Smoked salmon, new potato and shallot salad

I’m not the biggest fan of smoked salmon in the world. It’s too much like raw salmon (in my mind) and I can usually enjoy one or two bites and then that’s me done.

Same with sushi, maki and sashimi. I can’t say I’m the bravest eater.

But in this salad? Mamma mia, it’s simply delicious. I’ll eat all the salmon you want in this salad. Especially during the summer, with a cool glass of rosé wine with grapefruit.

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Smoked salmon, new potato and shallot salad

Serves 1

25g smoked salmon

2-3 new potatoes

1/4 to 1/2 avocado

1/2 shallot

1 egg

A few handfuls of the salad of your choosing (I went for lamb’s lettuce, frisée lettuce and radicchio)

Olive oil

Balsamic vinegar

Salt and pepper to taste

1. Fill a pot with water and bring to the boil. When boiling, add new potatoes and boil for  about ten minutes.

2. While these cook, prepare the remaining ingredients. Finely chop the shallot, cube the avocado, and toss them in a salad bowl with the salad leaves. Cut the smoked salmon into smaller pieces and add to the mix.

3. Take your potatoes out of the boiling water with a slotted spoon and place on chopping board. Place your egg in the boiling water and cook for 5 minutes. Meanwhile,  chop the potatoes into cubes and add to the salad.

4. In a smaller bowl on the side, make a balsamic vinaigrette – 3/5 olive oil to 2/5 balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Mix vinaigrette in with the rest of the salad mix.

5. When your egg is done, peel off the shell and place into your salad.

6. Enjoy!

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Finished in minutes 😉


Note: instead of using balsamic vinaigrette, you can also use crème fraiche, dill, salt and pepper to make a dressing.

Making it through the summer – moving, stress and trying to be healthy

So, after a lame and failed attempt to come out of my blogging stupor about a few weeks ago, here I am, actually back to the blogosphere with some new recipes to post and tales about my recent life changes.

Summer, as it turns out, isn’t necessarily that chill.

Even when you’re waiting for uni to start in September and hence, technically, on holiday.

Although I’d comment that without a home to call your own, it’s kind of hard to relax.

For the past few weeks, I have been up to a bunch of stuff: I moved out, went to a WEDDING (Congratulations again, Sarah and Robin!), found a new flat for next year (finally!), and visited my family for a week in Normandy.

And am currently squatting my boyfriend’s house before we can move in, in about three weeks’ time.

The whole moving business definitely took more from me than I thought it would, probably because I had to move out of my house and had nowhere to go that I could call my own. Visiting a chain of cluttered, dirty flats (that we could afford) and lovely, spacious flats (that we couldn’t) didn’t exactly help, and I’ve got to admit I felt a bit hopeless for the first few weeks of July.

BUT we have now found a lovely, spacious and AFFORDABLE place to live next year and that has taken some of the pressure off. YAY.


Alright, so, time for some honesty: recent stress has definitely not helped me, the supposed HEALTHY Frenchie, feel or act healthy in any way.

Unfortunately, I tend to act out when I’m stressed – either eating everything in sight or as little as possible and feeding on body negativity.

Kind of the reason why I haven’t felt up to posting recently. Feels wrong to talk about nutrition and healthy living when I can’t live up to my own standards.

BUT, I am now back on the healthy track, ready to discover new recipes and enjoy the rest of the summer, stress-free.

My last salad creation and upcoming recipe:

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Smoked salmon, boiled new potato, shallot, radicchio, frisée and lamb’s lettuce salad with a soft-boiled egg

The Frenchie is back

Sooo….I’m back!

Sorry for the long lull – life has simply been CrAzY these past three weeks and I just haven’t been able to keep up with the blog.

Between organising my upcoming move, a new work placement in a primary school, getting an operation and travelling back to France, I’ve just been all over the place..

Despite all of this, I’ve still been eating delicious, healthy food – there just hasn’t been much time to work on new recipes.

But I have, however, been having some of my ultimate favorite foods:

1. Super soupSuper soup – The week after my operation, I didn’t feel particularly great; I also very much didn’t feel up to cooking. This soup was an absolute life-saver: I made a batch of it before the operation and just had to reheat a portion whenever I got hungry.

I also made a version of this soup with peas and coriander – it was delicious! 

IMG_38152. Baked sweet potato with feta chipotle cream and chorizo – This is such a simple option for dinner and I don’t think I will ever tire of it! Although the SP takes a while to cook (30-40 minutes), preparation time for this recipe is under ten minutes. No need to slave away in the kitchen to make something this scrumptious!

Avocado toast

3. Avocado toast – I love avo toast so much I could have it at breakfast, lunch and dinner! It was a great reward this past weekend after my particularly hard week at work. I added some crispy streaky bacon to the mix this time as well – mmm.

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4. Roasted sweet potato fajitas – I spent a week working in a primary school last week and, believe me, it was exhausting! These fajitas were a great pick-me-up when lunch came around – and, as an added bonus, making one big batch of roasted veg at the beginning of the week lasted me all five lunches!

IMG_4373I haven’t just eaten my own concoctions and creations, however : I took some time to go visit my family in France and ate some of my mother’s wonderful cooking, including but not limited to her stunning apricot tart, which I never managed to get a full picture of despite the fact she made it twice because it just disappears so quickly.

With her permission, however, the recipe will be posted shortly.

Oh, and…

HAPPY 1st OF JULY EVERYONE! 

Can’t wait to share my favorite summer recipes with you.