Category: Food and Wine

The Musette: it’s a (vegan) wrap

Although I enjoy cooking, particularly at lunchtime, I occasionally resort to a sandwich at dinnertime.  This frquently involves me standing in front of the fridge and mentally put together sandwich for each of us. My beloved is never a problem. There’s always cold meats, cheese… Continue Reading “The Musette: it’s a (vegan) wrap”

La Chandeleur – crêpes all round!

We’ve had croissants, today we’ve got crêpes! Yes, in France we’ll all be digging out our crêpes pans or non-stick frying pans to celebrate La Chandeleur, a religious holiday that’s been around since Roman times. Why crêpes and why today? Well there’s a lot… Continue Reading “La Chandeleur – crêpes all round!”

The Musette: prawn biryani

Biryani has its origins in the Indian subcontinent, where it’s popular throughout though it’s also prepared in other regions such as parts of Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq. The exact origin of the dish is uncertain. In North India, different varieties of biryani developed in… Continue Reading “The Musette: prawn biryani”

National Croissant Day

For once I felt I couldn’t let this day go unremarked. Think France, think croissants. The two are inextricably entwined, aren’t they? The flaky, buttery delicious crescent-shaped pastry called a croissant is a French icon and yet……. it isn’t truly French. History of the… Continue Reading “National Croissant Day”

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”