Newsletter #30 - February 2005

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Florence Sandeman, Editor


What's the definition of a Microwave Oven? 


A space-age kitchen appliance that uses the principle of radar to locate and immediately destroy any food placed within the cooking compartment

This month's Features

Cooking by Country


Click the picture to find out about England's

culinary past and present plus lots of recipe

I know I'm probably a little biased, but English cuisine has got to be one of the most interesting cuisines in the world. Although it had a bad reputation for many years, I believe this is more down to many cooks' lack of skill at the time when tourists began to visit  taking back their tales of woeful cuisine, rather than the food itself. And if you're into desserts and puddings you're in for a treat!


Also in this section, there's comprehensive information  about a typical English dish and a widely used ingredient. Click the picture to go to the main page.


The English Speciality Dish BREAD & BUTTER PUDDING

The English Speciality Ingredient SUET

Ingredient of the month




Click the picture to find out all about Cornflour

 plus lots of recipes

There's not actually that much to say about Cornflour in terms of history etc., however I feel this ingredient still merits a page of its own due to its unique properties in cooking.


If you have ever had problems with sauces going lumpy, then this wonderful ingredient will probably be your friend for life....not to mention it's gluten/wheat free.


A toss in the pan

is worth 2 in the hand




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.


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. Of course, to win you must still have your pancake in the pan.

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!

New and featured Recipes 

V = Vegetarian       GF = Gluten Free      DF = Dairy Free


Coconut Carrots V   GF  DF

Custard Sauce     V 

Citrus Sauce  V   GF  DF

Sweet and Sour Sauce     DF

Coconut Sauce     V   GF  DF

Dessert Fig Sauce    V   GF

Broccoli in White Wine Sauce   V   GF  DF

Fijian Courgettes      GF  DF

Parsley Sauce     V 

Parsley Dumplings    

Clapshot     V   GF

Stilton Mash    V 

Onion Gravy    DF

Bashed Neeps     V   GF

Stump   V   GF

Yorkshire Pudding/popovers   

Green Bean and Celeriac Gratin 

Roast Potatoes with Rosemary    V   GF  DF

Mushy Peas     V   GF

Pease Pudding    V   GF




Brandy Syllabub    V   GF

Spiced Pear Trifle    V

Poor Knights of Windsor     V

Strawberry Fool

Treacle Tart  

Chester Pudding 

Ipswich Almond Pudding    

Sticky Toffee Pudding 

Baked Jam Roly Poly    DF

Manchester Tart  

Cinnamon Plum Crumble 

Bread Butter Pudding 

Baked Egg Custard       V   GF

Steamed Suet Pudding

Spotted Dick

Couscous Pudding    DF

Portuguese Cream       V   GF

Creme Caramel     V   GF

Oeufs a la Neige      V   GF



Cream Horns   

Devon Flats   V  

Brandy Snaps   V  

Singing Hinnies   V  

Sultana Scones   V  

Eccles Cakes   V  

Victoria Sandwich   V   

Devonshire Splits   V   

Saffron Bread   V   

Moggy   V

Rhubarb Cake    V

Flapjacks   V

Strawberry & Almond Tartlets   V

Gluten Free Mini Shortbreads        V   GF

Gluten Free Spiced Sponge   V   GF

Black Forest Cherry Cakes    V  



Lambs Liver Pate

Salada de Tomate   V   GF  DF

Avocado Vinaigrette V   GF  DF

Savoury Mussels   GF  DF

Stilton and Walnut Pate      V

Stilton Pears    V

Salmon and Cucumber Mousse

Creamed Broccoli Soup

Stilton and Spinach Parcels      V 

Chestnut and Apple Soup   GF

London Particular    GF

Cream of Artichoke Soup   V   GF

Chicken & Sweetcorn Soup     DF

Prawn Toasts

Potstickers (Dim Sum)

Hot Sole Mousse with Creamed Watercress

Aubergine Tempura     DF



Gingered Garlic Tofu    V   GF  DF

Mushroom Stuffed Squash     V   GF  DF

Braised Squid     GF  DF

Honeyed Pork Chops   GF  DF

Lamb Provencal    GF  DF

Fish and Chips

Macaroni Cheese     V  

Kedgeree    GF

Bubble and Squeak      GF

Panfried Chicken with Stilton

Cidered Mackerel with Rhubarb

Shepherd's Pie

Toad in the Hole

Jubilee Chicken

Red Leicester and Potato Bake    GF

Cornish Pasties  

Gloucestershire Squab Pie    GF

Beef Wellington

Berkshire Bacon Roly Poly Pudding     DF

Lancashire Hotpot  GF  DF 

Steak and Kidney Pie

Steak and Kidney Pudding

Grouse with Pear Sauce   GF

Halibut Duglere    GF

Gluten Dairy Free Pizza BaseGF  DF

Beef with Orange        GF

Oregano Braised Lamb   GF  DF








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