I am rather fond of cherries . . . when we lived down South in Kent, during cherry season the roads and byways were filled with local sellers plying their wares . . . fresh English cherries, served up warm in paper bags. I could never get my fill. Half of each bag purchased always disappeared in the car on the way home . . . as if by magic.
Normally I would only eat these tasty little babies in season . . . I am a lover of seasonal eating, because usually these types of things really only taste wonderful when they are in season . . . the way they were meant to be eaten. But when I received the latest and last installment of the Ultimate Cookbook from the Sunday Times, I couldn't resist one final foray into cherry-indulgence for the year. The Cherry Clafoutis recipe by Gordon Ramsay (from his book, Sunday Lunch) was screaming my name and I just had to make it.
Over the past three weeks, and finishing this week, The Sunday Times has been publishing a pull out Ultimate Cookbook as part of the Incredible Edibles Food Series, dedicated to food and dining. This final week's focus is on the Dinner Party, and you can get your copy of The Sunday Times Ultimate Cookbook: Dinner party this weekend, on Sunday the 8th of December, featuring a wonderful variety of the finest and most delicious Dinner Party recipes brought to you by a great ensemble of celebrity chefs and restaurants from here in the UK.
I love Dinner Parties. They are the perfect opportunity for you to really bring your culinary and entertaining skills to the forefront! This lovely little pull out cookery book is filled to overflowing with delicious recipes . . . impossible to resist . . . and for the most part simple to prepare, because as we all know, part of the fun of entertaining is being able to enjoy the evening with your guests in comfort, knowing that you have done your best to plan and provide for them a delicious repast, from beginning to end . . . free from stress and pressure.
You can pick from such tasty delights as Rowley Leigh's Parmesan Custards with Anchovy Toasts and Gizzie Erskine's delicious looking Beef Wellington, which is not as difficult to make as one would imagine! Each recipe looking more fabulous than the last, it was really difficult for me to choose just one to prepare to show you . . . but I do have a rather sweet tooth and so the Cherry Clafoutis won out!
*Gordon Ramsay's Cherry Clafoutis*Serves 6
Don't forget to pick up your copy of The Sunday Times Ultimate Cookbook: Dinner |Parties this weekend, on Sunday the 8th of December 2013, the final installment in a four-part series. Featuring a selection of the finest recipes of the celebrity chef era. The Ultimate Cookbook is part of The Incredible Edibles Food Series dedicated to food and dining. Many thanks to The Times for allowing me to participate in presenting this fabulous series to you.
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