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Beef Cheeks in red wine with carrots and mashed potato

Beef Cheeks in red wine with carrots and mashed potato: The Cook’s Table by Stephanie Alexander

NOTE: Start the night before

Serves 6

Main Course

Merci chien! Merci Henriette!

Mercadiol has always had dogs. When we first bought a house in the village more than 40 years ago, the two old farmers and who were then our neighbours Honoré Delmon, next door, and André Pramil just down the lane, both had dogs – large, intelligent, well-behaved farm dogs who protected the village, trotted obediently wherever their masters’ went, and ran wildly through fields and woods when they were set free to roam. 403 more words


Part of my new year’s eve was finally having a pastry lesson from Andrew, he of the amazing tarts. We made three.

I was initially inspired to make a lemon meringue one. 412 more words


Stephanie Alexander's Chocolate and Almond Cake

Stephanie Alexander’s Chocolate and Almond Cake

Serves: 6 – 8

You want decadent, you got it!

A favourite of the wonderful Stephanie Alexander, it is simple to prep and even simpler to serve; double cream, some raspberries and a picnic on the grass like we did. 241 more words


It's not easy being green

I have a  confession to make.

I’m not so good with the green leafies.

Rocket? Oh yes, my favourite salad leaf of all time.

Baby spinach? 256 more words


Floret forest

I stumbled upon this recipe originally many years ago because I had a heap of broccoli and wasn’t sure what to do with it. I wasn’t especially a fan, but Dave was. 562 more words


Sweet treats

1. A friend came home from France with a madeleine pan for me. I had never had the urge to make madeleines before, but now I have a madeleine pan. 193 more words