Home Cooking Made Easy p16 and 15.
If you’ve been a regular reader, you’ll know we don’t go in for starters much in the cookingfanatic household (and if you have been a regular reader, give yourself a round of applause. It’s been an emotional rollercoaster – that roulade was a real low point – but you’re still here, so well done you.)
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Home Cooking Made Easy p129
This recipe requires raw shell-on prawns, which for me were impossible to find. Not even the fish man on the market had any. In the end I settled for cooked shell-on prawns from Morrisons, as the point is really simmering the shells for about 30 minutes.
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Home Cooking Made Easy p32
Sorry to shock you, dear reader, but in our household, sometimes we just don’t have time for a starter at dinner. But every recipe in the book has to be cooked so I sort of turned this one into a meal.
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Home Cooking Made Easy p31
Apparently, “life is too short to make cranberry sauce from scratch every time.” But not too short to make a red wine reduction, add thyme leaves, and cranberry sauce, simmer and cool. Hmmm. Or buy it.
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Home Cooking Made Easy p24
Throughout this whole books (and the linked TV series) Lorraine has been talking about comfort food for cold autumnal evenings. This recipe actually fits the bill (unlike raspberry ripple ice cream or tempura prawns, neither of which is particularly autumnal).
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Home Cooking Made Easy p27
I think this is the simplest soup I’ve ever made, and I can’t imagine making anything simpler in the future. Unless it was just water, which would be stretching the definition of soup a little.
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Home Cooking Made Easy p35 and p157
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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Home Cooking Made Easy p28 and 53
For this Lorraine challenge, I’ve had to buy quite a few things I wouldn’t normally have in my storecupboard – kaffir lime leaves, mirin, pink peppercorns etc. But I’m afraid I wasn’t going to buy a bottle of vodka, just to add some to this soup. No, not even for you dear reader.
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Home Cooking Made Easy p12 Today, proof (as if you needed it) that I am destined for cookery fame. I own the same cardigan as Rose Prince who does the Telegraph’s Baking Club. Continue reading “47. Bacon & mature Cheddar cheese twisties”
Home Cooking Made Easy p20
Another thing Lorraine Pascale and I have in common (apart from our supermodel good looks) is a penchant for Scotch eggs. Thank goodness she’s come up with a great recipe to feed our habit.
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