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What you need:

25g butter
1 onion, sliced
½ tsp salt
150ml double cream
1 bay leaf
6 cloves , whole
75g white breadcrumbs
300ml milk
1 pinch black pepper , freshly ground
1 pinch nutmeg , grated

What you do:

Melt the butter in a small saucepan and add the onion. Cook over a low heat for 4–5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the salt, cream, bay leaf, and cloves, and cook for a further 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat, and allow to stand for 20 minutes, so the flavours have time to infuse. (This can be prepared ahead and left to infuse, or the complete sauce can be made in advance. Cover the surface of the sauce with cling film to prevent a skin forming. Refrigerate for up to 2 days. When ready to use, remove cling film and gently reheat).

Discard the bay leaf and cloves, then pour the onion mixture into a food processor, and blend to a smooth purée. If you do not have a food processor, very finely chop the onion instead of slicing.

Place the breadcrumbs and milk in a pan, and bring to the boil. Leave to simmer for 5–10 minutes, stirring occasionally, to make a smooth, thickened sauce. (If you feel the sauce is too thick, then add a little more milk.)

Stir in the onion purée, season to taste with salt and pepper, then sprinkle with nutmeg.

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what you need:

85g watercress, coarse stems removed
115g cream cheese
1 pinch salt
1 pinch black pepper, freshly ground
600g salmon fillet, skinless
400g puff pastry
100g flour, for dusting
1 egg, beaten, to glaze

What you do:

Preheat the oven to 200C  / 400F /Gas mark 6.

Chop the watercress very finely, place in a bowl, add the cream cheese, season generously with salt and pepper, and mix well.

Cut the salmon fillet into 2 pieces. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface to a thickness of 3mm (1/8in). It should be roughly 7.5cm (3in) longer than the salmon pieces and just over twice as wide. Trim the edges straight. Transfer to a lightly greased baking tray.

Place 1 piece of salmon in the middle of the pastry. Spread the top with the watercress cream and place the other piece of salmon on top. Lightly brush the pastry edges with water, then fold the 2 ends over the salmon. Fold in the sides so they overlap slightly and press together to seal. Re-roll the trimmings and use to decorate the top of the pastry, if liked. Brush with beaten egg, and make 2 or 3 holes with a skewer to allow steam to escape.

Bake for 30 minutes, or until the pastry is well risen and golden brown. Test if the salmon is cooked by pushing a skewer halfway through the thickest part and leaving for 4–5 seconds; when removed, it should feel hot.

Remove from the oven and allow to stand for a few minutes, then slice and serve.

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What you need:

For the Marinate:

½ kg chicken, washed and cut into medium sized pieces
3 tbsp curds
1 tsp red chilli powder (adjust to suit your spice level)
¼ tsp turmeric powder
salt to taste
Make a paste:
6-7 cashewnuts
4-5 tbsps milk
Dry roast and make a fine powder:
1 cinnamon
10-12 curry leaves
3 cloves

Rest of the ingredients:

3-4 tbsps oil

2 big onions finely chopped
1 large tomato finely chopped
1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
1 tsp coriander powder
3/4 tsp black pepper powder (adjust to suit your spice level)
¼ tsp cumin powder
coriander leaves for garnish

What you do:

Marinate chicken pieces in chilli powder, turmeric powder, curds and salt for 20 mins.

While the chicken pieces are marinating, make a paste of cashewnuts and milk. Keep aside.
Dry roast cinnamon, cloves and curry leaves for 1 mt and make a powder of them. Keep aside.

Heat 1 1/2 tbsps of oil in a cooking vessel. Add the onions and saute till pink. Add ginger-garlic paste and saute further for another 3-4 minutes on medium heat.

Add coriander pwd, cumin pwd, pepper pwd and combine well and fry for another minute.
Add the tomatoes and let it cook for 3-4 minutes. Combine well and cook till oil separates.Turn off heat. Cool and grind the cooked masala. Keep aside this masala paste.

Heat 1 1/2 tbsps oil in a cooking vessel and add the marinated chicken and cook on high flame for 4-5 minutes, reduce heat and cook covered for another 4-5 minutes.

Add the ground masala paste, cashewnut paste and ground powder of cinnamon, cloves and curry leaves and combine well. (Add a cup of water for more gravy consistency). Cook till chicken pieces are soft and you get the desired curry consistency. Adjust salt.

Garnish with fresh coriander leaves.

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What you need:

2 Cups Yoghurt
1 Bunch Spinach
2 Tsp Oil
1 Tsp Black Mustard Seeds
1 Tsp Cumin Seeds
1 Tsp Ground Cumin
½ Tsp Fenugreek Seeds
¼ Tsp Chili Powder
Salt to taste
Black Pepper to Taste

What you do:

Wash spinach thoroughly under tap water.

Remove any tough stems and cut spinach into pieces.

Boil spinach with little water till it becomes tender.

Heat oil and fry the mustard seeds.

Add cumin seeds, ground cumin and fenugreek seeds and fry.

Remove from heat and mix in the yoghurt.

Add chili powder and stir this mixture into the spinach.

Place in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours.

Spinach Raita is ready to serve.

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What you need:

1tsp vegetable oil
1 bunch spring onions, trimmed and chopped
300g risotto rice
1 garlic clove, crushed
200g mushrooms, sliced
900ml (1 ½ pints) hot vegetable stock
75g frozen peas, thawed
Ground black pepper

What you do:

Heat the vegetable oil in a large frying pan or saucepan and cook the spring onions over a medium-high heat for a few seconds. Add the rice and cook over a low heat for about 1 min, stirring all the time until the rice looks glossy but not brown.

Add the garlic and mushrooms, then pour in about half the hot stock and stir well. Cook over a medium heat for 20-25 mins, stirring often and gradually and adding the remaining stock a little at a time until the rice has absorbed all the liquid.

Check that the rice is tender. It should have a nice creamy texture. If it needs cooking for a bit longer, add a little more hot water.
Add the peas, stirring gently to mix them in. Check the seasoning, adding some pepper if needed.

Serve.

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What you need:

1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp salt
1/3 cup lemon juice
¼-1 tsp chilli powder ( according to paste)
Zest of 1 lemon
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp smoked paprika
1/8 ground black pepper
2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
1 x size 12 or 14 chicken
1 cup boiling water or liquid chicken stock.

What you do:

Mix together the marinade ingredients in a bowl. Then rub over the chicken.
Marinate for 1-4 hours in the refrigerator.
Over a medium to high heat, place the pressure cooker pan.
Cook the chicken. Brown all sides and pour over any extra marinade.
Place and lock the lid on the top of the pressure cooker.
Set to high pressure, bring up and stay for 20-25 minutes.
Remove from heat.Allow to cool.

To make the gravy:

Pour any excess fat from cooking liquid.
Add 2 tsp of corn flour and smooth paste with cold water.
Bring to the boil then simmer.
Serve with potatoes or rice.

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What you need:

2 1 lb aubergines (eggplants), cut into cubes
1 ¾ tsp plus ¾ teaspoon salt, divided
2 ½ lbs. peeled tomatoes or 1 28-oz can plus 1 14-oz can petite-diced tomatoes
5 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped
½ tsp ground black pepper
1/3 cup loosely packed, chopped fresh basil
¾ cup loosely packed, chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 ½ lbs. white onions, thinly sliced
3 red or yellow peppers, cored, seeded, and chopped
2 lbs courgette ( zucchini ), cut lengthwise and then into ½-inch slices
1/3 cup dry white wine

What you do:

Place a single layer of paper towels on 2 large plates. Place the cubed eggplant onto the plates and sprinkle with 1 ¾ teaspoon salt. Allow the  aubergine (eggplant) to sit for 20 minutes.

In a large saucepan, cook the tomatoes, garlic, black pepper, basil, and parsley, uncovered, over medium heat.

In a large frying pan or skillet, sauté the onions and  peppers in a small amount of olive oil over medium-high heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are very lightly browned. Remove the skillet from the heat and transfer the browned vegetables to the tomato mixture.

Pat the eggplant dry with a fresh paper towel and add it, along with the zucchini to the tomato mixture. Cover the pot and cook the stew over low-medium heat for 45 minutes, until the vegetables are tender. Add the white wine and ¾ tsp salt and cook for an additional 5 minutes.

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What you need:

6 tbsp softened butter
2 tsp finely chopped shallots
1 clove garlic, crushed and finely chopped
1 tbsp finely chopped celery
1 tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley
¼ tsp salt
1/8 tsp ground black pepper
12 large mushrooms, cleaned with stems removed
12 large canned snails

What you do:

Preheat the oven to 190C / 375F / gas mark 5

Mix together 6 tablespoons of the softened butter with the shallots, garlic, celery, parsley, salt, and pepper. Place a small spoonful of herb butter and a snail in each mushroom cap, and then brush the exterior of the mushroom with a bit of the herb butter. Arrange the mushrooms in a shallow baking dish and bake them for 15 minutes.

Serve hot.

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What you need:

3 tbsp olive oil, divided
4 medium red beets ( beetroots), peeled, stems reserved
4 medium yellow beets, peeled, stems reserved
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 tbsp finely chopped shallots
Greens from 8 beets, washed and coarsely chopped
Citronette for drizzling
4 tbsp chopped walnuts (optional)

What you do:

Preheat the oven to 220C / 425F / gas mark 7

Toss the peeled beets and reserved stems in 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 tsp ground black pepper and arrange them in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Roast the beets for 40 to 45 mins, until they are caramelized and tender.

While the beets are roasting, heat the remaining tbsp of olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Sauté the chopped shallots for 5 mins, until they are tender. Add the beet greens to the hot oil and shallots and sauté them for 3 to 5 mins, until they are just cooked through and wilted. Transfer the greens and shallots to a large serving bowl.

Quarter or slice the roasted beets and place them in the serving bowl. Drizzle the beet salad with citronette or blood orange vinaigrette and toss it gently. Divide the salad into four portions and sprinkle 1 tablespoon of chopped walnuts onto each serving. Drizzle with additional citronette, if desired.

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What you need:

1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
1/2 tsp fresh, chopped thyme
1/2 tsp fresh, crushed rosemary
1 fresh sage leaf, finely chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cubed
2 1/4 cups chicken stock
1 cup heavy cream
Croutons for garnish

What you do:

In a large saucepan over medium heat, sauté the onion, celery, thyme, rosemary, and sage in the olive oil for 5-7 minutes, until the vegetables turn tender. Add the salt and pepper and sauté the vegetables and herbs for an additional 2 minutes.

Add the butternut squash and chicken stock to the pan and bring the soup to simmer. Reduce the heat slightly, cover, and simmer the soup for 20 minutes, until the squash is tender.

Puree the soup in a countertop blender or with an immersion blender until it is completely smooth. Stir in the heavy cream and heat through.
Serve the bisque hot, garnished with croutons.

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