French Fruit Tarts

Crisp buttery pastry, filled with luscious vanilla crème patissiere and juicy fruit, what is there not to like! These take a while to make but are definitely worth it! I usually make double the amount of pastry and freeze so it is handy at a later date. Ingredients: for a 28 cm diameter tart orContinue reading “French Fruit Tarts”

Jamie Oliver’s Hot and Sour Rhubarb and Crispy Pork with Noodles

Think beautiful meltingly tender, fall-apart, crispy pork and tangy noodles. So so good! This is adapted from Jamie’s original recipe. Ingredients: For 4 people 800 g boneless pork belly, rind removed cut into 3-4 cm pieces. Sunflower or vegetable oil Salt and pepper 375 g egg noodles 4-5 spring onions finely sliced 1 fresh redContinue reading “Jamie Oliver’s Hot and Sour Rhubarb and Crispy Pork with Noodles”

French Coq au Vin (Chicken in a red wine stew)

This is a French classic, and easy to make! A good one to make in advance too as the flavours develop if you make it ahead . Very tasty and the meat is so tender it just falls off the bone…. Ingredients: For 4 people 1 chicken jointed into pieces, or I buy 1 kgContinue reading “French Coq au Vin (Chicken in a red wine stew)”

Barbecued Chicken Tikka Naan Kebabs

This is perfect alcohol soaking fodder after a few drinks in the sun. Really tasty and actually not much effort at all if you put the prep work in ahead! Ingredients: For 2 2 chicken breasts chopped into chunks (you can use boneless skinned chicken thighs if you prefer) 1 tablespoon tikka masala curry pasteContinue reading “Barbecued Chicken Tikka Naan Kebabs”

Barbecued Dill Salmon

This is so light and fresh! It makes a change from the usual burgers and sausages on the barbecue. Ingredients: For 2 people 2 salmon fillets 2 tablespoons olive oil or sunflower oil 1 teaspoon dried dill Salt and pepper Lemon to garnish. Method: 1. Coat the salmon fillets on all surface with the oil,Continue reading “Barbecued Dill Salmon”

The Ultimate Barbecued Cheese and Bacon Beef Burgers

I am sometimes still a Parisian girl at heart…but I do love a good burger. OMG, can’t beat it! However there are strict conditions…it is one of the reasons I always make my own, as very often when you buy them ready-made, they are tasteless or too salty, or have been compacted so much theyContinue reading “The Ultimate Barbecued Cheese and Bacon Beef Burgers”

Barbecued Tomato and Charred Panzanella Salad (Vegan)

This is so delicious and very easy, and a great way to use up any stale or leftover bread! Ingredients: For 2-3 people as a light lunch or starter 12 cherry tomatoes 12 x 1 inch size pieces of stale vegan bread A bag of salad leaves of your choice For the dressing: 1 teaspoonContinue reading “Barbecued Tomato and Charred Panzanella Salad (Vegan)”

Barbecued Tomato and Charred Panzanella Salad

This is so delicious and very easy, and a great way to use up any stale or leftover bread! Ingredients: For 2-3 people as a light lunch or starter 12 cherry tomatoes 12 x 1 inch size pieces of stale bread A bag of salad leaves of your choice Optional: Parmesan shavings, Feta or MozzarellaContinue reading “Barbecued Tomato and Charred Panzanella Salad”

Home Sweet Home “Le St Germain” Almond Cake

Was feeling a little homesick at the weekend so I decided to make the speciality cake from my hometown, St Germain en Laye, 10 miles west of Paris. “Le St Germain” as it is called, was created in 1920 by Patisserie Hardy on rue des Louviers. It is a very moist almond cake, packed withContinue reading “Home Sweet Home “Le St Germain” Almond Cake”