Category: Batch cooking ideas

Virginie’s seed crackers

Virginie’s seed crackers

These crunchy shortbreads are absolutely delicious. You may even sprinkle a bit if cumin seeds or aniseeds to vary the flavour or simply add a pinch of Espelette chili to spice it up. 

STEPHANIE’S FRENCH CHICKEN LIVER PÂTÉ

STEPHANIE’S FRENCH CHICKEN LIVER PÂTÉ

Stéphanie, who is a great cook and who is used to organising large dinner parties, managed to convince me to make this fantastic recipe. Use one of your nice terrine dishes as it will be served on the table.

cream of butternut and chestnut with roasted seaweed

cream of butternut and chestnut with roasted seaweed

My friend Armelle, who had me discover this great starter, used pumpkin and I did too. She steamed the vegetables in her steam oven at a temperature of 100° for 15 minutes. If you use a pressure cooker, allow 5 minutes to cook after it 

Severine’s banana cake

Severine’s banana cake

Although this sweet cake is a classic, there is a large variety of banana cake recipes. Severine’s is just one of  the countless ways to make it. You may also try Karin’s recipe. I love it too!

Cauliflower O’gratin

Cauliflower O’gratin

The size of a cauliflower may sometimes stop you from choosing to buy it especially if there aren’t so many people in your household. Do not let yourself be impressed as there are many delicious ways to eat it, including raw or in a salad! 

Maryse’s Veal Stew

Maryse’s Veal Stew

When you go grocery shopping, let your butcher know if you prefer fatty or lean meat. He will advise and help choose the pieces that suit your taste. I have tried the recipe with only one can of tomatoes and it was delicious too. Better if the 

baked apples

baked apples

A traditional autumn treat, childhood memories for most of us, and very easy to make.

creamed zucchini & pumpkin soup

creamed zucchini & pumpkin soup

Full of flavors this bicolor soup is just beautiful and delicious. Although you can use any kind of squash here. Butternut works well, I tried! 

Cream and mushroom chicken stew

Cream and mushroom chicken stew

Ideal for young chefs-to-be, this stew is a typical quick and easy family dish

Asmaa’s smocked aubergine spread

Asmaa’s smocked aubergine spread

This is a Turkish dish turned into a versatile spread that can be used over  bread, blinis, or part of a mezze table. My friend Asmaa is a Natural Chef & Health Food coach. We met in London but Asmaa lives now in Cairo Egypt. 

Quinoa Salad with Almond, Feta cheese & Pomegranate

Quinoa Salad with Almond, Feta cheese & Pomegranate

This colorful & energizing dish is inspired from a small recipe book I love : Cantine California by Jordan Feilders. I do want to thank him and his team; I was sincerely moved by their timely response and enthusiasm as we were communicating by mail. The cheeseburger recipe 

spaghettis carbonara my way

spaghettis carbonara my way

For a quick dinner, it’s a creamy homemade Italian pasta dish.You can use pancetta instead of smoked bacon.

Virginie’s pumpkin and hazelnut cod gratin

Virginie’s pumpkin and hazelnut cod gratin

Don’t hesitate to swap pumpkin for squash (red kuri squash) and to use a spicy olive oil such as the Peperoncino. I tried it too and it was perfect. I also tried with the butternut squash, but was a little disappointed : it tasted a little blend. I should have 

Courgette & blue cheese velouté

Courgette & blue cheese velouté

This is a very simple and light soup. You’ll need a blender and if you have a Thermomix it will be ready in 20 minutes!

Rosetta’s tuna paccheri

Rosetta’s tuna paccheri

You could save time by placing the cherry tomatoes under the grill in the oven instead of slow baking them for an hour. Just be extra careful not to burn them. And do not cook the tuna and the capers cook together more than 10 ins 

Karin’s banana cake

Karin’s banana cake

The secret trick  if you may try : the bananas have to be very, very ripe, then frozen, the skin will go black and only then they are ready. Defrost them throw out the water  squeeze the flesh and sugary syrup out of the skins. You can also 

Caroline’s crumble

Caroline’s crumble

Sometime I use only apples, it’s delicious too. You can prepare the topping ahead and keep it in the fridge many days. But you may also use the topping to jazz up any fruity filling!

Christine’s lemon and olive chicken tajine

Christine’s lemon and olive chicken tajine

2 hours cooking in a tajine dish. Serve with fresh chopped coriander and accompany with couscous seeds.

lemongrass chicken

lemongrass chicken

It’s time to try some new tastes…I’m loving these world flavors.

Avocado Beet Pear and banana smoothie

Avocado Beet Pear and banana smoothie

Valerie found this recipe on the internet. We were 8 to taste and we loved it! Julia is a French Blogger. COOKING JULIA is her blog. I’m very pleased to share her recipe in English with you.

A few things you should know about Batch Cooking…

A few things you should know about Batch Cooking…

The idea of Batch Cooking is to prepare dishes for several meals in only one cooking session. To the families overwhelmed with busy agendas but who believe in healthy eating this may seem constraining or somewhat discouraging. However Batch Cooking has many advantages and needs 

French Crêpes Recipe

French Crêpes Recipe

Crêpes are just so popular in France that the French even have a day dedicated to them. We call it : La Chandeleur. On the 2nd February the whole country eats crêpes !

Armelle’s Rhubarbe & Strawberry Crumble

Armelle’s Rhubarbe & Strawberry Crumble

It is such an easy and original dessert in Spring and Summer. You should try…????

Jeanne’s quinoa caprese

Jeanne’s quinoa caprese

It’s simple, easy to prepare and a perfect way to eat vegetables. You can serve it as a side dish for 6 to 8 people or double your portion to make it a meal for 4.

Anne-Sophie’s frozen tiramisu

Anne-Sophie’s frozen tiramisu

It only takes about 20 minutes to prepare this frozen dessert which can be kept in the freezer for months. This frozen tiramisu will also be appreciated by your guests for a special dinner party and you will enjoy the idea of having your dessert 

Mary’s pesto recipe

Mary’s pesto recipe

May be frozen. Quick and easy to prepare.

Creamy Sweet Potato Soup

Creamy Sweet Potato Soup

This soup can be made days in advance if kept in the fridge. If you have a dinner party : You may add small unshelled prawns or shrimps or sauteed small scallops. It’s a bit more hearty and it’s very delicious as well! ​

Homemade gravlax style salmon

Homemade gravlax style salmon

It’s a Scandinavian classic dish, thank you Francine for the recipe ???????? You can try it with vodka instead of gin. Many recipes recommend freezing the fish before curing in order to kill any parasites. It makes a stunning party platter if you serve it up appetizer style. For 

Zucchini and fresh Herbs Terrine

Zucchini and fresh Herbs Terrine

This terrine’s taste is lovely and fresh. It is a great dish for vegetarian.

Tzatziki recipe

Tzatziki recipe

Tzatziki is a classic Greek Mezzé made from yogurt, cucumber, garlic, olive oil, and fresh dill. This recipe is served cold and can be kept in the refrigerator several days. It is super easy to prepare.

Zucchini Goat Cheese & Thyme Tart

Zucchini Goat Cheese & Thyme Tart

This tart may conveniently be re-heated at a temperature of 160° for 15 minutes. It should preferably be served hot or warm. ​

Maryse’s French Tapenade

Maryse’s French Tapenade

I highly recommend this tapenade recipe. Making it is actually pretty easy. You just need a blender and to wait a few hours…

Agnès’s gluten-free, flour-free & yeast-free loaf

Agnès’s gluten-free, flour-free & yeast-free loaf

This recipe was inspired by Sarah Britton’s “The life-changing loaf” As a holistic nutritionist, she started her incredible blog in 2007 : My new roots – How to make healthy choices every day- Dear Sarah, I’m French and I have a cooking blog too. Since I