Ravioli of Pumpkin and Mushroom

From: Trish's French Country Kitchen

At home in Ireland, we think of pumpkins only in connection with the ghosts and ghouls of Halloween, but in Provence it's a highly regarded autumn speciality.

Homemade Chocolate Truffles

From: Summer Suppers

In chocolate shops, chocolate truffles come in all sorts of flavours, but the simplest you can make at home have just three ingredients: great quality chocolate, fresh cream and a little bit of cocoa powder for dusting.

Soufflé au Fromage

From: Trish's Paris Kitchen

Whatever you do, don't open the oven door for a peek while it's cooking!

Olive Cake with Apricots

From: Trish's Mediterranean Kitchen

Olive oil may not be the first thing you think of when you talk about sweet things and baking a cake, but this a lovely sponge.

Fresh Courgettes Poached with Garlic Pulp and Olives

From: Trish's Mediterranean Kitchen

A delicious French dish which would make a great snack or starter.

Cheese Terrine

From: Trish's French Country Kitchen

This terrine doesn't need cooking at all and it's a great alternative to a large cheese board.

Strawberries with Traditional Modena Balsamic Vinegar and Basil

From: Trish's Paris Kitchen

Add some zing to strawberries with balsamic vinegar.

Mushroom and Herb Omelette

From: Trish's French Country Kitchen

With some lovely free-range eggs, it's the simplest of meals, but none the worse for that.

A Creamy Vegetable Soup

From: Summer Suppers

A really easy way to start off a chic meal with something colourful and full of flavour is to serve a vegetable soup. I serve it with a salsa on top, which gives it a bit more flavour and makes it a bit more interesting.

Coq au Vin

From: Trish's Paris Kitchen

One of the great traditional French dishes - though it's often massacred in motorway cafeterias! - this is a fantastic hearty, tasty stew made with great wine and a few simple ingredients.




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