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Cooking courses and food tours in SW France

Chocolate, almond and cinnamon spirals with French-style café au lait If you love pain au chocolate then this easy breakfast pastry is a must. Simple and quick to make they are the perfect accompaniment to café au lait. Serves: 4 2 sheets frozen puff pastry, thawed 30 g butter, melted 100 g dark chocolate, finely …

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Winter is most certainly upon us, with frosty mornings and log fires. It is just the time of year when I begin to crave comfort food. This rich beef stew flavoured with cinnamon and chocolate was inspired by a classic Catalan dish Estofado de Ternera a la Catalana. A little dark chocolate is added to the stew …

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Finally I have gotten around to making crab apple jelly! One of my earliest culinary memories is of my mum stirring a bubbling volcano of sweet juiciness, which miraculously ended up on my toast. I thought jelly went with ice cream (well of course this one could I guess?) but I was just as happy …

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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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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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