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Spring Into Food

Spring Into Food

These traditional recipes are really dear to me. Originally from the central Italian farmer community, prepared in the Lent period. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. NETTLES AND POTATO SOUP - Starter (Serves 4) Ingredients 150grams Fresh nettles 3 medium size potatoes 1 large white onion 1 litre ...

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Food For The Heart

Food For The Heart

A warmth to share with your loved ones, take a look at these delightful recipes that are sure to be perfect for any occasion. A big thank you to Simone Conti for these recipes. PORK FILET WITH HONEY AND GINGER - Main Course (Serves 4) Ingredients 500g pork fillet 25g fresh ginger 30g soya sauce 1 medium size ...

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Begin A New Recipe!

Begin A New Recipe!

To kick start the new year, we spoke to a local cook who gave us 3 fantastic recipes to get involved with, complete with suitable wines for each dish. Why not give them a go this year? SEAFOOD SALAD - Starter (Serves 4) Ingredients 1 Chicory washed and chopped 60g of Cucumber diced 1 stick of celery diced 1 ...

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A Gift of Food!

A Gift of Food!

The month of December focuses on Christmas and the meal for that day is by tradition more a banquet than the three course meal we have during the rest of the year. 75 years ago, this was a very different Christmas meal to what we have these days. ARROSTO D' OCA NATALIZIA (Roasted Christmas Goose - Main) Serves 4 ...

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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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