Smoked Salmon and Spinach Risotto; shopping

Smoked Salmon Risotto

I think I posted the ‘last risotto of the season’ a few months ago. Then lock-down happened and I started cooking according to what was in the fridge and pantry plus what could be ordered online. This being France the items that are considered essential enough to be available for online ordering are perhaps different … Continue reading…

Chicken and Spinach Pasta; planning and the potager

Chicken Spinach Pasta

I like flexible recipes. They are crucial to today’s style of cooking – at least for me. I do my shopping online every 2 weeks. I don’t know what will be available until I log in and I don’t know what might be substituted. Instead of my usual, careful menu planning before I shop it’s … Continue reading…

Linguine with Tuna & Spinach; lock-down projects

Tuna Linguine

Another lock-down recipe. Even fish-hating mon mari is starting to miss having fresh fish every week. And we are both missing fresh vegetables and fruits. I’m not avoiding them out of concern that they may be contaminated with the virus. I’m avoiding them because I don’t trust the staff packing my groceries to be as … Continue reading…

Chicken, Rice, and Spinach Gratin; windy days

Chicken & Rice

And pumpkin…. or butternut squash. I said there might be more. I had some pumpkin in the lurking in the freezer. Did I mention that I’m getting tired of cooking? It happens every year around this time. I’ve been doing all of the cooking (winter cooking) for 5 months and I’m ready for a break. … Continue reading…

Chicken, Spinach, and Butternut Squash Risotto; cranberries

Chicken Risotto

I’m starting to add spinach to anything and everything. Well, within reason, of course. It has all sorts of vitamins and minerals and hardly any calories, so why not? Even people who claim not to like it aren’t really going to notice it when it’s not the main ingredient. Notice I didn’t say it was … Continue reading…

Turkey, Leek and Spinach Spaghetti; more blue

Turkey Spinach Pasta

I was at my monthly book club meeting today. (Don’t ask about the book….) We were discussing food. Sometimes, it seems like every group of people I find myself in ends up discussing food. Perhaps I’m the common element in it all…. I digress. It started with coffee – and whether or not anyone wanted … Continue reading…

Meatloaf Florentine; Lixus, Dinner

Florentine Meatloaf

One of the first signs of cooler weather, chez nous, is mon mari’s request for meatloaf. He loves meatloaf, of any shape, style or flavor, but he particularly loves meatloaf sandwiches. He would be happy if I made a meatloaf every week and just gave it to him for sandwiches. As I am rather fond … Continue reading…