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A Recipe from the South Sea Bream and Zucchini Pancakes

Sometimes just a single ingredient can start our gastronomic journey in to creating a new recipe. Our friends over at Mas d’Augustine (a charming chambres d’hôtes near Uzes) know first hand what an abundance of courgettes (zucchini) can do to get those creative taste buds dancing with delight. Enjoy!

Sea Bream Fillet Dorade Courgette Pancake Recipe @MasdAugustine

Fillet of Dorade with Courgette Pancakes and Tomato Coulis

Light and crispy baby zucchini pancakes adorned with a warm flaky fillet of fish surrounded by a drizzle of fresh tomato coulis.
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine French, Provencal
Servings 4 people


  • 4 Fillets of white fish I used Dorade (bream)
  • 1 lemon
  • 3 Ripe tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp Sugar
  • 2 medium Courgettes
  • 1 Red onion
  • 2 large eggs
  • 10 gr Butter
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 6 tbsp Flour plus a little extra for dusting the fish
  • Sea Salt
  • olive oil
  • Ground Black Pepper


  • Heat the oven to 140C so that you can keep the pancakes warm whilst you cook the fish.
  • Season the fish fillets with salt and pepper, lightly dust with flour and set aside.
  • Peel the tomatoes and remove the hard core.
  • Place in a blender with 2 tsps of olive oil, ½ tsp of sugar and salt and pepper and then blitz until smooth and pass through a fine sieve.
  • Grate the courgettes and the onion into a large bowl.
  • Lightly beat the eggs and stir into the courgettes and onions. Add the baking powder and 6 tbls of flour.
  • Mix thoroughly to form a thick batter.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Melt half the butter in a frying pan with ½ tbls of olive oil.
  • When the butter is foaming, drop in heaped tablespoons of the batter mixture and cook the pancakes on each side until golden brown (approx. 2 mins per side).
  • You will have to cook them in batches, but you can transfer them to a baking sheet and keep them warm in the oven.
  • When you have cooked all the pancakes, wipe the pan clean with kitchen paper.
  • Add the rest of the butter and ½ tbls of olive oil to the pan and, when the butter is foaming (but not burning), saute the fillets on both sides for 2 minutes.
  • Cut the lemon in half and squeeze the juice over the fish in the pan. Serve immediately on warmed plates.
  • Serve the fillets on top of the courgette pancakes, with a little salad and drizzle the tomato coulis around the plate!
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Gary and Jane Langton

When Jane was younger she wanted to be a show-jumper and, although she had some success, Jane knew she could never afford a horse that could take her to the top. Similarly, Jane enjoyed cooking and would have loved to be a chef, but she always knew that the unsocial hours would never fit with raising her family. So she stepped into the world of property construction and interior design, where she enjoyed a successful and fun filled career.

Gary went to a nautical school and always dreamed of going to sea, captaining his own ship. Although he managed to be selected for officer training in the Royal Navy at an early age, by the time he was 18 he no longer had 20:20 vision and his chosen field in the RN was no longer open to him. For a short period Gary studied quantity surveying before finally choosing a career in banking, during which time he lived for a period in New York before returning to London and ultimately running a global business team (involving much travel).

Jane and Gary met, via the internet, in February 2005 and their relationship took off. By 2007 they were married and, in early 2009, they both decided that enough was enough - the constant travelling with their jobs, rushed weekends together and too much politics in their business lives finally taking its toll.

So they decided on a total change of life. Jane had always dreamed of running a boutique hotel or upmarket B&B and pushed this idea which was accepted by Gary as he couldn’t come up with an alternative plan. The couple finally decided on France (proximity to their children in the UK and good weather) and spent about 18 months viewing 100+ properties in the South of France, from Provence to almost Spain and back, before finally settling (in December 2010) on an old stone house (and former silk farm) in La Bruguiere, a small village about 10 minutes from Uzes, France’s first Duchy and a beautiful little town.

The house renovation took 17 months and they first opened for business in summer 2012. As they end their sixth year in France the couple have no regrets and remain positive about their future.

Jane has finally managed to fulfil one of her childhood dreams of cooking professionally for others and continues to ride her horse. Gary works front of house at Mas d'Augustine their chambres d’hôte and (when asked) offers business advice to friends/associates in their location, whilst amusing himself by playing (bass) in a local French group. The couple recently started an additional business to project manage renovation works/remodelling (and, if requested, provide interior design) of holiday homes for absentee owners.

Life is too short to stand still and wait for it – Jane and Gary are firm believers that life is for the taking. Enjoy Jane's recipes here or spend a couple of nights to savour her cooking first hand.

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