Category: Spring

  • Pear, chocolate and hazelnut scones

    Pear, chocolate and hazelnut scones

    There’s been a week’s intermission from blogging and from France, but I can offer you some pear, chocolate and hazelnut scones as compensation, dear reader. I don’t look like a French native. My cheeks are almost ruddishly pink – something even my dad pointed out recently in a fairly critical manner (‘why are your cheeks […]

  • Hummingbird cupcakes

    Hummingbird cupcakes

    When I moved to the south of France, I expected skies in the exact shade of blue as a Swedish hunk’s eyes, sun-drenched river banks, warm terracotta soaking up the sun, and me, lounging in my garden with a chilled cocktail clasped leisurely in hand. Now, a year later, I can only testify to the […]

  • Spaghetti with prawns and whisky sauce

    Spaghetti with prawns and whisky sauce

    In my opinion, it’s not a habit to serve spaghetti and prawns with whisky. Correct me if I’m wrong. To me, whisky is that unfathomable drink, ferociously harsh and unapologetically alcoholic, which lawyers manage to knock back without even a grimace in courtroom dramas. But this unusual combination of spaghetti with prawns and whisky sauce […]

  • Nectarine cheesecake hand pies

    Nectarine cheesecake hand pies

    To do lists are all well and good, but they’re only satisfying if you can actually cross something off them. For once, I am proud to say that two tasks on my to do list can have a line drawn firmly through them, and this is particularly satisfying as these two tasks were hanging over […]

  • Fig, rosemary and fennel soda bread

    Fig, rosemary and fennel soda bread

    Guys. I have news. And it involves a rather divine soda bread recipe. Firstly, you might be thinking, ‘Oh what a lovely photograph!’ (not that I am putting words in your head but it’s what my mum and sister both thought so I’m just assuming). If you are thinking that, this is where I dive […]

  • The best dressing for asparagus

    The best dressing for asparagus

    Ahhh asparagus… You’re the sneakiest of vegetables, yet we seem to love you for it. This will not be an ode to asparagus, although I could probably write one, yet I’ve already done that with blood oranges and sometimes I think the fruits and vegetables of this world just want our worship. Tell me what […]

  • Roasted buttered salmon

    Roasted buttered salmon

    Over these last four months, the UK has been in strict lockdown. Slowly but surely, we are on the return to some kind of freedom, so here are some happy thoughts: French lessons are continuing with vigour but I can’t say my vocabulary is improving. Yes, we have to speak French throughout every lesson but […]

  • French cooking: Raspberry and hazelnut crème brûlées

    French cooking: Raspberry and hazelnut crème brûlées

    A crème brûlée is one of those delicate French deserts which we Brits adore and worship from afar but probably never attempt to make. Add it to the collection along with soufflé, mille-feuille and croquembouche. Even the name ‘crème brûlée’ doesn’t help (does it really need this many accents?!). I’ve started taking French lessons. I […]

  • Cauliflower, pine nuts, salsa verde

    Cauliflower, pine nuts, salsa verde

    I made a cauliflower dish for lunch the other day. It was roasting in the oven, the salsa verde was patiently resting, the pine nuts were on the right side of toasted, when I looked in the fridge to see what else I could grab for us to eat alongside. Aside from a wedge of […]

  • Babaganoush

    Babaganoush

    Pyromania is a curiosity we all possess. We all went through that worrying childhood phase of literally playing with fire (I refuse to believe I was the only one) and I think a love of cooking is simply an extension of that. Take blowtorching something for instance. It really is a dangerous tool to give […]