Nandi’s Indian Restaurant in Nantes

Nandi’s Indian Restaurant in Nantes

It’s not often we get out in the evening. Kids and lack of family close by tend to do that a bit. However it was a special occasion a few weeks ago, namely my birthday. I asked Val if she’d like to try Nandi’s Indian and well I didn’t need to...
Everything is Awful

Everything is Awful

I see from a friend it’s world mental health day today … so cheer up buttercup … turn that frown upside down … and smile! … now if you can’t do any of those it’s ok. Some people are down at times, I’d guess we all are...
School Holidays 2018 – 2019

School Holidays 2018 – 2019

With the summer holidays drawing to a close it’s probably time to start planning your year ( especially if you’ve got kids and need to figure out child minders .. ) Well the calendar for school holidays for the new year is out There are three school zones...
Kidney Bean Burgers

Kidney Bean Burgers

This is pretty much Jack Monroe’s Kidney Bean Burger recipe from Cooking on a Bootstrap and I’ve tried it a few times now and it’s definitely becoming a favourite around here. I only came across her site last year but she’s got some great...
Jimmy’s Egg Fried Rice

Jimmy’s Egg Fried Rice

It’s Sunday … this means a few things … we’ve survived the kids for the weekend, it’s bath night, and we want something quick and simple for dinner. Enter my patent pending egg fried rice. This is a rather quick dish, very tasty and rather filling. You can add some...
Onion Bhajis Jimmy Style

Onion Bhajis Jimmy Style

I think I started making onion bhajis about a year ago (maybe it was 2 … time flies when you’re having fun). I’ve made some good ones, I’ve made some great ones. For me the first key ingredient is the gram flour. You can pick some up in one of...
Cake with Goats Cheese and Olives

Cake with Goats Cheese and Olives

Hang on didn’t the title say cake? What do olives and goat cheese have to do with anything? Well in France cake means something quite different. In France a cake is a savoury dish. It also seems to be the dish that the world and it’s mother make especially...
A quick steak stir fry

A quick steak stir fry

It’s lunch time and you want something tasty but quick … I give you a 15 minute steak stir fry! This is a rather quick stir fry it needs a few ingredients however you might not have to hand. Apart from the ginger though they keep for ages when opened. You...
Lentil Spag Bol

Lentil Spag Bol

Without a doubt Spaghetti Bolognese has got to be one of my favourite dishes. To the extent that yes if I see it on a menu in a restaurant I’ll think about it 😀 It’s one of those things that I suspect every student learns how to cook as it’ll be...
Bruschetta

Bruschetta

This is an incredibly quick and simple recipe. It’s perfect for an apero or like I just did … for a refreshing lunch. First thing is first however … kiss your loved ones goodbye! We’re going having raw onion and raw garlic here 🙂 For the...
Crocodiles for dinner anyone?

Crocodiles for dinner anyone?

No we’re not actually having crocodiles for dinner. Can you imagine being a 3 year old and being told you’re having crocodiles though? The name came from a french friend Caroline who makes similar for her kids. This is an incredibly tasty recipe even if I...
Little changes to your daily routine to save the world

Little changes to your daily routine to save the world

At this stage I’m going to guess we’ve all seen the videos about plastic and that we need to make a change? I’d love to say I’ve been good for years but it’s just not the case. I recycle where possible and have now for as long as I can...
Oven Roast Summer Veg

Oven Roast Summer Veg

It’s amazing the difference in flavours you can get by simply changing the way you cook something. Normally I like to fry courgette / tomato / shallot in a pan and maybe add in a small tub of tomato sauce (or not) … changing the method to simply putting it...
Getting around in Nantes with ZenBus

Getting around in Nantes with ZenBus

I rely a lot on public transport in Nantes. When I head into the office in the morning in the city centre I’ll grab the tram line 1. When I head across to the design school where I’m teaching a bit I’ll grab the line 1 and then a bus the rest of the...
Quick and easy Sausage Rolls!

Quick and easy Sausage Rolls!

If you didn’t grow up with sausage rolls you probably don’t miss them. For me it’s one of those things I didn’t realise I missed until I had some again. A neighbour Marie put me onto this and it’s a fun one you can easily make with the...