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...

Rama’s Bath

INGREDIENTS 1 lb beef chuck cut into strips. 1lb grated coconut. 7 dried chillis 4 shallots 4 large garlic cloves 1 inch of ginger 1 stalk of lemongrass Salt, a pinch Soy a spoonful 1 lump of palm sugar 5 teaspoons of roasted nuts 2 tablespoons of flour Half a pound...

Simple Tomato Salad

Springtime is not usually the time I would opt for flaccid, tasteless hothouse tomatoes. But the chef-proprietor of the joint where we were seated, sipping crisp Valais white wine, assured us that his cousin on Gran Canaria shipped these organic beauties over from an...

Rognons de veau á la moutarde et porto

Offal is in, I am told. For me it was never out. Serve these beauties on a bed of beautiful buttered basmati rice or fluffy mashed potatoes which will absorb the rich sauce admirably. You will need for four: INGREDIENTS 2 whole veal kidneys trimmed 1 tablespoon...

Chestnut Charlotte

INGREDIENTS (serves 6-8) 1 lb of cooked chestnut puree. Failing that, whole cooked chestnuts which you puree in a food mill. And failing THAT, roast your own, peel and puree. But your fingers may never be the same again. 1lb of sugar 15.5 fluid ounces water. 4 fluid...

Country Chicken Paté

There must be as many recipes for patés in France as there are cheeses. Geneva is a French speaking part of the Swiss confederation and this is what we had at the L’Hotel de Ville. It is easy and scrumptious, keeps wells, and you will need to make enough for ten:...

Prunes in vodka and tarragon vinegar

INGREDIENTS 12 ounces. Large prunes with stones. The prunes from the Agen region of France are the best if you can get them Loose black or breakfast tea, not teabags 10 ozs granulated sugar 16 fluid ounces of tarragon vinegar 1 cinnamon stick and 2 cloves A small...

Chicken Bitoks

INGREDIENTS A lb and-a-half of skinless, boneless chicken breasts 4-5 ounces of fine fresh breadcrumbs 4 fluid ozs double cream 3 tablespoons grated onion A pinch of cayenne pepper, no more, salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste One eighth of a teaspoon of...

Prunes in Beaujolais

INGREDIENTS 2lbs large unputted prunes - again from Agen if you are able to get them 24 fluid ounces of Beaujolais Villages, Morton, Chiroubles - whatever growth you can lay your hands on 1 tsp vanilla extract 7 ounces of sugar and the peel from two lemons. HOW TO DO...

Braised Celery with Parmesan Cheese

INGREDIENTS 2 whole heads of celery A handful - about 4 ozs - finely chopped smoked bacon pieces 3 tablespoons finely chopped onion 2 tbs unsalted butter 16 fluid ounces dark chicken stock, or beef stock, preferably homemade Salt and freshly ground black pepper. HOW...

Karhai Ginger Chicken

INGREDIENTS 200g chicken breast cut into cubes about 5mm Vegetable oil Garlic and ginger pureed into a paste (if you make loads you can freeze and use next time) 2 large tomatoes chopped 1 tbsp of tomato puree 2 tbsp of plain yogurt Half tea spoon of chilli powder...

The Best Samosas

INGREDIENTS For the filling 1-2 medium red onions, cut into fine half-moonsLarge handful of powa/poha (dried pressed rice, available in South Asian stores) ½ tsp chaat masala ½ tsp red chilli powder 1 tsp dry-roasted cumin seeds ¾ tsp salt Handful of...

Moong Daal

One of four dishes served to us in a dark, noisy restaurant in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad.