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Summer cooking, stuffed tomatoes

Summer cooking, stuffed tomatoes

This is one dish that will always mean summer to me, I don't have it any other time. This is simple summer cooking, stuffed tomatoes with an extremely herbie combo of mince pork and your favourite sausage mix. This is my mum's recipe, it was a regular in our house every summer. My dad's allotment at this time of year was bursting with vegetables of all kind. This was the South of France and we had plenty of gorgeous and juicy tomatoes of course, far too many actually. This recipe is super easy to make, and perfect for alfresco dining. So here it is, simple and oh! so delicious, stuffed tomatoes.

Ingredients: (this recipe will feed 4 to 6 people depending on appetite)

4 beef tomatoes and 4 small vine tomatoes

500 g mince pork

6 of your favourite sausages

thyme (as much as you like), finely chopped

4 spring onions finely chopped

parsley (as much as you like), finely chopped

one table spoon of tomato puree

one table spoon of mascarpone (strangely enough something like cottage cheese works just as well too)

one table spoon of soy sauce

Method:

Pre-heat your oven to 170°C (fan oven)

Start by mixing your mince with your sausage meat (take out the skin of the sausages). Add your spring onions, herbs, tomato puree, mascarpone and your soy. This mix can be made well in advance even the day before. It actually tastes better if you can.

Cut the top of your tomatoes, these will be used as your lid. Then, remove the flesh inside your tomato, don’t throw it away, as you can make a gorgeous tomato sauce with it. You may also freeze it if you are not going to be using it soon. Start filling your tomatoes with your mince, prick the side of your tomatoes with a knife. This will allow them to cook quicker and more evenly. Place them in an oven tray. Drizzle them with a bit of olive oil and pop in the oven for a good 45 minutes to an hour.

If you are vegetarian, you can replace the mince with cooked rice mixed with finely chopped courgettes for example.

Local suppliers worth checking out for this recipe: Burwash LarderRadmore Farm shop Long Horn Farm shopFor a flavour of our cooking and baking classes click here

Bon appétit!⠀

Corrine x

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Lovely seasonal quiche with ham and baby spinach

Lovely seasonal quiche with ham and baby spinach

I don't know about you but I love this time of year. Although we've had a bit of rain this past week, the weather has been extremely kind to us. It's not too hot yet, so you can really enjoy the garden. I have been beavering away in mine, planting all sorts of vegetables, and spinach is one of them. Just perfect for a foodie like me. Here is a very simple recipe for you to try this weekend, a lovely seasonal quiche with ham and baby spinach.

Lovely seasonal quiche with ham and baby spinach

Ingredients:

A 9″ loose tin, parchment paper and a really cheap bag of rice

One roll of shortcrust pastry

300 ml of double cream

4 eggs (medium)

A bag of fresh spinach (best for this recipe as frozen will give too much water)

Ham (enough to cover the base of your cake tin, ham can easily be replaced by bits of chorizo or haloumi if you’re vegetarian)

Camembert

One small onion

A TBS of olive oil

Method:

Pre-heat your oven at 170°c (static oven) 160°c (fan oven)

Start by laying your pastry in your tin. Prick the bottom with a fork, then place your tin in the freezer for a good 5 minutes.

In the meantime, in a pan, fry your onion with the olive oil. Once the onion is soft, add your spinach and cover your pan with a lid, no need to add water or anything, after 2 to 3 minutes lift the lid, the spinach will have wilted by then, stir and leave to the side to cool.

Take your tart out of the freezer, cover the top with parchment paper and add your rice, put your tart in the oven for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes get rid of the parchment and rice on top, put the tart back in the oven and cook for another 5 minutes. Then take out of the oven and cool for 5 minutes.

In a jar, mix your eggs with your double cream, add a bit of pepper and a bit of salt (not too much as the ham is salty).

Start assembling the quiche, (don’t panic if your pastry is still warm at this stage, it doesn’t really matter). Distribute the cooked spinach and onion at the bottom of your quiche, add the ham on top and then pour your egg/cream mix. Add some bits of camembert on top. Pop your quiche back in the oven and let it cook until golden brown on top. (this can take up to 30 minutes depending on your oven).

Let the quiche cool and serve with a lovely rocket salad.

If you are vegetarian, you can easily replace the ham with a good goat cheese for example.

Chef’s tip: in the summer time, if you grow your own herbs, add the flowers of your chives on top of your quiche, thyme flowers work well too.

Bon appétit!⠀

Corrine x

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Delicious Easter petits fours

Delicious Easter Petits Fours

What a gorgeous and sunny Easter holiday we've had so far. I have been tempted to just sit in my garden and not do any work this week. I am going to be honest, unlike Christmas time where I tend to get excited about the food I will be serving to family and friends, Easter tends to go pass almost like any other days in our family. I know, sacrilege! The only thing reminding us that it's not the case is a big Easter egg for my daughters, that I don't fail to buy and a few chocolatey treats that I rustle-up here and there. So here is one for you to try, delicious Easter Petits Fours, with a frangipane base and topped with a lush chocolate ganache and mini Easter eggs.

Ingredients:

  • You will need a cupcake tray buttered. With the quantities in this recipe you will be able to make 24 petits fours.
  • Chocolate mini eggs
  • A star nozzle
  • A piping bag
  • 200 g dark chocolate
  • 200 ml double cream
  • Set your oven at 170º C (static oven) 160º C (fan oven)

Method:

For the frangipane:

  • You can get the frangipane recipe here. The only difference from the original recipe is that I added a table spoon of cocoa powder to the mix.
  • Add one tsp of the frangipane mix in each of your cupcakes base and cook for 15 minutes. Once out of the oven, take your frangipane cups out of the tray and let them cool on a rack.

For the ganache:

Bring your double cream to the boil, leave it to cool for 2 to 3 minutes then add your chocolate and stir until completely melted. Put your ganache in the fridge for a good hour and a half. Take it out of the fridge and bring it back to room temperature by stirring it vigorously. Transfer your ganache in a piping bag with a star nozzle.

Decorate your frangiane cups with the ganache, try to make a twirl shape. Add the mini eggs for the finishing touch.

P.S : These will keep for a good week in an airtight container, as the ganache has been pasteurised by boiling the double cream.

If you enjoy baking, I have a range of courses for you to try, check them out here

Bon appétit!⠀

Corrine x