Poached eggs, tahini and pan-fried avocado 2 tbsp white wine vinegar4 fresh medium free-range eggs (see Know-how)2 tbsp olive or coconut oil2 just ripe avocados, cut into 1cm thick slices4 thick slices fresh bread (such as sourdough or rye bread; see Jo’s introduction)3 tbsp tahini, plus extra to serve1 tsp sumac1 tsp toasted sesame seedsExtra-virgin olive oil for drizzlingSqueeze lemon juice (optional) 01.Bring a large pan of water to the boil, then add the vinegar. Crack in the eggs one at a time, then reduce the heat to a gentle simmer. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the whites set. Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper.02.While the eggs are poaching, heat the 2 tbsp oil in a large frying pan.
Spiced lamb and herby quinoa crumble 500g lean British lamb mince1 tbsp light olive oil1 red onion, chopped2 tbsp plain flour2 tsp ground cumin 2 tsp ground coriander½ tsp ground cinnamon1-2 green chillies, chopped 5cm piece fresh ginger, grated2 fat garlic cloves, crushed500ml fresh chicken or lamb stock200ml tomato passataSeeds ½ pomegranate For the herby quinoa crumble 190g uncooked quinoa, rinsed 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 150g feta, crumbledZest 1 lemonHandful fresh mint, leaves slicedHandful fresh parsley, leaves chopped You’ll also need… 1 litre ovenproof dish
The 20 best French recipes: part 1 Daniel Boulud’s coq au vin Makes 8 servingschicken legs 8onion 1 medium, slicedcarrot 1 medium, slicedcelery stalks 2, slicedgarlic 2 heads, sliced in halfsachet 8 sprigs thyme, 1 fresh bay leaf, 2 tsp coriander seed, 1 tsp cracked white pepper tied up in a piece of cheesecloth with butcher’s twinebacon 450g slab, cut into ⅔cm slicespearl onions 1kgsmall button mushrooms 1kg, cleaned and trimmeddry red wine 750mlruby port wine 375mlsalt and freshly ground pepperolive oil 60mlplain flour 30gchicken stock 475mlveal or beef stock 475ml You will need extra cheesecloth and butcher’s twine.
Polenta with mushroom and artichoke For the polenta 150g coarse ground polenta (see tip)2 tsp salt, or to taste4 tbsp olive oil or ghee (clarified butter), or 50g butter For the topping 2 garlic cloves, crushed250g button mushrooms, sliced150g marinated artichoke hearts, drained4 fresh thyme sprigs, leaves picked, plus extra to serve100g goat’s cheese (4-8 slices, depending on the shape of the cheese)Extra-virgin olive oil for drizzling 01.Put 1 litre water in a heavy-based saucepan and bring to a simmer. Heat another 500ml water in a kettle or separate saucepan. Thai red chicken curry 2 tbsp groundnut oil2 shallots, finely sliced2 garlic cloves, finely sliced4 heaped tbsp homemade Thai red curry paste (see below)½-1 tbsp fish sauce1 tsp palm sugar4-5 kaffir lime leaves (see tip)400ml coconut milk6 baby aubergines or 1 aubergine, cut into chunks3 skinless free-range chicken breasts, sliced150g green beans, halvedHandful of fresh Thai basil (from Asian shops) or fresh coriander, chopped For the Thai red curry paste 1½ tsp cumin seeds1½ tsp coriander seeds8-10 long red chillies2 dried red chillies, soaked in hot water for 10 minutes½ tsp ground white pepper3 fat garlic cloves3 lemongrass stalks, outer skin removed, finely sliced4 coriander roots (from Asian grocers), roughly chopped – or use the stalks from a large bunch of fresh coriander6 fresh kaffir lime leaves or finely grated zest of 1 lime5cm piece fresh galangal or ginger, finely grated2 tsp shrimp paste (available in the world food section of supermarkets)
Tandoori-style chicken For the chicken 8 skinless chicken thighs, legs, or botha slice of unsalted butter, melteda little paprika or Kashmiri chilli powder1 tsp chaat masala1 tsp ground fenugreek For the marinade The 20 best French recipes: part 2 The Roux brothers’ moules au cidre du pays d’auge (mussels in cider) Albert adores this simple and delicious dish, especially when the sauce is made with slightly sour Normandy cream. For Michel, the great delight is to drink a medium dry cider with the mussels. Serves 4butter 120gshallots 3, finely choppedmedium dry cider 400mlthyme 1 sprigbay leaf 1double cream 200mlmussels 1kg, preferably bouchot, scrubbed, debearded and well washedsalt and freshly ground pepperchives 1 tbsp, snipped, to serve Melt 40g butter in a large saucepan.
Horseradish and preserved lemon salmon roulade Vegetable oil for greasing60g plain flour½ tsp bicarbonate of soda1 tsp salt1 large free-range egg150ml whole milkSmall bunch fresh dill, roughly chopped200g good quality smoked salmon, cut into thin slices For the herb paste Large bunch fresh parsley2 x small bunches fresh chives, roughly choppedFinely grated zest 1 lemon, plus juice ½4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil Reuben open top 2 rye bread slices50g salt beef or corned beef, sliced to your desired thickness 2 large gherkins, sliced lengthways, 5mm thick 2 slices swiss cheese, such as Emmenthal 10g butter For the dressing 2 tsp mayonnaise1 tbsp ketchup1 tsp horseradish sauce
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