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La Cuisine

I have to start with an apology.  I know I’ve been pretty poor at blogging recently.  Between holidays, finishing up work, parties and general inertia due to unseasonally fantastic weather, I haven’t been adventurous in the kitchen at all. I’m blaming the weather the most as I’m just not able for temperatures over 20 degrees and end up lying in a heap on the sofa.  Movement causing perspiration is not my cup of tea, thank you all the same.

But now that the weather is breaking somewhat, that is all about to change.  Yes guys, I’ve actually planned some recipes to test over the coming weeks. Drum roll please, the list is as follows:

  • Homemade Tomato Sauce – I’ve never made it and Son no. 1 would eat it on its own straight from the bottle if allowed. Time to make a healthier version as tomatoes are so good for the prostate!
  • Turkey Curry Burgers – I used to make these a lot for Son no. 1.  Time to revisit that recipe!
  • Cod Fish Fingers – I bought some cod loins yesterday so I think this should really have been at the top of the list
  • Cheese Scones – yummy with soup or just on their own
  • Chicken Tagine with Preserved Lemons and Olives – for my Casablanca “movie in the garden” night
  • Croque Monsieur – had it in Paris; some were good, some down-right awful which is stunning since it’s really just a toasted ham and cheese {how difficult can it be to make a good one???}  Let’s see how I get on…
  • Irish Soda Bread – brings back memories of my youth which I’ll save for the blog post 🙂
  • Caramelised Onion Chutney – I’ve been devouring spoonfuls of Baxter’s version very “Bridget Jones”-like with not a hint of an accompaniment but I’m assured that onion chutney is very easy to make.  Knowing my record with jams and chutneys, we shall see….!

From La Cuisine by Françoise Bernard, my book du jour :

  • Monkfish and Chorizo Skewers – Brochettes de lotte au chorizo
  • Pot-roasted Chicken with Green Olives, Tomatoes and Golden Potatoes – Poulet à la corse
  • Marinated Beef Stew with Tomatoes, Black Olives and Orange – Daube provençale
  • Golden Creamy Cauliflower – Chou-fleur au gratin
  • Gratinéed Fennel with Gruyère – Fenouil Gratiné
  • Light Rum & Lemon Cake – Biscuit Génois

As I read back through the list, I’m seeing a trend here with olives – lucky I love them {Hubbie will learn to love them, I know he will!!}.  As you can see, I’m going to be very busy for the next little while.  Keep an eye to see how I get on.

Xx Paula

PS. Do you think it a good idea to post a recipe list in advance like this???  I’d much appreciate your feedback!

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