sunday night once home from work I often don’t have any advance plans for dinner. I’ve always bought too much from stallholders over the weekend so I know I can quickly put something easy together. Last weekend I bought several varieties of mushrooms and sprouts from Jason, a selection of leafy greens from […]

Posted on: 9th Jun, 2015by frenchie Read more

Watercress Soup

Watercress soup seemed to be the soup of the moment in several bistros in Paris that we ate at. The first time we had it was at lunch at Table, a modern bistro close to Marché d’Aligre in the 12th arrondissemont. There wasn’t a menu to choose from – we simply had to eat what […]

Posted on: 5th May, 2015by frenchie Read more

Gazpacho – Chilled Tomato Soup

A favourite recipe for summer is gazpacho – chilled tomato soup. It’s great for lunch or as part of a meal for dinner. This year we’ve had an over abundance of tomatoes in the garden at home. I grew a type of Italian tomato from seed from the Franchi seed range that we sell. I’ve […]

Posted on: 8th Mar, 2014by frenchie Read more

Provencal Fish Soup

Provencal Seafood Soup

This is a meal in itself. It has quickly become a favourite Sunday night dinner. Once you’ve made the base add whatever fish and shellfish that you like. The pastis is optional but it does add a depth to the flavour as it works with the fennel and is a true taste of Provence.  As […]

Posted on: 5th Mar, 2014by frenchie Read more


At the beginning of last week when the weather turned nasty I decided it was time for soup again – it’s hard to beat a hearty vegetable soup. I’d bought a big variety of vegetables at our Market during the weekend so had plenty to go into a minestrone. In Italy there are lots of […]

Posted on: 5th Mar, 2014by frenchie Read more

French Onion Soup

The origins of this soup are uncertain, as several regions of France claim credit for it. Its popularity is undisputable though, as a favourite throughout France – and the rest of the world. Cooking time 1 hour. Ingredients (serves 6): 50g butter 750g onions, finely sliced 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 45g plain all-purpose flour […]

Posted on: 5th Mar, 2014by frenchie Read more

Jerusalem Soup

Jerusalem Artichoke and Roasted Garlic Soup

Until last week I’d only eaten Jerusalem artichokes raw and thinly sliced in a baby spinach leaf salad with plenty of crushed garlic in sherry vinegar vinaigrette. On Sunday I had been talking to Jillian of Fruition about something else when she showed me the Jerusalem artichokes she’d successfully grown for the first time. I […]

Posted on: 12th Feb, 2014by frenchie Read more