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Vegetable Gratin

Posted on: 6th Mar, 2014by frenchie

A few days ago I was using the Zyliss Smart Guard Slicer Mandolin in preparation for this weekend’s Kitchen Shop product demonstration. I used the vegetables that I had at home and come up with this gratin. It was delicious hot that night and also at room temperature the next day. It’s a particularly good […]

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Stuffed Baby Peppers & Pearl Drop Onions

Posted on: 6th Mar, 2014by frenchie

Last weekend I had to buy Sally’s gorgeous looking baby peppers and her new onions called ‘Pearl Drop’ as both looked so good. The onions are very similar to Italian cipollini onions. They’re small, slightly flattened looking and sweet when cooked. The colourful peppers come in bags of about 15-18. You’ll get any assortment of […]

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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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Mussels in pastis and garlic

Mussels in Pastis and Garlic Butter

Posted on: 5th Mar, 2014by frenchie

We love eating fresh mussels. They can be cooked a variety of ways whether as part of another dish or a meal by themselves and, on top of the fact that they taste good, they’re extremely good value. This recipe is great as a starter or excellent as a main meal. It’s one of those […]

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Grilled Poussins with curry and preserved lemons

Posted on: 5th Mar, 2014by frenchie

At this stage of the year – end of summer – I’m always trying to come up with something easy but different for the BBQ. The grilled poussins aren’t different but the accompanying sauce is great for a change. Allow 1 poussin per person. With a sharp, pointed knife, split each poussin open along the […]

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Homemade Terrine

Home-made terrine

Posted on: 5th Mar, 2014by frenchie

I think many of us think that a terrine is a difficult thing to make. It definitely isn’t. If you can make a meat loaf then you can do this. The result is impressive and delicious. Try making one for Easter. Teamed with a loaf of fresh bread, a platter of Salash’s smoked meats, chutney, […]

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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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Lamb shanks

Lamb Shanks with White Bean & Chorizo

Posted on: 5th Mar, 2014by frenchie

This recipe came about one Sunday afternoon last year on a cold winter’s day having arrived home from a day at our market. We felt like something filling and warming for dinner. I just made it up from produce I’d bought from our stallholders during the weekend – lamb shanks from Jamie, chorizo from Salash, […]

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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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