Smoked Mackerel Niçoise Salad. If you don’t already know a Niçoise salad is named after the French city of Nice. It is packed with Mediterranean or Provencal flavours. Nicoise salad has been described as “one of the best combinations of salad ingredients ever invented”.
Coq au vin an ideal dish for the slow cooker. A good coq au vin improves immensely if you marinade the chicken overnight and improves further if you leave it when cooked, overnight, in the refrigerator. If you cannot get a piece of bacon try to use the thickest rashers you can find so the lardons will not break up during cooking.
This is a classic French recipe that comes from the Bourgogne or Burgundy region of France and is traditionally made using Charolais beef.
Today restaurants serve far more elaborate versions of the dish which was originally a simple stew.
Now I like a bacon sandwich as much as any person, it is almost the chef’s staple diet but my favourite is a little different. At the simplest level, the Croque Monsieur is a French grilled ham and cheese sandwich.