Rosé and peach agar-agar jelly

There is such an array of fresh produce here in Nice, and probably the best way to see it is by visiting one of the local markets. One of my favourite favourite things to do is to go to the Marché aux Fleurs, which is in the Cours Saleya in the old Nice.

As the name suggests, the market has many stalls selling colourful bouquets and exotic flowers. But that is not all, as you pass the fragrant flower stalls you will see the friendly fruit and vegetable vendors selling bright coloured Mediterranean vegetables, and perfumed delicious fruit.

On my most recent trip to the market, the peaches caught my eye. They were huge and packed full of flavour. So I brought a large bag and decided to combine them with some French Côte de Provence Rosé. This desert makes a glorious summer time jelly. Continue reading “Rosé and peach agar-agar jelly”

Spicy vegetable chickpea pancake

A trip to Nice would not be complete without enjoying a portion of socca served with a glass of Rosé. I was first introduced to this chickpea flour and olive oil crêpe, during my first trip to Nice over 3 years ago. It has a rich, toasted chickpea flavour that is neither sweet nor savoury. The streets of old Nice are full of many food stalls selling socca. So there are definitely plenty of opportunities to sample it.

Gluten-free and packed full of protein chickpea flour is a definite new favourite of mine. Whilst I was in the UK, I noticed that chickpea flour was quite hard to get hold of. What I did find was ‘gram flour’ which is chickpea flour but with another name. Gram flour is often used in Indian cooking. Luckily for me, the supermarkets in Nice have an abundance of chickpea flour or ‘farine de pois chiche’. So after quite a few experiments and changes to the ingredients I am now happy to share my recipe. Continue reading “Spicy vegetable chickpea pancake”

Overnight oats and chia breakfast bowl

My Mum has taught me well, I am sure that you all have heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Well, I couldn’t agree more. I cannot start my day without a good breakfast.

Last year when I was commuting to work I would prepare my breakfast the night before. This allowed me to save time in the mornings, I would mix almond milk to dried fruits and oats and then put it in the fridge. My breakfast would then be ready for me to take to the office the next morning. I always loved how the oats had absorbed the milk and the raisins had become plump and chewy.

I have since discovered chia seeds and realised how much better this recipe is with them. It is so quick and easy, and the next morning you have a delicious, filling and healthy breakfast.

No excuses, eat your breakfast. Continue reading “Overnight oats and chia breakfast bowl”

Coconut and Chia pudding

I tend to skip desserts when I eat out, this because I am concerned about eating diary. When I am at home I have also got out of the habit of enjoying desserts. On a recent trip to the local Asian supermarket, I came across some frozen shredded coconut. Which got me thinking about a potential recipe. Also what a brilliant idea frozen coconut is. All I had to do was leave it to defrost in the fridge overnight and voilà, I had fresh coconut.

I love coconut, I would have it with everything if I could, in desserts and with savoury food. Unfortunately, my partner does not. So this recipe has been created for completely selfish reasons and I plan to eat the whole thing myself. It is a creamy and delicious pudding without the usual dairy ingredients and with all the added benefits of the coconut and the chia seeds.

It is definitely about time that I posted my first dessert recipe. So here it is. Continue reading “Coconut and Chia pudding”

Quinoa mushroom risotto

Since living in France, I’ve been having trouble trying to get my hands on some quinoa. Fortunately a few weeks ago my wonderful Mum brought me three large bags from the UK. Along with some shiitake mushrooms that I had left in her kitchen cupboard.

I had tried a quinoa risotto in New Zealand at the beginning of the year, which was nice but a bit bland. Since then I have been working on my own version. The welcomed arrival of the shiitake mushrooms has enabled me to finish it. I am proud of this recipe as it so tasty and satisfying. It will be the perfect Autumnal meal for when I return to the UK. Having said that, it went down a treat in Nice even with the sticky, hot, humidity at the moment. Continue reading “Quinoa mushroom risotto”

Chinese cabbage and broccoli salad in a creamy Asian-style dressing

I have been living in Nice, France now for over 5 weeks. During which I have been able to try lots of different new food and cooking styles.

There are some great pan-Asian restaurants here, offering Japanese, Vietnamese, and Chinese food. One restaurant that I have frequented quite often serves a delicious Chinese cabbage salad that I love. I have also recently discovered a wonderful Asian supermarket where I can pick up fresh Asian ingredients.

This salad is my interpretation of the cabbage salad that I have been enjoying in Nice using some of these ingredients. Continue reading “Chinese cabbage and broccoli salad in a creamy Asian-style dressing”