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Cooking courses and food tours in SW France

Mushroom spelt risotto with melted camembert Spelt is one of the world’s oldest wheat grain varieties. It is great as an alternative to rice in a risotto as it retains a wonderfully crunchy texture and unlike rice, you can add the stock all at once and let the risotto simmer away on the stove – …

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Warm salad of roasted vegetables and barley A great time of year to serve this warm salad – still cold enough outside, but it will soon be time to start looking forward to warmer days. Serves: 6 6 large shallots, halved 6 large garlic cloves, left whole 750g carrots, roughly chopped 750g beetroot beetroot, cut …

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Honey roasted chicken with lemon, olives and herbs A great mid week meal, ready to pop into the oven in minutes. The roasted lemons infuse the chicken as it cooks and the honey is a lovely balancing of flavours. Serve with green beans or any other green veg. Serves: 4 1.5 kg chicken, jointed into …

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Chinese-style steamed cod with ginger After the excess of the Christmas period this is a light yet comforting Chinese steamed fish recipe. I use cod but you could use any firm white fish such as bream, snapper or ling. Serves: 4 2 tbs light soy sauce 1 tsp white sugar 1/2 tsp sesame oil 5 …

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Roasted lamb shoulder with pumpkin salad Bored with the same old Sunday roast, well why not get inspired by this delicious alternative? Succulent lamb shoulder rubbed with earthy spices and served with a lovely autumnal pumpkin and toasted almond salad. I far prefer lamb shoulder as it often has more flavour than leg. It’s great …

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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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