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Remember a Recipe!

Remember a Recipe!

Recently I had a holiday in the “West Country” and on one occasion I visited a restaurant new to me, “The Dove”. The menu looked interesting, a little too extensive for a place that at first glance seemed at the end of nowhere. How wrong was I, by 8 pm all tables were full and I realised I was lucky to have been given ...

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A Cooking Challenge!

A Cooking Challenge!

October is the month when game is plentiful in both butchers and supermarkets. Rawlings, the Cranleigh butchers, usually offer 4 oven ready pheasant or mallards, for £10. A great offer! For the first and main course recipes I will be using one pheasant and one mallard plus a small quantity of venison meat. ...

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A 75 year old lunch!

A 75 year old lunch!

I wrote a previous article in an edition of Cranleigh Magazine, where I recounted my memories of September 1943, 75 years ago. Here is a recipe of a standard Sunday Lunch we had in our home. It was the best we could get at the time and consisted mainly of home produced ingredients giving a nutritional well balanced ...

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Tasting our Memories!

Tasting our Memories!

There are two instances where the smell of food played a part in my upbringing and in my later life: the smell of my mother's home cooked Lasagne and the local coffee shop roasting coffee beans that I could smell on my way to school. I still use my mother's recipe today as a chef and in my own home cooking. Some years ...

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Running up an Appetite

Running up an Appetite

I was asked to suggest some food for people practising sport and having had to feed the “Pompey eleven” for several years, I prepared this three course meal according to the instruction received by the dietitian of the football club then in the second division. The menu consisted of these three dishes: Plain Consommé, ...

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Used Up Bites

Used Up Bites

TOMATO SOUP WITH A DIFFERENCE Ingredients 25ml olive oil 25g of Butter 125g thin sliced potatoes 100g white leek finely chopped ½ carrots diced small 1 stick of celery cut small 3 cloves of garlic crushed and chopped 150g red pepper chopped 1x400g tin of chopped Italian tomatoes 30g tomato purée 600ml ...

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May Tasters

May Tasters

May is the first real spring month and the vegetables are plentiful and at a reasonable price. I chose to write a Braised Beef recipe my mother liked making and one my father and I really enjoyed. Serves 4 BRUSCHETTA GRANDE CON PESCE (Italian bread & fish) Ingredients 4 Large slices of bread toasted (or ...

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Kitty – A New Life in Food

Kitty – A New Life in Food

This month's menu is by Kitty Grosse, a young lady I had the fortune to present with the Ivan March Trophy, awarded by the Craft Guild of Chefs to the winner of the Rotary Young Chef Competition, for pupils aged 11-17 from schools in Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire. Kitty, aged 14, from St Nicolas School in Fleet was the ...

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March Munchies

March Munchies

March is the month of “change”. Spring is on the horizon and it’s time to make a few changes in preparation for all that the new season will bring. Food is an ideal starting point, as new produce comes into season and the mood changes. We now have items of food at our disposal that didn’t even exist when I first began ...

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Facing Up to Food

Facing Up to Food

RISOTTINO ALLA VENEZIANA (Venetian Risotto) Ingredients 120g Italian rice (Arborio/Vialone) 120g small peas 1 medium sized onion, finely chopped 2 sticks of celery, finely chopped 600ml strong chicken Stock, hot 75ml dry white wine 3 bay leaves 20ml olive oil 20g good quality margarine 20g unsalted butter ...

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