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Cooking courses and food tours in SW France

I love the first barbecue of year. Here are a few of my favourite recipes for grilling, indoors or out, so you can enjoys these dishes where ever you are in the world. We kick off with super succulent spicy tiger prawns (cooked in the shells to help keep the flesh moist) with a lovely …

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Well after an initial burst of warm spring weather, it is yet again cool and wet, so in order to give myself a little taste of summer, I came across this lovely summer entertaining feature my husband, photographer Ian Wallace and I shot last summer for Food & Travel magazine in the UK. As you …

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Barley, roasted vegetable and caramelized garlic risotto Serves: 4 Pearl barley makes a great alternative to arborio rice in risottos as it doesn’t require constant stirring and gives a lovely nutty texture to the dish. Here it is combined with oven roasted vegetables and caramelised garlic. 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 2 large onions …

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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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    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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