Tarte Tatin

There seems to be a great mystique surrounding Tarte Tatin but it really isn’t difficult to do. After all, the original Tatin was allegedly an accident! Credit for this version: the ever-reliable Mireille Johnston

The best implement to cook it in is a heavy frying pan (preferably non-stick) that will go in the oven. But if you don’t have a suitable one, you can cook the apples in a frying pan, then tip them into a cake tin and cover with pastry.

Note: I often just buy ready-made pastry for this rather than making it.

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Le Cassoulet

There are three sorts of cassoulet, from Castelnaudary, Carcassonne, and Toulouse. Naturally each place claims its version is the best. They all have lots of beans and goose or duck fat in them, it’s the other ingredients that vary. Anyway this is the ‘quick’ version that I make (doesn’t include separately cooked stewed lamb), which is probably closest to the Toulouse version. If you are going to make it, make plenty — it freezes well, and it’s one of those things that’s better reheated. Credit: the infallible Mireille Johnston.

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