Recipe from: The Taste of the French Caribbean

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The Taste of the French Caribbean

by

Chef Denis

Stir up an authentic taste of the Caribbean at home with Chef Denis Rosembert’s first ever cookbook. The St Lucia born restauranteur lovingly curates his favourite dishes — from delicious jerk chicken to spicy mutton curry and sweet golden apple cake — for you to recreate, bringing the unique flavours and exotic aromas of the island — renowned for its seafood and exquisite chocolates — vividly to life in your own kitchen.

At his much-loved restaurant Chez Denis in Norwich, England, Denis Rosembert blends the eclectic cuisines of Africa, Europe and Eastern India that combine to make St Lucian food so rich and so special. His colourful, infectious, easy-to-follow recipes are the ultimate celebration of island life, food and drink and entertaining and will soon have you inviting friends and family round to experience your own taste of the Caribbean.

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About Chef Denis

Denis Rosembert was born on the island of St.Lucia where he started training to be a chef in 1973. After a couple of years he was invited to England to continue his training. Since then Denis has worked in various hotels and restaurants across Britain and America in the role of Commis, Sous and finally Head Chef. In 1989 he moved to Norwich, where after a brief stint working for the Sports Village, he finally realised his dream and opened his own restaurant Chez Denis.

Website – http://www.chezdenis.co.uk/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/Chezdenis1

RECIPE
by CHEF DENIS

Stuffed Aubergine

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Ingredients

2 large aubergines

2 tbsp oil

1 small onion

1carrot

1 parsnip

1 small leek

  • stick celery

1/2 tsp mixed herbs

  • cloves of garlic

150g haricot beans (cook day before)

100g bread crumbs

100g plain flour or gluten free

2 eggs

150ml milk

1tsp mustard

500ml vegetable oil

Creole tomato sauce

SERVES 4

  1. Cut the aubergine into 20mm thick slices. Remove the flesh in the centre of the aubergine wheel by cutting 15mm away from the skin. Keep the flesh for the stuffing.
  2. Dice all the vegetables and sweat with the inside of the aubergine in vegetable oil with the herbs until they are soft. Remove from the heat and let the mixture cool.
  3. Add the cooked haricot beans to the vegetables.
  4. Mince the cooked vegetables and haricot beans, then add bread crumbs to bind the mixture together. Salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Stuff the aubergine wheels with the vegetable mixture, then place the wheels on a tray. Make sure the stuffing stays in the aubergine wheels.
  6. Break 2 eggs in a bowl add milk and mustard, whisk together.
  7. Dust the wheels with flour, put the wheels into the egg wash and then put the wheels in bread crumbs, making sure the aubergine wheels are coated.
  8. Place the aubergine on a baking tray with some bread crumbs on the tray.
  9. Cover the wheels with cling film, put in the freezer until frozen.
  10. Remove from the freezer and place each wheel in a hot fryer until it looks golden brown.
  11. Place the wheels in the oven at 200 degrees for 15 minutes.Serve with Creole tomato sauce

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Book review and giveaway: A Tainted Dawn

A Tainted Dawn

A Tainted Dawn:
The Great War
(1792-1815)
Book I

by

B. N. PEACOCK

352 pages

Published by Fireship Press in March 2012

Received from B. N. Peacock
via Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours

A Tainted Dawn

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MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK

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If I ask you to name 5 places, events or people in association with the French Revolution, I bet I will find in your list Paris, la Bastille, Louis XVI, Marie-Antoinette and la guillotine.

Not many people think of a broader field where the same new values and ideas were at stake. The originality and richness of A Tainted Dawn is to off center our usual focus and have us look at what was going on in the maritime world, between France, England and Spain, in the Caribbean Sea.

Edward, Jemmy, and Louis, coming from totally different backgrounds but all having some kind of problems in their relationships with their father, end up on ships for various reasons. They had first met by chance on land and will meet again, as their values clash and mirror the clash of the century.

The story begins rather slowly. The list of characters at the beginning of the book allows the reader not to be too confused by who is who. However, if like me you are not too familiar with sailing boats, you will need extra material to figure out what the author is talking about in all her maritime descriptions. I found it a bit tedious at times, but I admit I am the only one to blame here: this book is published at a Press renowned for its finest books in historical and nautical fiction and non-fiction, so its usual readers would know what all these technical expressions are.

Nevertheless, I was captivated enough by the characters, as they grow and fight for their life, at all levels, including physically (Captain Ahab is an angel compared to Neville), and as the sea world lures them by its beauty, despite the really tough world of ship crews.

I enjoyed especially 2 passages:

  • when Edward goes through the inner conflict between staying on the ship where he is violently maltreated by the captain and abandoning the sea and the marvels of this life (nature, sky, moon, stars). There’s a very beautiful description and parallel between the seduction of the sea and of a woman (p.87)
  • there’s a fantastic description of a revolution scene, when Paris citizenesses and fishwives ask for bread at the beginning of the French Revolution. Great scene alluding to crazy mass reactions!

Quote:

“The French were always ready, willing, and able to cause trouble.” p.212

A couple of years ago, I actually happened to visit a large sail-boat, the exact replica of an 18th century sail-boat, floating now only on the Great Lakes, as a sailing school. I could not but be impressed by the young student sailor, as she explained their life on the boat, and was mesmerized at the end by young guys climbing these rope ladders to unfurl the large sails.

If you feel the call of the sea, and are interested in seeing how the ideas of freedom and rights of men have had a hard time to impose themselves in an original setting, this book is for you.

WHAT IS IT ABOUT

August 1789. The Rights of Man. Liberty. Equality. Idealism. Patriotism.
A new age dawns.
And yet, old hostilities persist: England and Spain are on the brink of war. France, allied by treaty with Spain, readies her warships. Three youths–the son of an English carpenter, the son of a naval captain, an the son of a French court tailor–meet in London, a chance encounter that entwines their lives thereafter. The English boys find themselves on the same frigate bound for the Caribbean. The Frenchman sails to Trinidad, where he meets an even more zealous Spanish revolutionary. As diplomats in Europe race to avoid conflict, war threatens to erupt in the Caribbean, with the three youths pitted against each other.
Will the dawn of the boys’ young manhood remain bright with hope? Or will it become tainted with their countrymen’s spilt blood?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

B.N. Peacock

B. N. Peacock’s love of history started in childhood, hearing stories of the old Austro-Hungarian Empire from her immigrant grandparents.  They related accounts handed down from their grandparents about battlefields so drenched in blood that grass cut there afterwards oozed red liquid. Such tales entranced her. These references probably dated to the time of the Napoleonic Wars. No wonder she was drawn to this time period.

In addition to history, she showed an equally early proclivity for writing, winning an honorable mention in a national READ magazine contest for short stories. The story was about history, of course, namely the battle of Bunker Hill as seen from the perspective of a British war correspondent.

The passion for writing and history continued throughout high school and undergraduate studies. She was active in her high school newspaper, eventually becoming its editor-in-chief. After graduation, she majored in Classical Studies (Greek and Latin) at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. In her junior year, life took one of those peculiar turns which sidetrack one.  A year abroad studying at Queen Mary College, University of London in England led to the discovery of another passion, travel. She returned and finished her degree at F&M, but now was lured from her previous interests in history and writing.

Her work continues on Book Two in The Great War series, tentatively to be called Army of Citizens, with new trips planned to England, France and Belgium.

Please visit her page www.bnpeacock.com  to discover lots ox extra material, including the portrait of the three young heroes!

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