Thursday, September 3, 2009

Minor Disagreements with the Chef

"Everyday Novelli" by Jean-Christophe Novelli Headline Publishing Group 245 pages $20.00 Lavishly illustrated -- finished dishes and lots and lots of photos of the chef staring down in concentration.

Novelli is a chef who originally came from France to Great Britain to seek his fortune and fame. The cover copy reads "More than 100 recipes from the nation's favourite French chef!" but which nation is not specified.

Some classics are included -- Croque Madame which is essentially a grilled ham and cheese sandwich with a fried egg on top - Potatoes Dauphine, French onion soup - dishes that many of us know.

Here is his recipe for "Home made Fudge"
50 grams sweet butter + extra for greasing the pan
4 T water
2 T golden syrup or honey
450 grams granulated sugar
8 T sweetened, full-cream condensed milk

Grease the pan, put the other ingredients in a heavy pan and stir over gentle heat until the sugar is dissolved.

Bring to a boil, stirring until it reaches 119 Celsius. Take the pot off the heat and beat well until it starts to turn cloudy. Pour itinto the greased pan and let it cool for 6 hours. When cool, cut in squares.

"Fudge" to me means "chocolate." You will have noticed there is no chocolate in this recipe...

For a final quibble, his mother wrote the introduction! Now you know she's not going to be biased, heavens, no!

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