Le Petit Aioli (6)

I picked the first Globe Artichokes from our allotment this week and that prompted me to prepare this Provencal dish from Ruth Watson’s ” The Really Helpful Cookbook”. The Globe Artichokes were served on a separate plate and dipped in the garlicky aioli along with the other vegetables. You can vary the vegetables but should include a combination of hot and cold. My vegetarian husband simply omitted the prawns.

Soupe au Pistou (6-8)

I made this healthy and delicious soup during my week of cooking recipes from France. Traditionally three types of fresh white beans would be used along with the other vegetables. This recipe from Patricia Lousada uses dried haricot beans, but I substituted a tin of cannellini beans which was fine if not authentic. I also substituted Butternut squash for the broad beans and made the pistou using wild garlic leaves rather than basil. I think it is even better the next day.

Tartiflette (4)

Since Lockdown has prevented me from realising most of my travel plans for the summer I have decided to cook my way around the world, a country a week, for the foreseeable future and guided but not led by the alphabet. As a result of existing menu plans I began this week in France . Here is an easy, classic dish from the region that comes from The Hairy Bikers. It’s very moreish comfort food.

Corsican Omelette (1)

3 large organic eggs 3 heaped tbsps young soft goats cheese
2 tsp caster sugar 1 tbsp crème fraiche or double cream
15g unsalted butter Extra sugar and mint leaves to garnish
4 large fresh mint leaves, shredded


  1. Beat the eggs lightly with the sugar.
  2. Melt the butter in a 10” omelette pan then increase the heat and add the mint.
  3. When the bubbles start to subside tip in the eggs, then spoon over the cheese and cream.
  4. Tip the pan back and forth a few times, lifting the edges of the omelette with a spatula to let the liquid run underneath.
  5. When set, but still creamy on top fold the omelette in three.
  6. Serve sprinkled with a little more sugar and mint leaves