20th January 2019

Winter soup with lentils

There is nothing better than a soup to chase the winter cold and this beef and lentils soup does the trick very well.

23rd December 2018

Red Mullet with a crust of salt

Red Mullet, rouget-barbet in French, is a rock fish of which some amateurs even eat the entrails.

It has a thick layer of scales that normally need to be cleaned but with this recipe you can leave them on.

29th August 2018

Pyrenees crawfish

Crawfish are a rare delicacy in France, especially as they are far less abundant than several decades ago when the red legs and white legs still populated many streams and lakes. But they are for sale, or can be caught, here in the season in the Pyrenees.

8th August 2018

Catalan-style marinated peppers

  The other week we drove to Maury to buy some wine. We had been seeing friends at Cubières-sur-Cinoble, and drove through the Gorges de Galamus, and arrived in Maury just as the shops closed. So we decided to have lunch and found La Placette with a big terrace. There my wife had a starter that included finely sliced peppers; we were in the Catalan […]

30th June 2018

A light soup of clam and langoustines

Now that it is getting rather hot here in France, it is time to turn to light meals. I used to make Japanese-style soups with miso and seaweed, sometimes also dashi, and while the taste is great, it adds up to a rather salty combination. So, I improvised. I bought some clams and raw langoustines at the fishmonger and some shiitake mushrooms at the greengrocer. […]

13th June 2018

Turbot in the oven

Turbot is not the least expensive of fish, but it had a very delicate taste and the meat stays firm during cooking. In France, there are many recipes with parts of a large turbot – of up to 5 kilos – with white sauces, mushrooms, shrimps and oysters or mussels. I do like mushrooms, shrimps, oysters and or mussels but as often with complicated dishes […]

27th April 2018

Trout simply baked in a skillet with butter and lemon

More and more, I am returning to pure cooking where the basic ingredients pay the starring role and complicated or incongruous extras are left back stage, as with this trout. The fresh food markets in Paris and Saint-Germain-en-Laye were already brimming with great produce, while here in the Ariège you are very close to the producer. I found nice trout at the fishmongers, raised locally, […]