Egg-stravaganza:  

April being the month of Easter, I felt there was no better month to celebrate the humble eggs. They definitely deserve some time in the limelight. To be honest, they are the ingredient I missed the most...

 

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Oeufs Mimosa Et Crudités, comme chez Mémé
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Eggs-stravaganza

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30th March 2017 / By /

April being the month of Easter, I felt there was no better month to celebrate the humble egg. They definitely deserve some time in the limelight. To be honest, they are the ingredient I missed the most whilst on the Auto-Immune Protocol…

Made In America

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5th March 2017 / By /

Pancakes, muffins, hamburgers, meatloaf, pies…one can miss them on a Paleo diet. I did. Not that we made them often but when the craving hits, it is hard to find something other than pancakes, muffins, hamburgers, meatloaf or pies to scratch…

400 Ways With Sausages…well, nearly

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12th February 2017 / By /

400 – that’s how many sausages landed on my doorstep one cold October afternoon because of my trigger-happy finger.

Yes, I ordered 400 sausages, by accident may I point out (they come from Green pastures, our favourite website for ordering grass fed…

Breads

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12th January 2017 / By /

Paleo bread: a contradiction in terms really. Yet one always needs something to spread something on, and let’s face it, who doesn’t like a piece of toast? So, this month, we are talking (well, when I say we, mainly me) about…

A French Christmas

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13th December 2016 / By /

Being a family of mixed nationalities, we make sure we alternate which country we spend Christmas in. This year, we are going to France. And my eldest is always pleased to know that our traditional French Christmas meal has not changed…

Invisible Cakes

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7th November 2016 / By /

Whoever thought of mixing a pancake batter with thinly sliced fruits and baking it to make a cake is a genius. Because essentially, that’s what invisible cakes are. And that’s why they are called ‘invisible’, because one can hardly see the…

Everything Squash

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24th October 2016 / By /

Kabocha, Coquina, Butternut, Onion, Harlequin, Prince, Spaghetti: squashes come in all shapes, colours and sizes, which means there really is a squash out there for everyone – whatever the kids say…

Try a few and see which one is your favourite, from…

Verrines – Or Sum’ut in a glass…

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19th September 2016 / By /

Ok, ‘Verrines’ is a word for a’ bit’ a’ food in a glass…but it took France by storm a few years back and I can see why. Their fresh and often concentrated flavour as well as their delicate textures never fail…

Le Bonheur Du Marché – Markets And Their Delights

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8th August 2016 / By /

Everywhere I go in the world I drag my family to the local market, be it Greece, Reunion Island, Costa Rica, France, Italy, or home. Markets say a lot about local culture and its people and are great at showcasing the wonders that…

Plantain Magic

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18th July 2016 / By /

Magic is actually an understatement. This simple fruit is so accommodating, versatile and changing depending on the treatment one gives it that it becomes bewildering the amount of things one can do with it. Pudding, cakes, biscuits, side vegetables, savoury snacks, you…

A Taste Of Costa Rica

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3rd June 2016 / By /

I have to admit that I do not have the words to even begin to convey how wonderful a time we had in Costa Rica. It is a feast to the senses with its luscious, colourful and changing flora, as well as a delight to the…

Sweet And Savoury Tarts

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2nd May 2016 / By /

I love tarts and quiches and have to admit that I have missed them dreadfully….until I cracked a shortcrust pastry I was happy with that is. Now there is no stopping me I’m afraid.

Savoury, sweet, classic, fusion or unusual, one can…

From Dinner To Lunch

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1st April 2016 / By /

People often ask me where I find the time to cook so much for the family and in particular, during the busy weeks when we all juggle schools, activities, sport, grades, general running of the household, oh, and work!

Well, I love…

Easter Celebration Cake

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21st March 2016 / By /

There is nothing that says celebration like a tall and beautifully decorated cake. Often becoming a talking point and an ice-breaker in social situation, it also makes for a lovely scene as the kids hover around the table, ‘piaffing’ like horses…

Chocolate Cake

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7th March 2016 / By /

The words Chocolate Cake speak for themselves really. They do not need more of a title to prompt your taste buds to salivate and invite you into the world that marries chocolate with cake.

It is Easter at the end of the…

Cajoling My Soul With Stews

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1st February 2016 / By /

I don’t know about you but by the time January is finished, I feel like I’m in need of TLC. That’s where the stews come in.

You get through the door and the smell of a good stew is full of promise that the evening…

Tinned Fish – Hooked on Versatility

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5th January 2016 / By /

My father doesn’t cook much but is an ace at barbecuing, cooks most of the seafood that he fishes and used to make the best sardine butter on toast.  I still make this for my daughters regularly, the youngest even liking it for her…

In a Festive Mood

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31st December 2015 / By /

I could hardly get away with not doing a Christmas theme for December.

I did think about it, ponder, procrastinate and deliberate. I know, it was a long way round the houses to get to the obvious. But considering that Christmas dinner is mainly Paleo,…

Chestnut Flour

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3rd November 2015 / By /

Chestnut flour is one of those ingredients that remind me why I take pleasure in cooking.

It is as soft as talcum powder and propagates a sweet scent throughout the house when baked. It reminds me of the rusticity of long past life,…

Fondues – Fun and Delicious

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3rd October 2015 / By /

I know, when we say fondue, we think of brown trousers, moustaches, tight red shorts and orange wallpaper…But vintage’s in, isn’t it? Besides, fondue can be anything; which is why I decided it should take centre stage in October; to show…

Terre et Mer (Ocean and Earth)

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12th August 2015 / By /

Charente Maritime on a plate

 

My father’s garden is bursting with fresh vegetables; sweet cucumbers (no, I didn’t know they were supposed to be sweet either, until I ate the ones he grew this year); sun kissed strawberries which we pick for breakfast, Charentais melons with heady orange flesh; colourful…

Custard Tart

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24th April 2017 / By /

I think I could eat custard tart every day. I never tire of it. Particularly since one can add as many flavours to the custard as one wants, be it coffee (or in my case chicory concentrate), lemon rind, chocolate, raspberry…

Shortcrust Pastry 2 – Nut Free

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24th April 2017 / By /

I cannot begin to tell you how pleased I was that this casing worked when I first tried it with a custard tart – it’s one of my favourite desserts, if not my favourite. I think I even heard jingle…

Oeuf Cocotte

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30th March 2017 / By /

The original version of this French comforting goodness is made with French single cream and grated cheese, sometimes with a piece of ham at the bottom. The idea is to dive in with a spoon and let the egg yolk ooze…

Spanish Tortilla

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30th March 2017 / By /

A tortilla (or Spanish omelette) is a meal in itself. It is delicious, portable and easy to make for many people which makes it perfect for parties, lunch, picnics or packed lunches. It is also great to use leftovers, be it…