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What you need:

4  pork loin steaks
2tbsp / 30ml  olive oil
8 shallots, peeled and quartered
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2tbsp /30ml  medium madras curry powder
1/4tsp /1.25ml ground cloves
4tbsp / 60ml  sherry
Finely grated rind and juice of 1 orange
30ml (2tbsp) cider vinegar
15ml (1tbsp) demerara sugar
1 sprig each parsley and rosemary
1 bay leaf
4oz /115g  ready-to-eat dried apricots
2oz /55g  sultanas
1 cox’s apple
2 oz /15g  butter
1 oz /25g  blanched almonds

What you do:

Trim any excess fat from the pork with a sharp knife. heat half the oil in a oven proof casserole or frying pan and fry the pieces of pork on a high heat for 2-3 minutes to brown lightly, turning once. Remove and keep hot.

Heat the remaining oil and fry the shallots and garlic, stirring over a moderate heat for 2-3 minutes to brown lightly.

Stir in the curry powder and cloves, then add the sherry and allow to bubble for about 30 seconds. Stir in the orange rind and juice, cider vinegar and sugar.

Tie the parsley, rosemary and bay together with fine cotton string, then add to the pan with the apricots, sultanas and the pork. Bring to the boil then reduce the heat, cover tightly and simmer on a low heat for a further 30-35 minutes, until tender. Add a little water if the mixture becomes dry.

Core and thickly slice the apples. Heat the butter in a small frying pan and fry the apples and almonds until lightly browned. Stir into the casserole, adjust the seasoning to taste .

serve hot.

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What you need:

1lb /450g  chicken breasts and thighs, skinned
1 ¾ pints /1 litre chicken  or vegetable stock
2 bay leaves
2oz / 60g  long-grain rice
2 leeks, thinly sliced
2 carrots, grated
pinch of ground cloves
1 tbsp chopped parsley
1 tsp sea salt

What you do:

Place the chicken in a pan with the bay leaves and pour in the stock. Bring to the boil then reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes.

Skim the surface of the soup and discard any scum that has formed. Add the vegetables, rice, cloves, and salt, bring back to the boil, reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for a further 30 minutes.

Remove the bay leaves and discard. If you wish, you can lift out the chicken, remove the meat from the bones, then return the meat to the soup.

Ladle the soup  between individual serving bowls and serve while still hot.

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What you need:

1 lb / 500 g of pumpkin pulp purée from a sugar pumpkin
12 oz /375 g  heavy cream or 1 12 oz. can of evaporated milk
4 oz / 115 g packed dark brown sugar
2 1/2 oz white sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs plus the yolk of a third egg
2 tsp of cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground cardamon
1/2 tsp of lemon zest
1 pastry case

what you do:

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

In a large bowl mix together the sugars, salt,  all the spices and lemon zest. Beat the eggs and add to the bowl. Stir in the pumpkin purée. Stir in cream. Whisk all together until well combined.

Pour into pastry case and bake for 15 minutes.

After 15 minutes reduce the temperature to 180C / 350F / gas mark 4 and bake for another 40-50 minutes, or until a knife inserted near the centre comes out clean.

Cool on a wire rack for at least an  hour.

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