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mushroom bake – a recipe from my new book

The local markets are rich right now as the first local pears and apples arrive from orchards, the plum season continues, grapes are displayed in sweet smelling crates and of course it is mushroom season. To get good crops of autumn mushrooms the weather needs to be damp and sunny, which means that is has to rain and in between the rain we need a little autumn sunshine.   And because that is exactly what we have had these past few weeks, the mushrooms are abundant. I think I already told you...

baked peaches and rosemary

Summer is with us and tis the season for last minute invitations to dinner, and easy to prepare food.  This evening is just such a moment.  Friends invited late afternoon,  stuffed vegetables, meat on the grill and rosé wine in the evening sunshine. We have the first peaches in season now, and I baked them with rosemary while laying the table.  Nothing could be easier.   Wash the peaches and pop them into a deep baking dish, or if you prefer a wide shallow pan. Cover with white wine (I used a...

planning for summer food

  We’re not in the summer yet, not by a long way, but the spring does seem to be in a hurry to move forward here.  Consequently I’m having to decide very quickly what to plant in our kitchen garden this year.  Since I created the no-dig beds a couple of months ago, I haven’t had time to plant anything, and the only plant showing is the  rhubarb that just refuses to give up. We don’t have a big kitchen garden, it’s as much about looking pretty as producing...

cooking with patricia wells – a new video

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to spend time with Patricia Wells at her cooking school in St Germain in  Paris.   She welcomed me in with a camera and she showed me how to make her ‘magic  mushroom soup’, a wonderful recipe from her new book called My Master Recipes that is released at the beginning of March, and is already available on pre-sales here.Patricia is great fun, she is lively and passionate about her work and her food, and I really enjoyed our day together, and the...

green lentils and poached eggs

In the south of France, we eat lentils at the beginning of the year to bring good luck.    They may or may not work for luck, but what is sure is that they are quite delicious, especially when paired with a poached or fried egg or two.   I thought that after the holidays, you may enjoy this simple and wholesome recipe, invented by my husband, a great cook! As you serve the dish be sure to wish you and yours good luck for the year ahead. To prepare the lentils you will need: 1 onion and...

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