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August 21, 2016

The sun came back today here in SW France, and here it's to stay, on full heat!!

Inspired by an apricot tart I recently met, and with no shops open on a sunday, a tomato tart sounded just perfect!

This recipe sounds quite heavy on the garlic as it uses a whole bulb, not...

August 16, 2016

The penultimate day!

Day 29.

This is a cold salad of roasted carrots.

For 6 people you will need:

1kg carrots

250g small shallot onions

3 large cloves of garlic halved

50ml olive oil

1 tablespoon cumin seeds

1 tablespoon ground cumin

50g butter

Salt & pepper

Handful fresh parsley,...

August 11, 2016

Recipe 22 of 30. 

Baked courgettes stuffed with garlic butter, cheese & parsley. A great side dish or a vegetarian main dish served with a salad.

You could also use aubergines or potatoes for this dish.

You will need:

2 courgettes

garlic butter (or olive oil & crushed garli...

It's Friday and time to get busy with a homemade curry!

This is recipe 17 of 30, in my 30 recipes in 30 days challenge.

So, I've made these to go with a curry as a starter. We have 15 for dinner!

These aren't spicey, just more fragrant. This recipes makes 16 large samosas...

Friday night is curry night!

A friends husband is making the main curry, so I'm making the extras! Vegetable curry, samosas & chipatis.

For my 30 recipes in 30 days, I've done 3 recipes in one day!

This is always a popular curry, that I've made lots of times. I always mak...


Day 15 of 30!

From now, it gets to feel like more of a challenge...I'm going completely blank when people ask 'what are we eating tomorrow?'

But it's a good sign that I will take myself out of my comfort zone and try things I've never tried before!

Still on the...

Day 12 of 30 and nearing the half way mark!

Next week I have visitors and some of whom are vegetarian, so am trying some nice vegetarian recipes.

I love mushrooms and pastry!

These are great and you can bake them then freeze them.

So you will need:

Oblong shop bought puff p...

Day 7 of my 30 recipes in 30 days challenge.

Today it's been really hot here in SW France, off to a BBQ and as an accompaniment this is a great salad. But for those of you who prefer vegetarian meals, a great main course salad.

So it's really a more elaborate taboulet.


Lately I've wanted to cook meat-free meals, maybe it's the summer heat!

Having said that I love pasta, and whenever I'm in the supermarket I always look at all the fancy dried pastas. This week I was looking large shells to stuff but instead I found these!

Paccheri are l...

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