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Ingredients

1 1/2lb Cubed steak

2oz Lard

1 1/2oz plain flour

5 large carrots

1 tin of red kidney beans

1 large onion

4oz mushrooms

1 sweet bell pepper

1 Oxo cube (made up to 1 pint stock)

2 level tbsp tomato purée

2 garlic cloves

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1 tin tomatoes

Salt and pepper to taste

1/2 bottle red wine

Mixed herbs

New potatoes

Mint

Pastry (You can buy ready rolled short crust pastry from the supermarket. You need enough to cover the top of the pie dish.)

Method

  1. Remove the excess fat from the steak and cut into cubes. Peel, top and tail the carrots, then slice. Remove the seeds and white pith from the centre of the sweet pepper and roughly chop. Peel and finely chop the onions and garlic. Slice the mushrooms.
  2. Melt the lard in the large frying pan. Pour the flour over the chopped steak and mix together with your hands.
  3. Put the steak into the pan and fry until the meat is well browned.
  4. Remove the meat, leaving any fat in the pan. Turn the heat down low. Add the carrots, peppers, onions and garlic. Cook on a low heat for about five minutes turning the vegetables frequently to ensure they are all lightly coated in some fat.
  5. Return the steak to the frying pan with the veg. Add the stock, wine, tomato purée, tinned tomatoes, kidney beans and Worcestershire sauce. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste and bring to the boil.
  6. Turn the heat to a low setting, cover and simmer for two and a half hours until the beef is tender. The frying pan must be covered while cooking to preserve the moisture and prevent the meat from drying out on the top.
  7. When cooked, transfer the mixture to a casserole dish and leave to cool for at least 1 1/2 hours, preferably three to four hours.
  8. Add two tablespoons of oil to a frying pan and fry the mushrooms at a medium heat for three minutes. Place the cooked mushrooms on the pie filling and mix into it well with a fork or spoon.
  9. Pop your pastry - lightly brushed with a little milk - over the top of your mixture and casserole dish, making two holes with a little knife so steam can escape.
  10. Put the pie in the pre-heated oven (220°C/425°F/Gas Mark 5) and cook for a further 30 minutes. Then boil some new potatoes, toss with butter, herbs and fresh mint and serve.
  11. Any leftover pie will keep in the fridge for 24 hours and is delicious the next day.
  • 45 minutes
  • 4
  • Dessert
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Ingredients

Crumble mix;

60g unsalted butter (kept at room temperature)

120g plain flour

60g caster sugar

(A little extra flour on standby is useful as sometimes a little more seems to need to be added to get the consistancy just right.)

Fruit for crumble:

1 packet of plums (approx 10)

8 tblsp amaretto

45g ground almonds

For custard:

2 egg yolks

500ml double cream

1 vanilla pod

30g caster sugar

Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to180°C - 190°C.
  2. Dice the plums leaving the skin on and de-stone. Place in a pan with enough water to cover. Bring to the boil and simmer until they start to breakdown.
  3. Add the ground almonds and amaretto and reduce the mixture until syrupy.
  4. For the crumble topping, mix the butter and flour in a bowl by hand and gradually add the sugar to make breadcrumbs.
  5. To assemble, pour the stewed plums into a dish and top with the crumble, cook in the oven for 40 minutes.
  6. For the custard, separate the eggs and add 2 yolks to the cream, whisk together then place in a bowl over a bain-marie. Slice the vanilla pod and scrape out the seeds. Bring the egg and cream to a simmer and add the sugar and vanilla. Keep heating until thick but do not boil.
  7. Serve the crumble in individual dishes or spoon a generous spoonful onto a plate and serve with a jug of custard.
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Ingredients

250g haricot beans, soaked overnight

2 tbsp olive oil

2 onions, chopped

2 garlic cloves, chopped

2.5cm piece ginger, peeled and chopped

1 red chilli, split

1 red pepper, chopped

1 tbsp paprika

2 tsp tomato purée

2 litres hot chicken stock

200g lentils

Salt and fresh black pepper

200g fat prawns

200g hot chorizo sausage, chopped

Handful fresh coriander, chopped

Handful of flat leaf parsley, chopped

Method

  1. Soak the haricot beans overnight in plenty of cold water; drain them when ready to cook.
  2. Heat the oil in a large pan and sauté the prawns, onions, garlic, ginger and chilli until the onions are translucent.
  3. Add the paprika and cook for a minute or two, then add the tomato purée and cook again, stirrng so that you are almost frying the purée.
  4. Now add the drained beans and pour in half the hot chicken stock.
  5. Bring to the boil, and then cover the pan and simmer for one and a half hours or until the beans are tender.
  6. Add the lentils and the remaining litre of stock and cook for a further 30 minutes.
  7. Season with salt and pepper.
  8. To finish off, heat the chopped chorizo in a hot pan and scatter over the soup with the coriander just before serving. Serve with crusty bread and a small green salad.
  • 1 hour
  • 4
  • Main
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Ingredients

4 plump duck breasts

1 butternut squash

Large bundle of green beans or some broccoli, as preferred

1-1.5kg floury potatoes

1 brick of butter

250ml sour cream (Do not substitute with créme fraiche; use real sour cream or extra thick double cream)

Large garlic bulb

Olive oil

Salt and pepper

Method

  1. Cut the squash into large wedges but before making the first incision, when you think they're big enough, make them a bit bigger! Place the wedges in a non-stick baking dish, cover with olive oil and season with sea salt and ground pepper.
  2. Bake at 200°C for 40 minutes or until a fork slides easily through wedge. For colour, add green beans or broccoli for the final ten minutes.
  3. Drizzle the green beans or broccoli with oil oozing from the roasting squash, layer them on top of the squash and cook until al dente.
  4. For the garlic mash, peel and boil the potatoes until soft.
  5. Drain and put the potatoes in mixing bowl or leave in the pan. Add the brick of butter and the large tub of sour cream and mash with a hand mixer.
  6. Add sea salt and black pepper to taste.
  7. While the potatoes are boiling, roast the full garlic bulb dressed with olive oil and a little stock from the vegetables for 20 minutes in the high heat oven (200°C). Squeeze each clove separately into the mashed potatoes and mix.
  8. Place the duck breasts on a dry, non-stick roasting tray and score across the fat of the duck.
  9. Salt the bottom of the tray and rub salt into the duck's fat. Then bake at 200°C until the duck breasts plump up off the tray or to taste (medium or medium well).
  10. During the last five minutes of cooking time grill the duck fat to desired crunchiness and taste.
  11. Slice and serve on a white plate. Place a dollop of mashed potatoes at the top of the plate, fan slices of duck under potatoes, and place squash next to duck.
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Ingredients

2 cups boiled potatoes, peeled and diced

1 cup mixed vegetables (carrots, beans, peas, sweetcorn), boiled

1 cup paneer cubes (ricotta cheese will do)

2 tbsp double cream

1 tsp cumin powder

1 tsp coriander powder

1/2 cup chopped nuts (almonds, walnuts and cashew nuts)

1/4 cup raisins, finely chopped

Salt to taste

Vegetable/sunflower cooking oil to fry the koftas

For the sauce:

2 tbsp vegetable/sunflower cooking oil

2 large onions, quartered

2 tomatoes, quartered

2 tbsp garlic paste

1 tbsp ginger paste

2 tbsp coriander powder

1 tbsp cumin powder

1/2 tsp red chilli powder

1 tsp poppy seeds, lightly roasted and ground into a powder

3 tbsp nuts (cashews and almonds), ground into a thick paste

Salt to taste

1 tsp garam masala

Method

  1. Mash the potatoes, mixed vegetables, paneer/ricotta and cream together.
  2. Add the kofta spices to this mash and mix well. The resulting 'dough' should be firm. If not add some more boiled potato. Season with salt.
  3. Make this 'dough' into balls and put 1/2 tsp of the nut and raisin mix in the centre of each ball. Roll into perfect rounds.
  4. Heat the oil to fry the koftas, on a medium flame. Deep fry these rounds till pale golden in colour. Drain on paper towels and keep aside.
  5. Heat 3 tbsp of oil in a deep pan and fry the onions til light brown.
  6. Grind these onions into a paste along with the tomatoes, ginger, garlic, coriander, cumin and red chilli powders. Put this paste back into the pan and fry until the oil begins to separate from the masala.
  7. Add the poppy seeds powder and nut paste and fry for another two minutes. Add 1 cup of warm water (the sauce for this dish is meant to be thick so do not add too much water) to this masala to form a sauce/gravy.
  8. Mix well and season with salt. Bring the sauce/gravy to a boil and then reduce to a simmer.
  9. Gently add the koftas to this sauce/gravy and cook uncovered for 2-3 minutes.
  10. Turn off the heat and sprinkle garam masala all over the top of the dish. Cover immediately and allow to sit for 5 minutes. Serve with hot Naan bread or rice.
  • 6 hours
  • 2
  • Main
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Ingredients

2.2kg shoulder of lamb

10 sprigs of thyme

1 bulb of garlic, peeled

Salt and pepper

8 banana shallots, peeled

250ml red wine

60g butter

For the mash:

3 large King Edward potatoes

Salt

300ml milk

3 spring onions, sliced

60g butter

1 large egg yolk

Method

  1. Oil and season the meat and put in tray with the shallots. Roast in hot oven for 30 minutes at 180°C. Remove from oven and drain off any fat, then turn down heat to 120°C.
  2. Add the garlic and 8 thyme sprigs. Cover with foil and cook for 4 1/2 hours.
  3. To make the mash, peel and chop the potatoes, boil in salted water until just soft.
  4. Cut the tops off the spring onion and put in milk with the butter. Heat gently on stove top. Drain and discard the spring onion tops.
  5. Drain potatoes and mash or rice. Slowly mix in the milk mixture. Finally beat in the egg yolk.
  6. Slice the onion bottoms and mix in. Serve with lamb shoulder when cooked.
  7. Next pour red wine over the meat and cook for a further hour.
  8. Remove from oven and carefully put lamb, garlic and shallots into a serving dish. Be careful as it should be just falling off the bone.
  9. Heat the cooking juices and skim off any fat then whisk in cold butter, chop the remaining two thyme springs and stir in. Pour over lamb and serve with champ mash.
  • 3-4 minutes
  • 1
  • Main
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Ingredients

110g sweetcorn, drained

1 egg, whisked

2 tsp cornflour

55g self-raising flour

salt

freshly ground black pepper

Hollandaise Sauce:

6 peppercorns, crushed

1 tbsp vinegar

2 egg yolks

8oz butter

cayenne pepper to taste

salt to taste

Method

  1. Place the sweetcorn, egg, cornflour, flour and seasoning into a food processor and blend together to combine.
  2. Gently melt the butter in a non-stick frying pan.
  3. Spoon the mixture into the pan and fry for 3-4 minutes on each side, tossing to turn.
  4. Repeat with the remaining batter mix to make 4-6 pancakes.
  5. To make the hollandaise sauce, simmer the peppercorns and the vinegar in a small saucepan until the volume is reduced by one third. Add a tablespoon of water and allow to cool. Whisk the egg yolks, return to a gentle heat and cook, whisking continuously to a sabayon (in other words: until it has cooked to a thickened consistency, like cream, which will show the mark of the whisk.) Remove from the heat and cool slightly. Whisk in the warm melted butter until thoroughly combined. Season, strain and serve.
  • 15-20 minutes
  • 4
  • Main
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Ingredients

20 salted capers (wash off the excess salt)

20g chopped flat leaved parsley

5g tarragon, chopped

5g fresh mint, chopped

1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

1/2 tsp sea salt flakes

3 dessert spoons olive oil

30g dried white breadcrumbs

Zest of 1 lemon

Juice of half a lemon

1 tbsp olive oil

Knob of butter

4 further small knobs of butter

300g uncooked weight fettuccine

4 tbsp extra small petit pois

2 tbsp créme fraiche

2 tbsp olive oil

Season to taste

2 tsp truffle paste or truffle oil to taste

Method

  1. First make the Gremolada, place the capers, parsley, tarragon, mint, salt and pepper, olive oil, lemon juice and zest into a food processor and blitz to a fine paste.
  2. Add the breadcrumbs and give it a quick pulse to combine.
  3. Warm the oil and melt the butter in the type of frying pan you can put under a hot grill.
  4. Score the fish on the skin side to stop the fish curling up when it is cooking.
  5. Put the fish oil skin side down and cook for three minutes, spoon the oil and butter onto the top of the fish.
  6. Spread the gremolada evenly and carefully onto the top of the fish and dot each with a small knob of butter.
  7. Place the pan of fish under a hot grill, until the Gremolada begins to colour and the fish is cooked, this takes about 3 to 4 minutes.
  8. Meanwhile in a pan of salted boiling water cook the fettuccine as per the instruction on the packet.
  9. Drain the pasta and stir through the Créme fraiche, olive oil, petit pois and the truffle paste or oil. Season to taste.
  10. Divide the pasta between four plates and top each serving with a piece of fish. Dress with some of the cooking juices of the fish.
  • 20-25 minutes
  • 6
  • Main
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Ingredients

For the stew:

1kg diced leg of mutton

2 celery stalks, halved

3 medium carrots, peeled and cut in half

1/2 small swede, cut into 12 chunks

6 shallots, peeled

6 small turnips, scrubbed but not peeled

10 whole black peppercorns

salt

1 sprig rosemary

1 sprig thyme

1 litre lamb stock, made with 2 good quality stock cubes

For the cobbler top:

350g Country Range Self Raising Flour

100g Country Range Butter, diced

50g Country Range Capers, chopped

10g parsley, chopped

4 spring onions, finely chopped

30ml plain natural yoghurt mixed with 70ml cold water

Method

  1. Place the mutton in a large casserole or pan with the vegetables and herbs.
  2. Add peppercorns and season with salt.
  3. Bring to the boil and simmer gently for 1 hour.
  4. To make the cobbler rub the fat and the flour together.
  5. Stir in the capers, parsley, onions and pepper.
  6. Add enough of the yoghurt and water mix to make a soft, pliable dough.
  7. Roll dough to 2.5cm (1 inch) thick and cut into 12 rounds or wedges. Place on top of the mutton.
  8. Bake at 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 4 for 20-25 minutes or until the cobbler is golden brown.
  • 2.5 hours
  • 4
  • Main
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Ingredients

225g puff pastry

675g stewing steak, cubed

3 tbsp Country Range Plain Flour

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 medium onion, sliced

1 clove garlic, crushed

300ml stout, Guinness or beer

3 tsp Country Range Dried Thyme

100g Country Range Button Mushrooms

Milk, to glaze

Method

  1. Pre-heat oven to 230°C/450°F/ Gas Mark 8.
  2. Mix steak with seasoned flour and place into a large saucepan with onion, garlic, ale and thyme.
  3. Bring to the boil stirring occasionally. Then reduce heat and simmer for 1 and 1/2 hours until meat is tender.
  4. Add mushrooms and spoon into a 1.2 litre (2 pints) pie dish with enough gravy to half fill the dish.
  5. Roll out the pastry 2cm (1 inch) larger than your dish.
  6. Cut off a pastry strip 2cm (1 inch) wide from round the pastry. Press this on to the dampened dish rim, and then dampen the strip.
  7. Cover the dish with the pastry round and seal the edges. Then decorate the pastry top with pastry trimmings.
  8. Brush with milk and bake for about 20 minutes until golden brown.
  9. Reduce heat to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4 and cook for a further 25 minutes until thoroughly heated then serve immediately.
  • 20 minutes
  • 4
  • Starter
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Ingredients

For the koftas

Meat Skewers

800g minced lamb

1/2 onion, finely chopped and cooked until soft

4 dsp Country Range Sauce for Chilli Con Carne

Zest of 1/2 lemon

1 red chilli, finely chopped

2 dsp, chopped parsley

1 clove garlic, finely chopped

2 beaten egg whites

For the yoghurt dip:

4 large spoonfuls of natural yoghurt

Pinch of salt

Fresh mint leaves, finely chopped

Juice of 1/2 lime

Method

  1. Place all the ingredients into a bowl and mix together well. Roll the mixture tightly around the meat skewers into balls.
  2. Place into fridge and chill for 24 hours.
  3. To cook, place into a pre-heated oven (185°C/Gas Mark 6) and cook for 20 minutes.
  4. To make the dip, mix the ingredients together.
  5. Serve the koftas with the mint yoghurt dip.
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Ingredients

4 large tbsp Country Range Range Sauce for Chilli Con Carne

4 x 200g hake fillets, skin on

Good splash of Country Range Extra Virgin Olive Oil

200g Country Range Medium Egg Noodles

1 carrot, peeled and finely shredded

1/2 onion, finely chopped

1/2 courgette, finely shredded

1/2 lemon to squeeze

Salt and pepper

Method

  1. Place the noodles into boiling, salted water and cook for 6-8 minutes.
  2. Place a splash of oil into a hot pan. When hot, place the fish, skin side down, to sear golden brown and cripsy. Turn and place into a hot oven (185°C/Gas Mark 7) for 6-8 minutes with a splash of olive oil.
  3. Place the chilli con carne sauce into a pan, bring to the boil and add the noodles. Coat the noodles in the sauce and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Very quickly fry the vegetables in a splash of olive oil and season. Remove from the pan and leave to one side.
  5. Remove the fish from the oven and squeeze over the lemon juice.
  6. Place the noodles onto a plate, add the fish on top, finish with the crispy vegetables and serve.
  • 30 mins
  • 10
  • Main
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Ingredients

2fl oz Country Range Mayonnaise

Juice of half a lemon

6 Country Range Gelatine Leaves, soaked in water to soften

250g smoked salmon, very thinly sliced

300g fresh salmon, cut into strips and rolled in cling film, forming cylinders

1 dsp finely chopped parsley

splash of olive oil

Country Range Cling Film

Country Range Balsamic Vinegar

 

Method

  1. Lightly brush the terrine mould with olive oil. Line with cling film and chill for 20 minutes.
  2. Place the smoked salmon into the chilled mould overlapping slightly and lining evenly. Leave to chill for 20 minutes.
  3. Steam for the fresh salmon for 6-7 minutes and allow to cool.
  4. Place the mayonnaise in a bowl, add the lemon juice and parsley, season and mix well. Add the gelatine and mix thoroughly.
  5. Remove the terrine, place some mayonnaise in the bottom followed by two pieces of salmon - chill quickly for 10 minutes. Then add the remaining salmon and mayonnaise. Place back in the fridge for 24 hours.
  6. Turn out when completely chilled and, using a sharp knife, slice. Dress on a plate with a little oil and balsamic, and freshly cut lemon.
  7. To garnish, mix finely shredded celeriac with four tablespoons of Country Range Mayonnaise, Country Range Coarse Grain Mustard and a teaspoon of Country Range Horseradish Sauce. Mix well together with seasoning and serve.
  • 30 mins approx.
  • 4
  • Main
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Ingredients

4 dessertspoons Country Range Sauce for Chilli Con Carne
4 x 175g chicken breasts, skin on
100g lentils
1 clove garlic
1 shallot, finely choppedsplash of olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Method

  1. Place a splash of olive oil into a hot pan.
  2. Place the chicken breast in and seal until golden brown, turning all the time until the skin is crispy and sealed evenly.
  3. Soak and cook the lentils until soft. Drain well and leave to one side.
  4. Place a splash of olive oil into a pan and gently cook the shallot and garlic until soft. Add the lentils and Country Range Sauce for Chilli Con Carne and simmer for about 5 minutes. Whisk in the butter until all the flavours are brought together.
  5. Season and serve with seasonal vegetables and the roasted chicken breast. Serve immediately.
  • 18 mins
  • 2
  • Main
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Ingredients

100g Country Range Tagliatelle
200ml Country Range Vegetable Bouillon (made up)
50ml double cream
100g spinach leaves
75g mixed wild mushrooms
splash of olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Method

  1. Place the pasta into boiling salted water.
  2. Whilst the pasta is cooking, heat the vegetable stock, reduce by half then add the double cream. Leave to one side.
  3. Add a splash of olive oil to a hot pan then add the mushrooms. Cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally, then add the fresh spinach. Mix together and season.
  4. Remove the cooked pasta and drain well. Mix together with the mushrooms and spinach.
  5. Arrange in the centre of a bowl and drizzle over a little of the vegetable reduction.
  • 25 mins
  • 4
  • Main
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Ingredients

Gnocchi
750g potatoes, boiled and mashed
50g Country Range Plain Flour
3 egg yolks
2 tsp Country Range Dried Parsley
splash of olive oil
Dressing
4 tbsp Country Range White Wine Vinegar
1 tbsp Country Range French Mustard
8 tbsp Country Range Extra Virgin Olive Oil
salt and pepper to taste
Salad
¼ltr Country Range Vegetable Bouillon (made up)
2 pink grapefruits, peeled and segmented
150g feta cheese, diced
50g fresh broad beans, cooked
50g fresh peas, cooked

Method

  1. For the gnocchi, mix all the ingredients together and roll into small balls. Add a splash of olive oil to a hot frying pan and then fry the balls on a gentle heat until golden brown, turning frequently. Leave to one side.
  2. For the dressing, place the mustard and white wine vinegar into a bowl and season. Mix well and drizzle in the oil until all mixed together. Leave to one side.
  3. For the salad, poach the peas and broad beans in boiling stock for about 3-4 minutes, remove and place into a bowl.
  4. Add the grapefruit segments and feta cheese, mix well and arrange onto a plate. Add the gnocchi and drizzle over the dressing. Serve topped with a poached egg.
  • 20-25 mins
  • 4-6
  • Starter
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Ingredients

500g pumpkin, peeled and diced
1ltr Country Range Vegetable Bouillon (made up)
4 carrots, peeled and finely chopped
125g Country Range Butter
60g Country Range Plain Flour
1 small onion, peeled and chopped
salt and pepper to taste

Method

  1. Place the butter into a medium-sized pan. When melted, add the carrots and onion and fry until golden brown.
  2. Add the pumpkin and fry for a further 10 minutes.
  3. Gradually add in the flour and cook for 4-5 minutes, mixing well. Add the stock slowly then bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  4. Place into a blender and blend until smooth. Serve in a bowl with a piece of goats cheese, crème fraiche or even some whipped cream.
  • 30 mins
  • 4
  • Starter
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Ingredients

1kg mixed fish, approx. 50g pieces (sea bass, plaice, cod, sole, haddock, salmon, tuna)
6 cherry tomatoes
½ltr fish stock
½ltr shellfish stock
¼ltr Country Range White Cooking Wine
2 tsp Country Range Garlic Purée
6 fresh basil leaves
2 tbsp Country Range Chopped Tomatoes
½ lemon
4 carrots, peeled and finely chopped
½ leek, peeled and finely sliced
½ fennel bulb, finely chopped
2 Country Range Star Anise
good splash of olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 170°C/325°F/Gas Mark 5.
  2. Place a splash of oil into a hot medium-sized saucepan. Fry the fennel, carrot and leek for 4-5 minutes until golden brown.
  3. Add the chopped tomatoes and white wine. Heat, then reduce by half. Add the stock, bring to the boil and reduce by half; this intensifies the flavour.
  4. Simmer for 15 minutes then add the garlic purée and star anise.
  5. Simmer for a further 10 minutes, remove from the heat and blend until smooth. Leave to one side.
  6. Place the fish onto a lightly greased tray, season and bake in the oven for 6-8 minutes. Remove from the oven and squeeze lemon juice over the fish.
  7. Place the fish sauce into a bowl with the fish on top. Rip the pieces of basil and decorate with halved tomatoes.
  8. Serve garnished with croutons topped with saffron garlic mayonnaise.
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