At a market nearby I found a man selling fresh fish from his small fish farm in the mountains, using clean spring water, as many fish would prefer. He used a net to catch the fish from plastic containers on the back of his car. I prepared the fish in the simplest possible fashion to appreciate the taste and presented it on a bed of […]
Although I now live in a small village near the Pyrenees mountains, I can get good fish at a fishmonger in Mirepoix. The cod filet looked too great to resist. Cod can be bland and I usually spice it up a bit. I had some chorizo left that I had bought at butcher’s who said he made them himself. The cabbage came from the fresh […]
Many national dishes have humble origins and are unlikely to grace any fancy recipe book next to gastronomic courses with noble products. With water, potato and this cabbage the northern Portuguese made Caldo Verde, green broth, and Portuguese all over the world still eat it with pleasure and as an antidote against homesickness. Most people are poor and have been poor over the centuries and […]
Guinea fowl is widely available in France and I find slightly more tasty than chicken and also belief their production is less intensive. I could be wrong of course as the one I bought for this recipe came from a leading supermarket poultry brand (Loué). But it is supposed to be less fat than a chicken and have more vitamins and minerals.
I am not a big fan of fusion cuisine and rather stick to a style. But sometimes the hazards of the seasons, the menu and the larder create interesting cross-cultural combinations. So it was with this Greco-Dutch dish. It is vegetarian but you can have meat with it, like veal chops. Skordalia is a Greek potato, garlic and olive oil mixture that you can use […]
A had some leftover cabbage, Chinese cabbage from a stir-fry and green cabbage I had used with a soup and a quail instead of the kale I had wanted. Cabbage is a healthy vegetable – it is low in fat and calories, high in nutrients and vitamins (C and K) and helps reduce bad cholesterol. I read somewhere that cabbage is the Chinese secret for […]
Quail is a festive and easy kind of poultry, family of the pheasant that comes in a handy one-person portion. Have you ever seen quail walking around alive? I once saw a few when I was driving in the Dordogne area. They are a funny kind of bird with a strange walk. Most quail for poultry is domesticated and raised in cages.
A hearty soup is a great dish for Autumn. This is a variation on a recipe for a clear beef soup with kale, principally because there was no kale available on the market. After making the broth, I was supposed to dispose of the beef. Instead, I used it for another preparation.
A while ago, we were in Fécamp on the Normandy coast. It is not the prettiest coastal town of France, in fact it is rather drab due to its role as a commercial and fishery port in an industrial area. The boats and their owners traded far away and fished the coasts of Newfoundland. Soon the horizon over the sea will be dotted with giant […]