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Cooking courses and food tours in SW France

Sticky Ginger Cake with Figs and Caramel Sauce Serves 12 This is a dark, sticky and totally delicious cake, topped with grilled figs and dulce de leche sauce. 250g unsalted butter, softened 225g caster sugar 125g soft brown sugar 3 eggs 75ml (110g) golden syrup 300g plain flour 11/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda 1 tbsp …

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It is a great time of year for shellfish and here clams and crab combine with chorizo and potato in a warming seafood chowder. Crab and clam chowder with chorizo Serves: 4 1 kg clams, scrubbed 100 ml dry white wine 600 ml chicken or fish stock 25 g butter 150 g chorizo, sliced 1 …

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Baked eggs and Prosciutto with sage butter A perfect way to begin the day. Spoil yourself this coming weekend (or weekday if you’re lucky enough) to a one pot dish of eggs baked in the oven with prosciutto and crispy sage leaves. It is a simple but quite delicious way to cook and serve eggs …

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The best of the summer is over and I am now starting to look to the more hardy of vegetables in the garden. Beetroot has long been one of my favourite veggies, not only for it’s deep earthy flavour, but also it’s rich maroon colour. You can use pre-cooked beetroot in natural juices for a …

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Sesame and soy duck fillets and green papaya salad Serves: 4 Green papaya is a used extensively in Thai and South East Asian cooking where it is traditionally served as a refreshing salad. The slightly tart quality of the fruit absorbs the sweet salty dressing perfectly, a perfect foil to the richly flavoued duck. 4 …

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Chocolate marbled meringues with summer berries and white chocolate sauce Serves: 6 These gooey, marshmallow-like meringues look and taste amazing, topped with a scoop of ice cream and a tumble of summer fruits all drizzled with a white chocolate sauce. 4 eggs whites 250 g caster sugar 2 tsp organic cocoa powder 350 g mixed …

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    Barbecued chicken with sumac, pomegranate molasses and mograbiah Here I use a whole chicken, butterflied, so it cooks evenly on the barbecue. Alternatively use chicken thigh joints and cook for 10-12 minutes each side. Serves 4 1.75 kg free-range organic chicken 4 tbs extra virgin olive oil, plus extra to drizzle 1 tbs …

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