Coq au vin an ideal dish for the slow cooker. A good coq au vin improves immensely if you marinade the chicken overnight and improves further if you leave it when cooked, overnight, in the refrigerator. If you cannot get a piece of bacon try to use the thickest rashers you can find so the lardons will not break up during cooking.

Beef Bourguignon

This is a classic French recipe that comes from the Bourgogne or Burgundy region of France and is traditionally made using Charolais beef. Today restaurants serve far more elaborate versions of the dish which was originally a simple stew.

National Sandwich Week – Croque Monsieur Monte Cristo

Now I like a bacon sandwich as much as any person, it is almost the chef’s staple diet but my favourite is a little different. At the simplest level, the Croque Monsieur is a French grilled ham and cheese sandwich.


Gazpacho is very popular across the Iberian peninsula this simple version of classic chilled tomato soup is ideal as an appetizer or as a light lunch.

Classic French Onion Soup

My Classic French Onion Soup – A suitable recipe for Bastille Day

Tomorrow is the 14th of July, Bastille Day, and across France there will be large military parades and festivities commemorating the beginning of the French Revolution.