Asperges en vinaigrette

Just like the Poireaux en Vinaigrette (http://recessionbitesblog.wordpress.com/2014/01/17/poireaux-en-vinaigrette/), asparagus with vinaigrette are a classic French starter. Ingredients (for a starter portion – this will serve 2): 1 bunch of white...

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Poireaux en vinaigrette

Leeks with a mignonette drizzle. This is a very classic French starter. It’s cheap and is dead handy to use up those couple of leeks wilting in the bottom...

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Sauce Mignonette

Sauce Mignonette

This sauce is a condiment or can be used as a vinaigrette over crudites.  Particularly delicious on a freshly opened oyster. Ingredients: 2 shallots, red wine vinegar, cracked black...

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Squash and basil soup

A real winter warmer, this one! Ingredients: 1 squash, 2 onions, 2 cloves of garlic, 50 g of red lentils, 1 chilli, ginger (fresh if you have it), turmeric...

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Endives au jambon gratinées

The ultimate comfort food when it’s miserable outside. My granny used to make this for me as a treat on Wednesday afternoons. It’s a simple chicory and ham gratin....

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Béchamel sauce

You call it White Sauce or Roux. I call it Béchamel and I love it. It’s the basis of so many delicious dishes (lasagnes, gratins…) Here’s a quick how to....

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Apple and carrot slaw

This was recommended to me last week by my work friend Viv so tried it on Saturday. It’s fresh and delicious. Ingredients:  4 carrots, 2 apples, a bit of...

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Spiced lentils and tahini

Hot and spicy and ideal if you’ve got a cold! Ingredients:  250 g red lentils, spices and lots of it (this depends on your own taste but I use:...

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French Mustard Tart Recipe

French Mustard Tart Recipe

This one is great for a quick lunch when you’ve not much left in your fridge but still want something damn tasty. My mam used to make this quite...

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Lamb and haricot beans stew

One of my favourite winter dishes. Simple, filling and very cheap. Ingredients: 500 g of dry haricots beans, 1 kg of lamb (get your butcher to prepare and cut...

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