Sea bass with Kidney bean & long stem broccoli salad

A new pulses brand Cuits&Beans commissioned a group of chefs and recipe developers to design some exciting new recipes, using their cooked pulses. Pescetarian Pleasures was selected to develop 2 recipes using 2 of their main ingredients, black quinoa and kidney beans. In this recipe I decided to combine the Kidney beans with some other…

Steamed Mussels in Cream & Cider Sauce – delicious easy seafood

As some of you may know, my other half hails from Normandy, in the North Western corner of France. Their biggest exports are seafood (mussels and oysters), apples (therefore cider and calvados) and dairy products (including milk, cheese, butter and cream). The cream is thick, rich, calorific and lovely, similar to Clotted cream for those British…

Baby Octopus, with Rocket & Cherry Tomatoes

Variety is the spice of life they say, and I´m always looking for something a bit different to feed my friends. I found the answer here….my recipe for Baby Octopus, with Rocket & Cherry Tomatoes. An easy, healthy seafood dish, packed full of flavour; just the kind of meal I love! Since the flesh of octopus is mainly muscle,…

Baileys Truffles

Rich, boozy and indulgent…. perfect for the festive period! These truffles are so easy to make, they can easily become a part of your annual Christmas routine. Ingredients: 300ml double cream 50g butter 300g dark chocolate 150ml Baileys 35g desiccated coconut, toasted 250g chocolate sprinkles Method: Gently heat the cream and butter in a pan,…

Cranberry Roasted Shallots, with Capers

Having seen these beautiful shallots on a recent Retreat to Sarnac I bought two bunches and decided to revisit an old favourite recipe, oven roasted shallots! They just looked so appealing, vibrant and shiny, I was sure they would taste great. I couldn´t resist them! Shallots are much sweeter than regular onions. Their flavour is more subtle and…

Baileys and coffee panna cotta – with salted caramel sauce

The home bar needs some movement; we need to clear some room for the new bottles we will no doubt gather over the Christmas period. We are not alcoholics, honest! But as we enjoy having friends over for dinner regularly, with good food, always comes alcohol! We have boxes of our favourite bottles of wine, a case of…

Spinach, walnut and parsley pesto

Ingredients: 200g Spinach Parsley, small bunch 40g Walnuts 40g Parmesan 4tbsp Olive oil Salt and Pepper Put all of the ingredients into a food processor and blend. Some people like their pesto really smooth, but I prefer to leave a bit of texture. Store in a jar or airtight container and it will last for weeks…

Tangy Lime and Maple Syrup cheesecakes

We met Barb and Dale in Cuba earlier this year. They are from Ontario and we bonded playing Yahtzee on a rainy morning, at a beachside resort. Little did we know, that they would be over to Barcelona to visit us within 6 months, bringing 2 litres of some of the finest maple Syrup that…