Muffins don’t have to be sweet!

Try these Onion and Apple Muffins as an alternative to a sandwich or with some soup. They are also delicious with a bit of garlic and herb cream cheese and some salad. It may sound a bit weird but really give them a go. Although best straight out the oven, as with any home baking,…

Another curry class and thinking about leftovers

Last week I did some more cooking at an apartment in Paris. This time we cooked Keralan style veggie curry and spiced vegetable rice. It went down well. We did raita and poppadoms to go with it. As ever it was a pleasant lunch with lovely people. The recipes are simple ones that could easily…

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…