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Carrot Ring Mould with Peas and Onions

2-3 pounds new carrots
Butter
¼ pint chicken stock
1 tablespoon sugar
Salt
2 eggs
6-8 tablespoons grated cheese
Freshly ground black pepper
Cooked peas and button onions

Wash carrots; slice thickly and place in a saucepan; cover with cold water and cook over a high heat until water boils. Drain.

Simmer balanced carrots in 4 tablespoons butter, the chicken stock, sugar, and salt, to taste, until carrots have absorbed the liquid without burning and are tender.

Mash carrot mixture and mix well with 2 eggs, 4 tablespoons softened butter, cheese, and salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste. Press into a well-buttered ring mould and heat through in a slow oven (350-M3) for 15 minutes. Turn carrot ring out on a heated serving dish and fill centre with cooked peas and button onions. Surround with remaining peas and onions. Serves 6.


Thomas Nelson & Sons Ltd, 36 Park Street, London W.1. © Robert Carrier 1966 Photographs Angel Studio. Box drawing Alan Cracknell. Card drawings Charles Pickard.

Cold Salmon with Watercress Mousseline

4 fresh salmon steaks
1 pint water
½ Spanish onion, sliced
1 stalk celery, sliced
1 bay leaf
Juice of 1 lemon
Salta and freshly ground black pepper

Watercress mousseline
2 bunches watercress
¼ pint double cream
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Juice of ½ lemon

Combine water, sliced onion, celery, bay leaf and lemon juice, and salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste, in a wide saucepan. Bring to a boil; then reduce heat and simmer gently for 15 minutes. Add salmon steaks to the simmering liquid, carefully placing them on the bottom of the pan without letting them overlap. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes, or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Chill the steaks in their own liquid. Just before serving, drain. Serve with Watercress mousseline. Serves 4.

Watercress mousseline: Remove leaves from watercress; place them in cold water, bring to a boil and then simmer for 10 minutes. Rinse well in cold water; drain and pass through a fine sieve. Bring double cream to a boil in a saucepan; add sieved watercress, and season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Chill. Just before serving, whisk with lemon juice until thick and smooth.


Photographs Angel Studio. Box drawing Alan Cracknell. Card drawings Charles Pickland. Thomas Nelson & Sons Ltd, 36 Park Street, London W.1. © Robert Carrier 1966

Pigeon with Moroccan Spices and Flat Pasta

Serves 4-6

4-6 young pigeons (275g- 325g/9-11 oz each)
olive oil
coarse salt
freshly-ground pepper
powdered cinnamon
4-6 tbls finely-chopped shallots
600ml/1 pt well-flavoured chicken stock
salt
8 juniper berries
4-6 sheets lasagna
2-4 tbls butter

Brush pigeons with olive oil and season generously with coarse salt, pepper and cinnamon. Reserve.

To prepare the fumet in a medium-sized saucepan, saute chopped shallots in 3 tbls olive oil until lightly browned. Add the chicken stock; season with salt, freshly-ground black pepper and ½ tsp cinnamon. Add the juniper berries and simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes, or until the fumet has reduced to about one-third of its original quantity. Remove from heat and reserve.

Heat the govern to 240°C/475°F/Gas 9. Bake the birds 15 minutes for quite rare, or 5 minutes more, if desired.

In the meantime, cook lasagna sheets in boiling salted water until well-cooked. Drain. With a large pastry cutter, cut lasagna into circles. When ready to serve, melt the butter gently over a very low heat until it begins to turn light gold (about 2 minutes). ‘Seize’ each pasta circle in the beurre noisette, pushing it to the side of the pan to give it a drape-like shape while still in the pan.

Skim the fat from the pigeon pan juices; add the fumet and warm up over high heat. Reduce heat to keep warm.

To serve Cut each pigeon into quarters; slice the breasts and arrange the birds on heated dinner plates. Garnish each dish with a portion of flat pasta and spoon 2-3 tbls of fumet over each serving. Serve immediately.


Text and photographs © Robert Carrier 1995. Food photography: Michelle Garrett. Printed in Hong Kong.

Foies De Volaille En Gelée

¾ pound fresh chicken livers
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
4 tablespoons butter
¾ pint aspic
Port wine
Fresh tarragon
Watercress

Season whole chicken livers with salt and freshly ground black pepper, and sauté with finely chopped onion in butter until chicken livers are cooked through, but still a little pink inside. Remove from pan and drain well on paper towels.

Line bottoms of individual moulds (we used white porcelain ramekins for photograph) with a little liquid aspic jelly which you have flavoured to taste with port. Place 3 leaves of fresh tarragon in the bottom of each mould (or ramekin). Then place chicken livers in moulds and fill to the top with the port flavoured aspic. Chill in refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

When ready to serve: loosen apsic from sides of moulds with your fingers and turn out on to a serving plate. Garnish with sprigs of fresh watercress and, if desired, a little chopped aspic.

Note: If you have difficulty in turning out the jellies, dip the bottom of each mould into hot water for a minute or two.


Thomas Nelson &Sons Ltd, 36 Park Street, London W.1. © Robert Carrier 1968

Italian Cauliflower Mousse

1 large cauliflower
Salt
3 eggs
1 egg yolk
¼ pint double cream
Freshly ground black pepper
Grated nutmeg
Butter
Hollandaise sauce
Flowerets of cauliflower, poached
Sprigs of parsley

Clean cauliflower and cut into quarters. Cook in boiling salted water until tender. Pass through fine sieve. Beat in the eggs, egg yolk and cream. Season generously with freshly ground black pepper and grated nutmeg. Transfer to a well-buttered soufflé dish with a band of aluminum foil tied around it, or a deep charlotte tin, and place in a pan of hot water on top of the stove. Bring water to a boil; then place it in a slow oven (350 -M3) and bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until set. Unmould on to a serving dish and mask with Hollandaise sauce. Garnish with sprigs of poached cauliflower and sprigs of parsley. Serves 4 to 6.


Thomas Nelson & Sons Ltd, 36 Park Street, London W.1. Printed an manufactured in Holland © Robert Carrier 1968

Fish Turban With Scallops

1 ½ pounds hake or halibut
Well-flavored court-bouillon
1 ¼ cups milk
4 cups freshly grated breadcrumbs
4 egg yolks
6 tablespoons heavy cream
4 egg whites
Salt, freshly ground black pepper and cayenne pepper
Butter
Scallops, crab, shrimp or mussels

Poach fish in a well-flavored court-bouillon until flesh flakes easily with a fork; remove from court-bouillon and drain. Remove skin and bones, and flake fish. Bring milk to a boil; pour over fresh breadcrumbs and mix well with flaked fish; pound in a mortar until smooth. Add egg yolks and cream and mix well into mixture. Beat egg whites until stiff and fold gently into fish mixture. Season to taste with salt, freshly ground black pepper and a pinch of caynne. Spook mixture into a buttered ring mold; place mold in a pan of boiling water and bake in a slow oven (325° F.) for 1 hour, or until turban is firm. To serve: unmold turban onto a heated serving dish and fill ring with curried scallops, crab or shrimp, or more simply mussels in a lightly curried cream sauce. Serves 6 to 8.

Publishers GROSSET & DUNLAP New York, © Robert Carrier 1967

Boiled Chicken and Rice

1 fat chicken
1 Spanish onion, stuck with 2 cloves
2 large carrrots
Bouquet garni
2 stalks celery
1 glass dry white wine
1 quart white stock (chicken or veal, or both)
Salt and black peppercorns

Rice
1 tablespoon butter
1 Spanish onion, finely chopped
½ pound rice
½ pint strained chicken stock
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Cream sauce
2 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons butter
¼ pint strained chicken stock
¾ pint double cream
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Freshly grated nutmeg

Garnish
Cooked carrots
Cooked green beans

Clean, singe and truss chicken; place in a casserole with an onion stuck with cloves; add carrots, bouquet garni and celery, and moisten with dry white wine and a good white stock. Season to taste with salt and a few peppercorns, and simmer gently for about 1 ½ hours, or until chicken is tender. Remove chicken and keep warm. Strain chicken stock and use for cooking rice and for cream sauce.

To prepare rice: Melt butter in a saucepan; add finely chopped onion and stir for a minute over heat until transparent. Stir in rice; add ½ pint strained chicken stock and 1 pint hot water; season to taste with salt and black pepper; simmer very gently, covered, for about 25 minutes, or until tender but not mushy.

Cream sauce: Make a white roux with flour and butter; add ¼ pint chicken stock and ¾ pint double cream, and bring slowly to a boil, stirring constantly. Simmer, stirring from time to time, until sauce is thick and smooth. Remove from heat. Season to taste with salt, black pepper, and nutmeg.

To serve: place boiled chicken in the centre of a large heated serving platter. Surround with colourful clusters of cooked whole carrots, green beans and rice. Pour a little cream sauce over chicken and serve with the rest separately. Serves 4 to 6.


Thomas Nelson & Sons Ltd, 36 Park Street, London W.1. ©Robert Carrier 1968

Devilled Whitebait

1 ½ pounds whitebait
Ice cubes
Flour
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Lard, for frying
Cayenne pepper
Lemon wedges

Put whitebait to firm in a shallow bowl with ice cubes and a little water. Just before frying, spread fish on a clean tea cloth to dry. Place on paper liberally dusted with well-seasoned flour and dredge with more flour; place in a wire basket, a portion at a time, and shake off surplus flour. Then plunge the basket into very hot lard and fry quickly for 3 to 5 minutes, shaking basket continually to keep fish apart while cooking. Lift basket from fat and shake well before transferring fish to paper towels to drain. Place whitebait on a heated serving dish in a warm oven and repeat until all the whitebait are fried. Season with freshly ground black pepper and cayenne, and serve with lemon wedges. Serves 4 to 6.


Thomas Nelson & Sons Ltd., 36 Park Stree, London W1 © Robert Carrier, 1968

Gooseberry Fool

1 ½ pounds gooseberries
½-1 cup sugar
Custard (see below)
Whipped cream

Clean gooseberries and remove stems; wash gooseberries and put them in an enamelled saucepan with sugar and water to cover. Cook until they are quite soft. adding more water if necessary, and then rub them through a fine sieve. Mix custard and whipped cream (reserving a little cream for garnish) with the gooseberry puree, and serve in a glass bowl or in individual glasses. Garnish with whipped cream. Serves 4 to 6.

To make custard: combine 2/3 cup milk with 1 teaspoon cornstarch and sugar to taste in the top of a double boiler. Bring to a boil. Stir in 2 well-beaten egg yolks which you have mixed with a little of the hot mixture, and cook over water, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until custard is thick and smooth. DO not let the mixture boil. Flavor to taste with vanilla extract. Strain and cool.


© Robert Carrier 1966. Publishers GROSSET & DUNLAP New York, Carton manufactured in Great Britain. Cards printed in the Netherlands.

Chocolate Layer Cake

½ cup butter, softened
Grated rind of 1 orange
Grated rind of 1 lemon
1 cup sugar
4 egg yolks
1 ½ cups plain flour
1 ½ teaspoons cream of tartar
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
½ cup cornstarch
¾ cup milk
4 egg whites
Chocolate icing
Preserved fruits or finely chopped pistachio nuts

Beat softened butter in electric mixer until light and creamy. Combine grated orange and lemon rind with sugar and add to butter, beating them well together. Beat in egg yolks with 2 spoonfuls flour. Combine cream of tartar and baking soda with remaining flour and cornstarch, and add them gradually to the other ingredients along with the milk. Whip egg whites to a stiff froth, and fold them quickly and lightly into the cake mixture. Bake in a lined cake tin in a slow oven (350°F.) for 1 to 1 ½ hours, or until cake is well risen and from to the touch. Turn out of the tin and allow to cool. Then cut the cake in 3 or 4 layers; spread each layer with chocolate icing and assembled cake again. Ice with chocolate icing and decorate with preserved fruits or finely chopped pistachio nuts.


© Robert Carrier 1966. Publishers GROSSET & DUNLAP New York, Carton manufactured in Great Britain. Cards printed in the Netherlands.