Floral and Flavoured Butter: Rosemary Flower Butter with Grana Padano Cheese

Rosemary Butter with Grana Padano

Floral and Flavoured Butter: Rosemary Flower Butter with Grana Padano Cheese Sometimes an idea comes to me in the middle of the night, when I am tossing and turning, reflecting on events that have happened, or worrying about things that may not happen……..the night is still and my thoughts seem to hang in the darkness… 

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French Sunday Lunch: Guinea Fowl with Apples, Prunes and Armagnac Mustard Sauce (Pintade aux Prunes)

Guinea Fowl with Apples, Prunes and Armagnac Mustard Sauce (Pintade aux Prunes)

French Sunday Lunch: Guinea Fowl with Apples, Prunes and Armagnac Mustard Sauce (Pintade aux Prunes) Dawn breaks, sending fiery rays of blood-red rays through the old lace curtains……it’s a Sailor’s (or Shepherd’s) warning morning, and then I hear the patter of rain as it hits the window, driven by blustering winds. The duvet clings to… 

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The Old Mirabelle Plum Tree: Spiced Mirabelle Plum Galette Recipe

Spiced Mirabelle Plum Galette

The Old Mirabelle Plum Tree: Spiced Mirabelle Plum Galette Recipe At the bottom left of my French garden there is a beautiful old Mirabelle tree; it was here when we bought the house and every year it gives us kilos and kilos of gorgeous yellow and rosy pink fruit. Diminutive in size it may be compared… 

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Giveaway: Win a GRAND MARNIER CORDON ROUGE COCKTAIL SET RRP: £89:50 for Christmas!

Giveaway: Win a GRAND MARNIER CORDON ROUGE COCKTAIL SET RRP: £89:50 for Christmas!

Giveaway: Win a GRAND MARNIER CORDON ROUGE COCKTAIL SET RRP: £89:50 for Christmas! I am delighted to be able to offer a FABULOUS luxury prize on behalf of Alexander and James, the on-line store dedicated to fine spirits and the craft, heritage and passion that go into making them. They have offered ALL Lavender and… 

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Saint Marcellin Cheese, Tomatoes and Basil – A Delectable Random Recipe from Nigel Slater

Saint Marcellin Cheese, Tomatoes and Basil - a Delectable Random Dish from Nigel Slater

~ Saint Marcellin Cheese, Tomatoes and Basil ~ A Delectable Random Recipe from Nigel Slater The French summer continues to be hot and sunny, and although the evenings are quite cool now, there is still a need to eat simply, outdoors of course, in a delightfully cool and  shady spot at the bottom of the… 

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Giveaway: Win a Set of Le Creuset “Petite” Casserole Dishes

Win a Set of Le Creuset "Petite" Casserole Dishes

Giveaway: Win a Set of Le Creuset “Petite” Casserole Dishes I love cooking in cast iron, and I also love my Le Creuset pots and pans, I have numerous ones in all different shapes and sizes. They are great for oven to table serving, and their heat retention is second to none. You can sauté in them,… 

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Fromage Friday! A Simple French Cheeseboard for Al Fresco and Summer Dining

Fromage Friday! A Simple French Cheeseboard for Al Fresco and Summer Dining

Fromage Friday! A Simple French Cheeseboard for Al Fresco and Summer Dining Now, I know regular readers will be expecting a “Fish on Friday” post today, and indeed I will be posting one a little later or tomorrow, but for now I want to share a simple idea for a summer cheeseboard, a bit if… 

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“Scandi” Friday with Hot Pickled Herrings and a Dill Pickle Potato Salad Recipe

"Scandi" Friday with Hot Pickled Herrings and a Dill Pickle Potato Salad Recipe

“Scandi” Friday with Hot Pickled Herrings and a Dill Pickle Potato Salad Recipe It’s a bit of an IKEA post today…..blonde and bleached wood, candles, white plates, sleek cutlery, dill pickles, coriander, lemons, SAAB convertibles, red and white enamel pans, herrings, dill pickles and potato salad, yes, it’s my regular Fish on Friday post but… 

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March Tea Time Treats Round Up: Ooh La La! French Tarts, Cakes, Bakes and Pastries

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March Tea Time Treats Round Up Ooh La La! French Tarts, Cakes, Bakes and Pastries March’s challenge was a French theme, and I must say that even though French pastries are often thought to be tricky to make and bake, you all rose to the challenge, as you can see by the amazing entries below. We had eclaires,… 

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March Tea Time Treats Challenge: Ooh La La! French Tarts, Cakes, Bakes and Pastries

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March Tea Time Treats Challenge: Ooh La La! French Tarts, Cakes, Bakes and Pastries Welcome to March’s Tea Time Treats! What a surprise Kate and I have in store for you – we want you to make and bakes anything Oooh La La! That’s French Tarts (!), French Cakes, French Bakes, French Pastries, Éclairs, Tarte au… 

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