Blanquette de Veau

Blanquette, French Veal StewThis is a delicate subtle flavoured stew, using clean white meat, normally the finest veal you can find, which is favourable with my children and my picky husband. I COULDN’T BELIEVE THAT EVERYONE HAD SECONDS! This is among the preferable meals in any French house. One, because it is easy to make, … Continue reading Blanquette de Veau

Duck Confit Soup with Beans and Savoy Cabbage

The mayor's wife sent over a giant organic savoy cabbage from her father's garden, and along with the generous gift, she told me how she makes her favourite soup from duck confit. Confit is a traditional French dish of slow cooked duck in its own fat. The end result is a super soft, tender and flavourful … Continue reading Duck Confit Soup with Beans and Savoy Cabbage

Creamy Chicken Korma Curry with Lime and Red Peppers

Traditional Korma Chicken Curry with a Twist of Lime   I am not going to lie. I have been cooking Indian for only about a minute. Before France, I never really had the opportunity to fall in love with Indian cuisine.  Here in France, with our huge English population, my love has grown, and my interested in … Continue reading Creamy Chicken Korma Curry with Lime and Red Peppers

HOW TO MAKE: Vegetarian French Lentils

A delicious filling vegetarian meal, served with bread and cheese   INGREDIENTS: 3 large diced onions 2 crushed garlic cloves 5 large finely sliced carrots 2 diced celery sticks 1 sliced leak, the white part 1-2 chopped turnips 1 kilo dried, rinsed and cleaned lentils 2 liters vegetable stock or 3 vegetable stock cubes added … Continue reading HOW TO MAKE: Vegetarian French Lentils

HOW TO MAKE: Beef Bourguignon Julia Child’s Recipe

Do the French actually cook like Julia Child's? This is my second attempt at making Beef Burgundy or Boeuf Bourguignon, the classic French dish made famous again by the 2009 movie Julie & Julia, bringing Julia Child’s cookbook back to the best selling list 50 years later. In my circle of friends and family, some have on … Continue reading HOW TO MAKE: Beef Bourguignon Julia Child’s Recipe

HOW TO MAKE: Beef Bourguignon – My Way

Beef Bourguignon, a traditional French dish. In the south, not as many people make this dish, to my surprise. I always think, that the French are like Hungarians, everyone knows how to make X,Y & Z. But in the south, it is usually far too hot to make oven dishes, except in the winter, but … Continue reading HOW TO MAKE: Beef Bourguignon – My Way

HOW TO MAKE: Hungarian Stacked Potatoes (Rakott Krumpli)

    Hungarian ‘Rakott Krumpli’ or egg and potato casserole Alfonz cooks a few times a year, usually BBQ related, and always very good. Over the years he’s picking up a few skills in the kitchen, and every once in a while, like yesterday, he surprises me with dinner. After a full day on the canal … Continue reading HOW TO MAKE: Hungarian Stacked Potatoes (Rakott Krumpli)