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Beef Carbonnade

Posted on: 7th Mar, 2014by frenchie

This is a rich oven-cooked stew of beef in beer, a favourite throughout the North of France. Our chef Lou has tweeked the traditional recipe slightly….so here we go…enjoy! Ingredients (serves 4): 30g butter 2-3 tablespoons oil 1kg lean beef rump or chunk steak, cubed 2 medium onions, diced 2 large carrots, diced 1 large […]

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Poached Whole Salmon

Poached Whole Salmon or Trout

Posted on: 6th Mar, 2014by frenchie

As our product of the week is a fish poacher, here’s an easy but impressive recipe which is great for a whole salmon or trout (if you’re lucky enough to catch them). You can serve the fish warm or at room temperature. The salmon or trout always look good served on a large platter at […]

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Chou Farci

Chou Farci

Posted on: 6th Mar, 2014by frenchie

With the weather becoming cooler I find I’m starting to make more slow cooked food. This week’s recipe is one that I haven’t made for a long time but did it again a few days ago. Chou Farci translates as ‘stuffed cabbage’ – it might sound a bit weird but I can assure you it’s […]

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Braised Venison and Chestnuts

Posted on: 5th Mar, 2014by frenchie

This is a rich stew that I’ve adapted from a French recipe book that concentrates on rustic country food from south west France. Because food was cooked over an open fire it was easier to have everything in one large pot hence the development of many slow-cooked braised dishes like this. Chestnuts, which pre-dated potatoes, […]

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Slowcooked Pork Belly

Posted on: 5th Mar, 2014by frenchie

You don’t need to be very precise with what goes into this recipe. Pork belly, chorizo, tomatoes and white beans are the main ingredients; vary the quantities of each as you wish. Method Cut a large piece of pork belly into cubes approx 4-5cms square allowing approx 2 per person. Cut up chorizo into 2 […]

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7 Hour Lamb

Seven Hour Lamb

Posted on: 5th Mar, 2014by frenchie

For a long time, until it was replaced by duck breast in berry sauce. Emma always asked for Seven Hour Lamb for her birthday dinner (in winter). I think it’s the ultimate in comfort food. On top of that it’s very easy. In Paris a few years ago I had a pleasurable but slightly weird […]

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Pappardelle with Lamb Ragu

Posted on: 5th Mar, 2014by frenchie

Last weekend in our Kitchen Shop Frances and I made fresh pasta. I find it a very relaxing thing to do and the result is always so good. Probably the hardest thing is to remember to take the pasta machine out of the cupboard and use it. I had some left over slow cooked lamb […]

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Slow Cooked BBQ Leg of Wild Goat

Posted on: 5th Mar, 2014by frenchie

I’m sure many of you will think I’m crazy suggesting ‘goat’ but I can assure you it’s delicious. Mike and I first ate goat in the eighties in a small restaurant in Barcelona that’s a favourite of King Carlos. We returned with Frances 2 years ago and had the goat again. Still fantastic!! Goat meat […]

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Osso Bucco with Wild Goat

Posted on: 5th Mar, 2014by frenchie

Last weekend Deirdre of Wild Game tempted us with her wild goat osso bucco pieces. Although we’re in the middle of summer and usually BBQ every night we decided to slowly cook it but in a lighter sauce than I might in the winter.  It was very tender and light – a bit like very […]

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Wild Goat with Madeira

Braised Goat with Madeira

Posted on: 5th Mar, 2014by frenchie

Last week customers raved about our chef Lou’s slow cooked goat dish. No doubt partly because of the liberal quantity of Madeira involved and the fact that goat is a really flavoursome meat. If you can’t quite face it, use lamb instead. Our stallholder Deidre sells wild goat or in Auckland you can buy it […]

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