Indian Cooking Class

I had a lot of fun last Friday. I agreed to run a cooking class for Maisons-Laffitte International Association. I ran a class cooking Keralan chicken curry , a vegetarian version with vegetables and chick peas to replace the chicken, spiced vegetable basmati rice and raita. We cooked poppadoms and had chutneys and pickles followed…

Indian themed cub sleepover

We had a taste of India at cubs on Friday night.  We had a sleepover at the church where we meet.  An Indian friend of mine (thank you so much Meena!!) came and answered questions about India, showed them a little Bollywood dancing and helped the cubs make chapattis, raita and a Indian semolina dessert. …

It may not look great but so delicious!!

Just have to share this recipe with you – it isn’t you most good looking soup but don’t judge a book by its cover!!  This is the perfect soup to use up stale crusty bread and blue cheese.  I still have some wonderful Stilton from Christmas brought from the UK by friends and it was…

Let me introduce the humble Potimarron

This cute little squash is called Potimarron here in France.  I really don’t know how easy it is to buy in the UK.  We don’t really do pumpkin and squash in the UK.  Except for Butternut squash and the tasteless orange pumkins that make good lanterns for Halloween.  Here in the markets this time of…

Happy New Year – some festive recipes

Things get busy in the run up to Christmas and things have been quiet on the blog during December.  I thought I would begin the New Year with a few festive successes on the food front.  I have already shared my first attempt at mincemeat  despite intending to make my own most years. I have also wanted…

Festive main course for vegetarians

During the festive season with a vegetarian at the table needs some fancy food that sits nicely with the trimmings of the festive meal.  This is the hit of this Christmas but could be used any time of year – in the summer it could be served with a salad or an interesting coleslaw like the…

Nice way to spend a Friday morning

It is the end of November, maybe a little early for mince pies but Anita (the Thermomix queen) wanted to make some and so did I.  One thing I have never done, although every year I say I will, is make my own mincemeat from scratch.  So with my French friend, it seemed only right…

Love tips for less waste…

….then here are a few to help stop wasting potatoes. I was amazed at how many potatoes are wasted in the UK. I know I have been guilty of forgetting to use spuds and throwing away soft, smelly, sprouting potatoes. You certainly don’t think of potatoes being something to pop in the freezer but cooked…

Thermomix – how was the demo?

As promised, I am sharing my experience of my Thermomix Demo.  First thing to say is this is my personal opinion, this is not a sponsored post so truly independent.  It’s a long one so make a cuppa and have a read. Most importantly, the food.  What did we eat and how good was it? …

Pesto, pasta and peas

My youngest loves pesto.  A friend made fresh pesto once when we were over for dinner, the kids had already had something to eat earlier, they were quite little at the time.  The bowl of spaghetti and pesto was put in front of me with that gorgeous smell that you only get with freshly made…