Category: Main dish

10th December 2012

Rack of pork with two apples, lemon grass and ginger

A lovely Sunday lunch or dinner dish, combining hearty pork meat with apples and adding an Asian touch. Because of the apples, I could not resist using some cider. Ingredients 500 grammes of boned rack of pork (or shoulder) tied up as a roast Four Granny Smith apples Four Boskoop apples Two sticks of lemon grass Five cm of fresh ginger A bottle of cider […]

6th December 2012

Quail and red cabbage

There was some left-over cabbage and there were two quail in the freezer as I had bought six in one go one day in a sale. With a strip of smoked ham I turned it into a nice meal which we ate just as the television news had an item about the large quantities of food people throw away as they buy more than they […]

20th November 2012

Veal liver with onions and garlic

Liver is slightly controversial. Not everybody likes the taste, not everybody likes to eat offal. Yet liver is the best kind of offal you can get and veal liver is tender and delicious. Liver is a source of proteins with low fat, it has vitamins A C D, B2 B5 B6 B12 as well as vital mineral salts such as copper, phosphorus, iron and zinc. […]

14th November 2012

Guinea fowl with girolles and rice

There are still various mushrooms on the market, some late ceps, cantherelles, the black “trompettes de Maures” (also called trumpets of death) and the yellow girolles. I do like mushrooms, especially ceps, but I find most of the mushrooms a lot of bother to clean. Girolles go well with poultry, so I bought some of them for this recipe. Ingredients one guinea fowl 200 grammes […]

14th November 2012

Pan-roasted quail with garlic and ginger

From time to time, you just have to cook with what you have in the house. I had bought several quail as they were on offer and I did not want to follow a traditional Italian recipe again, as nice as that one is. I had a piece of ginger lying around and some unfinished white wine. Garlic and onion is usually available in the […]

12th November 2012

Halibut and scallops

We went to the market in Dieppe where you can buy fish almost straight from the boats. The scallop season is in full swing and we decided to buy a few kilos, as well as a halibut that looked nice. The prices in Dieppe are two-thirds of what we pay in our town, but it is a bit of a journey just for some fish. […]

8th November 2012

Risotto with sea urchins and clams

I saw ‘oursins’ on the market, sea urchins. They look like spiky purple balls. Usually the fish monger has opened one up to show the orange “tongues” that are eaten. This way you can see the freshness. As with all sea food, the further away from the water, the more perishable it is. Some people eat them raw, some with eggs, I made a risotto. […]

4th November 2012

Deer with pumpkin, chestnut and carrots

We were having four days off due to the November 1 public holiday, for All Saints and All Souls, preceded by Halloween evening, and on the market there were many kinds of pumpkins. It is also the hunting season and I had a roast of deer, or venison. French markets often have venison in season, I also saw a leg of boar with one of […]

30th October 2012

Sea bass with seafood

Several people have asked for the recipe of the dish that I used on top of my Facebook page. It is a picture I took for my entry in the “Tous en Cuisine” contest. I had to submit a recipe for a “plat salée” with a picture. At first I was at loss about what a salty dish was but in turned out the opposite […]