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Chocolate Mousse

As I’ve said before, I’m not much of a pudding person, and so far, I’ve shown a definite bias towards the savoury recipes in the book. I can see the desserts are starting to pile up, so I need to address that – otherwise I’ll end up with nothing but puddings left. I’d better make […]

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Trout with Almonds

It was a Saturday afternoon. The doorbell rang, and on opening the door, we were greeted by our neighbour’s young son proudly proffering a bag containing what turned out to be two very large rainbow trout. He had been fishing that morning and was now sharing some of his catch. It was, of course, immediately […]

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Carbonnade of Beef

Despite the fact that it’s June, the weather has been more reminiscent of November recently. Endless greyness, constant drizzle, periodic full-on downpours. I was in the mood for something warming and hearty to eat. Carbonnade of beef sounded a good option. It’s been a good while since I made a carbonnade, but I always enjoyed […]

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Green Salad

Green Salad has to be one of the strangest recipes in The Prawn Cocktail Years. It opens with a rant about how hard it is to find a Green Salad, and how everybody seems to adulterate it by adding things that simply shouldn’t be there – such as cucumber, cress or green pepper. Or horror […]

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Steak au Poivre

Is Steak au Poivre still a thing? I don’t think I’ve seen it on a menu in decades. I certainly haven’t eaten it in an awfully long time. I think I’ve probably cooked it, but not in living memory. I don’t even know if I particularly like it. It’s steak. With peppercorns. That must be […]

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Profiteroles

I’m not really that into desserts, I much prefer the savoury courses, but there are a good few sweet things to make in The Prawn Cocktail Years, so I guess I’d better crack on with some of them. I have made profiteroles before, but not in very many years, so it’s a long time since […]

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Lemon Meringue Pie

As I’ve said before, I’m not good with pastry, so it is with a little trepidation that I embark on making Lemon Meringue Pie. I’ve had some very good lemon meringues in my life, I’ve also had some very, very bad ones. A good lemon meringue has a light pastry base. The lemon layer is […]

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Coq au Vin

Everybody knows about Coq au Vin, but I’m not sure it’s something anyone really makes any more. Well, almost nobody. A couple of months ago, my next-door nighbour emailed me asking if The Prawn Cocktail Years recipe for Coq au Vin was any good, as they were thinking of serving it to some friends for dinner. […]

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Tomato Salad

Potato Salad, Tomato Salad

The weather is glorious right now, sunny and very warm. Barbecues and eating outside are very much the order of the day. So, two very easy recipes to accompany a selection of meats from the barbecue: Potato Salad and Tomato Salad. I make potato salad fairly regularly, especially in summer. I’ve made many different styles […]

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Ratatouille

Ratatouille

Ratatouille is one of my favourite Pixar movies, and so I’ve been hankering after making this dish ever since I started this project. Well, our Riverford veg box included an aubergine this week, so that was all I needed to spur me into action. According to the book, Ratatouille “languishes in a somewhat tarnished reputation”. […]

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