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...

Les Halles Frites

INGREDIENTS A couple of pounds of good starchy potatoes, like russets. Groundnut oil Salt HOW TO DO IT Peel and cut the potatoes into the thickness that you like - on the thick side gives the best results - and soak in cold water for at least 30 minutes. A deep fat...

Calves Liver with Rosemary Vinegar

INGREDIENTS Fine trimmed slices of calves liver (8-9 ozs per person Rapeseed or peanut oil Unsalted butter Raspberry vinegar Flour HOW TO DO IT Heat a couple of tablespoons of rapeseed or peanut oil in a large frying pan until it is hot. Season the liver slices and...

Grilled Prawns

Try to acquire the best largest prawns you can. INGREDIENTS 10 large prawns uncooked, shells on Lemons Olive oil HOW TO DO IT Heat a grill to its hottest. Place the prawns under the grill with the shells on. Leave for about five minutes before turning, give them...

Slow Roast Pork with Plums

INGREDIENTS 2 kilos of shoulder of pork 8 plums 4 potatoes 1 red onion 4 cloves of garlic HOW TO DO IT Place the pork on a roasting tray with lots of salt and pepper. Pre heat the oven. Pop in the meat and leave to cook on a low heat for 4/5 hours. Peel and chop...

Spit Roasted Lamb

This dish was cooked outside a restaurant using two slow moving spits over an open wood fire. I’m not suggesting you go to all that trouble, but ask your butcher to butterfly a leg of lamb and cook it over a BBQ. INGREDIENTS 1 leg of lamb butterflied. 1 large bunch of...

Pea and Ham Soup

This is the epitome of great cheap food. Frozen peas are the preference here as their colour adds to the visual appeal of the dish. The recipe which follows is superior to that which I enjoyed on that chilly early winter’s day. For it you will need: INGREDIENTS A...

Pink Duck Breast

INGREDIENTS For the duck 1 duck breast per person Fresh Szechuan pepper Runny honey For the dressing A tablespoon of clear runny honey. A tablespoon of light soy sauce. A tablespoon of rice wine vinegar. Three tablespoons of peanut oil. Three quarters of a tablespoon...

Pears in Red Wine

INGREDIENTS 4 pears for four people. Peel them, leaving stems intact, cutting a slice off the bottom so they all stand upright. 4 ozs of vanilla sugar. A bottle of fruity red wine, like a Beaujolais. 4 fluid ozs creme de cassis A sprig of rosemary 2 tablespoons lemon...

Veal Kebabs

INGREDIENTS Approximately 1lb of veal (fillet or from chops) Red and yellow peppers Red onions Cherry tomatoes Marinade 2 cloves of garlic, grated or chopped very finely. 2 minced shallots, 3 tablespoons good quality olive oil 3-4 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice - ON...

Linseneintopf

INGREDIENTS 1 tablespoon of peanut oil. 1 medium onion finely chopped. 8 ozs brown or green lentils - your choice. 15 fluid ozs beef broth, preferabls homemade. 1 thoroughly cleaned leek, trimmed and sliced. 1 medium turnip, one medium parsnip, one celery stalk, one...

Greek BBQ

INGREDIENTS For the Lamb Kebabs 1 kilo of lamb, leg or shoulder chopped into nice square cubes about an inch by an inch 500m of olive oil 500m red wine vinegar Garlic Juice of a lemon Dried oregano For the Chicken Kebabs 2 large chicken breast chopped into the same...

Greek Fish Stew

INGREDIENTS (Serves 4) 75ml olive oil 1 bulb of fennel 2 carrots, chopped 1 red onion diced 2 cloves of garlic chopped 1 large tomato diced 200 g new potato’s halved Leaves from 1 celery head 1 litre of fish stock (either made or bought fresh) 50ml ouzo Large pinch of...

Cote du Porc Farci

INGREDIENTS (per person) A thick rib-end pork chop and trim off all fat. 2 slices of raw or cooked ham 50 grammes of Gruyere cheese 3 or 4 fresh sage leaves 5-7 cloves of peeled garlic Salt and pepper HOW TO DO IT Make a deep slit in chop/chops to the bone which you...

Asparagus with Vinaigrette

INGREDIENTS 1lb either white or green asparagus spears per person, trimmed down which will give each guest around eight to ten spears. Green is perfectly acceptable but the albino white variety, grown without sunshine, has a better flavour. For the vinaigrette: 3...

Hotel du Centre Skate Wing

INGREDIENTS (per person) A piece of skate wing for each person, around 300 grammes per piece 1 sliced onion 1 sliced carrot 6 black peppercorns 2 bay leaves Around 120 grammes of butter 2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar 2 tablespoons of capers 2 tablespoons of chopped...

Cherry Clafoutis

INGREDIENTS 500 gr of black cherries 225ml of milk (US one cup measure) 2 tablespoons of sugar one and-a-half tablespoons of plain flour 2 whole eggs and 1 egg yolk HOW TO DO IT Carefully stone the cherries and macerate them in the dark rum or cognac. Set oven to 180...

Bruschetta

INGREDIENTS 4tbsp oil, sunflower or rapeseed which is thin and heats up quiclkly Sea salt Black pepper Olive oil White wine vinegar 5-6 curry leaves Rustic bread or French loaf Basil leaves HOW TO DO IT Mix the tomatoes, salt, olive oil, white wine vinegar, black...

Fish Couscous

INGREDIENTS 1 10oz Pack of instant couscous 1 large onion sliced I clove garlic chopped 2 pounds of assorted fish, cod, monkfish (a bit expensive but nice), red snapper 2 tomatoes chopped 1 pinch of dried chilli flakes 1 tablespoonful of butter 1 large glass of white...

Meat Ragu

INGREDIENTS 1 large onion 1 large carrot 1 stick of celery 4 rashers of smoked bacon, or if you can get them, smoked lardons 250 gms of beef mince and 250 gms of pork mince 5 tablespoonsful of tomato paste 1 litre of stock either chicken or beef A pinch of nutmeg 1...

Pork Loin Cooked in Milk

INGREDIENTS 1 kilo of pork loin 3 tablespoons of olive oil 4 garlic cloves 15g sage and rosemary leaves 4 cups of milk Grated zest of 2 lemons Juice of 1 lemon HOW TO DO IT Pre heat the oven to 200c. Heat the oil in a large roasting pan, add the pork and brown on all...

Tiramisu

INGREDIENTS (for 4-6 servings) 3 and-a-half ozs caster sugar 3 free range egg yolks A few drops of vanilla essence 4 fluid ozs single cream 1lb mascarpone cheese 6 cold coffee cups of VERY strong espresso coffee 4 tablespoons of rum or a coffee liqueur 20 - 25 sponge...

Falafel

INGREDIENTS 1 lb dry chickpeas/garbanzo 1 small onion, roughly chopped 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley 3-5 cloves garlic 1 1/2 tbsp flour or chickpea flour 1 3/4 tsp salt 2 tsp cumin tsp ground coriander 1/4 tsp black pepper 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper Pinch of ground...

Moroccan chicken with tomatoes and honey

INGREDIENTS 1 large onion, grated 3 tablespoons oil 1 large roasting chicken, in pieces 1 kg tomatoes, skinned and chopped 1⁄2 teaspoon ginger, ground 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1⁄2 teaspoon saffron or 1⁄2 teaspoon turmeric 2-4 tablespoons clear honey 50 g almonds, coarsely...

Grilled Lime Chicken

INGREDIENTS A whole 3lb free range chicken. 3 tablespoons runny honey. 5 ozs chicken stock, preferably homemade, and the same of fresh lime juice. A good fistful of finely minced fresh coriander. The zest of four grated limes. 4 seeded Serrano chilies finely minced....

Corn and Tomato Casserole

INGREDIENTS 3 corn cobs shucked using a sharp knife with a pliable blade, like a boning knife 1lb of good ripe tomatoes - skinned, cored and chopped roughly 6 spring onions - cleaned and chopped (all the white and about 2 to 3ins of green) A good handful of fresh,...

Tuna Tartare

INGREDIENTS (4-5 persons) You will need, to serve four to five, 1lb of the freshest tuna loin you can get your hands on. There is no substitute for top quality here as the uncooked flesh has no cooked sauce to hide under. Two spring onions, all white part and an inch...

Veal Chop with Port Wine

INGREDIENTS (for 4 persons) 4 fine rib English Rose veal chops weighing 12 ozs per person 4 thyme sprigs, 1 garlic clove, coarsely chopped 8 fluid ozs each of good red wine and tawny or ruby port 2 large shallots, finely chopped 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 2...

Coconut and Chilli Sorbet

INGREDIENTS 16 fluid ozs of water 10 and-a-half ounces of caster sugar 10 lime leaves with their edges ripped The zest and juice of four limes 4 chopped stalks of lemongrass 1.75 ozs finely grated ginger 2 finely chopped de seeded hot red chilies A 16fl oz (450 ml)...

Eggplant Parmigiana

INGREDIENTS 3 fine firm aubergines (Choose aubergines that are glossy and firm, rejecting bruised and dull specimens). 1 x 400 gram (14 oz) tin Italian plum tomatoes An 8 oz ball of mozzarella cheese The same amount of freshly grated Parmesan Basil leaves, torn, and...

Italian Style Country Rabbit

INGREDIENTS One rabbit, jointed and the flesh scored deep to the bone. Lay it in a marinade composed of a large glass of dry white wine a coffee cupful of extra virgin olive oil a good squeeze or two of lemon juice two cloves of peeled and smashed garlic two sprigs of...

Lentil Soup

INGREDIENTS Oil for frying. Sunflower or rapeseed. A small knob of ginger, peeled and grated Cumin seeds. 1 tsp Chilli flakes. A pinch 1 onion finely chopped 2 large carrots peeled and grated. Red lentils 150g Vegetable stock, preferably fresh. 1 litre 1 lime A good...

Mutton Curry with Lemon Rice

MUTTON CURRY INGREDIENTS 2 small lamb shanks. 75ml sunflower oil. Cinnamon stick about 2.5 inches in length 1 bay leaf 2 cardamom pods 25 gr cumin seeds 1 onion finely chopped A large knob of peeled ginger crushed 2 cloves of garlic crushed 50g chilli powder 10g...