Easy Caramelised Onion & Potato Dauphinoise Recipe

Easy Caramelised Onion and Potato Dauphinoise Recipe

Since learning the recipe for super Easy Potato Dauphinoise at a Waitrose cookery school class many years ago, we’ve made these quick and delicious potatoes many, many times. Thinking about possible variations, I started imagining the addition of onions. From onions, it’s not a big leap to caramelised onions… But caramelising onions properly, still they are ... Read more »

Rich, Comforting Chicken Savoyarde

Tamasin Day-Lewis’ Chicken Savoyarde recipe appeals to me for more than one reason. Firstly, the initial part of the process is essentially how I already poach a whole chicken, so the recipe lends itself very well to being made with leftovers. (I’m sure it would work with roast chicken leftovers too). Secondly, it features chicken, ... Read more »

Clafoutis: A Black Cherry Pudding

I love black cherries and I love stodgy, comforting puddings, so it’s a wonder I’ve not made clafoutis before now! Clafoutis, for those of you who aren’t familiar with it, is a baked French dessert of black cherries in a thick flan-like batter. Originating in the Limousin region of France, clafoutis traditionally contains un-pitted black ... Read more »

Beef Cheeks Bourguignon: A Hearty Stew

Boef Bourgignon aka Boeuf à la Bourguignonne is a classic French dish often thought to originate from the Burgundy region of France, though food historians suggest this is not the case; concluding instead that it was likely created in Paris, and named simply for the use of Burgundy red wine that is a prominent ingredient. ... Read more »

Baked Vacherin With Crusty Baguette

Bravo! Ouais! Le Vacherin Mont d’Or est arrivé! In France, there’s quite a celebration when the season of availability for this fabulous cheese rolls around once again. Officially known in France as Vacherin du Haut-Doubs this soft, unpasteurised cheese with a pale yellow salt-washed rind originated in the Jura mountains that cross France and Switzerland. ... Read more »

Happy Birthday to Club Gascon

Club Gascon is 13 years old! And to celebrate, owner chef Pascal Aussignac decided to hold a special birthday night during which he offered his original 1998 menu at, wait for it, 1998 prices! I was quick to book a table… I haven’t been to any of Aussignac’s restaurants but have tasted his cooking (and ... Read more »

My Beautiful Fruit Tart with Blackberries, Golden Raspberries, Bananas and Chocolate

The yellow raspberries I harvested from the allotment recently were so beautiful I wanted to make something pretty enough to do them justice. Having filled a couple of tubs with blackberries too, a fruit tart seemed an ideal way of putting both to good use. I’ve peered through the windows of countless patisseries, admiring the ... Read more »

Bistro du Vin, Clerkenwell

The Hotel du Vin chain is pretty well known now for their stylish and inviting hotels – they’re modern but not so achingly hip that us normal folk feel out of place! And their hotel restaurants, called Bistro du Vin, have proved popular not only with guests overnighting at the hotels, but with local diners ... Read more »