Pain Perdu with Vanilla Ice-Cream & Figs

Pain Perdu with Vanilla Ice-Cream & Figs

This version of French toast is a mix between the traditional version and a good English bread and butter pudding. The caramelised figs add a beautiful sweetness to this dessert.

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Braised Lamb Shanks with Red Wine

The way the sauce reduces in this recipe to a sweet, sticky mix is pure comfort on those cold winter nights. Make sure you cook the shanks until the meat is almost falling off the bone and the sauce is

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Cherry Clafoutis

Clafoutis is a straightforward dessert to make, but be careful not to overcook as the batter will turn tough. Individual servings of this dessert look impressive for a dinner party. It must always be served warm though — never cold

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Gnocchi with Taleggio Cheese & Pancetta

The French version of gnocchi is made with choux pastry rather than potato so they are much lighter than the Italian counterpart. If you’ve made gnocchi before, you’ll notice the French method is different — you pipe then cut the

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Spanish Meatballs

I love cooking these quick and easy meatballs midweek with my son, as it gets him involved in preparing dinner. The sauce has a bit of kick, but you can make it simple tomato and they will taste just as

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Goats Cheese, Rocket & Pancetta Quiche

Here, I’ve put a bit of a twist on the traditional quiche Lorraine, keeping the basic ingredients of cheese and meet but using different varieties. A quiche is the perfect picnic dish. It can be prepared the night before and

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Braised Beef Cheeks with Parsnip Puree

Although this isn’t a complicated dish to make, it does take a bit of time — and it really makes a difference if you can marinate the beef cheeks overnight. It’s a great dinner party or family meal dish as

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Roasted Duck with Spiced Marmalade

Everyone must have tried to serve, or been served, duck a l’orange at a dinner party at some point! Well, this is my new and improved version — it’s quicker to make and using the marmalade gives a lovely sticky

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