Some delicious recipes from our French kitchen

Triple Chocolate Cherry Cups

This is an impressive dessert which is easy to make and fairly quick too - especially for chocolate lovers - with a light-as-a-feather two chocolate mousse in a delicious crispy, dark chocolate cup. It is a nice ending to a summer meal or a special occasion - you can...

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14 Cheeses of The Midi Pyrenees

France is well known for producing cheeses famous throughout the world, such as Brie, Camembert and Roquefort - to name but three. It is estimated that over 500 different cheeses are made in France with a diversity of flavours, shapes, textures and tastes that are...

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Goat Cheese Muffins

Goat Cheese Muffins Preparation for 12 muffins Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes Level: very easy Ingredients: 150 g soft goat's cheese 40 g dried sultanas 170 g Self raising flour 3 medium eggs 15 cl double cream 55 g unsalted butter 1/2 teaspoon...

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Steak Tartare

A dish that is easy and quick to prepare, the steak tartare is a favourite for red meat lovers. It is important that the steak is ultra fresh and that it is not prepared in advance - most good restaurants will prepare this at the table - if it isn't, I wouldn't order...

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Cherry Tomato Tarte Tatin Caramelised with Balsamic Vinegar

Cherry Tomato Tatin Caramelised with balsamic Vinegar This is a deliciously sweet tart based on the upside-down tart tatin, usually made with apple and said to have been created after a mistake by the Tatin sisters who dropped the tart when making it. Preparation :20...

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Classic French Onion Soup Gratinée

A French classic - the famous French onion soup - finished with bread and gratinée with cheese. This is a great, cheap, winter warmer - a real country "paysan" food, often served in the early hours of the morning on the wedding night to the bride and groom....

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Frogs Legs

This dish is why the French are jokingly nick-named 'Froggies' by the Brits, who in turn are called "Les Rosbif". It is not eaten as often as one may think - The French favourite being Steak & Chips according to all polls  - I have personally never eaten it in my...

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Ham, Olive and Sun-Dried Tomato cake

This is a nice accompaniment to a summer aperitif - is easy and quick to make - and is a favourite with young and old alike. Goes exceptionally well with a glass of crisp white wine such as a Jurançon or a Côte de Gascogne or a Tariquet. Complements a long cold...

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Honey Glazed Duck Breasts

Ingredients 2 Duck breasts (magret) 3 Tablespoons honey 2 tablespoons Cognac or Armagnac 3 Tablespoons Balsamic vinegar Sea salt & Fresh ground black pepper   Instructions Score the fat side of the duck breasts and take off any surplus fat. Season the breasts...

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