This is a very pleasant and nutritious soup for when you are trying to lose weight after spending some nice holidays. I found some interesting beef shank at the supermarket – my butcher’s is closed for a few weeks – and started by making a beef broth. The next day I removed the (little) fat from the stock and added vegetables, chervil and pasta. The chervil gives it a nice anise-like flavour.
We spent a Saturday at the Normandy coast, with nice moules frites — mussels and fries, in this case with ham, chorizo and cream — in Houlgate and large windy villa’s in Cabourg along a sandy beach.
In Ouistreham, a small port down close to the Orne estuary from which ferries go to Portsmouth and Southampton, there are some fish stalls on the quai and I bought fresh clams.
Sometimes you want something simple and pasta with meat sauce is a kind of comfort food for colder days. I do not like to buy pasta sauce in tins or jars and I did not want to go into the trouble of making a real Bolognese sauce because with the bacon (and mushrooms) it adds up to a rather filling and a bit fat sauce. Bologna, a nice town in a great part of Italy, is not for nothing called La Grassa (the fat one).
At the fresh market in our town we found a fishmonger from Brittany who had a good selection of sea food. We bought some, including fresh clams to use in an Italian inspired dish of spaghetti con vongole.
Part two of three recipes I made with one single lobster. Here I will be using the eggs that were under the belly of the female lobster and which I scooped up with a spoon. The little biology I know of lobster is that the eggs first start inside the female. A female lobster mates after she has shed her shell – which lobsters do almost every two months in a process called moulting – and that explains how the male lobster can penetrate another lobster.
The death in Rome of James Gandolfini, the American actor who played a leading role in the Sopranos series, gave me pause to think. At just 51, his demise was a reminder that a heart attack can strike anytime. Especially if you do not exercise regularly and do indulge in the pleasures of life. It … Read more
If you are serious about cooking with the seasons, then one of your first tasks is to check what is growing in your own garden. Or, in our case, the flower boxes hanging outside the windows. This week that meant, due to recent potting of herb plants by my darling wife, that I had a … Read more
I prefer to buy my ingredients straight from the producer even though in our modern supermarket world this is not very practical or economical. Most of the time I do my shopping at the local grocery store or on the outdoor market that is held three times a week in my town. But when I … Read more
We went to the market in the coastal town of Dieppe recently with the idea to buy some fresh and relatively cheap fish, some local cheeses such as the Neufchatel and the Réo raw milk Camembert and to have lunch at the Le Turbot restaurant there. However, when we arrived from the Paris area the … Read more
At first view that title reads like an expensive dish because of the words oysters and truffles, but fear not. It is not what it seems. Turkey oyster, or chicken oyster, is the English denomination for what the French call “Le sot l’y laisse” (The fool leaves it), which is a small bit of meat … Read more