Crock Pot Black Bean Soup

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This worked out well. Smokey Paprika and Lardons make it sing. Continue reading

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Salmon Tartare

The thought of a lump of raw salmon starter wasn’t necessarily the most appealing to me at least. Smoked and thinly sliced, absolutely. Cured, marvellous. But a lump of Salmon? (BHT comment).  We shouldn’t have been scared – especially when presented with something as attractive and tasty as this.  Steeping the salmon in lemon juice effectivelycooked it and the combination of gerkins, capers and dill worked wonders.  Definitely something to revel in. Continue reading

Candied Bacon Salad

OK, so this is our favourite starter to date, adapted from a Jamie Oliver recipe.  When served in small amounts it works brilliantly, is sweet and tart in equal measure and looks great on the plate.  Anyway, who doesn’t like bacon?

Assembly takes a while, but pretty much everything can be prepared in advance.  I’ve adapted the recipe ever so slightly to make things easier to slap together at the last minute. Continue reading