Category: Food and Wine

Cocktail recipes for your Apero

Here are just a few suggestions:- Kir Royale Popular throughout France, the Kir Royale is pretty much an anytime, anywhere kind of cocktail. Legend has it that Blanc-cassis, a white wine and crème de cassis (blackcurrant liqueur made in Burgundy) mix was popular in… Continue Reading “Cocktail recipes for your Apero”

Apéro? Yes please…….

Since moving to France, we’ve embraced with alacrity the traditional French institution of aperitif, called an apéro for short. Typically enjoyed with friends and family before dinner, l’heure de l’apéro is typically an hour of ‘apéritif’ drinks  –  wine, champagne, cocktails –  with nibbles.… Continue Reading “Apéro? Yes please…….”

The Musette: Mumbai Pastries

When I make a curry for Friday dinner, I’ll frequently make some chutney too. But what do you do with left over coriander chutney? You make these Mumbai pastries! Ingredients (makes 8) 10 tbsp fresh coriander (cilantro), chopped 3 tbsp fresh mint leaves, chopped… Continue Reading “The Musette: Mumbai Pastries”

The Musette: fudgy dark chocolate vegan cookies

I’ve baked lots of cookies — from chocolate chip to almond batons and lots in between — but the one I keep coming back to are these fudgy dark chocolate vegan cookies. The recipe feels like magic: just a handful of cupboard ingredients create… Continue Reading “The Musette: fudgy dark chocolate vegan cookies”

The Musette: warm orzo salad with roasted prawns

I’ve been having a bit of a prawn-fest since I discovered Picard’s organic frozen, de-veined headless prawns. (Picard is a shop selling frozen foods in France). I like to keep a couple of salads in the fridge for quick meals. This one has the… Continue Reading “The Musette: warm orzo salad with roasted prawns”

Favourite French Treats: Part II

Here’s Part II (Part I was yesterday) of my zero-calorie post of some well-known and well-loved French desserts, cakes and treats. Don’t forget to let me know in the comments below if I’ve omitted your favourite! Fraisier The cake’s name is derived from the… Continue Reading “Favourite French Treats: Part II”

Favourite French Treats: Part I

I was going to do another A to Z but that would mean a lot of tempting treats wouldn’t be included, and we can’t have that! You should be aware that, despite its contents, this is a zero-calorie post. In no particular order, here’s… Continue Reading “Favourite French Treats: Part I”

The Musette: it’s a (vegan) wrap

Although I enjoy cooking, particularly at lunchtime, I occasionally resort to a sandwich at dinnertime.  This frquently involves me standing in front of the fridge and mentally put together sandwich for each of us. My beloved is never a problem. There’s always cold meats, cheese… Continue Reading “The Musette: it’s a (vegan) wrap”

La Chandeleur – crêpes all round!

We’ve had croissants, today we’ve got crêpes! Yes, in France we’ll all be digging out our crêpes pans or non-stick frying pans to celebrate La Chandeleur, a religious holiday that’s been around since Roman times. Why crêpes and why today? Well there’s a lot… Continue Reading “La Chandeleur – crêpes all round!”

The Musette: prawn biryani

Biryani has its origins in the Indian subcontinent, where it’s popular throughout though it’s also prepared in other regions such as parts of Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq. The exact origin of the dish is uncertain. In North India, different varieties of biryani developed in… Continue Reading “The Musette: prawn biryani”