Category: Starters

Mint and cucumber mousse

Mint and cucumber mousse

You’ll need French fromage blanc to make this recipe. If you don’t have you can use Greek Style Natural Yogurt.

Asparagus with blood oranges mousse & peanut vinaigrette

Asparagus with blood oranges mousse & peanut vinaigrette

The recipe isn’t as complicated as it sounds. It just requires getting started two days before serving. But, believe me, you won’t regret it!

Butternut & red lentil soup

Butternut & red lentil soup

You will need a blender to make this smooth and rich soup. If you prefer the Vegan version, just remove the bacon and the chicken broth.

French Beurre Blanc my Way (butter sauce)

French Beurre Blanc my Way (butter sauce)

Champagne and shallots are the prime ingredients used in this recipe to flavour this butter sauce. White wine is also often used in this classic French cuisine recipe too … Don’t hesitate to try it!

Cullen Skink

Cullen Skink

Cullen is a small town in Northeast Scotland and the home of one of Scotland’s most famous dishes, Cullen Skink. It is a hardy soup and traditionally made with Finnan haddock (smoked haddock), potatoes, and leeks. It may be served with nice and thick buttered 

Christine’s ginger salad

Christine’s ginger salad

Christine likes it with more ginger, but Caroline and I found the ginger quantity used sufficient. It will be up to you to adapt to your taste. Ginger root is a fabulous antioxidant. When raw it is a great source of manganese and copper. The 

Beetroot & goat cheese millefeuille

Beetroot & goat cheese millefeuille

Stylish, delicious, and festive do not necessarily mean expensive…No particular hardship for this beautiful recipe which tastes as good as it looks!

Caroline’s Winter salad

Caroline’s Winter salad

For 6 to 8 people. The deep red chicory leaves are great in this dish. If you find some don’t hesitate. 

Catherine’s tuna salad

Catherine’s tuna salad

On a bed of lettuce, as a tuna sandwich spread, or stuffed in a tomato this American Tuna Salad recipe is a winner in all families. You can even use it to make a delicious Tuna Melt! And if you have leftovers, it is still 

Karin’s crab meat and brandy o’gratin

Karin’s crab meat and brandy o’gratin

If you use light cream the dish turns out perfectly too. Karin likes to use chunks of crab rather than crumbs… As a starter this quantity is for 6 to 7 guests. As a main dish it serves 4 to 6 people.

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 

christine’s mango avocado and shrimp salad

christine’s mango avocado and shrimp salad

This salad is an all-time winner in our family. It is nutritious and well balanced and may well be considered a full meal in the summer. If you plan to serve it as a lighter starter, don’t use so much vinaigrette dressing and don’t use 

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! 

Jeanne’s tomato – kiwi salad

Jeanne’s tomato – kiwi salad

A very light and energetic recipe. Personally I’m a fan! Jeanne always has incredible recipes. Jeanne’s quinoa caprese is another one you should try.

Armelle’s scallops carpaccio

Armelle’s scallops carpaccio

This recipe was inspired from the 750gr website video on You Tube perfectly filmed and explained by the Chefs Damien and Christophe.

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 

Armelle’s version of deviled eggs

Armelle’s version of deviled eggs

This appetizer served in a glass verrine is one of many recipes using this layer principle; you may use various herbs and spices with the eggs (chives, dill…) or even add tuna, salmon, sardines to suit your taste. You could also beat the extra egg white 

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!

Shrimp ans zucchini mousse

Shrimp ans zucchini mousse

You may very well change the final touch if you have other ingredients : keep the zucchini mousse and the shrimps and top with a dash of pesto, avocado or sundried tomatoes, use cilantro or basil leaves as you wish. Served warm, at room temperature 

thaï spiced squash soup

thaï spiced squash soup

You can swap the squash with pumpkin or butternut if you prefer. It works well, I tried! If you need a simple and safe way to peel and chop squash view all the videos on You Tube.

Anne’s Curry Seafood Salad

Anne’s Curry Seafood Salad

This simple seafood salad means a lot to me : it brings me back to the time I lived in Nouméa, New Caledonia 25 years ago. I used to make this recipe very regularly but that was a long time ago and it took me time 

Benjamin’s beef & cheese yakitori skewers

Benjamin’s beef & cheese yakitori skewers

The combinaison of thin slices of beef wrapped around a piece of comté cheese is totally irresistible !

Accras from Martinique & Thomas’Ti punch

Accras from Martinique & Thomas’Ti punch

It’s really a lot easier than it seems but it involves frying so be careful. Good to know : cod accras are part of the traditional Caribbean cuisine. This dish is generally served  in Martinique as an appetizer with Ti Punch. Thomas’TI Punch is made of 5cl of white 

French Onion Soup by Paul Bocuse My Style

French Onion Soup by Paul Bocuse My Style

In Lyon this soup dish is a speciality and is often served in the evening for family or close friends dinner parties, for late supper or even as an early morning delicacy after dancing all night. Thank you to the famous chef ‘s team who 

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 a 

Cherry tomatoes crumble

Cherry tomatoes crumble

Keeps for about a 4 days in the fridge. Eat cold or reheat and serve warm.

Refreshing Avocado Mousse &  Smoked Salmon

Refreshing Avocado Mousse & Smoked Salmon

Very easy to prepare. For special events you can add some salmon roe on the top. Thanks Mapie for the translation

My cauliflower, avocado, pomegranate & quinoa salad

My cauliflower, avocado, pomegranate & quinoa salad

This salad was created the day two of my friends brought their salads for lunch: this delicious, refreshing and creative salad is a mix of both! Thanks Catherine and Chrystele!

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.

Aubergine with black garlic my way

Aubergine with black garlic my way

The Telegraph published a similar recipe in 2014 created by Yotam Ottolenghi. Long time fans of this very famous cook are familiar with it. Now, it is one of the most popular dishes of the Nopi restaurant in London.  My recipe is more simple but 

Catherine’s Bhel Puri

Catherine’s Bhel Puri

Bhel Puri is a low calorie snack most commonly sold by the street vendors on the push carts in Mumbay.  There are a lot of different recipes. This one is inspired by Dishoom, a famous Indian restaurant in London. Much of the fun of eating Bhel Puri 

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.