Category: Food and Wine

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”

French fancies: Confiserie Florian

Today I’m looking once more at one of our well-known and well-loved local companies, Confiserie Florian, which is celebrating its centenary, the French Riviera’s ultimate sweet tooth paradise, run by the 4th generation of the Fuchs family.  To some of you that name will… Continue Reading “French fancies: Confiserie Florian”

The Musette: Cabbage Thoran

One of the benefits of being at home pretty much 24/7, is that my beloved has embraced more of my plant-based eating. This means overall I cook fewer dishes. Yesterday’s fumble in the vegetable rack produced a sweet green cabbage and a small butternut… Continue Reading “The Musette: Cabbage Thoran”

Heavenly Chocolate

Easter is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking about chocolate. And you don’t have to be a child to enjoy a visit from the Easter Bunny. What better excuse to indulge in a little of the sweet stuff? While… Continue Reading “Heavenly Chocolate”