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Royal Potato and Apple Salad

A very special time of the year indeed with the famed jersey royal potato rolling into our pantry. The combination may seem at first out of the ordinary, but enveloped  in a rich saffron sauce marries the pair of quality ingredients like nothing you’ve tasted before. It is a great dish for dinner parties as the majority of the elements can be created in advance.

Health: The humble jersey potato is high in Vitamin B, helping maintain a healthy skin and nervous system.

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Rhubarb and Strawberry Compote with Vanilla Icecream and Madeleines

A seasonal rhubarb and strawberry compote topped with creamy vanilla ice-cream and hot out the oven madeleines. This dessert really is one to have outside on a warm sunny day, playing a perfect balance between the tart and the sweet.

Health: The most prominent vitamin in rhubarb is vitamin K, known to prevent oxidation of brain cells and stimulate cognitive activity.

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Gruyere Cauliflower Cheese

An absolute classic side dish that I just couldn’t resist sharing with you,  a great pairing with spring lamb. This recipe uses Swiss Gruyere cheese instead of the well known Cheddar, adding  an inimitable flavor and character to the Bechamel sauce base.

Health: Cauliflower is a great source of vitamin C,  needed for healing wounds, and for repairing and maintaining bones and teeth.

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Chicken a La Crème served with Potato Duchess

Chicken slowly braised in Brittany butter, topped with cream sauce and served with ultra fluffy duchess potatoes. An extremely simple dish to put together with a surprising depth and complexity in its flavour, a great example of timeless comfort food  to share with the ones you love.

Health: Both chicken and Potato are a great for your bodies enzymes, strengthening the immune system and reducing emotional fluctuations.

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Rice à l’impératrice (Gourmet Rice Pudding)

Milky glace cherry rice pudding uplifted with freshly whipped sweetened cream and set with  a rum and lemon infused Crème bavaroise . Topping the set pudding with peaches in syrup and a raspberry glaze creates a dessert that finds a perfect balance between the rich and the fresh.

Health: Rice is known to be great for your skin as well as your nervous system.

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Mushrooms à la Hongroise

A perfect quick lunch that certainly doesn’t lack in flavour. Mushrooms slowly cooked in butter finished with cream, lemon and Hungarian paprika, beautifully accompanied by fresh bread drizzled with only the best extra virgin olive oil. Mushrooms are high in vitamin D, helping you absorb a host of essential vitamins.

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Mushrooms on Toast with a Cream Sauce

My version of a culinary classic, mushrooms on toast. Pave bread toasted with Maitre d’hotel butter makes a heavenly base for meaty and delicate chestnut mushrooms. All surrounded with a mushroom and sherry infused sauce that brings out those nutty tones and enhances that rich flavour.

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Mushroom Ragu

A vegetarian take on a much loved Italian classic, Ragu. Letting the  pasta marry with the mushroom sauce for the final few minutes of cooking time really does bring this dish to life, finishing with creamy Crème fraîche and 24 month aged parmesan cheese gives it that Moorish quality. Only using the best quality ingredients available, as is the case with all great Italian cooking.

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Scrambled eggs à l’ancienne

Wild mushroom scrambled eggs made extravagant by a pâte à foncer encasing and a side of consommé enriched suprême sauce. A brief look into the world of french gourmet cuisine, a great recipe to test any amateur cooks skills  as well as amazing your guests with the rich flavours of this dish.

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Apple and Fresh Walnut Moelleux

A caramelised baked rum and vanilla pancake garnished with caramel coated fresh walnuts and apples, a real winter winner at any dinner party or dinner date. Using intriguing methods and techniques that I can almost guarantee will teach you something new, a great recipe for any serious cook.  This dessert is best made during the apple season, which in the UK begins in August and end in February.

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