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Starters and Side Dishes

A range of starters and side dishes

Tarragon and Mushroom Pate

Ingredients 50g unsalted butter.  2 shallots, finely chopped.  1 leek, finely chopped.  2 garlic cloves, crushed.  100g chestnut mushrooms, finely chopped.  100g shiitake mushrooms, finely chopped.  2 tsp wholegrain mustard.  2 tbsp crème fraî...

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Chargrilled Vegetable Salad

  Ingredients 2 red peppers.  3 tbsp olive oil.  1 tbsp red wine vinegar.  1 small garlic clove, crushed.  1 red chilli, deseeded, finely chopped.  1 aubergine, cut into 1cm rounds.  2 red onions, sliced about 1½ cm thick but kept as whol...

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Wild Mushroom and Chicken Liver Pate

Ingredients 30g dried wild mushrooms, use porcini or a mixture of wild mushrooms (available from most supermarkets). olive oil. 50g smoked pancetta, finely diced. 2 shallots, finely chopped. 1 garlic clove, crushed. 1 sprig of fresh thyme leaves, leaves chopped, plus extra to garni...

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Vegetarian Mushroom and Chestnut Pate

Ingredients: 1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil.  2 medium onions (white or red).  2 cloves garlic.  175g mushrooms.  70g vegan margarine or spread.  200g peeled ready-cooked vacuum-packed chestnuts.  Half teaspoon of ground black pepper.  2 tablespoons ...

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Smoked Trout Pate on Bagel Toasts

Ingredients: 2tbsp olive oil.  125g (4oz) hot smoked trout fillets.  150g (5oz) light cream cheese.  ½ lemon, juiced and rind pared and shredded.  freshly ground black pepper.  small bunch washed watercres.    Directions: Cut each bagel into ...

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Pate Berrichon

Ingredients: 300g sausage meat.  200g shortcrust pastry.  200g puff pastry.  150g minced beef.  150g cooked ham, chopped.  6 eggs, hard boiled.  1 beaten egg yolk, to brush the pie with.  3 shallots.  flat leaf parsley.  small glass w...

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Chestnut and Mushroom Pate

Ingredients: 125g (4oz) chestnuts.  2 tbsp olive oil.  1 small onion, diced.  1 garlic clove, chopped.  250g (8oz) closed cup mushrooms, roughly chopped.  2 tbsp thyme, plus extra to garnish.  3 tbsp sweet sherry.  3tbsp crème fraîche.  ...

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Avocado Dip

Ingredients: 1 large or 2 small avocados.  juice of half a lime or lemon.  2 blades chives chopped or 1 tsp grated onion.  4 tbsp mayonnaise.  dash worcester sauce.  pinch of salt   Preparation Halve the avocado, scoop out the flesh and mash it. Stir in the ...

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Assorted Filo Pastry Parcels

Ingredients: 450g/ 1lb frozen filo pastry, defrosted olive oil, for greasing.  salt and freshly ground black pepper.  FOR THE CHEESE FILLING 250g/ 8 1/2 oz Feta cheese.  2 tbsp finely chopped walnuts.  2 tbsp finely chopped fresh chervil or chives.  1 large egg s...

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Crostini With Wild Mushrooms

Ingredients: 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil.  4 garlic cloves, finely chopped.  255g/ 90z mixed sliced wild mushrooms, preferably including some ceps.  3tbsp lemon juice.  2tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley.  8 thick slices of crushed white bread.  3tsp anchovy...

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Mixed Bhajis

These small bhajis are often served as accompaniments to a main meal, but they are delicious as a starter with a small salad and yogurt sauce. Ingredients: BHAJIS 175g/ 6 oz/ 1 1/4 cups gram flour.  1 tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda).  2 tsp ground coriander.  1 tsp gara...

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Mixed Bean Pate

This is really quick starter to prepare if canned beans are used.  Choose a wide variety of beans for colour and flavour.   Ingredients: 400g/14oz can mixed beans, drained.  2 tbsp olive oil.  juice of 1 lemon.  2 garlic cloves, crushed.  1 tbsp chopped coria...

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Roasted Mushrooms

Like many vegetables, mushrooms take on a succulent quality when roasted in the oven with a little olive oil and some fresh thyme. A splash of lemon juice at the end brightens them up. Serve these as a side or piled onto garlic-rubbed toast as a starter or a snack.     Ingredients 2 po...

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Sassy Endive Slaw

Spice up the barbeque and create a talking point with this recipe from TABASCO in the USA. Preparation Cut endive lengthwise into 1/4 inch size pieces. Cut the pepper into julienne strips. Combine the olive oil, vinegar and TABASCO sauce, mustard and some salt in a medium bowl. Add endive and pe...

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Levi Roots Coleslaw

What to do:  To put some music in your food, do this… • Mix the crème fraiche with the Reggae Reggae sauce and salt and pepper.• Add to the prepared vegetables mixing well until all is coated.• Serve on top of a steaming jacket potato or alongside some crisp jerk ...

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