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Sat, 26 Apr 2014

Belgian night

Moules marinières (mussels in creamy sauce)
Traditional Flemish Carbonnade
(Marinated beef cooked in Belgian beer)

Glazed carrots
(as many fried potatoes as you can eat
- served with mayonnaise - all home-made)
Desserts with Belgian chocolate
and speculos

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Sat, 22 Feb 2014

Russian night

Pirojkis (top right)
Stuffed with carrots/cabbage
and mushrooms/anchivies

Red cabbage salad
Sour cream
Beef Stroganoff (bottom right)

Potato and dill mash
Mustard sour cream

Compote of apple and red fruit and Lemon mousse

Entertainment by aZey the Magician

posted on: 22/02/2014 at 20:45 in category: [/cooking] with permanent link

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Sat, 25 Jan 2014

Chinese New Year

- Tofu and black mushroom soup
- Peking duck with pancakes and Hoisin sauce
- Sweet and sour pork
- Chicken with cashew nuts
- Stir fried vegetables with noodles
- Rice
- Coconut flan with lychees and mango syrup
- Sesamé crackers and fortune cookies
- Chinese tea, Tsingtao

posted on: 25/01/2014 at 20:45 in category: [/cooking] with permanent link

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Wed, 11 Dec 2013

Salmon Lasagne

- use a back of salmon, extract all the bones
- make a light béchamel sauce using half-milk half-water
- season the sauce with nutmeg
- cut the salmon into thin slices crosswise, add a lot of pepper
- make layers of salmon, fresh spinach leaves, béchamel sauce and lasagne
- I also add some chopped chives
- make three of four layers and finish with some grated parmesan
- bake in a hot oven for 25 minutes

posted on: 11/12/2013 at 18:06 in category: [/cooking] with permanent link

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Wed, 04 Dec 2013

Polenta, Veal stew with carrots

I know I promised the blanquette de veau recipe accompanied by mixed roast vegetables but first I must divulge this wonderful polenta invention.

- cook some polenta
- mix it (use a fork) with some chopped sun-dried tomatoes, olive oil and spices (cumin, chilli, coriander, cinnamon, etc. etc. - whatever takes your fancy)
- place in an overproof dish and grill in a hot oven until cooked through and lightly browned on top

Blanquette de Veau method:
- fry some chopped onions in a little oil
- add bite sized chunks of veal and brown
- add chopped carrots, garlic and a little flour
- add white wine (or dry cider) and stock to cover, salt, pepper
- place in a casserole dish and cook in a cool oven (160 degrees) for a couple of hours until the meat is tender and the sauce thick.
- Serve with slices of grilled polenta (see above)

posted on: 04/12/2013 at 16:05 in category: [/cooking] with permanent link

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A special day

Stuffed sea bass

A "pot" and sex toy tea strainer


posted on: 04/12/2013 at 10:58 in category: [/cooking] with permanent link

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Sat, 30 Nov 2013

Italian evening

And a fantastic pizza dough slinging show by Mario
and Luigi.

posted on: 30/11/2013 at 10:08 in category: [/cooking] with permanent link

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Thu, 14 Nov 2013

Authentic Italian Theme Evening at Bruno Raja's Restaurant

Next Theme Evening

November 30th 2013, 8:30pm

Gourmet Italian Menu

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posted on: 14/11/2013 at 18:06 in category: [/cooking] with permanent link

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Sat, 09 Nov 2013

Mushroom and prawn salad

Well this is turning into a real Mushroom Month.

We went for a lovely dinner with our friends Alan Cook (ex-manager of the famous GothRock band "Sauerkraut" as featured elsewhere on this website, click here for more details if you are really interested) and Elisabeth Guinness.

Elisabeth runs the Guinness Gallery in Dublin and she is an excellent cook.

The spicy pork stew was fantastic but it was the starter of raw mushrooms and prawns which inspired me for this recipe. I have only slightly modified Elisabeth's original recipe by adding some spinach leaves and a slightly sweeter dressing to counteract their bitterness.

- thinly slice some mushrooms
- place on a bed of baby spinach leaves
- add some peeled prawns
- make a dressing with honey, lime juice, olive oil, oregano, salt and mild red paprika powder
- drizzle dressing on the salad

posted on: 09/11/2013 at 09:48 in category: [/cooking] with permanent link

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Sat, 26 Oct 2013

Second Theme Evening at Bruno Raja's Restaurant

The second of our Special Around The World Cuisine theme evenings

This month: Texan menu

- Southern cocktail with nachos and salsa


- Halloween pumpkin soup
with cream and smoky bacon


- Barbecued spare ribs
Marinated ribs cooked in the wood stove and served with an authentic American barbecue sauce (26 ingredients)

- Served with potato and sweet potato fries, bean and corn salad and extra barbecue sauce


- Selection of American desserts
Lemon cheesecake, brownie, iced carrot cake, blueberry sauce

posted on: 26/10/2013 at 20:30 in category: [/cooking] with permanent link

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