New British Classics by Gary Rhodes

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  • Rabbit leg casserole with marjoram and mustard

    • AgusiaH on May 05, 2014

      Lovely recipe! I cooked it on the stove for 2 hrs in big pan, instead of putting in the oven. I used rosemary instead of marjoram, 3 garlic cloves and some maizena to quickly thicken the sauce.

  • Apricot and almond pudding

    • FJT on June 06, 2021

      This is a proper pudding; the sort of thing my Mum might have served us at Sunday lunch after a roast. Very nostalgic. I'd have been quite happy with the stewed apricots on their own, but was very glad I made the whole thing.

  • Shepherd's pie or cottage pie

    • FJT on February 25, 2020

      This has been my go-to shepherd’s pie recipe for years. I’m not a huge fan of cinnamon but here it really works.

  • Rhubarb tart

    • veronicafrance on May 21, 2021

      Note 1: read the recipe carefully -- I didn't notice the two different oven temperatures and baked the rhubarb at 220C, so it was overcooked. Note 2: normally I would have used my own recipe for sweet pastry, but Gary was a professional chef so I thought I'd try his. The proportion of butter was a little surprising ... even after an hour in the fridge it was tricky to roll and handle, and while blind-baking it *oozed* butter, so I had to overcook it. Note 3: the crème pat. Normally I would make this with plain flour and boil to thicken, but again, let's follow the pro, with his egg yolks and small amount of cornflour.Don't let it boil, he says. So I didn't, and even after 2 hours in the fridge it was pouring consistency. Continued in my next note!

    • veronicafrance on May 21, 2021

      Continued: Reheat, make up a paste of more cornflour and milk, whisk it in, cook some more ... return to the fridge. Waste of time.It was clearly pointless pouring this liquid custard into the tart case, so I arranged the rhubarb in the case on its own (oops -- not enough of it!) and served it with the custard poured over. So half the morning spent making rhubarb and custard! However, an experiment with the leftover custard demonstrated that if you ignore Gary's instructions and bring it to a simmer, beating thoroughly, it will thicken, at least if you've added twice the amount of cornflour specified. I will not be making this again.

  • Bread and butter pudding

    • veronicafrance on March 22, 2021

      Classic Gary Rhodes: take a homely, everyday dish and turn it into something refined. He uses only yolks in the custard, and bakes the dish covered with foil in a bain marie before removing the foil, sprinkling with sugar, and grilling to caramelise. A delicious creamy centre, smooth custard, and a crisp top. Really perfect. Mine was enhanced by using a brioche-style fruit loaf I baked a few days ago. I'll stick to this method from now on.

  • Parkin

    • veronicafrance on November 01, 2021

      Because you can't buy oatmeal in France I made this using oat bran and it was not a great success ... it tastes like parkin but is too dry when it should be squidgy. I think I'll grind up porridge oats if I try it again. Not rating it as I didn't stick to the recipe.

  • Baked pork, prune and apple meatballs

    • Pamsy on February 02, 2020

      Very light texture meatballs probably due to the inclusion of suet (which I reduced by 25gr and replaced with breadcrumbs). Apples and prunes worked well. Next time increase the nutmeg and cinnamon to half a teaspoon as using a pinch the flavour didn't come through. Used the Bowlers Meatball Cookbook method of oven baking rather than frying. Served with mash and carrots and gravy. We both thought these were excellent.

  • Individual roast beef with bitter onions

    • Pamsy on February 02, 2020

      I love this method of roasting beef, it's so quick and easy. Basically you cut the 900gr piece of sirloin into 4 quarters and roast individually. The Bitter Onions are a great accompaniment.

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  • ISBN 10 0563534117
  • ISBN 13 9780563534112
  • Linked ISBNs
  • Published Sep 06 2001
  • Format Paperback
  • Page Count 408
  • Language English
  • Edition New edition
  • Countries United Kingdom
  • Publisher Ebury Press
  • Imprint BBC Books

Publishers Text

The indomitable Gary Rhodes is back with his most ambitious collection of recipes yet. Famed for his mouth-watering variations on traditional British favourites, Gary sets out on a quest to modernise and enhance many classic dishes, updating them for the new millennium with a host of new and exciting ideas. Recipes will include dazzling new versions of such favourites as Steak and Kidney Pie, Prawn Cocktail and Cauliflower Cheese, as well as new dishes which take their inspiration from the best traditions of British food, such as Roast Parsnip Soup glazed with Parmesan and Chive Cream, Seared Cured Salmon Cutlets with Leeks, Bacon and a Cider Vinegar Dressing and Chicken Fillet Steaks with Chestnut Mushrooms, Sage and Lemon Sauce. As ever, Gary lives up to his reputation for creating delectable cakes and desserts with sensational ideas such as Chocolate Treacle Sandwich, Cranberry and Walnut Tart and Iced Vanilla Parfait with Nutmeg Clotted Cream and Caramelised Apples. In a series of special features spread through the book, Gary looks at the social and culinary traditions that have shaped British food. Features include such institutions as: The Great British Breakfast, Afternoon Tea and Christmas.

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