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Quicker Baked Potato

Try this method for speeding up the potato baking process (for a better texture than those that you microwave). Pre-heat the oven to 400. Place the potato in boiling water for 10 minutes. Bake for 30 minutes. This will cut the cooking time in half.


Stufato Di Manzo Alia Romana


2 lb topside of beef
1 oz butter
1 tablespoon oil
2 onions (chopped)
2 centiliter garlic (crushed)
1 lb pickled pork (diced)
1 tablespoon plain flour
1 wineglass red wine
8 oz brown stock
1 bouquet garni
4 tomatoes (scalded
1 and skinned)

Method Set the oven at 350'F or Mark 4. Heat the oil and butter in a large flameproof casserole, put in the beef and brown on all sides, then take out and put in the onions, garlic and pork. Fry for about 5 minutes, draw aside, shake in the flour, brown it slightly then pour in the red wine and stock and add the bouquet garni. Season and bring to the boil. Replace the beef, cover the casserole and braise in the preset oven for 2 hours, basting well. Quarter the tomatoes and add them to the casserole 30 minutes before the end of the cooking time. Take up the beef, carve and lay in a deep dish. Skim the gravy, remove the herbs, reduce gravy slightly and spoon over and round beef. Arrange polenta balls at each end of the dish. Walt MM Taken from 'Casseroles' by Cordon Bleu. Published by 'Macdonald and Jane's, London' e-mail: Graeme Caselton