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Popcorn and Caviar

August 25, 2019

This may seem a little ‘left field’ or a crazy culinary ruse – but in fact it is grounded very objectively into our family’s Thanksgiving story…

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Tosi Gorgonzola Tuna and Bresaola Canapés

July 24, 2019

Gorgonzola has quite specific likes – I’ve tried to find good partners for both the dolce and picante.

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Tosi Gorgonzola Pumpkin and Mushroom Canapés

July 24, 2019

Gorgonzola has quite specific likes – I’ve tried to find good partners for both the dolce and the piccante.

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Asparagus, Plaice and Maltaise Mousse Canapes

July 7, 2019

This is a spin on Escoffier’s white asparagus with sauce maltaise. The two are often served as an accompaniment for a white fish such as turbot. Here the fish is plaice rolled around asparagus and a maltaise mousse and served as a canape.

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Asparagus and Tosi Gorgonzola on Polenta

June 30, 2019

Well, what do you know, here’s a taste combination from out of the blue! Asparagus and dolci Gorgonzola. Add grilled polenta and well-paired wine and you will be in Italian food heaven.

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Asparagus Tempura Soba

June 29, 2019

This is a classic Japanese way with soba and tempura. Strickly speaking the asparagus tempura is kaki-age, made like a tempura fritter rather than individual spears coated in tempura. But such academic details seem trivial when it comes to tempura – any tempura is amazing – especially asparagus!

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Asparagus Niçoise Salad

June 28, 2019

The exact constituent parts of an authentic Niçoise salad is a matter of contentious debate. There must be as many points of view as there are cooks. So I am throwing my hat into the ring and offer up Niçoise with asparagus!!

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Asparagus in Miso Dressing

June 27, 2019

Like sesame sauce, miso ends up in sauces and dressing for many classic Japanese salads. Here I’ve combined miso with asparagus to make a rather exotic salad – wasabi on the side adds piquancy and a touch of jeopardy to the dish.

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Asparagus and Tuna Sesame

June 27, 2019

It’s a Japanese way to mix sesame sauces in with food – I suspect the reason is because the sauce is so good it can’t help being slipped into all sorts of dishes. Here, I’ve married the sauce with asparagus and tuna. In some respects, it reminds me of the filling of a tuna fish and asparagus sandwhich filling, so good, you want start eating it before it gets anywhere near a slice of bread…

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Asparagus, Tofu, Avocado, Sesame

June 26, 2019

Asparagus and nuts have an affinity – I’ve used hazelnuts and seen recipes with pistachios, so sesame should – and does – marry well. Avocado and tofu work well together, and asparagus eats well with avocado. This recipe brings all these flavour combination together in a Japanese style dish.

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Gnocchi with Tosi Gorgonzola Cheese Sauce

June 26, 2019

Here’s a really easy way with gnocchi. Add to a quick cheese sauce made with Gorgonzola, add a few chives and that’s it. Use a good Gorgonzola (I’ve used the excellent cheese made by Tosi),

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Asparagus Vignarola Pappardelle

June 25, 2019

This recipe uses a vignarola recipe but combines with pasta. A very good combination…

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A Stack of Asparagus to Share

June 22, 2019

Most cooks agree that when you have an amazing ingredient it is best to prepare it as simply as possible. And they are not wrong: this must be the very best way to eat asparagus. Steamed and presented in a big stack to share. Butter, salt and lemon are optional extras…

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Asparagus and Cheese Flan

June 22, 2019

These pastries are irresistable. They look and taste delicious.

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Asparagus Fondue

June 20, 2019

Asparagus goes well with Parmesan cheese. Asparagus also goes well with Taleggio and Gruyèr. It seems we can assume that asparagus works with cheese generally – so why not a fondue?

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