French

Ooh la la! Delia's pulled out all the stops with a terrific selection of the very best of French cuisine, from steaks and salades to snacks such as Croque Monsieur.

 
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Pork with Apples and CalvadosServes 2

Pork with Apples and Calvados

There are some luxuries in the kitchen that really do help to perk up certain dishes, and one of these is a bottle of Calvados because it seems to have within it all the concentrated aroma and flavour of an apple loft. This recipe can be doubled

 
 
Mussels with Garlic StuffingServes 4

Mussels with Garlic Stuffing

Garlicky, sea-fresh mussels are a real treat...and are surprisingly cheap too. Enjoy them with lots of bread for a simple lunch or starter.

 
 
Coq au VinServes 6-8

Coq au Vin

It's no surprise that this lovely French classic has stood the test of time: perfect for a supper party or Sunday lunch. Try to make it the day before so the full flavours can develop.

 
 
Chicken in a PotServes 4

Chicken in a Pot

A great Gallic classic, this is a wonderful one-pot recipe for chicken - and the wine and stock keep it beautifully moist and full of flavour.

 
 
Gratin DauphinoisServes 3-4

Gratin Dauphinois

This is so often served in restaurants as a gooey sludge that seems to have hung around too long. But home-made, straight from the oven, it is truly one of the great classics. I know it does seem extravagant to use 5 fl oz (150 ml) cream for 1 lb (45

 
 
Frying-pan Pizza with Smoked Mozzarella and Sun-dried TomatoesServes 2 as a main course or 4 as a starter

Frying-pan Pizza with Smoked Mozzarella and Sun-dried Tomatoes

If you have an aversion to kneading and proving dough, you'll love this recipe, made with scone dough for speed and ease. Vary the toppings according to what you like or need to use up. Either way, it's a real winner!

 
 
Fried Skate Wings with Warm Green SalsaServes 2

Fried Skate Wings with Warm Green Salsa

Easy to cook, the creamy flesh of skate marries well with a punchy-flavoured salsa such as this one. Serve it with salad and new potatoes.

 
 
Folded Omelette (French style)Serves 1

Folded Omelette (French style)

Master the simple art of making a really good omelette and, says Delia, you'll never be short of a quick and easy supper or lunch dish, either served plain or with fillings.

 
 
Classic Steak au PoivreServes 2

Classic Steak au Poivre

The one thing we have profoundly to thank French classic cookery for is the creation of steak au poivre. Good, beefy steak, fragrant peppercorns and red wine are a most sublime combination. Don't be tempted to think that naff restaurants that serve s

 
 
Chocolate Choux BunsMakes 9

Chocolate Choux Buns

These lovely, light, airy choux buns are filled and topped with a squidgy chocolate mousse mixture and coated with chocolate icing and chopped nuts.

 
 
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