Category: Vegetables

15th May 2013

A vegetarian meal

I am not a vegetarian. In fact, I almost always eat meat or fish. But there is no reason even for passionate carnivores not to eat a meal from time to time without any meat, fish or eggs. With vegetables aplenty in Spring, I made this evening meal with carrots cooked with cumin seed (for taste), artichokes cooked with lemon (to prevent the chokes from […]

29th April 2013

Ode to Spring (lamb chops with fresh vegetables)

Yes, the winter seems to have released its grip on France and we even had a good week of sunshine before the sky turned greyish again. The result was noticeable on the town market as fresh seasonal vegetables appeared on the stalls, from French regions and not from Africa or Spain. I had bought lamb chops from a farmer/butcher near Neufchatel-en-Bray in Normandy and combined […]

11th March 2013

Guinea fowl with carrots and cumin

When I was young, carrots were orange. Standardised orange. I  did not even imagine it could be different. But the wild carrots that grew in the area of Afghanistan, some five thousand years ago, had various colours. According to the carrot museum (yes, there is one, be it virtual only) it is due to Dutch growers (oh no, not again) that carrots became widely used in […]

6th March 2013

Dandelion salad with pork chops

Yes, the French even eat flower leaves, as do ruminants, and they have a good reason because it contains many valuable nutrients. I guess the taste was acquired by foragers in times of poverty and famine but even in our times of abundance and heavy diets the leaves are wonderful for the body. The name stems from ‘Dents de Lion’, lions teeth, due to the […]

15th February 2013

Chicory, cheese and bacon quiche

‘Real men don’t eat quiche’ was the title of a 1982 book on masculine stereotypes, which only shows that not many men are ‘real’ in the red-neck sense of beef eating, beer swigging misogynists. Valentine’s Day (named after two martyrs called Valentine, killed on the same day by the same Roman emperor but in different years) is also a stereotype, a pagan celebration closely related […]

13th February 2013

Duck fillet with orange and chicory

I had a leftover magret de canard in the fridge from our most recent trip to the south west, it is a fillet of duck with the skin attached. Usually you put in on a grill or in a pan and the fat of the skin will drip down. In a skillet you can use that fat to fry the duck. However, I wanted a […]

8th February 2013

Sun chokes, penne, truffle and egg

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 fish stalls on the quay were already cleaning up because […]

27th January 2013

Chestnut cream soup

Chestnuts are usually harvested in Autumn and can be stored for quite some time to be used as filling or side-dish during the winter festivities. They contain no cholesterol or gluten and are low in calories compared to other nuts, which means that they do not add fats to an already heavy dish like a roast. However, when you have bought chestnuts for Christmas and […]

22nd January 2013

Celeriac and truffle mash

Truffle has become a rather expensive treat as the production of the tubers is dwindling – because there are fewer oak and hazelnut trees and less favourable soil conditions – and the world-wide demand by wealthy gastronomes is rising exponentially. In the 1925 book of Tante Marie, for traditional family cooking, you can find recipes that call for “several truffles of a good size” to […]