Poached Pears in Red Wine Syrup

From: Trish's French Country Kitchen

Poached Pears is a really classical dessert, but sometimes it's a bit disappointing because the syrup around the pears is a bit watery. What I like to do is add flavour and stickiness with a little bit of sugar, so there is nothing watery about this recipe.

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.

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.

Sweet Wine and Fruit Jelly

From: Trish's French Country Kitchen

The season for perfectly ripe summer fruit is unfortunately all too short.

Chestnut Soup with Smoked Butter and Bacon Garnish

From: Trish's French Country Kitchen

If you are really keen on preparing your soup from scratch, then the autumn is the time to buy fresh chestnuts.

Mussel and Tomato Stew

From: Trish's French Country Kitchen

This sauce is really the dish. You could use it with pasta or with any white fish but here we use mussels

Truffled Chicken with Macaroni

From: Trish's French Country Kitchen

If you are lucky enough to find a really good French or Italian truffle, there are lots of ways of making it go a long way.

Black Olive Tapenade

From: Trish's French Country Kitchen

Black olive tapenade is a typical Provencal appetiser, served on biscuits or crisp warm toast and served with a little aperitif.

Tomato Chutney with Parmesan Crisps

From: Trish's French Country Kitchen

Chutney! The word conjures up autumn and the one season when work expended earlier in the year promises a welcome abundance of fruit and vegetables. So here goes for a sharp and tasty autumnal treat.

Apricot and Vanilla Jam

From: Trish's French Country Kitchen

Sometimes eating a fresh apricot is a little disappointing, but when the flavour intensifies through the jam making process, then I think it is out there on its own. The season for fresh apricots comes and goes before you know where you are, but if you are lucky enough to land on a glut of this rather unusual fruit, it's well worth making a decent quantity of jam.




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