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Seaweed coated Trout, Butter Prawns, Coriander Sauce, Soy Reduction and Pickled White Carrot

3 Days to Perfect, 3 Days to Write up,  a labour of love in my eyes.  This dish is my first attempt of creating exquisite food and has opened my eyes to the level of thought that goes into making a truley beautiful dish. Encouraging you to give this a go if your up to it as it may teach you some techniques that you’ve never tried before, as well as being a judge to see if the combination of flavours I selected were up to par or not :). I am proud of this dish, so please, go ahead and use it for ispiration to create one that you are of too.

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Puff Pastry Apple Strudel

This traditional Austrian Dessert is just the thing for the start of the apple season here in England, bringing a touch of class to the dish with the addition of Apple brandy takes it to a whole other level. Incorporating the intimidating puff pastry is made easy using the ready made stuff, keeping you open to making your own however as in taste it is incomparable.

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Crispy Honey Chicken Wings

These Sticky Spicy and Crispy chicken wings are almost too good to be true. A recipe put together by my girlfriend and myself after many attempts makes this a personal favorite. The savory of the fried garlic accompanied by the Shichimi seven spice is a beautiful combination of Asian flavours, all this balanced by the natural sweetness of honey is just utterly moreish.

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Fresh Stewed Lentils with Courgette Spaghetti and Crispy Garlic

A very healthy and tasty vegan pasta recipe that holds all the nutrients you need to get you through your day. Introducing new techniques into your culinary skill book makes this a true excitement to prepare, giving you the flexibility to make this dish your own. As the famous Marco Pierre White said “Cooking is a philosophy, a recipe is just a guide”.

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Crêpes Suzette

A traditional french recipe that has had a place in my heart for as long as I can remember, bringing memories of my dear Grandad and his delightful desserts. I have been lucky enough to get this recipe from the head chef on the Queen Mary 2 cruise ship (courtesy of a treasured news paper article). The bouncy texture of the crepes steeped in a sticky sweet orange sauce with  hints of the dark vanilla and cocoa tones from the Grand Mariner is just undefinable.  Definitely one of my favorite desserts of all time.

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Chinese Egg & Tomato

Probably one of the simplest dishes I’ve posted yet, but as is the case for most simple dishes it has a delightfully homely taste. Most commonly  an accompany to a variety of other dishes serve in a Chinese meal but there is no problem of turning this into a meal in itself, parred by some beautiful steamed sushi grade rice.

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Sea bass Curry

A recipe that has been passed down to me by an excellent chef who has had many years experience of cooking in the hot plains and bustling streets of Sri Lanka. This has got to be one of my favorite types of curry, the deep spice tones from the roasted curry powder contrasted with the sourness of the tamarind and sweetness of the fish makes it absolutely delicious.

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Cod En Papillote

This beautifully delicate french dish is divine on your taste buds and a life saver when it comes to washing up, making it pure joy to make. You’ll find many variations to this dish, this is my own, bringing back memories of summers by the sea and love to my tummy.

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Melt In Your Mouth Chewy Choc-Chip Cookies

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, then these are definitely for you. I promise you have never tasted cookies that are as special as these, having a nice crunch with a chewy center followed by dissolving in your mouth within seconds makes them dam right addictive. Making what I feel to be the “Perfect Cookie”, feel free to adjust the recipe to find what yours is :).

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Vegetable Lo Mein

Noodles, something that takes a lot of practice to get right. Hopefully I will shortcut you through all the failures with this sweet and nutty vegetarian recipe  that has endless variations, the only limit being your imagination. Using the relatively unknown Hong Kong style noodles just gives them that exquisite feel, something you may not associate with a bowl of noodles.

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