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Curried Apple and Leek Soup

Reviewed: Feb. 19, 2007
This is an easy and fine recipe. Having said that, some folks found that it tasted like apple compote. I didn't... I thought it had a three tiered flavor, starting with apple, having leek in the middle and curry as a pleasant aftertaste. You could still taste the apples rawness with the suggested times, I'd probably cook them slightly longer next time...
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Crema de Calabazines

Reviewed: Nov. 3, 2006
This is one of those dishes common in every Spanish household that never makes into cookbooks. My mother serves this soup cold in summer, and it's so refreshing after a day in the beach!
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Cottage Cheese Roast

Reviewed: Sep. 13, 2006
I love eating meat, but I realise it's not really healthy to eat it every day. So, living alone as I do, I had ruled out meatloaf out of my menus (try do it for any less than 4 portions!). I am quite glad about this recipe. The only things that leave room for improvement in it were my own fault, as my cottage cheese wasn't creamed, and I didn't really crush the walnuts as much as I should have. Also, I used some herb infused oil but won't bother next time, as I couldn't really taste the spices. But the recipe is all in all easy and tasty. Oh, by the way, following other readers advice I used a full cup of cereal for four portions. I'm really looking forward to start tinkering with this recipe. Sun dried tomatoes? Mushrooms? Pepper? Chickpeas? Another type of nuts? Olives? Mmmmmmmm...
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Asparagus Quiche

Reviewed: May 2, 2006
Great recipe, although I made one significant change to it. I didn't have any bacon on hand but had lots of cooked and peeled prawns, so I substituted meat for fish. The other change I made was not using the egg white, since I was only preparing one quiche and didn't think it was worth it. My only qualm with this recipe is it maybe needs the lightest sprinkling of chile or cayenne to really bring out the flavors. All in all, a very easy recipe that is also a crowd-pleaser.
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Creamy Potato Leek Soup II

Reviewed: Nov. 10, 2005
Great soup, and it allows for ample tinkering (as proven by the fact I printed this recipe and then forgot the sheet at the office and ended up doubling the proportion of leeks and broth of the original recipe). The only "conscious" changes I made were sauteeing the leeks with a little white wine (as opposed to frying them) and substituting the cream for milk. Will definitely make it again!
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Panellets - Catalan Potato Cookies

Reviewed: May 3, 2005
Oh! Panellets! They can be costumized with other ingredients, as you will see in any Catalan confectionary around November 1. Try adding some espresso to the dough and not covering them in anything. Or substitute the almonds for grated coconut... Mmmmm...
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Tomato Cold Soup with Parmesan Cheese Ice Cream

Reviewed: Jun. 6, 2004
The recipe is great. However, I suspect that oil is two tablespoons, not two cups. I tried using two tablespoons and it was oily enough. Try and go for Garrigues or Siurana oil from Spain.
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Best Ever Muffins

Reviewed: Oct. 22, 2002
I really enjoyed these muffins. However, I made them with just 1/2 cup sugar as I was filling mine with chocolate chips and raisins (and they turned out sweet enough, just as I expected). I'll be trying a batch with pomegranates soon and another one with tuna and black olives for a party I'll be attending soon.
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Crab and Swiss Quiche

Reviewed: May 16, 2002
This was my first attempt at making a quiche and it came out rather nice. I didn't have any cornstarch around, so I used a tablespoon floor and half a tablespoon baking powder to thicken it all. By the way, I didn't bother shredding the crab or the cheese or beating the eggs, I just put all ingredients in a mixer and filled the pastry.
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