Recipes – starters & light meals

Tuna toasties for a busy Friday night

February 27, 2009

Regard the humble tuna toastie. It's not big or clever or funny or famous.  You don't serve it at fancy dinner parties.  Ferran Adria has not deconstructed it into a post-modernist version of itself.  In short, it doesn't get to walk the culinary red carpet of life. But show me a quicker, easier and tastier dish […]

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Smoked salmon mini-quiches with sour cream & caviar

February 11, 2009

  You know how they say that good things happen in threes?  Or am I getting confused with bad things happening in threes?  We had a cleaner-cum-nanny when I was a little girl, a woman I loved so much I was convinced she was part of the family, and used to list her when I […]

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Savoury caprese bread & butter pudding

February 1, 2009

   If I say "Fat Duck" or "Heston Blumenthal", what is the first specific dish that springs to mind?  I'd bet my bottom dollar it's either egg and bacon ice cream of snail porridge.  The question is why these two dishes in particular have so grabbed the public's imagination. I don't think it's that either of […]

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Smoked salmon paté moulds

January 30, 2009

  As I mentioned before, over Christmas and New Year I had to produce food in three kitchens other than my own, and to save my sanity I decided to come up with three recipes based on one central ingredient:  smoked salmon. In the first of this 3-part series, I told you how I made […]

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Smoked salmon and dill chowder

January 16, 2009

  So.  Have you ever indulged in a threesome? No, don't worry, CookSister has not suddenly turned into an adult site!  I'm talking about one ingredient, prepared three ways, and served together.  You might think that this is the preserve of poncey restaurants and celebrity TV chefs, but over the festive season I proved it's […]

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Griddled haloumi cheese with caramelised fennel, shallots & flat leaf parsley

January 8, 2009

  Isn't it funny how we can flick through a magazine, but that certain types of articles will catch our eye time after time?  For some, it might be any article about fashion.  For others, it might be anything to do with celebrities.  For me, it's lists. Oh yes, put it in bullet-point format or […]

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Leftover Christmas gammon = gammon and caramelised shallot quiche!

December 31, 2008

  So has everyone recovered from the onslaught of Christmas eating and drinking yet?  I hope so, because tonight will be the second wave in the form of new year's celebrations!  What are you all up to tonight?  We are with friends and I will try to post a visual clue later today so you […]

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