Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – Puy lentils with lardons and thyme
We often serve these lentils as a side to duck confit, roasted Toulouse sausages or griddled salmon. As time has gone by I have modified the recipe to make it easier and less time consuming. You can make them the day before and reheat gently when serving so they are great to do when you have people over.
Recipes from le tasting room’s kitchen – Clafoutis
Clafoutis is a classic French dessert and one that I cook on a regular basis throughout the summer. I have various versions but this one is a particular favourite as it contains ground almonds in the recipe and can very easily be multiplied up or halved to make large or smaller quantities without compromising the final result.
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – Lieu Noir with chilli, marjoram and garlic
I posted a brief resumé of this recipe on Instagram. This is a really easy recipe that really peps up a large fillet of fish. I used Lieu Noir (Coley) which is much cheaper than Cod and just as delicious.
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – dark chocolate mousse
For me, this is the best chocolate mousse recipe. Incredibly simple and very chocolatey, it’s not too terrible on the calories (around 170 per mousse) is low in carbs and has no cream or butter in it, just 3 ingredients.
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – Brioche Bread & Butter Pudding
Bread and butter pudding. A very English pudding made with bread. A firm favourite of ours and very easy to make, here I have added a French and a British twist. I have used buttery brioche instead of bread and as you can see from the photo I snuck in some gooseberries, that quintessentially tangy British fruit.
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – Joue de boeuf
Things are a bit chilly here in the Loire and today it’s raining outside so I thought I’d share the recipe for a long slow cooked beef cheek (joue de boeuf) that will brighten up even the most miserable day.
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – Gateau Nantais
A boozy rum laced cake that was invented in 1820, the Gateau Nantais from Nantes in the Loire valley is sure to get you in the spirit! (excuse the pun) It’s great to serve as a dessert for a special dinner or celebration.
Easy summer recipes – pea & courgette soup
If you still have courgettes pushing in the garden then have a go at this simple soup. It’s simplicity itself and if you have yellow courgettes even better.
Easy vegetarian and vegan recipes – spinach & chickpea pasties
I’ve been playing around with vegan recipes a bit over the past few weeks and this recipe (in a slightly different form), was given to me by English friends Nettie and David. I’ve fiddled around with it a bit and made a few changes including the addition of cumin. It makes a lovely lunch served with baby new potatoes and some slow roasted tomatoes.
Courgette Recipes – Charlottes
These courgette charlottes are lovely served on their own as a veggie starter or alongside griddled chicken.