Tag: carrots

11th April 2014

Marinated mackerel with herbs

One of the many specialities of restaurant along the Channel in France, as in Dieppe, are marinated mackerel which is eaten cold as a starter. They sometimes use small, young, mackerel called “Lisette” which is caught on lines that contain many hooks. At the local market here, the fishmonger had a few boxes of mackerel at an interesting price and he offered an extra discount […]

8th April 2014

Beef and barley soup with an Asian touch

It is Monday and the butcher’s is closed because they open on Sunday morning. Go figure. I had abandoned buying meat at the supermarket because it is better from the butcher and, surprisingly, often even cheaper. However, when I saw a kilo of beef at the supermarket at 5 euros, with the mention “Limousin” for the provenance, I fell for the offer. At first I […]

16th October 2013

Rolled-up lamb roast with carrots

I sometimes buy vacuum-sealed meat from quality providers and put it in the freezer. One of these suppliers is Greffeuile with the Alaiton lamb from the Aveyron region. Here I made a Sunday roast dish of a rolled, deboned, lamb shoulder, with two colours of turnips. I had also bought some herb and lamb sauce made by Michel Bras. But it is also tasty without.

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 […]