Starters

Recipes, cooking tips and ideas for fabulous first courses

Delicious low-budget recipes from internet sensation A Girl Called Jack

A Girl Called Jack 's recipe blog has won Jack Monroe thousands of global readers, the 2013 Fortnum and Mason Judges' Choice Award and internet sensation status to boot. And the Guardian columnist,...

Thai Mussel broth

Serves: 4 Preparation time: 5 minutes Cooking time: 6-8 minutes  Ingredients 2 tbsp fragrant Thai paste by Sainsbury's 400ml tin reduced fat coconut milk 2 red chillies, deseeded and chopped Zest...

Jack Monroe's love soup

There are many different recipes entitled love soup – I’ve seen some rich chicken soup recipes, some with heady garlic and some deep red tomato soup ones. By chance, the ingredients for this...

Gluten-free seeded feta fattoush

Howard Middleton, contestant on the Great British Bake Off, has shared his favourite gluten-free lunch recipe with us at Newburn Bakehouse. A toasted seeded sandwich thin adds delectable crunch to a zesty...

Gluten-free cauliflower pakoras

These irresistible morsels make a great canapé, but they are also very good alongside or before a curry. Eat them with your fingers, as soon as they’re cool enough to pick up. Hot, spicy...

Mrs Crimble's gluten-free smoked salmon and cream cheese pancakes

Makes: 12 pancakes Preparation time: 8 minutes Cooking time: 1-2 minutes per pancake Ingredients Mrs Crimble's Pancake Mix 400 ml (3/4 pint) milk 2 eggs A little butter or sunflower oil 200 g (8oz)...

Miso and shitake broth

Serves 4 Ingredients Splash olive oil 4 dried shitake – add 250ml of boiling water & soak for 20 minutes 1 sachet miso soup with spirulina - soaked in 500ml boiling water 1 cloves garlic 1...

Roast pepper, thyme and Davidstow cheese bread

Preparation time: 25 mins + proving time Cooking time: 50-55 mins Makes an 8 roll loaf For the bread: 500g strong white bread flour 1 tsp ‘quick’ dried yeast 1 ½ tsp salt 1 tsp caster...

Beetroot, walnut and grapefruit salad with goat's cheese

Sweet, earthy beetroot and tangy goats’ cheese are a classic combination. Buttery baby leaf spinach, fiery rocket and spicy watercress help cut through the goat’s cheese and highlight the sweetness...

Moroccan sweet potato and prawn salad

Quick and easy to make and full of flavour. This dish will be sure to impress. Baby leaves such as spinach, red chard and little gem are sweet and tender, making them a great background to the smokiness...

Delicious recipes from Gordon Ramsay's restaurants

Victoria Beckham has often been seen dining in Gordon Ramsay's restaurants over the years. When the Beckham family relocated to London recently from LA, one of the fashion designer's first culinary...

Asparagus, black olive, goats curd, crispy seeds and nuts from Gordon Ramsay's Maze restaurant

Serves 4 Ingredients 20 Medium asparagus spears 500g Pitted black olives 500g Goat’s cheese 100mls Double cream 50g Pine nuts 50g Sunflower seeds 50g Pumpkin seeds 50g Nibbed almonds 1 Grapefruit Olive...

Love oysters with restaurateur Mark Hix's recipe for romance

The oyster may just be the most evocative culinary symbol of passion. Named as one of the top aphrodisiacs, what better – or finer – way to start your Valentine's Day meal? A man who knows...

Mark Hix's Seashore salad

Dish type: salad, starter Serves 4 Ingredients 150–200g cockles or surf clams, cleaned 150–200g mussels, cleaned 50ml white wine 4 medium scallops, shelled and cleaned A couple of handfuls...

Chilled Cucumber & Horseradish Gazpacho with Lymington Crab Salad & Pickled White Radish

With the New Year comes the seasonally special flavour of locally landed crab. With a fusion of the delicate white meat and heady flavoursome horseradish, this refreshing dish from Matt Tomkinson –...

Vietnamese Spring Rolls

Dish type: Starter Ingredients 50g rice vermecilli noodles 8 spring roll rice wrappers 8 cooked prawns A bunch of mint and coriander, chopped 4 lettuce leaves, finely chopped 1 carrot, peeled and...

Raymond Blanc's Moules mariniere

Serves 4 Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 5 minutes Ingredients 1.8 kg (4lb) best-quality mussels 1 onion, finely chopped 2 bay leaves 8 sprigs of fresh thyme 15g (½ oz ) unsalted...



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