Ham, Leek and Rösti Gratin

IMG_7214IMG_7210As you may know already, I am living in the French Alps, 30min away from Switzerland where cheese is THE main ingredients in many dishes, but you also have the “rösti” that many Swiss people consider as the National dish. This time, this dish doesn’t involve cheese but it is made with coarsely grated potatoes, most-often pan-fried, but can be also baked in the oven which I decide to do. Evenings are still quite chilly over here and there is nothing less comforting than a warm freshly-baked  “winter gratin”, taking seasonal products such as leeks and potatoes, adding  ham and parmesan… with a glass of red wine ! I got inspired and adapted the recipe from Rebecca Smith in the “Delicious” Magazine from February 2015. Continue reading

Chicken, Chorizo & Shrimp Jambalaya

IMG_2568 IMG_6731IMG_6735Jambalaya is a Louisiana Creole dish of Spanish and French influence. You can find different version of this dish, but I like it with chicken, Spanish hot chorizo and shrimps. You can also replace the Chorizo with sausages such as andouille or smoked sausage, or even make it a vegetarian dish by replacing the meat by meatless sausages, beans or tofu. You will see, it is quite easy to do as you cook all the ingredients together in the same pan. My daughters love it ! I always cook a large portion so we have left over … 🙂  Continue reading

Beef Bolognesi Spinach Lasagna

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Beef Lasagna is one of the favourite family dish at home. I usually make a very big portion hoping I will be able to freeze some for one of those evenings you are coming back late from office or feeling lazy … wishful thinking ! We usually either finish the full dish the same day, or there is only one small portion left over for the next day. I don’t add much spices when I cook it, but some tabasco in your plate gives it a nice twist ! Continue reading

Tartiflette – French dish from my native Haute Savoie :)

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Tartif .. what ?? I know, at first, it isn’t that easy to pronounce but once you tasted it, for sure, you will remember ! This dish is made with potatoes, reblochon cheese, lardons (bacon) and onions.

This is THE speciality from my region in France and just perfect to eat at this time of the year, when it is cold and rainy outside. This time, I decided to do mini-tartiflette that you can eat with green salad & fresh tomatoes, or as a starter when you have guests. But usually, I make a big casserole as main dish and trust me, there is never enough !  So, if you find the reblochon cheese in specialised cheese store/foreign store, don’t wait any longer and make your first Tartiflette and send me pictures, I would love to see my regional dish “travelling” around the world 🙂  Continue reading

Swordfish Curry

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What am I going to cook this evening, coming back from work … ?

Sounds familiar to you ?! You bet ! During the week, sometimes, I could just grab a bowl of cereals and here’s Dinner ! I don’t mind cooking, don’t get me wrong here, but it is just ideas that I am missing …
I like to change, one night is fish, another night is meat, then chicken or pork …  So, during the week end, I sit down and think about the menu for the week, something not too heavy for the evening and also not too long to prepare (kids have to go to school / kindergarden). This recipe is one of my classic, it is easy, quick to prepare and cook, and everyone loves it ! I hope you will to 🙂 Continue reading