Posts Tagged ‘apples’


Inspired by the fact that we still have a load of the home made mayonnaise in our fridge, I decided to make some coleslaw. I had totally forgotten about coleslaw… it was always something I had at school and was made for us at home, but I’m not sure I had ever made it myself before.

The best and only coleslaw anecdote I have (I bet that is the first time you have read those words today) was when we visited our French friend shortly after she had returned from living in Australia. She was so excited to prepare this “exotic” salad that she had discovered down under for us. Her excitement to see our reaction to the surprise salad immediately disappeared, like an excited spaniel that has brought a dead bird into the house, thinking he’s going to get a pat on the head and a treat. She couldn’t disguise her disappointment that coleslaw wasn’t a new phenomenon in our lives, but in fact a staple of our childhood  and we would much have preferred the foie gras.

So I made coleslaw last night and it was really great, especially with the home made mayo… and it’s full of raw vegetables so it can’t be bad for you…


  • 1/2 small white cabbage finely sliced
  • 3 carrots finely sliced into sticks
  • 1 apple finely sliced
  • 1 onion, finely sliced
  • 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise (or as much as you like)
  • 1 teaspoon of dijon mustard
  • salt an freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • flat leaf parsley to garnish


Chop the fruit and vegetables very finely, mix the mayonnaise and the mustard, season to taste and garnish with flat leaf parsley.


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Apparently one of the “Tatin” sisters dropped her apple tart on the floor, decided to serve it anyway and wrote it into culinary history. We didn’t drop this version on the floor, but honestly if we had,  would probably eaten it anyway. It is a delicious dessert. One you should definitely try. We even used pre bought pastry to save time and worked out really well. Good luck and let us know if it was a success.


  • 5 apples (of your choice) peeled, cored and sliced into quarters
  • just under a cup of sugar
  • 100g butter
  • pre-made pastry
  • a little milk


Pre-heat the oven to 190C. Then in a pan that you can put in the oven. i.e one that doesn’t have a plastic handle.

Sprinkle the sugar evenly on the bottom of the pan and then add the butter as illustrated. Put over a medium heat and the butter and the sugar will start to melt and caramelise. This should take about 4-5 minutes. Jiggle the pan around a bit to make sure that it the sugar and butter cook evenly. Now you are ready to add the apples.

Add them in a spiral, cramming them as tight as you can. Now cook over a low heat for about 15 minutes. Cut your pastry into a circle a bit bigger than your pan. Take the pan off the heat and place the pastry on top of the apples, tucking in the excess pastry as shown below.

Prick holes  in the pastry, brush it with some milk and put the pan in the oven for about 20 – 25 minutes or until the pastry is a golden brown.

When it is removed from the oven it should a bit like this.

Now it is time to flip the tarte. Be really careful as the juices from the apples and the caramel will be really hot. So, place a large plate over your pan and press down as hard as you can to create a seal. Then (wearing long sleeves) flip the plate and place on the work surface. You should have the perfect tarte. Hope so anyway!

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