Another wonderful recipe from Sophie Grigson. This beautiful dish does require some effort. When fresh asparagus is in season this is an absolute joy. You must make your own bechamel sauce otherwise there is no point. If you really want to impress somebody then this is the dish to make. . . .
Serve as part of an American breakfast or just enjoy on a buttered crumpet or piece of toast. The salty bacon and the sweet maple syrup together are a dream come true. Its also incredibly simple. There is no substitute however for the maple syrup in this recipe, if you haven't got any then make something else!
Another Dixie meal that combines sweet and savoury elements, who would have thought that banana and chicken would work so well together. Everything originally would have been deep fried in batter but I prefer this slightly lighter version. The sweetcorn fritters are a must and can be made whilst the chicken is cooking in no time. I'm not sure if this recipe comes from the state of Maryland, USA but to be honest I don't really care! Satisfying to the very last mouthful. mmmm!
This is quick, easy, healthy and cheap to make and is sure to sooth on a cold winters night. Serve with lots of pickled beetroot or red cabbage. Traditionally made with leftover meat from a sunday roast, Scouse is a traditional regional stew from Liverpool, UK. I think this is every bit as satisfying as the full version and tastes even better the next day
Made for cold weather, this hearty warming soup hits all the right spots. The lime, mint and Greek yoghurt are essentials and compliment the earthy flavours of the garlic, cinnamon. ginger lentils and sweet potatoes perfectly. I've adapted this recipe from Sophie Grigson's vegetable book. Pure bliss in a bowl. . .
This traditional Italian dish is originally made with veal. Turkey is the next best thing and this actually tastes and looks quite fancy. You can make everything ahead of time but ONLY assemble at the last minute. Its just great to serve at buffets, you'd never imagine a can of tuna could be transformed to such heights! Serve with lots of salad and tomatoes and some cold new potatoes. The fresh herbs in the broth are essential as are the capers and the anchovies in the sauce (which you wont really taste) Great stuff!
To the untrained eye this doesn't look much cop but it's such a good dish you just gotta try it! The jalapeños are essential as is the sour cream and guacamole. I've given the beef version below but I also like using shredded chicken, onions and garlic, with black pepper and cayenne instead of the chilli con carne. A complete meal in itself and damn fine one at that.
When you're in the mood for something loving with a tropical feel, this does the trick every time! Try to use Jamaican chilli sauce that's made with scotch bonnet or habaneiro peppers. The result is a mild creamy stew with the subtle heat of the chilli just about coming through. You could use a different type of chilli sauce but it wont have the same flavour or special heat that the scotch bonnet provides A delightful alternative soothing way to serve plain white fish. Just wonderful!
Wait! I know this sounds bizzare but you must trust me when I say that this tastes wonderful! Think about it like this, we put sugar on our cornflakes and we eat sweet popcorn and this is really just one step past that. Once you get over the idea, you'll be glad you made this I promise. The natural starch in the corn thickens the custard naturally, the same way as processed corn starch does. A unique Brazilian recipe that is Lovely lovely lovely!
An indulgent and luxurious champagne breakfast or brunch dish that even those who don't like the texture of smoked salmon will love because it is cooked in with the eggs. I think the scotch pancakes (regular pancakes in the USA) are essential as the slight sweetness offsets the saltiness of the salmon perfectly.
This is a really satisfying Afro-Brazilian dish which everyone seems to love. It has an extremely subtle yet unique flavour and texture quite unlike any other. Palm oil can be found in the world foods section of any major supermarket and is essential for this dish, as is the cassava which you may find under the name mandioca or yucca root. Yucca root is a long root vegetable that looks like a wooden stick, I have seen fresh Yucca root in the exotic veg section and in the frozen veg section in some UK supermarkets. If you can't find these 2 ingredients at your local supermarket you will most certainly find them at any ethnic supermarket. The finished product has a tropical feel to it and is quite colourful. The lime is mandatory here too as it cuts through the fats and lifts this dish right up. Absolutely Gorgeous.
This is much nicer than it perhaps sounds, its proper stick to your ribs material and makes a quick cheap supper time pudding, it is in fact a sweet type of Yorkshire pudding. The golden syrup and evaporated milk are essential if you want the full experience especially as the pudding itself is not very sweet. Old fashioned pudding goodness mmmm!
Some of my friends from Rio will remember when the heavy rain flooded our apartment and we spent hours trying to scoop up and drain the water away. None of us had eaten so half way through, ankle deep in water (!), I devised these lovely little pizzas to give us all a break and a laugh as I'm flipping the pancakes!. I think they taste so good because the 'base' is fresh. Feel free to add extra toppings as you wish but I think they're great plain. Don't expect to be able to pick these up, you need to eat them with a knife and fork.
I don't often deep fry food at home, but these are so worth it! These are a staple at fairs and theme parks across America. You could use an 8oz box of jiffy corn muffin mix instead of the first 6 ingredients but you probably won't find this outside of the US. A great crowd pleaser at bbq's or children's parties, hot dogs never tasted so good. . . .
A classic winner, even those who don't really like blue cheese or indeed broccoli are normally won over by this one. Use Danish blue or Gorgonzola or whatever you cheese you have in. Stilton works best though, so try to stick with that. For those who really despise blue cheese, I'm sure white Stilton would work well too. The bay leaf and lemon juice are not essential but I find they heighten the taste slightly
This combination works extremely well and is tasty tasty tasty! There are 2 ways I serve this, either as a main course summer salad with cantaloupe melon mixed into salad leaves with strips of parma ham running through it and the dressing poured over, or as my mum does for a starter, use whole big chunks of honeydew melon with the parma ham grilled until crisp (watch it as it burns easily) and a little salad as garnish. The dressing is a must and makes the dish and you must must must use fresh mint leaves. That's a must!