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Meatballs and pasta bake in tomato sauce

Meatballs and pasta bake in tomato sauce

I must confess that meatballs is one of those things I struggle with a bit. I have one tried and tested recipe but not much else. Don’t get me wrong, I really like meatballs. They are usually offer really good value for money. However I usually don’t find them very inspiring. This has recently changed thanks to Tesco magazine. They published a recipe for meatballs bake that I liked enough to try. I had to fine tune it a bit…

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Palmiers

Palmiers

I will continue in the sharing sweets theme and we are staying in France. This time I will share with you a recipe for Palmiers. They are great as a way of using up puff pastry trimming and off-cuts from other recipes. When savings the trimmings don’t roll them into a ball, or it will spoil carefully created layering in the pastry. Instead place the trimmings in layers and roll them into one sheet of pastry with a rolling pin….

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Madeleines

Madeleines

Santa has been very kind to me last Christmas. Amongst other wonderful presents I got a madeleine baking tray. I being myself had to test it as soon as possible, regardless of any new year’s diet resolutions (not that I ever stick to any). Madeleines are small sponge cakes traditional from the Lorraine region in France. They are great for sharing at parties or as part of the afternoon tea display. Traditionally they are made with Genoise batter but I…

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Herby dumplings

Herby dumplings

This is going to be a quick one. During the winter we cook lot of casserole style dishes. Whether that’s game casserole, beef and ale stew or sausage casserole. They are simply so nice and warming at this time of year. You need to serve them with some form of starchy carbs though. One of the obvious choices would be potato mash. However I prefer to achieve best results with minimum effort. Especially when it comes to cleaning and tidying…

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Roast duck with blackcurrant sauce

Roast duck with blackcurrant sauce

Christmas is almost upon us and it is about time when we plan our Christmas menu. I know for most people these days Christmas dinner means turkey. However in our home we love duck in winter. It has a wonderful, rich gamey flavour and when roasted it smells like the most amazing winter dish. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with turkey. It is perfect, especially if you have bigger family to feed. We often have it on…

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