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Initial post: 7 Nov 2013, 14:59:54 GMT
Last edited by the author on 7 Nov 2013, 15:00:40 GMT
pixie says:
It's been cold today so I've cosied up and been leafing through my books and reading my comments for the recipes ( I write beside the recipe my thoughts on the dish or if I make any adjustments timing wise etc..in pencil. I find it useful to see what I've cooked as it's easy to forget )..Anyway I found one that I love! But forgot about.
So I thought it would be a good idea to make a note here of recipes that have been a sucess....and the book it came from in case we have a copy and would like to try.

I'll start....

Chicken Breasts and fennel au gratin...from

The Silver Spoon (Cooking) page 918

At first glance this looks way too plain...but it is a winner. I cooked it for a supper party in individual dishes and everyone loved it.

Posted on 7 Nov 2013, 15:06:39 GMT
Last edited by the author on 7 Nov 2013, 15:27:50 GMT
pixie says:
To feed my brother and wife on a visit....

Ham and comte cake... page 90...nibble with drinks.....and Chicken savoyarde...page 15 Both from...

Supper for a Song

Posted on 7 Nov 2013, 23:58:22 GMT
Excellent idea for a thread. I'll try to remember to post in here every time I make a recipe that I deem good enough to warrant the attention of the other users who peruse this place

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Nov 2013, 08:20:51 GMT
pixie says:
That'll be great Mrs P....looking through my books I realised alot of us will have the same ones and it might be a good idea to swap!

Health Bread...page34...from


Posted on 8 Nov 2013, 09:58:39 GMT
Bearman says:
Irish Stew from The Complete Rhodes Around Britain. I have tried a lot of Irish Stew recipes over the years and this one stands out head and shoulders above the rest. I usually substitute neck fillets of lamb instead of the recommended chops and increase the proportion of lamb, but its wonderful either way.

Posted on 8 Nov 2013, 10:02:29 GMT
Last edited by the author on 8 Nov 2013, 10:03:04 GMT
Bearman says:
Baklava from How to Bake by Paul Hollywood. Its a really quick and easy recipe and is unbelievably morish, just try not to notice the amount of butter you put in :-). I often use lime instead of lemon, which makes is wonderfully fragrant and I think more interesting.

Posted on 8 Nov 2013, 10:07:18 GMT
Bearman says:
Bakewell tart from Bearman's recipe book - ha ha ha ha - based on an old family recipe, and nothing, I mean absolutely nothing can compare.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Nov 2013, 10:23:22 GMT
pixie says:
Bearman...I've made that one and i agree! Going to hunt that one out for a revisit!

Posted on 8 Nov 2013, 10:26:44 GMT
pixie says:
Lamb with yellow bell peppers.... page 177...from..

Under the Sun: Caroline Conran's French Country Cooking she suggest lamb fillet but I use any good lamb and it's a light and tasty french saute kind of dish...delicious!

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Nov 2013, 10:29:21 GMT
Sounds delicious, now that,s a workable recipe with compatible ingredients.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Nov 2013, 10:31:54 GMT
pixie says:
it is Diamond! The list of ingredients belies how delicious it is...big leafy salad along side...done!

Posted on 8 Nov 2013, 10:40:56 GMT
Last edited by the author on 8 Nov 2013, 10:42:43 GMT
pixie says:
Pork with sweet potato mash, mustard sauce and sizzling spring onions....page 26...from

Ten Minutes to Table is a real winner, quick, tasty and looks great on the plate. I sometimes mix a little mash in with the sweet potato or just use carrot and sweet potato...depends what I have.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Nov 2013, 11:08:26 GMT
Could you post the recipe, please?

Posted on 8 Nov 2013, 12:01:44 GMT
Bearman says:
I probably should keep it secret, but as you asked nicely....

Make a sweet short crust pastry (250g plain flour, 125g butter, 50g icing sugar, 1 large egg, pinch of salt - dash of milk only if required), line flan dish with pastry and blind bake.

Cream together 6oz of butter with 6oz of caster sugar, then add 8oz ground almonds and combine. Then add 4 eggs, one at a time, beating them into mixture (doing all this in a stand mixer makes it incredibly easy). I usually add a few drops of natural almont extract to boost the flavour.

When pastry case is cool, spread some good quality raspberry jam over the base (up to you how much), then pour in the almond mix and spread it evenly around the case (it will level itself when cooking).

Bake it in a moderate oven until the centre has just (literally only just) stopped wobbling when you move it. The trick is not to overcook, or it will go a bit Mr Kipling.

Mix enough icing sugar with the juice of half a lemon so that it makes a really thick paste, and then pour this onto the tart and roughly spread around. This too will self level so you just need to ensure the whole top is covered and then leave it to sort itself out. Decorate any way you want, but I love going retro and using halved glace cherries and crystallised angelica cut into diamond shapes.

Its an amazingly moist and morish tart. I often do variations, such as using halved poached pears instead of jam, and scattering flaked almonds on top before baking instead of icing to get the best pear and almond tart you will ever taste. Carefully folding in whole fresh raspberries into the almond mix (instead of the jam) makes a very ggod tart too.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Nov 2013, 12:15:06 GMT
pixie says:
Sounds delish!

Posted on 8 Nov 2013, 12:16:41 GMT
This looks awfully like the continuation of the "New Books" thread...did they take you on as sales personnel at Zon, Pix? ;P

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Nov 2013, 12:23:18 GMT
pixie says:
Well the new books is more to highlight up and coming books...this one is for recipes that posters may have cooked and it may encourage us to use the books we have and not buy for a while...(some hope)

Sometimes looking through a book you can miss a gem of a recipe so hopefully we might inspire each other to look again!xxx

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Nov 2013, 13:43:56 GMT
Thanks. I'll give it a go.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Nov 2013, 13:45:16 GMT
"and not buy for a while"

Funny lady... :-)

Posted on 8 Nov 2013, 21:11:32 GMT
Charlie says:
Love love love this thread!!!!!!!!

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Nov 2013, 21:40:40 GMT
pixie says:
Good! Good Good!...expect some yumzer posts from you Charlie Girl!xxx

Posted on 8 Nov 2013, 21:43:07 GMT
pixie says:
Nigella Express..page 209....scallops on the shell...sure to be a dinner party winner.....quick!

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Nov 2013, 22:07:39 GMT
Charlie says:
Will definitely try, little man not doing too good again so not been doing as much as I'd like but the books and this place keep me sane so will have a think

Posted on 8 Nov 2013, 22:10:51 GMT
Charlie says:
Ooo Anna del conte lemon risotto. Not sure which book as I have it in Tamasin's Kitchen Bible. Lamb sharwarma Jerusalem ha my phone predictive texts ottolenghi

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Nov 2013, 22:12:32 GMT
pixie says:
Look after the little man and dip into the pool of food when you get a chance....will ask the Angels....my little helpers!xxxx
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