King prawns with sun-dried tomatoes, garlic and chilli

My local supermarket here in Nice has a great seafood section. The produce is always fresh and appealing. The selection of fish and shellfish changes quite frequently, and often sold for a good price.

On my most recent trip to the supermarket, I noticed that there was an abundance of whole, fresh king prawns, in their shells. The shells can be awkward to remove, but the taste of the prawn is always so much better. I bought cooked king prawns for this recipe as they are easier to prepare. Continue reading “King prawns with sun-dried tomatoes, garlic and chilli”

Chickpea and coriander burgers

There is nothing quite like a summer time BBQ, the sun is shining and the drinks are flowing with good company enjoying great food. Having said that, ever since I stopped eating meat I have been quite wary of BBQ’s. I am not a fan of Quorn or frozen vegetarian burgers, but unfortunately they tend to be on the menu for non-meat eaters.

This recipe was a result of my trepidation of attending a planned family BBQ. I raided my spice cupboard and searched through the fridge for the right ingredients. It is a simple recipe that is easy to prepare with a blender, whilst also being super tasty and filling. In my little studio in Nice, I do not have the facilities to cook on a BBQ, fortunately the burgers cook just as well on a griddle pan or frying pan. Continue reading “Chickpea and coriander burgers”

My hummus

I love hummus, I could eat it with everything. Unfortunately shop-bought hummus never really lives up to my expectations. One of my biggest issues is that they normally have vegetable oil rather than olive oil. Hummus for me has to be made with olive oil. So after tasting far too many disappointing shop-bought hummus, I have decided to create my own.

Trial and error and lots of research from Greek, Lebanese and Turkish cookbooks has enabled me to create a hummus exactly how I like it. I am starting with a basic hummus recipe that I can then change and incorporate additional flavours at a later date. Continue reading “My hummus”

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”