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November/December 2009 COTM: Simon Hopkinson [Apr 08 revisited]

[We've taken the liberty of posting the "master thread" with links to the various threads for this COTM. Oakjoan - you are welcome to email us if you want us to add/replace text!]

FISH and SHELLFISH (Anchovy, cod, crab, hake, etc.) - http://www.chowhound.com/topics/505098

MEAT - LAMB, PORK, RABBIT, STEAK and VEAL - http://www.chowhound.com/topics/505162

BRAINS, KIDNEYS, LIVER, SWEETBREADS and the rest of the OFFAL - http://www.chowhound.com/topics/505099

CHICKEN and GAME BIRDS (Grouse, etc.) - http://www.chowhound.com/topics/505103

VEGETABLES (Asparagus, Cepes, Eggplant, Endive, Garlic, Parsley,etc.) - http://www.chowhound.com/topics/505105

OLIVE OIL, EGGS and CHEESE - http://www.chowhound.com/topics/505106

SWEETS (Custard, Cream, Chocolate) - http://www.chowhound.com/topics/505107

SAFFRON - http://www.chowhound.com/topics/505108

Here's the link to the earlier discussion thread on this book:

http://www.chowhound.com/topics/503888

Since that thread is already long and the month has just begun, it may make sense to continue discussion here, so that the thread doesn't become unwieldy. Lots of great tips there though for those who haven't seen it yet.

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  1. Yay - we can get started. Here are the links that Gio, TDQ & I found on line:

    ROAST CHICKEN & OTHER STORIES:

    Anchovies

    Jeremiah Tower's Montpellier Butter
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB11974...

    Old-Fashioned Egg Sauce
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB11974...

    Salade Nicoise:
    http://www.recipesfor2.com.au/recipes...

    Anchovy and Onion Tarts
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB11974...

    Chicken

    Roast Chicken:
    http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...

    Grilled Breasts of Chicken with Provencal Vegetables and Aioli
    http://www.recipesfor2.com.au/recipes...

    Aioli:
    http://www.recipesfor2.com.au/recipes...

    Chocolate:

    Petit Pot au Chocolat
    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/02/mag...

    Milk Chocolate Malt Ice Cream
    http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...

    Cilantro

    Coriander and Coconut Soup
    http://www.recipezaar.com/61615

    Cream

    Rice Pudding
    http://lifeandhealth.guardian.co.uk/f...
    This recipe varies a bit from the U.S. one, which calls for 3T butter, ¼ cup sugar, ½ cup short grain rice, 3 ½ cups whole milk, ½ vanilla bean, ½ cup heavy cream, pinch of salt – instructions look the same – use 275 degrees for oven.

    Eggplant Baked with Herbs and Cream
    http://themodernapron.blogspot.com/se...

    Eggplant

    Salad of grilled aubergines with garlic cream dressing and basil
    http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi...

    Nasu dengaku – Grilled Eggplant with Sesame – Recipe is quite different from the one in the US book though.
    http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi...

    Eggs

    Piperade
    http://www.culinate.com/books/collect...

    Ouefs en Meurette
    http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...

    Grouse:

    Roast Grouse:
    http://www.saveurmag.com/food/classic...

    Lamb:

    Roast Leg of Lamb
    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/02/mag...

    Parsley

    Potato Purée with Parsley
    http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...

    Parsley Salad
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/46538...
    Ingredient list only in link – coarsely chop olives, mix in parsley, onions, capers and garlic. Chop anchovies (small pieces), mix w/ lemon rind, lots of black pepper, olive oil, mix w/ other ingredients, add lemon juice to taste, add thin slivers of Parmesan. In the book there is a recipe for biscuits to serve with the salad.

    Peppers
    Piedmont Roast Peppers
    http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/pi...

    Note, the book calls for dif. Amounts – 4 garlic cloves, 8 ripe tomatoes, 16 canned anchovies, drained, ½ cup olive oil, doesn’t mention basil, though that sounds like a nice addition

    Pork Pieces and Bacon Bits

    Prosciutto with Warm Wilted Greens
    http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...

    Salmon

    Poached Salmon with Beurre Blanc
    http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...

    Salmon in Pastry with Ginger and Currants
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/46538...

    Veal

    Roast shin of veal
    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/daily...

    OTHER SH RECIPES:

    Devilled anchovies
    http://lifeandhealth.guardian.co.uk/f...

    Prawn Cocktail
    http://www.britishexpat.com/The-Prawn...

    New Potatoes with Caviar
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/48181...

    Salad of raw cepes with Parmesan and olive oil
    http://lifeandhealth.guardian.co.uk/f...

    Salad of Green Beans with Anchovies
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/46538...

    Chili Crab Salad with Grapefruit and Avocado
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/46538...

    Duck Soup - Ingredient List in a post further down the thread
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/483964

    Scotch Broth
    http://lifeandhealth.guardian.co.uk/f...

    Salmon with sorrel sauce
    http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi...

    Jansson's Temptation
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/wine/main....

    Smoked Haddock with Spinach and Chive Butter
    http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/sm...

    Sea Trout in Champagne Sauce
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/48181...

    Ray With Potatoes And Red Wine Vinaigrette - Original recipe calls for using Skate
    http://www.independent.co.uk/life-sty...

    Scallops Grilled in the Shell:
    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life...

    Roast Quail With Butter And Lemon
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/wine/main....

    Pot roast chicken:
    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life...

    Quail with Peas:
    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life...

    Roasted leg of rabbit with bacon and mustard sauce
    http://lifeandhealth.guardian.co.uk/f...

    Duck a l’Orange
    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life...

    Coronation Turkey – scroll down
    http://www.independent.co.uk/life-sty...

    Grilled Veal Kidneys With Creamed Onions And Sage
    http://www.independent.co.uk/life-sty...

    Cold ham soufflé with Cumberland sauce
    http://www.independent.co.uk/life-sty...

    Sirloin Steak with Green Peppercorn Sauce
    http://uktv.co.uk/food/recipe/aid/593516

    Apple and Horseradish Sauce – Nice with porkchops, so putting it here
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/46538...

    Summer Vegetable Stew With Watercress and Mint - Vegetarian
    http://www.waitrose.com/recipe/Summer...

    Stuffed aubergines
    http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi...

    Fried Eggplant with Chilli and Salad Onions - Vegetarian
    http://www.waitrose.com/recipe/Fried_...
    http://www.thegooseberryfool.com/2007...

    Tomato Curry:
    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life...

    Flamiche - Leek/Pastry Pie
    http://haveforkwilltravel.blogspot.co...

    Leek Pie - Vegetarian
    http://www.waitrose.com/recipe/Leek_P...

    Sticky Italian Rice With Herbs, Mozzarella And Parmesan - Vegetarian
    http://www.waitrose.com/recipe/Sticky...

    Mushroom Cannelloni - Vegetarian
    http://www.waitrose.com/recipe/Mushro...

    Garlic Mushrooms - Adapted from a book written w/ SH
    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life...

    Cepe Fried With Potatoes, Garlic And Parsley
    http://www.independent.co.uk/life-sty...

    Zucchini Custards With Pimiento Sauce - Vegetarian
    http://www.waitrose.com/recipe/Courge...

    Fried zucchini with skordalia - Vegetarian
    http://www.smh.com.au/news/seasonal-c...

    Fagioli E Fagiolini Con Basilica
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/wine/main....

    Clementine granita with "Mandarine" cream – made this granita - wonderful
    http://www.independent.co.uk/life-sty...

    Coffee Granita
    http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/co...

    Coffee Ice Cream
    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life...

    St Clement's cream
    http://www.independent.co.uk/life-sty...

    White coffee ice-cream “For the finale, Simon bought along his own delicious coffee ice-cream. The recipe was given to him by the Cipriani Hotel in Venice and is a sworn secret, so I've come up with my own version.”
    http://lifeandhealth.guardian.co.uk/f...

    French Toast with Apples - I got a message about a security problem with this site
    https://www.river-nene.com/recipes/re...

    Pink Grapefruit Granita
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/wine/main....

    Pain Perdu aux Pommes - in French
    http://www.larecettedujour.org/2007/0...

    Hot Strawberry And Almond Pie
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/wine/main....

    3 Replies
    1. re: MMRuth

      Wow--that's a a lot links, MMR, thank you so much for organizing and posting them for us!

      ~TDQ

      1. re: The Dairy Queen

        Loads 'o' Links! I don't think we've ever had so many! And for such a small book.

        Good work guys!

        1. re: oakjoan

          There are loads more at www.independent.co.uk - his book Week In, Week Out is based on his columns in that paper, but I got tired! Searching in the life style section for Hopkinson and recipes before 2003 is the best way to find them.

    2. Quick question - I've made a couple of recipes from this book (and several of his others) since I got them in December. Wondering if it would be useful for me to cut and paste my comments about those on these threads, or if that is too outside the COTM "experience"? Just let me know!

      3 Replies
      1. re: MMRuth

        I think that's a great idea. It would be wonderful to have them all in one place since that's where we're most likely to look for them from here on in.

        1. re: JoanN

          Thanks - all I needed was a little push. I've done a couple, but for future reference, here's my old thread about cooking from this books, which includes comments and reports from you and other posters:

          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/465381

        2. re: MMRuth

          This will definitely help. Thanks so much for all the extra work you do. And, as always, thanks to Oakjaon too.

        3. Just found this while googling for a recipe - it's a list of all the recipes in the book, for those who don't have it and might be interested.

          http://bookweb.kinokuniya.co.jp/guest...

          1. I'm glad this book got chosen as I probably would have never checked it out on my own. I was happy to see that my library has two copies so picked one up last week. First impressions: this is a charming little book with an engaging author and delightful illustrations. I found myself chuckling a few times at Hopkinson's opinions and stories.

            The recipes are short and sweet which make them very approachable, but it will be interesting to see if there's enough detail for me and if the recipes do really work. I appreciate his inclusion of organs/offal, but probably won't delve into that. He doesn't skimp on the butter, oil or cream, so I may cut back to suit my taste. Recipes I've bookmarked to try, although I'll realistically just get to a few this month:

            anchovy and onion tart
            asparagus soup
            roast chicken (of course!)
            poulet saute au vinaigre
            cilantro and coconut soup
            garlic and sorrel soup w/ parmesan croutons
            olive oil mashed potatoes
            crisp parmesan crackers (served w/ a dry martini as he suggests!)
            slow-braised pork belly w/ soy, ginger and garlic

            2 Replies
            1. re: Carb Lover

              Look forward to your participating! I've loved the poulet saute, the olive oil mashed potatoes (if you have or can get some fruttato - do try it with that - amazing) and the crackers. Another poster, I think on my thread about the book in December, highly recommended the pork belly dish, but I've not tried it yet.

              I'd been meaning to post a couple of thoughts on this thread with "tips" from my cooking so far, so this is a good opportunity.

              1. Some recipes, like the poulet, took longer than I thought - saute sounds quick to me, but I think the whole thing took about 1.5 hours.

              2. In some cases, if I'm making something new to me, I've done some poking around in other books - like how to use the leaf gelatin for the Bavarois. Sometimes his methods seem unorthodox - the hollandaise for a salmon recipe - a couple of lines vs. two pages in MTAFC - but it worked out perfectly and was easy.

              3. Soups - his recipes tend to make very "dense" soups, and I've thinned them out a bit at the end with more liquid.

              4. Salt - as I'm sure you saw, he doesn't say how much to use - I'm still working on salting appropriately, and salt, taste and salt some more, etc., and sometimes it really "pops" the flavors in his dishes.

              1. re: Carb Lover

                i had gone through the book to see if there were any recipes i wanted to try and didn't find a one...but i must have missed the entire parmesan section, because those crisp parmesan crackers and the parmesan fritters sound yummy...i may just cook something out of this book yet...:o)

              2. Just a note - we've changed part of the titles of the threads - from "Roast Chicken" to "Hopkinson". We realized that the title could cause a lot of "false postives" for those searching for roast chicken recipes.

                Happy Cooking!