Category: Food and Wine

French fancies: Oliviers & Co

As a keen home cook, one of the things I love about where I now live is the availability of  wonderful local, artisan products. While we have our own olive grove in the Domaine where I live, I buy lots of different local organic… Continue Reading “French fancies: Oliviers & Co”

The Musette: Curried Vegetable Wraps

Lunch most days is scheduled for 12:30 and I (foolishly) rely on my beloved to advise whether or not this has to be pushed back (or forth) because one of his interminable Zoom meetings. I’m therefore always trying to come up with dishes that… Continue Reading “The Musette: Curried Vegetable Wraps”

The Musette: Beetroot Orzo

Here’s a short and sweet dish which cooks all in one pan to a satisfying deep garnet red with the spoonable feeling of a risotto. You can use any colour of beetroot you like here; I prefer the deep magenta jewels of the red… Continue Reading “The Musette: Beetroot Orzo”

The Musette: Baked Chard

I love recipes which are both a main meal for me and a side-dish for my non-vegan beloved husband. We both adore  Swiss chard’s dark green leaves with their colourful, sometimes woody, stems. I particularly like the stems which I’ll often use in another… Continue Reading “The Musette: Baked Chard”

French biscuits: Part II

While France may be best known for its exquisite pâtisserie creations and extravagant gâteaux, the not-so-humble biscuit deserves some recognition too. There are some delicious French biscuits and while they aren’t as revered as foods like cheese and baguette, they do have a role,… Continue Reading “French biscuits: Part II”

French biscuits: Part I

France doesn’t have what you might call a biscuit or cookie culture, somewhat surprising given that biscuit is French for twice cooked. But, as you can see from its supermaket shelves, brands from other countries tend to dominate. Aside from the many artisanal and… Continue Reading “French biscuits: Part I”

The Mustte: Baked Cod

This is a quick and easy midweek meal for my beloved. Little greaseproof (parchment) paper parcels are filled with fish which steams gently on a bed of vegetables, allowing all of the flavours to intermingle. This method of cooking ensures that the fish isn’t… Continue Reading “The Mustte: Baked Cod”

Friendly Friday Challenge: something fishy

The Friendly Friday Challenge is now a fortnightly challenge co-hosted by Amanda from Something to Ponder About and Sandy from The Sandy Chronicles.  Again, the Friendly Friday Blog Challenge is asking us to share a story, photographs, poem or recipe on the theme: Something… Continue Reading “Friendly Friday Challenge: something fishy”

The Musette: celeriac remoulade

This is a salad I’ll make regularly throughout autumn, winter and spring. Indeed, just as long as I can get organic, fresh celeriac. This creamy, mustardy slaw is a a typical French hors d’oeuvre. It used to be a bistro stalwart but you’re now… Continue Reading “The Musette: celeriac remoulade”

Things about France that surprised me: love of Nutella

I’ve already discussed the surpising French love of le hamburger and pizza. This week I’m sticking with the (Easter) chocolate theme and (frankly) milking it for all it’s worth! Surprisingly there’s nothing France loves more than Nutella – at least according to a 2020… Continue Reading “Things about France that surprised me: love of Nutella”