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Newsletter #20 - February 2004

Welcome to the Recipes4us.co.uk free monthly newsletter.  If you have any suggestions for additions to this newsletter, or if you wish to submit a culinary related article,  please write to me at Newsletter@Recipes4us.co.uk .        

Happy Cooking ! 


Florence Sandeman, Editor


Food Funny

What did the grape say when he was sat on?
Nothing, he just let out a little whine

What's New This month

Cooking by Country


Click the picture to find out about Fiji's culinary past and present plus lots of recipe

First settled over 3500 years ago, Fiji is now a multicultural society made up of mainly Melanesian, Polynesian, Indian and Chinese peoples. Add the  relatively strong European influences, and you have another good example of fusion cooking.


Also in this section, we give you comprehensive information  about a typical Fijian dish and a widely used ingredient. 


The Fijian Speciality Dish KOKODA

The Fijian Speciality Ingredient COCONUT CREAM

Ingredient of the month




Click the picture to find out all about Balsamic Vinegar plus lots of recipes

Whilst the exact date of the discovery of balsamic vinegar is not known,  it has been made for hundreds of years. But what makes this ingredient so prized? After all, it's only made from grapes. To find out why the best  Balsamic Vinegars can cost hundreds of pounds sterling  for just 120ml/4fl.oz. click the decanter on the left. And believe me, when you've read about it, I'm sure you'll agree it belongs in a crystal wine decanter.




Who gives a Toss?



WE DO!  

February 24th is Shrove Tuesday better known as Pancake Day. We have some lovely recipes for dessert pancakes and lots of savoury ones too including fillings of  seafood, chicken, meat and  vegetables.


For those of you not familiar with the phrase on the left, here in England we have a tradition of "tossing" pancakes in the air to turn them so the other side can be cooked. We even have races where people have to keep tossing a pancake in a frying pan while running to the finishing line. . . . . Who said the English are eccentric?



February 14th is Valentines Day. Prepare a wonderful romantic 3-course meal for your loved one.....and tell them you love them in 3 different languages. It's all here - Menu with step by step preparation  guide complete with check boxes so you know you've done everything!

Recipe of the Month


Gloucester Cheese and Ale

This is a traditional English dish which combines two of England's favourite ingredients - cheese and Ale. It was originally served as a savoury, being consumed after the meat course, but in these days of lighter eating, it's great as a hearty snack served on its own, or better still, with more ale to wash it down with.


Serves 4     20mins



175g/6oz Double Gloucester Cheese, thinly sliced

2  teasp ready made English Mustard

120ml/4fl.oz. Brown Ale, approx

4 Thick Slices of Bread




1. Preheat the oven to 190C, 375F, Gas Mark 5. 


2. Place the slices of cheese in a wide shallow ovenproof dish and spread the mustard over the top.


3. Pour the ale over the cheese so it just covers it then cover with aluminium foil and bake for about 10 minutes or until the cheese melts.


4. Meanwhile, toast the slices of bread.


5. To serve, place the slices of bread on individual serving plates and pour the cheese mixture over the top. Serve immediately. 


New and featured Recipes      V = Vegetarian


Strawberry and Spinach Salad

Tomato and Basil Salsa    V

Courgettes with Capers    V

Herbed Rice with Raisins    V

Walnut Tossed Potatoes    V

Gluten Free Soy Sauce Substitute   V

Fijian Coconut Chutney   V

Grilled Aubergine in Lolo   V

Fijian Courgettes

Pineapple and Sweet Potato Bake   V

Dhal Potato Curry   V



Strawberries with Balsamic Vinegar    V

Nutty Poached Pears With Ricotta     V

Glazed Balsamic Peaches      V

Poached Guava   V

Sweet Potato Bread     V

Cassava and Banana Cake     V

Cassava Pudding     V

Peanut Bread     V












Balsamic Asparagus    

Pepper and Pine Nut Gallettes    V

Herby Tomato Bruschetta    V

Spiced Plum Soup    V

Lentil Soup


Chicken and Squash Soup

Spiced Dhal Soup    V



Grilled Sea Bass with Anchovy Dressing

Venison with Redcurrant Wine Sauce

Potato Rosti with Bean Salsa    V

Orange Roughy with Avocado

Pumpkin Gnocchi with Balsamic Cream Sauce

Fijian Chicken Wings

Baked Fish with Plantain

Spiced Prawns with Almonds

Fijian Meat Balls

Fijian Curry




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