Category: Food and Wine

French comfort food aka fromage: Part I

While many nations have turned to alcohol or cake to help them through the stress of lockdown, it seems that the French comfort food of choice is cheese – consumption of which has soared over the last year. Of course, I am not surprised.… Continue Reading “French comfort food aka fromage: Part I”

The Musette: Classic Spaghetti Carbonara

This is one of my beloved’s favourite recipes. I confess I have never liked it largely because I found it too rich even before I gave up eating meat and dairy. However, it’s an easy dish to make for one so, as a special… Continue Reading “The Musette: Classic Spaghetti Carbonara”

The Musette: Olive oil cake

Even die-hard butter devotees admit that olive oil makes exceptionally good cakes. EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) is liquid at room temperature, so it lends superior moisture over time. In fact, olive oil cake only improves the longer it sits—this dairy-free version will keep… Continue Reading “The Musette: Olive oil cake”

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”