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So tonight I wanted to use my strawberry that were loosing their freshness and felt like doing an easy vanilla sponge cake and incorporate the strawberries.


Cupboard ingredients:

2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 cup milk (I actually used almond milk as I no longer has cow milk)
3/4 cup vegetable oil
2 ¼ tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla essence

1 pack of fresh strawberries

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  2. Butter your regular round tart oven-safe dish.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, with an electric mixer, beat sugar and eggs together until slightly thickened – about one minute.
  4. Add sifted flour, milk, oil, baking powder and vanilla essence, and beat for another minute – just until the batter is smooth and creamy. Don’t overbeat. Pour batter into the prepared baking pan(s).
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 30-40 minutes or until the tops are golden and a toothpick poked into the centre of the layer comes out clean. Adapt the time of course to your oven.
  6. You can serve plane or you can top it with an icing (cream cheese or simple icing sugar).




Here is my easy potato and leek soup recipe.


My cupboard ingredients for 4-6 servings

4 large potatoes

1 large leek or 2 medium leeks

1 chicken broth cube

800 ml of water

Salt (again I like to use Guérande’s pure sea salt)


  1. Bring water to a boil with a pinch of salt and the chicken broth cube
  2. When boiling add the chopped potatoes and sliced leeks
  3. Lower the temperature so that it simmers for 45 minutes
  4. When ready, mix well with a hand mixer

If it is to eat as a full meal I recommend to serve the soup with one or two cheese-grilled toasts (a nice country multi-grain bread will do the trick topped with cheddar or mozzarella) on the side.



Hey guys,

It’s often that around 5:30-6ish we have a little pre-dinner craving and it’s always hard to find something not too filling to eat so that at 8ish we are still hungry enough for dinner.

Tonight my little cupboard creation was:

  1. Toast bread
  2. Mix plain yoghurt with chopped fresh dill and a quarter lemon juice
  3. Spread on bread and drizzle some Sel de Guérande atop to give it a little crunch.

It would also make a great little canapé cut in little circles or squares.



I often have lying around enough rice to make a lovely casserole with left over veggies, rice and lime juice.

Pan-fry spring onions, courgettes, 1 tin of tuna, salt and pepper and at the last moment, spinach leaves with 1/2 lime juice and salt & pepper.

Serve on top of the rice that has been heated up!
Bon appétit!


For our Sunday summer afternoon “tea-time” a home-made strawberry tart with frangipane.

Can’t wait to taste once it will have cooled down.


So the good weather has finally settled, it calls for nice fresh yet filling salads.

The other night we literally had nothing left in the kitche but a few sausages, 2 slices of ham, 3 potatoes, and onion and garlic parsley.

Right there you have got yourselves a base to make a great salad.

How to:

Chop your potatoes however you like them to be and boil them until tender.

Once they are cooked, take the water out, set them aside at room temp for about 30 minutes them put them in the fridge for a good 2 hours if you can.

Then cook in a pan the sliced sausages, half a chopped onion, 2 garlic cloves and the parsley with salt and pepper.

I like to mix hot and cold to create a chaud-froid salad so if you like that too, mix the cold potatoes with the warm other ingredients, add the sliced cold ham and mix all with 2 spoons of olive oil, 2 spoons of mayonnaise, salt&pepper, a few fresh pasrley leaves and voilà.

If you prefer to wait for the ingredients to cool down that is fine too.  Simply set them in the fridge for about 30 minutes and mix all when cold to your liking.

You can eat that with a nice baguette tartine with some semi-salt butter on it.  Delightful!



Hello everyone,

So I have kind of become this expert at roasting chicken ever since my parents gave me a couple of years this great dish:











First off, the dish you roast your chicken in will make a big difference.  I trully love cooking with the above dish.  I suggest you get yourself one if you don’t already have it, such a great investment.  I cook most of my meats in there (roast pork, etc).

When I buy a chicken I never really do it by looking at the kg., I just have a sense of the size and go from there.

However, for this example, just get an average size chicken.

Pre-heat your oven for about 30 minutes at about 450 farenheit (230C)

Meanwhile, make sure the chicken is well emptied.

I stuff my chicken with lots of different things depending on my mood and also on what I have in the fridge.  I find it gives it moisture.

But here is one that I love and I think it’s a perfect spring-summer option.  Stuff your chicken with half a lemon (and you can also add some coriander leaves if you have some).

Then the other half of the lemon, squeeze it all over your chicken once you have set it in the dish.

Add on top of that olive oil and on the top of the breasts put some oregano and quite a lot of pure sea salt like “sel de guérade”.  This is what is going to help your chicken to become crispy. Add some pepper too.  Don’t be afraid to use your hands to rub in the lemon, oregano, oil, salt and pepper.

And lastly, this is the secret of a tender chicken, add about 300-500 ml of water around your chicken.  The water should go almost half way up the chicken’s side.

Set your chicken in the oven with the lid on for 1h.

Once the hour has passed, take off the lid, check if there is still some water, if there is very few left add about 150ml.  Put the chicken back in the oven for another 30 minutes WITHOUT the lid on the dish.  Once that time is up, check if your chicken is golden, if you like it more crispy, you can put your oven on grill mode for about 3-5 minutes but stay close by so that it does not burn the chicken, that depends on the oven.








And voilà!!! You should have a well cooked tender and moist chicken with a nice cooking juice.  Serve a nice chicken breast with some rice, cooking juice and full spoon of green plain yoghurt.

Let me know how it goes =)



Check out the video!

Oh and sorry about the dirty looking stove, the soup has kind of been over flowing for the past 25 minutes, oops, just reduced the heat.  A good scrubbing awaits for me!


I love this dessert in the summer – warm poached pear and chilled raspberry coulis.

Here is my simple recipe.

My cupboard ingredients (for 2 people):

2 pears

A cup of fresh and/or frozen raspberries


Vanilla flavoured sugar

1 lemon

4 fresh mint leaves

A few chopped walnuts

How to poach the pear:

Put a pan of water to boil with 2 bags of vanilla flavoured sugar (in French it is called “sucre vanillé”) and half a lemon’s juice

Peel the pears and add them to the water

Leave them to poach for 45 minutes

How to prepare the coulis:

In a bowl put the raspberry, 70ml of water and half a lemon’s juice

Mix with a mixer to your liking (in this case I like it when it is not completely smooth, with some pieces of raspberry left)

How to serve:

Serve the warm poached pear with on top the cold coulis, a couple of mint leaves and sprinkle the walnuts to top it off.







Be careful, take out the pear pit before eating.

If you decide to make this let me know how it went.

Bon appétit.


My honey’s birthday calls for a classic French chocolate cake tonight.  And when you don’t have much time to bake it after a long day’s work, here is an easy recipe.

My cupboard ingredients

– 200g. dark chocolate
– 4 eggs
– 125g. of butter
– 200g. of sugar
– 100g. of flour
– 1 pack of yeast

How to:

Pre-heat your oven at 180°C

Melt your chocolate on the stove or in a microwave (add 2-3 spoons of water if you melt it in the microwave).

Add the butter.

In a large bowl, mix the eggs and the sugar.  Then the yeast and the flour.

Pour the melted chocolate, then mix well until well balanced.

Pour in a cake dish that has been buttered and floured.

Cook for about 25 minutes (adapt your cooking time to how runny you wish the cake to end up).

Here is what it should look like:









Bon appétit!