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Tabbouleh (and friends) are the only thi...

Tabbouleh (and friends) are the only things that make camping bearable

  Before this weekend, I knew I was not much of a camping girl but I thought I could blame it on the small tent we’d always used, one of those you can’t stand in. I thought that maybe, with a bigger tent I would feel more comfortable than claustrophobic, more cosy than stuck in my sleeping bag, more […]

Raspberry and Lychee Chocolate Log

Raspberry and Lychee Chocolate Log

  I’ve been threatening to translate this recipe from the original French for a while now, and so here it is. This is the third year I’ve made this delicious dessert for Christmas, although let it be known that it can be done for any special occasion and no one will think ‘why is there […]

A cheese-free alternative to pizza

A cheese-free alternative to pizza

  The other day, I was reflecting on how difficult it must be to enjoy a good pizza if you don’t like cheese. I tend to think that tomato-based pizzas aren’t very interesting or tasty unless there is a generous amount of mozzarella on top but that’s just me. So what about a cheese-free pizza […]

Cherry Cake with Blue Cream Cheese Icing

Cherry Cake with Blue Cream Cheese Icing

When it comes to making birthday cakes for the kids, I go for taste over style every time, for the simple reason that I can’t make fancy cakes for toffee. I admire them from afar, as my special cakes-I-won’t-ever-make Pinterest board can attest but there will never be delicate fairies and toadstools, Hello Kitty faces or elaborate […]

A most versatile chicken stew recipe

A most versatile chicken stew recipe

I’ve been meaning to post this recipe for a while, as it is one of my go-to, most used method for making chicken stew. It is my own take on a Chicken Forestière, which is just a fancy French term for chicken and mushroom stew. The cunning thing with the cooking is that once you know […]

Apricot and Marzipan Tart

Apricot and Marzipan Tart

I had to ice my first fruitcake at the weekend after offering to bake his favourite cake to my father-in-law for his birthday. I don’t particularly like fruitcake so I had never made one before, and I had never iced a cake in my life. So a weekend of firsts, and at very short notice! I […]

Perfect BLW tomato sauce: so easy it too...

Perfect BLW tomato sauce: so easy it took me 33 years to learn how to make it

I didn’t learn to make tomato sauce until about four months ago. This is seriously embarrassing but also good, because I learnt a new thing and it is AWESOME! When I did baby-led weaning the first time around two years ago (blimey, doesn’t time fly), we ate boring pasta for ever and ever. I did […]

Duck Breast with Puy Lentils, Mushrooms ...

Duck Breast with Puy Lentils, Mushrooms and Bacon

I’m going to start on a slight tangent but yesterday was Valentine’s Day and we had lentils for dinner. That’s right, lentils. Hardly the romantic food of love, you might think, especially when Facebook was exploding with soppy declarations of luuurve and pictures of flowers and chocolate had taken over the newsfeed. Unfortunately, my day […]

Inside a Franglish Pantry: Lardons

Inside a Franglish Pantry: Lardons

I was cooking a Boeuf Bourguignon for Sunday lunch last week and the smell of lardons frying in the pan reminded me how much of a staple item it is in France and how frequently I use them in recipes. Lardons are basically diced smoked bacon, which you can buy in most if not all […]

Potato Salad with sherry shallots

Potato Salad with sherry shallots

In the first installment of my new topic Inside a Franglish Pantry, I want to tell you how I fell in love with sherry. That’s right, the Spanish alcoholic beverage also known as xérès. It’s a big fail in the Franglish department, but it is in my pantry and is so wonderful it now features […]

 
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