Category: Food and Wine

The Musette: red wine-poached pears

You all know about my beloved husband’s love of desserts. In his mind, no meal is complete without one. Because I always have a large bowl of fresh fruit in the kitchen, it’s often that which provides my inspiration. How many recipes have I… Continue Reading “The Musette: red wine-poached pears”

The Musette: macaroni cheese

When it’s cold and there’s nothing much to look forward to, except more of the same, it’s tempting to reach for some comfort food. I’m encouraging my beloved to eat more of a plant-based diet in January – less work for me – but,… Continue Reading “The Musette: macaroni cheese”

The Musette: Quick Vegan Lasagne

Hands up who doesn’t love lasagne? Exactly! However, homemade lasagne can be a relatively quick affai. If like me you keep stuff pre-prepared in the freezer and/or pantry, this is more of an assembly job. Some years ago I shared with you my vegan… Continue Reading “The Musette: Quick Vegan Lasagne”

A – Z French Food: Part II

The Festive Season is a time for indulgence and while many are contemplating following a plant-based diet for Veganary, let’s look at Part II of my pick of some delicious French food. After all, it’s a calorie free exercise! If you missed it you’ll… Continue Reading “A – Z French Food: Part II”

A – Z French Food: Part I

The Festive Season is a time for indulgence and while many are contemplating following a plant-based diet for Veganary, let’s look at some delicious French food. After all, it’s a calorie free exercise! A is for Aligot Let’s start with something warm and comforting,… Continue Reading “A – Z French Food: Part I”

The Musette: seafood feast

If you’ve ever spent any time in France over the Christmas period one thing you’re likely to have noticed is the amount of fish and seafood in the shops, markets and on restaurant menus. We have embraced this tradition with open arms. The French… Continue Reading “The Musette: seafood feast”

The Musette: upside-down chocolate crumble cake

This is a truly beautiful dessert with serious chocolate power. You may be surprised to see that I place the crumble under, rather than over, the filling. This gives a fantastic texture and is also extremely simple to prepare. Believe it or not, the… Continue Reading “The Musette: upside-down chocolate crumble cake”

Bake off is Better in France

Great Britain invented the Great British Bake Off programme format and it’s been sold to 196 different territories, including France where it’s called Le Meilleur Pâtissier (the best baker) and it’s, well, just better than the British original. So with the ninth series underway… Continue Reading “Bake off is Better in France”

The Musette: Dosa

In its most simple form, Dosa is very similar to a crepe and is a very popular street food all over India. Originating in southern India, Dosa has been around since 5th century AD. It’s said that it was first referenced by Chalukya King… Continue Reading “The Musette: Dosa”

One from the vaults: Evoking fond memories

It’s most unlikely I’ll be doing my hostess with the mostest during this Festive Season. Instead, I’ll have to dive back into Christmas periods past such as this one in 2011.  If I’m not spending time out on the bike, there’s no where else… Continue Reading “One from the vaults: Evoking fond memories”