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Lunches & Suppers

Baked Vacherin

What could be more delicious than potatoes or bread dunked into molten cheese?! When accompanied by cured and/or cold meats, and pickles this becomes a veritable feast! Vacherin is a seasonal creamy...

Serves: 4 - 6

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Scrambled Eggs with a Twist!

Loosely based on spicy Sri Lankan omelettes and Indian eggs, these are scrambled eggs with knobs on! More-ish, with a little bit of heat and oodles of flavour, and just the job for breakfast, brunch ...

Serves: 2

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Flower Sprouts (Kalettes) with Garlic, Chilli, Anchovy & Ginger

A cross between kale and sprouts these pretty little purple veined posies look a bit like mini curly cabbages. I love them for their sweet slightly nutty flavour. They are very nutritious into the bar...

Serves: 4 - 6 (as a side)

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Chicken (or Turkey), Bacon, Wild Mushroom and Kale Orzo 'Risotto'

Luscious leftovers! This is very creamy, yet with the addition of hardly any cream. Quick and easy to make, enjoy it as-is risotto-style, or make several days in advance and transform it into a gratin...

Serves: 4 - 6

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Griddled Swordfish with Salsa Verde

Swordfish steaks are very tasty, succulent and juicy with a meaty texture, and are boneless to boot! Be careful not to overcook them as they quickly become dry and tough. As well as from fishmongers, ...

Serves: 4

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Saganaki

My version of this lovely Cretan dish. Enjoy it as part of a mezze or as is, with a salad or two.Look for Feta cheese that displays PDO (protected designation of origin) on the packet.There are lots o...

Serves: 6 - 8 as Mezze (Fewer on its own)

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Courgetti & Spaghetti with Gorgonzola Sauce & Walnuts

Spaghetti with Gorgonzola sauce has long been one of our family favourites. It couldnít be a tastier quicker or easier supper or lunch. Now, since the advent of spiralizers I often replace some of th...

Serves: 2

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Flat Iron Steak & Blue Cheese Salad with Mustard Dressing

This scrummy salad is bursting with summer flavours. It came about as a result of a kitchen garden sweep in high summer. The addition of steak and blue cheese turns it into a luscious and tasty one ...

Serves: 4

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Asparagus & Anchovy Butter Feuillete

These tasty, savoury tarts are a doddle to make especially if you use ready rolled puff pastry. They can be made hours in advance, covered and kept in the fridge until required.Serve as a starter or ...

Serves: 4

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Omelette Arnold Bennett

This is one of the tastiest imaginable egg dishes – what could be more delicious than eggs, smoked haddock, spinach and cheese? In fact traditional Omelette Arnold Bennett doesnít have spinach ...

Serves: 4

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Tomato Kale & Anchovy Gnocchi

ĎBursting with flavourí - to quote Himself having devoured an indecently large plate of this for lunch. What more need I say…! Only, that gnocchi is incredibly quick to cook and, very helpfull...

Serves: 2 -3

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Courgette Mint & Ricotta Spaghetti

Fresh and zesty thanks to the mint and lemon, and easy and quick too, this makes a delicious supper or lunch. The quantities double up easily....

Serves: 2

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Wild Garlic Goat's Cheese & Parma Ham Frittata

Delicious hot, warm or cold, portable for picnics, and tasty with drinks - cut up into small square or diamond shapes.Tomato and Onion (or Chive) Salad is a very good accompaniment, as are new season'...

Serves: 4

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Caramelised Pear, Walnut & Goat's Curd Salad

A lovely autumnal salad, good as a starter or for lunch.  Pears and walnuts caramelised in butter and sugar take some beating! Delicious either warm or at room temperature. Goat's curd can be fo...

Serves: 4

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Fresh Pea Parma Ham & Feta Salad

Tender, sweet, freshly podded, minty, peas combined with chunks of salty feta cheese and a sweet dressing. Delicious eaten as a salad or with lamb such as a rump or chops, either barbequed or roast. ...

Serves: 4 - 6

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Warm Scallop & Black Pudding Salad with Lemon & Chive Dressing

Overcooked scallops are tough so it is very important to cook them with care. They only need about 1 minute or less on each side (depending on their thickness).A good way of cooking scallops is to pla...

Serves: 2

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Sunblush Tomato Goat's Cheese & Caramelised Red Onion Tarte Tatin

This is a lovely, very  savoury, tart delicious served with green herb mayonnaise.Eat it as a starter, for lunch, or as part of a picnic.  The tart can be prepared entirely in advance and co...

Serves: 6 - 8

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Devilled Crab

A little bit hot, a little bit spicy, a little bit creamy and utterly delicious! Eat as a starter, or for lunch with crusty bread and a salad.  Make up to two days in advance, depending on the ...

Serves: 6

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Swedish Salmon

Not just a crowd pleaser, but a host pleaser too... because, as well as being incredibly easy, this can be prepared well in advance. Top the salmon with the smoked salmon and make the sauce ahead, but...

Serves: 4

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Swiss Chard & Gruyere Gratin

This can be prepared entirely in advance and then cooked when required.A very good accompaniment to beef, game, chicken, ham, sausages and fish, this is also a delicious meal in itself - with some bre...

Serves: 4 - 6

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Braised Artichoke Hearts with Garlic & Capers

I grow artichokes in the borders in my garden, as well as the veg garden, as I love them for their sculptural appearance as much as for eating. Preparing the hearts is not difficult and although a...

Serves: 4

Cooking Time: 30 - 45 mins

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Bubble & Squeak Cakes with Smoked Haddock Fried Eggs & Bacon

These tasty leftovers can be made a day or two in advance up to the end of Step 1 and kept covered in the fridge. The potato & sprout quantities are approximate and only a guide. These are lefto...

Serves: 4

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Griddled Asparagus & Parma Ham Bundles with Poached Egg & Anchovy Croutes

A delicious starter, snack, brunch, or a light lunch if you up the quantities a little. Spreading some Gentlemanís Relish over the croute is a tasty addition offering a savoury kick.  These quant...

Serves: 4

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Hot-Smoked Salmon with Jersey Royals Fennel French Beans & Horseradish Dressing

Excellent for lunch, or, using smaller quantities and omitting the potatoes, as a very pretty starter.  Use a selection of other green vegetables if you like, (peas, courgettes, broad beans &hell...

Serves: 4

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Prawn & Wild Garlic (or Spinach) Risotto

The mild, mellow flavour of wild garlic marries beautifully with the delicate pink prawns in this creamy Springtime risotto.  Donít be tempted to use cooked prawns as they go rubbery, tough and t...

Serves: 4 -5 (More for a starter)

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Raw Asparagus with Bresaola & Pecorino

Raw asparagus has a lovely nutty, fresh flavour and crispiness which goes beautifully with the velvety Bresaola and the salty Pecorino.  It is important that the asparagus is very fresh.This is a...

Serves: Quantities are per person

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Smoked Haddock & Saffron Tart

This is nice and easy as none of the filling ingredients need cooking before adding to the tart.  Itís just an assembly job.  Readymade short crust pastry is fine to use if you are short of ...

Serves: 6 - 8

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Wild Garlic Soup

Wild garlic leaves have a more subtle, mild and gentle flavour than cultivated bulbs of garlic.The soup should be very well seasoned. You may need to thin it with a little stock or water. It looks ext...

Serves: 6 -8

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