85. Spinach, rocket & parmesan roulade

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I was doubtful about this dish from the start. “Being a fan of Swiss rolls, I wanted to come up with … a savoury one.” This didn’t bode well and I should have trusted my instincts. Swiss rolls are great, in their place, which is firmly in the dessert section.

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84. Pan-fried balsamic pear salad with pancetta and gorgonzola

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“When it is cold outside, having a substantial salad with a warm dressing really is just the ticket.” It’s not though, is it? A hearty bean cassoulet would hit the spot, or a succulent roast chicken with all the trimmings. But a pear salad? No. This is a great summer dish, and good for a special lunch once in a while.

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78. Lemony basil spaghetti with mascarpone, chilli and chives

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Mr Cookingfanatic has been known, on occasion, to be disparaging about vegetarian food and, truth be told, vegetarians as a species. “No one would marry a vegetarian man – you’d doubt his masculinity.” So when I cook a veggie dish, I often cook some bacon too on the side (and make him chop some wood and stand in the garden roaring at any wildlife) just to clear up any masculinity issues.

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52. Prosciutto & brie toastie and 53. Root vegetable rosti

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I read this morning that applying nail varnish without a base coat is like applying foundation without moisturiser. Perhaps that means something to the initiated. To me, it sounds like a joke missing a punchline. I’m still trying to work out the link between the two. Are they both quicker, dangerous, foolhardy, uncouth, or daring?

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