Beef Encroûté

These individual beef encroûtés are a dinner party show stopper! Ingredients (for 6) 1 kilo of trimmed filet of beef 2 tablespoons of Dijon mustard 2 egg yolks Ready made puff pastry 1 kilo of firm white mushrooms 1 large onion, finely diced Knob of butter Sea salt & freshly ground black pepper Start by making ….

Quiche Lorraine

Perfect for festive buffets at home over the Christmas period, this French classic is great served hot or cold Ingredients  250 grams of aged Comté or strong cheddar 100 ml of milk 200 ml double cream Fresh ground black pepper & sea salt 1 teaspoon of fresh or dried thyme 200 grams of lardons/pancetta 5 ….

Tomato & Gin Soup

Believe us, this combo of flavours works perfectly for this tasty soup that we recently served at our first ever Gintastic weekend Ingredients (serves 6) 1 kg of ripe tomatoes, halved 2 tablespoons of freshly chopped thyme 2 tablespoons of freshly chopped sage 1 tablespoon of freshly chopped (or dried) oregano 1 large onion, roughly ….

Ratatouille

There are few dishes more French than ratatouille… my recipe is far from traditional but, dare I say, one of the best you’ll ever taste !   I have been making ratatouille at La Villa for more than 10 years.  It’s a great accompaniment (especially in spring & autumn) for a number of main courses ….

Mini Banana Breads

Our little breakfast treats are always a favourite with guests… and our mini banana breads are THE most popular   Ingredients (Makes 9) 75gms of soften unsalted butter 143 grams of plain flour 112 grams of golden caster sugar 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda 50ml of milk 2 ripe bananas 1 egg 1 teaspoon ….

Best Pasta Sauce – ever!

If you love pasta, you’ll love this tomato & basil sauce     I make this in a large batch as it’s perfect as a sauce over plain pasta or filled ravioli; fantastic for adding into dishes like lasagne or baked cannelloni – or, reduced down, can even be used as a pizza sauce too. ….

Rhubarb, Ginger & Orange Sabayon

Zingy & Zesty, a perfect pud year-round     Ingredients (makes 8) 500 grams of rhubarb, cut into 2cm lengths 100 grams of caster sugar 2 star anise 200 ml of double cream, whipped 250 gram pot of mascarpone 3 tablespoons of Grand Marnier or Cointreau 3 tablespoons of marmalade 4 cm of ginger, peeled ….

Chicken, Mushroom & Leek Terrine

A perfect make-ahead starter This is a bit fiddly to make but worth it – and will portion to about 12. Ingredients Six chicken breasts Poaching spices (2 bay leaves, 10 whole black peppercorns, salt, pepper, 2 garlic gloves, 1 cup white wine) 4 Leeks 500 grams of a mix of mushrooms Bunch of tarragon ….

Prawn & Mango Salad

Perfect for a warm summer’s evening – our Prawn & Mango salad has been a hit this season.   Ingredients (serves 4-6) 2 large, ripe, mangos 2 large juicy limes Large pack of cooked prawns (about 500 grams) 12 cherry tomatoes 4 endives Bunch of coriander & chives 2 pots of natural yoghurt Shell the ….

Frittata

Packed with fresh vegetables and great either hot or cold… We were kindly given this recipe by the owners of Julesy’s B&B on the island of Malta when we stayed a few years ago. At La Villa, we serve it chilled on our Mediterranean sharing platters and vary the ingredients according to season. Ingredients  1 pack ….

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