2 French Recipes for a Light Lunch

The sun is finally shining again in France, after months of cold weather, rain, and snow.

When the spring arrives, we habitually put aside our simmered dishes or potatoes with cheese dishes (hmm… raclette or tartiflette are so good we love winter just for that…). Our appetite is reduced because of the heat and our dishes are lighter.
2 French recipes for a light lunch

Discover two of our favorite recipes for sunny days, very cheap and also easy to make!

Let’s start with what we call “une entrée” or appetizer/starter. Most of the time in Spring and Summer, it’s also our main dish.

Here is the recipe for:

Surimi and Zucchini Cake2 French recipes for a light lunch: Surimi and Zucchini Cake


  • 10 surimi (fish paste) sticks
  • 100 g of grated Emmental cheese
  • 10 cl of milk
  • 2 zucchini
  • 100 g of flour
  • 1 sachet of dry yeast
  • 3 eggs

As you will see in the pictures below, I had 2 kitchen helpers.

  1. Cut the surimi sticks into small pieces.
  2. Peel the zucchini and cut into small cubes and remove seeds.
  3. Steam zucchini.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and add milk, flour, and dry yeast.
  5. Add cheese, surimi pieces, zucchini, and mix together.
  6. Put the mixture into a loaf pan.
  7. Cook 45 minutes at 180°C (or 360°F).


Let cool at least 2 hours and serve with mayonnaise if desired, with tomatoes, salads, etc…

But we cannot have only an “entrée”, we have to finish with something sweet and tasty. That’s why I am going to give you my favorite chocolate cake recipe of all time. Everybody asks me how I make that amazing thing!

This is called:

Coulant au chocolat

2 French recipes for a light lunch: Coulant au Chocolat

Ingredients :

  • 3 eggs, 2 yolks
  • 200 g of dark chocolate
  • 100 g of butter
  • 90 g of sugar
  • 50 g of flour

I had a little helper for this too.

  1. Cut the chocolate into small pieces and melt it in a saucepan with the butter (you can also use your Thermomix or any food processor).
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and whisk until the dough is well mixed.
  3. Form mixture into non-stick muffin tins.
  4. Cook 7 minutes and 30 seconds at 210°C (or 410°F), not more, not less! Remove the tins out of the oven.
  5. Let cool for 2 minutes and remove from the tins right away.
  6. Serve immediately.

You can also serve it with a yummy custard.



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