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Cooking Sous-vide on the Cheap

Sous-vide is a method of slow cooking food (in sealed plastic bags) in a water bath. It’s a French invention wouldn’t you know?To buy a half decent Sous-vide gadget will set you back over 200€ but my method is much cheaper and you don’t have to buy anything except food grade cling film (one […]

By |April 25th, 2014|France|1 Comment|

Porc à la Normandie – Cerdo Normandía

I haven’t had much by way of meat lately but a pork chop loitering in my freezer grabbed my attention.

And whilst it was defrosting my subconscious was working overtime to come up with a recipe to do justice to my sage plant and a bottle of French cider acquired recently during a reconnoitre to […]

They had Dennis the Menace but we had Beefy

One hot sleepy Sunday afternoon at my restaurant in rural France Dennis Lillee came in for lunch. Dennis is a former Australian cricketer rated as the “outstanding fast bowler of his generation”. Lillee was known for his fiery temperament, ‘never-say-die’ attitude and popularity with the fans. According to Wikipedia.

He sat outside with friends enjoying […]

Spice is nice: Cayenne pepper

This Capsicum gets its name from the capital city (Cayenne) of a French overseas region called Guiana which is on the north Atlantic coast of South America where cayenne chillies originate.The chillies are red and when matured they are dried and then ground into a pungent powder.I make my own in small batches by […]

Fish Boulettes in hot tomato sauce, a bit yummy

White fish (plus prawns in my case) and tomatoes make up this simple but unusual dish which is great as a starter or a main course. This is enough for 8 as a starter or 4 as mains.Ingredients: 600g white fish (skinless and boneless) 100g peeled prawns A few strands of Saffron (you cannot live in Spain […]

Manu is a friend of mine

Manu is a friend from the time when I lived in France. He plays chess, drinks, smokes and doesn’t like football but I like him all the same and the bar that he lives in. I stayed there for a few days on my journey to Spain. Manu Laurand, chess player.I managed to cook somethingLunch […]

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