Recipes

Lobster shells

Lobster-shellsIngredients:
* 8 conchiglie (large shells)
* meat from a 500 g (1 lb) cooked lobster
* 2 teaspoons lemon juice
* salt
* cayenne pepper
* 155 ml (5 fl oz / 2/3 cup) double (heavy) cream
* 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
* 2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill
* pepper
* lemon twist and sprigs of dill, to garnish

Spinach cannelloni

Spinach-cannelloniIngredients:
* 500 g (1 lb) fresh spinach, trimmed and washed
* 30g (1oz/6 teaspoons) butter
* 1 onion, finely chopped
* 3 teaspoons plain flour
* 155ml (5 fl oz / 2/3 cup) milk
* 12 5 g (4 oz / 1/2 cup) ham, finely chopped
* salt and pepper
* pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
* 8 ready-to-use cannelloni tubes
* 1 quantity Bechamel sauce
* 90g (3oz / 3/4 cup) grated Cheddar cheese
* slices of ham and bay leaves, to garnish

Cannelloni au gratin

Cannelloni-au-gratinIngredients:
* 60g (2oz / 1/4 cup) butter
* 1 onion, finely chopped
* 1 clove garlic, crushed
* 375 g (12 oz) mushrooms, sliced
* 3 teaspoons plain flour
* 185 ml (6 fl oz / 3/4 cup) creme fraiche
* salt and pepper
* pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
* 1-egg quantity Herb Pasta
* 6 very thin slices prosciutto
* 30g (1oz / 1/2 cup) fresh breadcrumbs
* 30g (1oz / 1/4 cup) grated Parmesan cheese
* slices of prosciutto and sprigs of mint, to garnish

Meatball Minestrone

Meatball-Minestrone_cIngredients:
* 2 tablespoons olive oil
* 2 onions, chopped
* 4 rashers of rindless streaky bacon, diced
* 175 g (6 oz) tomatoes, skinned and chopped
* 175 g (6 oz) dried haricot beans, soaked overnight and drained
* 1.8 litres (3 pints) water
* 1 teaspoon dried basil
* 2 carrots, diced
* 2 celery sticks, chopped
* 250 g (8 oz) cabbage, shredded
* salt and freshly ground black pepper

Meatballs:
* 500 g (1 lb) lean minced beef
* 2 tablespoons fresh white breadcrumbs
* 1 small onion, finery chopped
* 1 teaspoon powdered thyme
* 1 egg, beaten
* salt and freshly ground black pepper

To serve:
* 1 tablespoon tomato puree
* finely grated Parmesan cheese
* French bread

Tacos

TacosIngredients:
* 12-16 flour tortillas

Filling:
* 250 g (8 oz) lean minced beef
* 125 g (4 oz) lean minced pork
* 1 teaspoon chilli seasoning
* 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
* 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
* pinch of dried oregano
* dash of Tabasco sauce
* 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
* 175 ml (6 fl oz) bought Enchilada sauce
* 75 ml (3 fl oz) vegetable oil

To garnish:
* 125 g (4 oz) grated Cheddar cheese
* 125 g (4 oz) crisp lettuce, shredded
* 1 large tomato, coarsely chopped
* spring onions, shredded lengthways

Steak Tartare

Steak-Tartare_cIngredients:
* 500 g (1 lb) fillet or rump steak
* 3 egg yolks
* 4 tablespoons oil
* 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
* salt and pepper

To garnish:
* crisp lettuce leaves
* grated horseradish (optional)

Spiced Bean Curd with Pork

Spiced-Bean-Curd-with-Pork_cIngredients:
* 1 tablespoon soy sauce
* 1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
* 1/2 teaspoon sugar
* 1/2 teaspoon sesame seed oil
* 125 g (4 oz) lean boneless pork, finely minced
* 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon Szechuan peppercorns or 1/2 - 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
* 2.5 cm (1 inch) piece of fresh root ginger, peeled and finely chopped
* 2 garlic cloves, crushed
* 2 spring onions, chopped
* 50 ml (2 fl oz) chicken stock
* 1 tablespoon brown bean sauce
* 1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
* 250 g (8 oz) bean curd, rinsed, drained and cut into 1 cm (14 inch) cubes
* 2 tablespoons cooking oil
* 1 teaspoon cornflour
* 1 tablespoon cold chicken stock
* 1 teaspoon sesame seed oil
* salt
* sprig of dill, to garnish

Grilled Prawns with Basil Butter

Grilled-Prawns-with-Basil-ButterIngredients:
* 24 large uncooked Mediterranean prawns
* olive oil, for brushing
* 175 g (6 oz) butter
* 24 large basil leaves, roughly chopped
* 2 large garlic cloves, crushed
* salt and pepper
* few basil sprigs, to garnish

Tuna Steaks with Mustard

Tuna-Steaks-with-Mustard_cIngredients:
* 50 g (2 oz) butter, melted
* 3 teaspoons Dijon mustard
* 1 tablespoon lemon juice
* 4 fresh tuna steaks, about 150 g (5 oz) each
* salt and pepper
* lemon slices, to garnish

Deep Sea Skewers

Deep-Sea-SkewersIngredients:
* 4 rashers of streaky bacon, rinded
* 2 cod or halibut steaks, skinned and quartered
* 8 large cooked prawns, peeled
* 4 mushrooms
* 4 tomatoes, halved
* salt and pepper
* watercress sprigs, to garnish

Marinade:
* 6 tablespoons lemon juice
* large pinch of paprika
* 2 tablespoons olive oil
* 1 bay leaf
* parsley sprig
* 1 small onion, sliced
* salt and pepper

Barbecued Trout with Garlic and Rosemary

Barbecued-Trout-with-Garlic-and-RosemaryIngredients:
* 2 garlic doves, crushed
* 2 rosemary sprigs, divided into short lengths
* 4 trout, about 250 g (8 oz) each, cleaned
* 6 tablespoons olive oil
* finely grated rind of 1/2 lemon
* 3 tablespoons lemon juice
* salt and pepper

To garnish:
* 16 pitted green olives
* 16 blanched almonds

Grilled Sea Bass with Parsley, Lemon and Dill

Grilled-Sea-Bass-with-Parsley-Lemon-and-Dill_cIngredients:
* 1 sea bass, weighing 1.25 kg (2 1/2 lb), scaled and cleaned
* 3 tablespoons roughly chopped parsley
* juice and grated rind of 2 lemons
* 4 tablespoons olive oil
* 4 dill sprigs
* salt and pepper

To garnish:
* lemon wedges
* small dill sprigs

Spicy Grilled Trout

Spicy-Grilled-TroutIngredients:
* 4 x 250-300 g (8-10 oz) trout, cleaned
* 1 tablespoon sweet paprika
* 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
* 1/4 teaspoon chilli powder
* 4 teaspoons finely chopped onion
* oil, for brushing
To garnish:
* lemon wedges
* parsley sprigs

Steamed Chinese Dumplings

Steamed-Chinese-DumplingsIngredients:
* 500 g (1 lb) plain flour
* 4 teaspoons baking powder
* 250 ml (8 fl oz) water

Filling:
* 500 g (1 lb) boneless pork (not too lean), minced
* 1 tablespoon dry sherry
* 3 tablespoons soy sauce
* 2 teaspoons sugar
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1 tablespoon sesame oil
* 2 teaspoons peeled and finely chopped fresh root ginger
* 1 teaspoon cornflour

To garnish:
* julienne of carrot, spring onion, cucumber and fresh root ginger

Mexican Soup

Mexican-Soup_cIngredients:
* 250 g (8 oz) dried chickpeas
* 250 g (8 oz) dried red kidney beans
* 2 tablespoons oil
* 1 onion, chopped
* 250 g (8 oz) minced beef
* 1 green pepper, cored, deseeded and chopped
* 1 x 425 g (14 oz) can tomatoes
* 450 ml (3/4 pint) beef stock
* 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
* pinch of salt
* garlic or herb bread, to serve

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