Tuesday 21 November 2017

Under starter's orders

A good starter should excite all the senses and set the ball rolling for an enjoyable meal, says Kevin Dundon

Thai Coconut curry
Thai Coconut curry

Kevin Dundon

Some people underestimate the importance of starters. A good one should excite and test all of the senses, setting the ball rolling for a most enjoyable meal. I believe that a prerequisite for a dinner party is that at least one of your courses can be prepared in advance and enjoyed later.

The kind of dinners I love best are simple and hearty ones -- good old-fashioned comfort food. When I was a child, Mum would often make slow-cooked casseroles or have joints of meat cooking for hours on end and the results would be a gastronomic delight. Thanks to her, this is the style of cooking I tend to favour, both in my career and at home.

You should always leave room for dessert! Although I'm not much of a dessert man, I do like to partake on a special occasion.

Nowadays, people lead such busy lives that when they select a new recipe to cook for their family or friends, they want it to work perfectly the first time -- and every time. These ones will do just that. They're a collection of tried-and-tested recipes that I have built up over my years in the food industry.

Food has changed a lot since I first became a chef. Right now, home-cooked comfort food is very much in vogue.

People love to visit their local butchers and supermarkets, bring home their produce and cook up a fantastic meal from scratch for their nearest and dearest.

I have tried to use everyday ingredients that you're bound to have at home, but I've also jazzed them up a little with plenty of twists.

I hope that you enjoy cooking and eating your way through my recipes.

'Recipes That Work' by Kevin Dundon, £20, Harper Collins

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