Bread and Butter Pudding

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Bread and butter pudding (using pain au chocolat) This is a useful recipe when you have leftover pain au chocolats from breakfast. You could also use leftover croissants or panettone instead. In fact, it’s even better when they’re slightly stale, as they absorb the custard much better. 4 pain au chocolat 75 ml milk 200 ml whipping cream 75 g ... Read More

Gazpacho

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  Print Gazpacho Prep Time 10 mins Cook Time 1 hr Total Time 1 hr 10 mins   I love making this simple classic recipe especially in the summer. It’s easy to prepare and makes a really good introduction to a meal or picnic. Author: Roving Sommelier Ingredients 1 cucumber peeled 7 large ripe tomatoes Half an onion Half a … Read More

Smoked salmon and scrambled eggs on toast

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Smoked salmon and scrambled eggs on toast This is a traditional family recipe which I always like to cook for breakfast on Christmas Day morning. I also like to make it as a brunch dish, especially when you’re in the mood for a lazy weekend treat. The smoked salmon can also be replaced with smoked haddock or cooked baby spinach, ... Read More

Peas, ricotta and mint

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For me, this simple recipe and wine pairing is all about freshness, seasonal ingredients and an exquisite blend of tastes and flavours. I was inspired to make this simple recipe after enjoying a similar dish during a fabulous birthday lunch at Zucca restaurant in Bermondsey with fellow sommelier and friend Emily O’Hare in May 2012. Ingredients: 500g fresh peas, shelled ... Read More

Mussels, leeks, bacon and cider

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Mussels, leeks, bacon and cider I love this particular recipe and like to cook from time to time, especially when I’m in the mood for those juicy, plump, tasty morsels. The tastes and flavours work really well together, especially with the ‘hopped up’ artisan cider. Ingredients: 1kg mussels A small knob of butter 1–2 tablespoons rapeseed, olive or sunflower oil ... Read More

Seafood Risotto

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Use whichever type of seafood is your favourite – mussels, squid, crayfish, prawns, crab etc Ingredients One small onion, peeled and finely diced Stick of celery, finely diced 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon butter Glass dry white wine 10 cherry tomatoes, sliced 200g Arborio rice 1 litre fish or chicken stock infused with ... Read More

Tiramisu

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The original and still the best. Ask my family… Ingredients: 2 tubs mascarpone cheese 1 tub ricotta 3 large eggs 3 tablespoons icing sugar Approx 25 sponge fingers or Savoyardi biscuits 100ml brandy or rum 100ml coffee liqueur (I prefer to use Kahlua) One pot of strong espresso coffee Preparation: Make a pot of strong espresso coffee and once prepared ... Read More

Butternut squash and pumpkin soup

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4 tablespoons olive oil 2 onions, finely chopped 500g butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and chopped into chunks 500g pumpkin, peeled, deseeded and chopped into chunks 700ml vegetable or chicken stock 1 small pot of double cream Pinch of smoked paprika Pinch of ground cumin Pinch of ground coriander 4 slices of wholemeal bread, cut into cubes for croutons A small ... Read More

The Perfect Roast Leg of Lamb

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Heat the oven to 200 degrees. Carefully trim as much of the surface fat and skin from the leg of lamb as you can. Peel the garlic cloves, cut each in half lengthwise and push into small incisions all over the lamb. Rub the surface of the leg with the oil. Chop the rosemary finely and scatter this over the … Read More