February is here! And although the days are getting brighter and the nights (somewhat) shorter – there’s still a chill in the air. So this week, the Taste of France team has put together a meal plan from across the Med to warm your tummies.

Winter meals don’t have to be boring. Check out this week’s meal plan, featuring French classics such as onion soup and coq au vin, as well as Mediterranean favourites: tagine and ratatouille.

January Meal Plans

Shopping list:

(Please note: the shopping list is in accordance to the serving stated in the recipes.)

Protein & dairy

  • 10 chicken thighs, bone in, skin on 
  • 1 chicken, jointed into 8 pieces 
  • 70g butter 
  • Gruyère 
  • 150g pancetta 
  • 1 can chickpeas 
  • 2 Morteau sausages 

Vegetables & salad

  • 1 medium onion (approx. 200g) 
  • 1 red onion 
  • 1 kilo onions 
  • 20 round shallots 
  • 10 cloves garlic 
  • 1 large red pepper (approx. 400g) 
  • 1 jar 450g roast red peppers 
  • 1 large green pepper (approx. 400g) 
  • 3 cups whole plum tomatoes and their juices (one 28oz/ 796 ml can) 
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes or tomatoes 
  • 300g small button mushrooms 
  • 1 courgette  
  • 1 aubergine 
  • 50g olives 

Fruits & nuts

  • 100g dried apricots 
  • 100g dry prunes 
  • 100g yellow raisins 
  • 1 lemon/lemon juice
  • 50g almonds 

Herbs & spices 

  • Dried/fresh thyme 
  • Cinnamon powder 
  • Cinnamon stick 
  • Bay leaf 
  • Salt 
  • Ground black pepper  
  • Piment d’Espelette or chilli powder 
  • Fresh/dried parsley 
  • Smoked paprika  
  • Cumin seeds 
  • Coriander 


  • Olive oil 
  • (570 ml) warm chicken stock  
  • Raw cane sugar 
  • All-purpose flour 
  • Armagnac 
  • 1L strong beef stock 
  • Sourdough bread 
  • Cognac  
  • Red wine  
  • Tomato purée 
  • Balsamic glaze  
  • Tahini 
  • Honey 


French onion soup

French onion soup
French onion soup

Serves: 4-6

There is nothing quite like the comfort of a bowl of creamy French onion soup. Easy to make in your slow cooker, it’s sure to warm your tummy and your soul.


Morteau sausage tagine with dried fruit

Morteau sausage tagine with dried fruit
Morteau sausage tagine with dried fruit

Serves: 6

Quick and easy, this one-pot recipe serves 6. So if you, like us, are a big fan of warm meals after a long day of work, this is the perfect recipe for you. Simply portion it up and pop in the freezer. Your future self will seriously thank you!


Coq au vin

Coq au vin casserole dish
Coq au vin

Serves: 4

The best recipe to prepare in the morning and leave in your slow cooker for a delicious warm and hearty meal to have at the end of your day!


Veggie ratatouille with chickpeas and pan griddled bread

Veggie ratatouille with chickpeas and pan griddled bread
Veggie ratatouille with chickpeas and pan griddled bread

Serves: 2-4

A very simple meal that can be served as a side to any protein, salad or eaten by itself.


Poulet basquaise

Mardi Michels makes... Poulet basquaise
Poulet basquaise

Serves: 4

We’ve all been there. Whether it’s after a long day at work or the weekend, sometimes cooking an elaborate dinner is the last thing any of us want to do.

Omit the oven, and simply pop this chicken recipe in a slow cooker for the perfect end to a busy week.


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