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Beef Wellington

Beef Wellington feels like one of those dishes that needs to be shared, so we arrange a date with some friends and invite them over. I’ve never made a Beef Wellington before, but it can’t be that hard – after all, it’s just a kind of free-standing meat pie, right? We have six people for […]

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The plan was to have syllabub after dinner on Sunday night, so, Sunday afternoon I decide I’d better get on with it – I know it needs a couple of hours in the fridge to chill. I open up the book to read through the recipe. The first thing I notice are the words “leave […]

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Duck à l’orange

The Prawn Cocktail years describes this as “possibly the best example of a dish that ‘just isn’t done any more, dear!’” It’s true, I can’t remember when I last saw it out in the wild on a restaurant menu. I only have dim recollections of having ever eaten it, and they aren’t some of my […]

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Seafood Pancakes

I’ve always found The Prawn Cocktail Years recipe for Seafood Pancakes to be a little off-putting. It sounds delicious, but there are so many extravagant ingredients and so many steps. Many’s the time I’ve looked over the recipe, thought to myself that it looked way too hard, and moved on to something else. But, I […]

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I love coffee; I drink it every morning to kick-start my day. But coffee has to be hot – steaming and fragrant. Several times in my life, I’ve tried iced coffee. Now that stuff is just weird – it’s not coffee, it’s just unpleasant. I’m sorry, but iced coffee and me, we just don’t get along. […]

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I know I’ve said it before, but I don’t really have a particularly sweet tooth, so many puddings are rather alien to me. I have to confess that before I made this, I wasn’t entirely sure what a Pavlova was. It had meringue in it, I was pretty sure, and fruit, but just how they […]

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Salmon Mousse with Cucumber Salad

I was looking for something relatively easy to make over the Easter break, and the Salmon Mousse with Cucumber Salad recipe looked pretty straightforward. To start, I took a fillet of salmon, wrapped it in foil and cooked it in the oven. Once it had cooled, I broke it up into small flakes with a […]

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Sirloin Steak With Red Wine Sauce

I’m getting behind, I need to cook more Prawn Cocktail Years meals. But which one will get me started again? Well, who doesn’t like a good steak? I know I certainly do, and there’s a delicious sounding steak recipe sat there, just waiting to be made. I have to come clean here. I’ve now made this […]

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Carrottes Vichy

Lyonnaise Potatoes, Carrottes Vichy

I made a corned beef for dinner yesterday, and needed some vegetables to go with it, so I looked to see what would be a good match from The Prawn Cocktail Years. Lyonnaise Potatoes and Carrottes Vichy both looked like good candidates. I hadn’t knowingly had either of those before, and they sounded like they’d […]

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