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Hamilton Squash

This is a recipe inspired by a one-minute conversation with my mate Johnny Boy Hamilton, He had basically eaten far too much meat in Paris, went for the veggie option one night and was blown away by it. His description used some kind of green rice, but anyway, the great thing is I've given this a bash my way and think it's an absolutely fantastic recipe. So, nice one John. There is no need to precook the rice as it will take on moisture from being cooked inside the squash. 1 small handful of...

Open Lasagne of Sweet Tomatoes Squid Mussels Farro and Olives

This dish is a real joy, inspired by a great American chef called Mario Batali who made me a simple squid stew on one of my trips to America. He called it two-minute squid and it has stayed in my memory ever since. I've changed it slightly so that it is now a pukka pasta dish, but it can be thinned slightly with a little stock to make a great soup, or you can use it as a sauce over some grilled fish. Tossed with lasagne, like this, or with some tagliatelle, it's brilliant. Farro is a grain,...

Sesame Seed Toffee Snaps

These are great to mop up the lovely chocolate mousse on page 278. Caramel can cause quite bad burns, so keep your eyes peeled even though this is a kids' favorite, you don't want to get kids involved in cooking this one. 11b sugar 7oz pack of sesame seeds Put your sugar and 8-10 tablespoons of water into a pan on a medium heat. Use a spoon to stir together it will become a syrup. Carry on cooking until light golden (but don't stir too much at this stage or sugar crystals will form in your...

Spaghetti with Salami Fennel and Tomatoes

Extra virgin olive oil 5oz good spicy Italian salami, sliced 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely sliced 1 teaspoon fennel seeds 1 bulb of fennel, halved and finely sliced, feathery tops reserved and chopped 2 14oz cans of plum tomatoes optional 1 dried chilli, crumbled sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 11b dried spaghetti or linguine 2 handfuls of stale bread crumbs optional a sprig of fresh rosemary Pour 2 good glugs of olive oil into a pan. Add your salami and your sliced garlic....

Chocolate Cambridge Cream

Cambridge cream is basically a very similar recipe to cr me br l e. Feel free to double or even triple the recipe if you need to. 3 vanilla pods 3A cup plus 2 tablespoons milk 13A cup heavy cream 8 large egg yolks, preferably organic V4 cup sugar 1 heaping teaspoon cocoa powder SVsoz good-quality bittersweet chocolate, bashed up finely extra sugar for caramelizing Run your knife along the length of the vanilla pods, scraping out the seeds, then chop up the pods. Put the seeds and pods into a...

Sicilian Roasted Brill Steak with Lemon Anchovies Capers and Rosemary

This is a fantastic way to eat meaty white fish iike brill, turbot and halibut. It's really special if they are cut through the bone into steaks a nice fillet will do as well. Ask your fishmonger to cut you the steaks. You can get hold of Sicilian lemons in some supermarkets now, or use any lemons. 1 handful of fresh rosemary, leaves picked extra virgin olive oil 4 7oz brill, turbot or halibut steaks sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 large unwaxed lemons, finely sliced 1 large handful...

Kinda Spaghetti Bolognaise

As far as I know, no decent Italian cook has any real recollection of what we know as Spaghetti Bolognaise. However, every region in Italy makes its own rag sauce that very often features leftover stewed meats and game. For a great bolognaise it's worth whizzing up some chopped chuck steak to make your own minced meat. Here's my version. 10 slices of pancetta or bacon 1 handful of rosemary, leaves picked and roughly chopped olive oil 1 large onion, finely chopped 3 cloves of garlic, finely...