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Newsletter #20 - February 2004
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Happy Cooking !
Florence Sandeman, Editor
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?
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.
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