Menemen

INGREDIENTS (Serves 2) Two eggs (whisked until smooth) 2.5 teaspoons of chilli oil (or olive oil) An eighth of a small onion (very finely chopped) An eighth of a red pepper (deseeded and chopped) A quarter of a tomato (roughly chopped) A quarter of a green chilli...

Spaghetti Puttanesca

INGREDIENTS Serves 2 Good quality spaghetti (150g) Olive oil (or chilli oil if you like things spicy) One large clove of garlic (peeled and finely chopped) One red chilli (stalk removed, sliced into rings - with seeds) Eight anchovy fillets (from a jar, finely...

French Onion Soup

INGREDIENTS (Serves 4) 30g of butter 1 tbsp sunflower oil 675g onions (thinly sliced) 1 tsp sugar Salt and freshly ground black pepper 120mls of red wine 2 tbsp plain flour 1.5 litres of hot beef stock (or vegetable stock) 4 tbsp brandy 8 croutes (cut a day old...

Anthony Bourdain’s Macaroni Cheese

INGREDIENTS (Serves 4) 225g macaroni 2.5tbsp unsalted butter 2.5tbsp plain flour Half a litre of full fat milk 1tsp English mustard powder 1tsp Cayenne pepper 0.5tsp Worcestershire sauce 115g Parmigiano Reggiano cheese (grated) 60g of Gruyere cheese (grated) 70g...

Rocket Salad with Squid

INGREDIENTS1lb of squid (tube parts only) or eight scallops split on the horizontal.2 tbs olive oil4 ozs rocket.1 lb new small new potatoes, cooked and peeled.For the vinaigrette dressing:1 tbsp lightly chopped coriander leaves4 tbsp olive oil2 tbsp of fresh orange...

Terrine of Pork

This is not a terrine, or paté, but a country casserole made with pork chops, juniper berries, onions, leeks, bacon and potatoes. It closely resembles the one by Elizabeth David in Provincial French Cooking. INGREDIENTS As many pork chops as there are guests, most of...

Peach and bread pudding with sabayon sauce

INGREDIENTS6 tbs of unsalted butter6ozs semi-stale good rustic bread torn into piecesA handful of raisins soaked in a bit of cognac, rum or kirsch4 ripe peaches, peeled and sliced7-8 ozs of sugar (depending on how sweet your tooth is)3 eggsHalf a pint of milk and half...

Aromatic Pork in Cold Vegetable Sauce

INGREDIENTS (Serves 8)2lbs onions, peeled and quarteredThree-quarters of a pound of carrots, cut into one inch pieces on the diagonal8 fresh sage leaves2 cloves6 peeled and crushed garlic cloves2 tbsp coarse sea salt2lbs rolled piece of pork loin, bones removed and...

Chicken with Apricots, Raisins & Cardamom

INGREDIENTS 8 meaty chicken thighs Olive oil 1 chopped onion 6-8 dried apricots, each cut into 3 pieces A small handful of juicy black raisins or sultanas – or a mixture of both 8 cardamom pods 200ml chicken stock (preferably home made) Salt and pepper For the pilaf:...

Chicken in Mustard & Breadcrumbs

INGREDIENTS (Serves 4) 8 chicken thighs Half a tsp seasalt and black pepper, to taste 3 tbsp finely chopped fresh herbs - thyme, oregano and basil 2 cloves garlic, crushed 6 tbsp good quality Dijon mustard 2 good handfuls of fresh home made breadcrumbs 4 ozs freshly...

Potato Soup in the style of Baden

INGREDIENTS 1 carrot peeled and sliced 1 celery root (on the small side (peeled and sliced) White part of 1 leek, sliced 1 onion, sliced 3 medium-sized waxy potatoes, cubed 3 pints of chicken stock (or water if you have none). Do not use a stock cube: they are...

Roasted Veal Shank

INGREDIENTS A 4lb veal shank, enough for 4 people. Some veal stock - homemade is best, but store bought will suffice. Some chopped celery, carrots, leek, onions, parsley roots. Aromatics consisting of two crushed garlic cloves, some thyme, bay leaf, sweet paprika and...

Red Cabbage

INGREDIENTS One 1 to 2.5 lbs red cabbage Quarter pint good red wine vinegar 5 teaspoons sugar 1.5 teaspoons salt 1 oz of lard or the same of rendered bacon fat 2 medium sized cooking apples, peeled, cored and cut into wedges an eighth of an inch thick 2ozs finely...

Potato Dumplings

INGREDIENTS (for 12 small dumplings) 2lb of good floury potatoes A teaspoon and-a-half of salt An eighth of a teaspoon of grated nutmeg 2 and three quarter ozs of plain flour 1 large egg A heaped tablespoon of potato starch 2 slices of good quality white bread with...

Turkey Saltimbocca

INGREDIENTS Piece of turkey breast sliced thinly into escalopes Slices of Parma ham (1 per escalope) Sage leaves Flour Neutral oil Wineglass of Marsala or Madeira Butter HOW TO DO IT Pound the escalopes thinner with a piece of plastic wrap to prevent the meat...

Chicken or Rabbit in White Wine

INGREDIENTS Chicken or Rabbit pieces Glass of white wine Glass of olive oil Garlic HOW TO DO IT Get some chunky chicken pieces, or a cut up rabbit, season them, and marinate in a glass of white wine and one of olive oil. Smash two garlic cloves and add to the marinade...

Deep Fried Prunes

Germans are the king of cakes, most of which are consumed in the afternoon with coffee. A nice dessert I encountered in Dresden was prune fritters, which consist of: INGREDIENTS 12 large pitted prunes and 12 almonds shelled. 2.2 ozs plain flour 4fl ozs white wine. 2...

Cheese Omelette

INGREDIENTS 2 eggs 75 gms grated cheddar cheese A dash of milk Salt and pepper to taste HOW TO DO IT Whisk the eggs till broken. Add the milk and whisk again. Add the cheese Heat a small pan with a knob of butter. When the butter has melted and stopped foaming add the...

Roast chicken with chickpeas & olives

INGREDIENTS 1 Small chicken. 1 Kilo 1 can of chickpeas 1 Bay leaf 1 Sprig of rosemary 12 cloves of garlic 1 tablespoon of crème fresh 4 tablespoons of olive oil 1 tablespoon of butter 24 pitted olives 60ml of Madeira wine 4 anchovies 1 small bunch of basil chopped...

Flaming Rum with Bananas

INGREDIENTS 4 large, ripe – but not overripe – bananas 40g butter, cubed 2 tbsp brown sugar A pinch of cinnamon 25-50ml rum HOW TO DO IT Cut the bananas in half, then in half again lengthwise. Heat a large frying pan or wok and melt the cubed butter. Once the butter...

African Goat Stew

The stew made by the woman cooking over bricks was not as posh as the one below. There are many versions of goat stew but the one she made had a lot of carrot which gave it its sweetness, I’ve also added a lot of carrots as the sweetness they impart goes really well...

Kimchee

INGREDIENTS Half a pound of Chinese cabbage Half a pound of white radish 2 tablespoons salt 1 tablespoon fresh ginger (chopped) Half a tablespoon garlic (finely chopped) 3 spring onions (cut fine) 1 tablespoon paprika 1 hot green chilli (chopped fine) Half a teaspoon...

Battered Carrots

INGREDIENTS (Serves 2) 2 carrots 3 tablespoons flour 1 egg Salt Rape seed oil Soy sauce (for dipping) HOW TO DO IT Slice the carrots 1 cm thick Spread the flour in a dish Beat the egg with salt in a cup Dip the carrots into the flour then the egg and fry on both...

Cucumber Salad

INGREDIENTS 1 and a half pounds gherkins Small onion Salt Lemon juice Sesame seeds Sesame oil Paprika HOW TO DO IT Mash the gherkins and onion in a food processor. Sprinkle with salt and set aside for one hour. Drain and add lemon juice, paprika, sesame oil. Mix and...

Egg Bundles

INGREDIENTS 6 spring onions Flour 2 eggs Salt Fish sauce (for dipping) HOW TO DO IT Beat the eggs with salt. In vegetable oil fry half the egg mix until you have a pancake. Remove and then fry the other half. Remove. Boil the spring onions for two minutes. Drain and...

Cheese & Garlic Aubergine Fritters

INGREDIENTS (per person) 1 lb of glossy skinned aubergines 2 ozs breadcrumbs 3 tbsp flat leafed parsley, chopped fine 2 garlic cloves, puréed 1 egg 3 tbsp freshly grated Parmesan cheese Salt and pepper Peanut or rapeseed oil for frying Flour. HOW TO DO IT Prick...

Duck in Port Sauce with Green Olives

INGREDIENTS (per person) 1 young duck – about 4-5 lbs in weight 2 tablespoons of olive oil 5 ozs of finely chopped carrots 5 ozs of finely chopped onion 6 unpeeled garlic cloves 2 ozs of peeled and chopped tomatoes Eighth teaspoon of cinnamon ¼ teaspoon of allspice...

Elevated Macaroni Cheese

INGREDIENTS Bag of elbow macaroni Small tine of peeled Italian tomatoes Small beaker of creme fraiche 4 ozs of smoked bacon batons 6 ozs of prosciutto sliced just a tad thicker than usual Salt and pepper Gruyer or Emmenthal cheese along with Parmesan for the topping...

Creme Brulee

INGREDIENTS 450ml of double cream A scraped vanilla bean, including the pod 5 egg yolks 3 ozs sugar HOW TO DO IT Bring the double cream to a boil with a scraped vanilla bean, including the pod, in it. Whisk the egg yolks with the sugar until yolks are light and...

Mushroom Soup

INGREDIENTS (per person) 600 g of field mushrooms 1 onion 1 stick of celery 4 cloves of garlic 150 ml of cream 1.5 litres of chicken or veg stock A small chopped bunch of thyme HOW TO DO IT Chop the onion, celery and garlic. Place in a large pan with four tablespoons...

Focaccia Bread

INGREDIENTS500g/1lb 2oz strong white bread flour2 tsp salt2 sachets dried easy blend yeast2 tbsp olive oil400ml/14fl oz cold waterolive oil, for drizzlingsea salt2 sprigs of rosemaryHOW TO DO ITPlace the flour, salt, yeast, olive oil and 300ml/10½fl oz of the water...

Caprese Salad

INGREDIENTS 2 large beefsteak tomatoes nice and ripe 2 Mozzarella cheeses A bunch of basil leaves pulled apart Olive oil Maldon sea salt HOW TO DO IT Slice the tomatoes the width of a pound coin. Slice the cheese a bit thicker than the tomatoes. On a nice plate layer...

Penne alla Matriciana

INGREDIENTS 250g pancetta or smoked bacon cut into strips 2 tablespoons of olive oil 1 teaspoon of dried red chillis 2 red onions peeled and chopped 150 ml red wine 1 tin of peeled plum tomatoes 2 tablespoons of rosemary sea salt and black pepper 250g penne 100g...

Hazelnut Cake

INGREDIENTS 200 grams skinned hazelnuts 200 grams unsalted softened butter 200 grams caster sugar 5 eggs beaten 75 grams plain flour 1tsp baking powder HOW TO DO IT Butter a large cake tin and on the bottom place a circle of buttered greaseproof paper. Roast nuts for...

The Steak Files 2

Sirloin or rump are both great cuts for a steak but I prefer rib eye - entrecote as the French will have it. You need your meat about 1.5 inches thick for maximum flavour, but of course you can go thinner. If you possess a grill that gets really hot, you can cook it...

Pintos con Cerveza

INGREDIENTS (per person) ¼ lb of pork rind cut into very small dice ½ lb of pinto beans ¼ of a regular sized onion sliced very thin 2 peeled and thinly sliced garlic cloves 3 thick smoked bacon slices, weighing about ¼ lb in all 2 tablespoons of lard (no substitute...

Squid stewed in Wine, Onions & Herbs

All too often squid is reduced to the texture of a rubber grommet by being coated in batter and fried at incorrect temperatures. Served this way it will reinvigorate your tastebuds and leave you wondering why more restaurants don't abandon the deep fryer for this...

Marinated brochettes of Monkfish with Spiced Yellow Rice

Marinated Brochettes of Monkfish INGREDIENTS - Serves 42 lbs or slightly less of monkfish fillets2 medium sized red peppers2 tablespoons lemon juice1 tablespoon coarse grained Dijon mustard1 teaspoon cumin powder½ teaspoon hot red pepper flakes2 teaspoons garlic...

Chocolate Pots

INGREDIENTS (per person) 12½ fluid ozs of full cream milk 4 fluid ozs double cream 6 large egg yolks 12 ozs finely chopped dark chocolate, half of it a Mexican brand of you are lucky enough to find one. If not, add a pinch of cinnamon and a teaspoon of vanilla essence...

Indian Vegetarian Street Food

CHILLI & CORIANDER SAUCE INGREDIENTS 120mls rice wine vinegar 40g brown sugar 1 red chilli A little salt 2 cloves garlic 1 handful fresh coriander 60mls water 1 teasp. cornflour A small piece of cucumber, 4-5cm, chopped HOW TO DO IT Make the sauce by putting the rice...

Stuffed Onions

INGREDIENTS 3-4 large Spanish onions (about 2.5lb in all) 1lb spinach 10 ozs ricotta cheese 2 eggs 5ozs freshly grated Parmesan cheese Dried oregano 8 fl ozs cream 6 fl ozs of tomato puree Pinch of cayenne pepper Salt and freshly ground black pepper HOW TO DO IT Make...

Pork in the Style of the Auge Valley

INGREDIENTS (per person) 1 fine pork shop, trimmed of fat and rind Chopped flat leaf parsley Chopped shallots Olive oil Good glass of dry cider HOW TO DO IT Score the chop both sides in a criss cross-cross pattern with a sharp knife. On both sides spread a well...

Potato Straw Cake

INGREDIENTS 1½ lbs of floury potatoes Butter HOW TO DO IT Shred the potatoes with a hand grater or through the middle blade of a food processor. Rinse thoroughly to remove starch and dry equally thoroughly in a few tea-towels. You want them dry when they go into the...

Maquereaux au Vin Blanc

INGREDIENTS (for 2 persons) 4 fillets of mackerel (two per person.) Have the fishmonger keep the skin on the fish. ½ pint dry white wine ¼ pint water, 1 medium onion A sprig or two of fennel 1 lemon 1 chopped peeled carrot 2 bay leaves - fresh for preference, dried...

Rabbit in Cider

INGREDIENTS 1 fine rabbit jointed into 8 ¼ lb of smoked bacon lardons 10 shallots peeled and left whole 1lb chopped young carrots 1lb small baby turnips Frozen peas 75ml bottle of dry cider 50ml chicken broth – preferably fresh Salt and freshly ground black pepper...

La Tarte Aux Pommes Normande

INGREDIENTS 1½ lbs of sweet apples 3 tablespoons of vanilla sugar 2ozs unsalted butter 8ozs plain flour 3½ ozs of butter HOW TO DO IT Peel, core and slice the apples. Cook gently with the vanilla sugar - in batches if your pan is small - in the unsalted butter. You...

Cod with Herbed Lemon & Coriander Crust

INGREDIENTS (4 persons) 1 fine fillet of cod weighing approximately 2lb 3 ozs soft white breadcrumbs 3 minced garlic cloves 6 tbsps of finely chopped coriander 2-3 ozs of melted butter The grated zest of a lemon HOW TO DO IT Combine the breadcrumbs, garlic, coriander,...

Simple Tomato Sauce

INGREDIENTS 1 carrot chopped into thin rounds 1-2 celery stalks 1 small chopped onion 1lb of fresh ripe tomatoes Salt and pepper A couple of glugs of good olive oil HOW TO DO IT Put all the ingredients into a small heavy casserole and cook gently for about 45 minutes...

Warm Pork Stew

INGREDIENTS 1lb pork shoulder or rump in cubes 8 Anaheim chilis - mild, green chilli which you can substitute with poblano or, at worst, an ordinary bell pepper. 2 Serrano chillis. 5ozs red onion, chopped 5 ozs chopped coriander 3/4 tsp oregano (Mexican preferrably) 4...

Chipotle Relish

INGREDIENTS To make about 5 fl ozs; 10 dried chipotles. 1 onion peeled and chopped. 5 garlic cloves peeled and chopped 4 tablespoons white wine vinegar 5 tablespoons tomato ketchup A pinch of salt. 5 fl ozs water. HOW TO DO IT De seed and destem the chillis and put...

The Steak Files 1

INGREDIENTS (for 4 persons) Two hanger steaks (flank works equally as well) each weighing about 1 and a half pounds, trimmed and cut in half lengthwise 4 tbs Dijon Mustard 3 finely chopped garlic cloves Pinch of smoked paprika Chopped leaves from 2 stalks of rosemary...