Category: Food and Wine

The Musette: Spicy Cod Fritters

Although I eat some fish, I don’t like a lot of typical white fish such as cod, haddock, plaice, whiting. I prefer less fishy tasting Mediterranean fish like sea bass. However, I do enjoy both brandade de morue (emulsion of salt cod, olive oil… Continue Reading “The Musette: Spicy Cod Fritters”

The Musette: chocolate truffles

I love making my own petits fours to serve with either tea or coffee after dinner. These take many forms but will typically include chocolate truffles. A chocolate truffle is essentially a firm ganache, made of melted chocolate, cream, butter and flavourings, shaped into… Continue Reading “The Musette: chocolate truffles”

The Musette: Gougères (French cheese puffs)

Gougères are made with choux pastry (pâte à choux) which might be one of the oldest doughs used in the kitchen. Allegedly Catherine de Medici’s chef was making the dough more than 500 years ago. It’s also the only dough I know that’s first cooked… Continue Reading “The Musette: Gougères (French cheese puffs)”

The Musette: individual pineapple tatin

Last week’s dinner dish was lightish and therefore I felt it was wholly appropriate to serve a more substantial dessert. I particularly like serving individual ones as generally they’re quicker to cook. Despite its appearance, there’s not too much cooking involved. You need to… Continue Reading “The Musette: individual pineapple tatin”

The Musette: scallops, cauliflower and curry oil

It’s been so long since we’ve had friends around for dinner that I wanted to push the boat out a bit. Yes, we’ve had picnics and apèros, but no proper dinners. This scallop recipe comes straight from one of my favourite chefs, Raymond Blanc.… Continue Reading “The Musette: scallops, cauliflower and curry oil”

The Musette: Black Bean and Corn salad

During the month of August I really don’t feel much like cooking and salads reign supreme. Here’s another one from my vast repertoire of salads which can be made from typical store cupboard staples and seasonal vegetables. I typically make this one to serve… Continue Reading “The Musette: Black Bean and Corn salad”

The Musette: roasted artichoke salad

During the month of August I really don’t feel much like cooking and salads reign supreme. Here’s one which doesn’t rely on the availability of fresh artichokes which I adore. Instead I use frozen ones from Picard which I always have in the freezer.… Continue Reading “The Musette: roasted artichoke salad”

One from the vaults: Postcards from Pays Basque III

This is the third in this series of posts about our maiden trip to the Basque Country in 2010 which was specifically to watch what has become one of my favourite cycle races. Sadly, I wasn’t be there this year but hopefully next. For… Continue Reading “One from the vaults: Postcards from Pays Basque III”

The Musette: Pasta Salad

When I think of pasta salad, I think of summer picnics and barbecues. This chilled dish is often served as a side but is rarely the star of the show. As a pasta-lover, I’ve often wondered why. Is it because we’re all serving subpar pasta… Continue Reading “The Musette: Pasta Salad”

One from the vaults: The food in Italy

Rather than repost an Italian recipe, I’ve reposted about Italian food. I’ve previously waxed lyrical about the food in Spain, now it’s the turn of our nearest neighbour Italy. Who doesn’t love pizza and pasta? Exactly! I’m so old I still remember eating in… Continue Reading “One from the vaults: The food in Italy”