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Quick caramel sauce

Spoon the caramel to a mixing jar and add the double cream. Blend with a hand held blender until it's smooth and pourable. 

Ingredients

1 can caramel

Double cream to your liking

Stick blender

 

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Redcurrant chocolate protein smoothie

Ingredients

3 eggs

1-2 tbsp redcurrant jam

1 sachet Cadbury hot chocolate drink powder

100 ml milk

 

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Dinner at Hartsfield manor

Hartsfield Manor

 

This wonderful place is situated in a Victorian manor house.

Surrounded by 16 acres of Surrey countryside, Hartsfield Manor is a four-star Victorian property boasting elegant interiors and a garden terrace.

I had a romantic dinner here. The menu was as follows.

Starter: chicken liver pate with toast bread fingers and red onion jam. Well,  the toast was nice crispy outside and soft inside,  a perfect thing. The pate was a little dull,  I would have made it a little spicier with something, for example green peppers.  And would have cooked the red onion jam a little longer with a little more honey and balsamic vinegar.  The lettuce was flavourless,  I would’ve used a little dressing on it.

Chicken liver pate

My chicken liver pate  recipe

The main course  

Chicken breast supreme wrapped in bacon with red wine jus

Chicken breast supreme wrapped in bacon

You may think that this was a simple  chicken breast. But no.  It was full of flavours from the bacon and spices like salt and black pepper.  It was tender at the same time.  The vegetables were cooked with simple spices like salt a black pepper,  minimum.  Unlike similar dishes in London hotels vegetables were flavourful.

Third course was warm chocolate browney with vanilla ice cream.

Warm chocolate browney with vanilla ice cream

I’ve never heard about warm browney,  you can have cold and a kind of hard browneys in coffee shops. I always considered them forgettable. But not this one.

I lliked the warm chocolatey flavour with the cold vanilla ice cream splashed over with chocolate sauce.

If I have to summarize the menu,  I would say it had an outstanding quality.

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Coffee dessert

I didn’t find a better name for this.

It’s more than a simple coffee. On weekend mornings I cherish myself with this. You need a double espresso or machiato,  a little honey (coffee melange),  a little  hazelnut cream liqueur (home made),  whipped cream,  caramel sauce and cinnamon powder.

Quite long list isn’t it.

But iit’s worth the long list.

How to consume this yummy thing?

I use long tea spoon with which I spoon the cream topped with hazelnut cream liqueur,   caramel cream and cinnamon or even with chocolate sauce. I try to plunge the cream into the coffee trying to make a more terrific flavour.

Enjoy!

 

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Chicken piccata in savoury bacon and gherkin sauce


Ingredients

Chicken breast fillets

Flour to dust

Salt and black pepper

Oil to fry

Diced bacon

Chopped onion

Flour

Tomato paste

Chicken bouillon plus 200 ml water

Diced gherkins

Mixed herbs

Salt and black pepper

Method

On a little oil fry diced bacon.

When it turns a little red,  add chopped onion and stir fry until it becomes translucent. Add one or two teaspoons of flour and fry. Add one tablespoon tomato purée and one chicken stock cube and 200 ml warm water. Boil. Add mixed herbs like marjoram,  thyme, Provence herbs,  salt and black pepper. Simmer on medium temperature.

In the meantime cut chicken breast in two thin fillets.  Season with salt and black pepper. Dust with flour and fry on one tablespoon of oil for two minutes on both sides. Add to the sauce and simmer for ten minutes under cover.

Season with hot sauce if you like hot flavours. Add chopped gherkins. Finish with one tablespoon of yoghurt or sour cream. Bring to the boil and serve.

The chicken will be render,  the sauce a little hot and sour from the gherkins.

I like it,  I hope you will love it too.

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Duck escalopes in sauce bigarade

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Dinner at the White House

From index.hu

05 March 2018.

A dinner in the White House with President Donald Trump.

I will reproduce one by one.

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Peach flaugnarde with advocaat custard cream

This fruity sweet with advocaat custard is scrumptious.

Lots of fruits with just a little batter.

Ingredients

1 can sliced peach

1 sachet custard powder

425 ml boiling milk

50 ml advocaat

100 g flour

200 ml milk

4 eggs

Sugar to your liking

Method

I used this silicon mould. Place iit on a Hest resistant baking tray. Sprinkle with cooking oil and dust it with flour.

Spoon a little batter on the bottom  of every hollow and top with the sliced peach.

Pour over the batter to fill up the hollows.

Bake at 200 C° for 15-25 minutes.

Let it cool on a rack.

Help the little portions out of the hollows with a tablespoon. Arrange oon a tray and keep it the fridge until serving.

When serve,  cover it with cling film and microwave it for two minutes.

Prepare the custard due to the instructions on the package.

Stir in advocaat.

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Improved TESCO lamb & liver

 

Remember that earlier I posted a review on TESCO lamb &  liver. Now I bought a portion and tried improve it.

On little oil fry streaky bacon rashes until they become red, remove.

On their fat fry one sliced Onion u till its caramelised. Add one tbsp tomato paste and one cube beef stock.

Add the onion gravy from the TESCO package,  stir and simmer. Season with salt and black pepper.

In the meantime fast-fry the lamb liver in a griddle pan, just to make it hot. Season with black pepper. ONLY A FEW MINUTES!

Put the liver and BACON back into the gravy and bring to the boil. Check the seasoning,  correct if you think you have to.

Serve on linguini garnish with sour cream.

Enjoy!

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Tesco lamb liver & bacon

I tried the TESCO liver & bacon. I prepared as it was written on the package.

I served on linguini.

What did I get?

The lliver was nice tender.

The sauce was terribly flavourless.

I’m sorry to say that it was terribly flavourless,  but that’s the truth.

I missed not only salt and pepper,  but flavours. I ddidn’t find traces of bacon flavour as well. It was rather sweet than flavoured.

Next time I will try to give flavours to this,  I have ideas.

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