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Curried Shrimp With Potatoes & Garbanzos

 

Curried Shrimp With Potatoes & Garbanzos

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Today, I like to share a dish with you that I have prepared in its basic version hundreds of times over the years. It is a “a la minute” dish, so it requires no prolonged cooking and can be prepared on short notice (a la minute) and in just a few minutes of prepping and cooking.
The ingredients for the sauce are always the same – clarified butter, curry powder, turmeric powder, cumin, garlic paste, grated ginger, kosher salt, chicken, beef or vegetable stock, and heavy cream.
On the other hand, besides the sauce, anything goes. You can replace the potatoes, chick peas and shrimp with anything your heart desires and your belly craves – any poultry, any seafood, beef, veggies-only to make the dish vegetarian, even potatoes and tomatoes only (one of my favorites), and so forth…..
The sauce is what makes this dish so delicious and unique and I usually make more than the dish actually needs, so I can use the leftover sauce to flavor some rice or pasta, usually for a simple breakfast or a tasty midnight snack 🙂
The ratio of the ingredients for the sauce is also flexible and depends on the main ingredient you use.
While the basic sauce for two portions requires 1/2 cup stock, 1/2 cup heavy cream, 1 pinch of cumin, 1 tblsp curry powder, 1/4 tsp garlic paste, 1/4 tsp grated ginger and kosher salt to taste, I like to use more curry powder for beef and chicken dishes, more  cumin for lamb, more liquid for starchy dishes, less liquid for vegetable variations, etc.
As usual, please let the recipe I give you here serve as a guideline, which you can/should adjust according to your own preferences 🙂
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Curried Shrimp With Potatoes & Garbanzos

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Curried Shrimp With Potatoes & Garbanzos

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Curried Shrimp With Potatoes & Garbanzos

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Preparation :
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Pig’s Feet Souse ( Love It Or Hate It )

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Pig’s feet  are not everybody’s cup of tea, but for those of us who love them, they are a special treat.
I prepare them quite often, in stews, steamed, braised, Asian style, Latin style, German style; any way is fine with me 🙂
The following dish is Caribbean Style Souse, as I enjoyed it many moon’s ago a couple of times in Trinidad, at the home of my friend Lyron’s mother.
Very spicy and lightly acidic, with lots of vegetables, it was the perfect food on a hot day by the beach, spend in wonderful company and washed down with a few bottles of Carib Beer – nothing else was needed in those moments to feel happy and content 🙂
These meals (and times) are now in the distant past; all that’s left are the happy memories, vividly recalled by preparing the meals we enjoyed together then – Lyron and his wife Dorsey, my wife Maria, myself and Lyron’s mother, whose name eludes me after all these years but whom I always remember when preparing this particular souse………….
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Pig's Feet Souse

Pig’s Feet Souse

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Pig's Feet Souse

Pig’s Feet Souse

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Pig's Feet Souse

Pig’s Feet Souse

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Preparation :
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Mondongo

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Even  if you never had mondongo (tripes, kutteln) before, this variation should help you overcome your resentment easily because it is eye-appealing, tastes mild and best of all, it smells great, which you can’t say of some recipes utilizing tripe. The secret here is to blanch the tripe 3 times in salted, vinegared water, so that the typical smell of tripe has disappeared and you have an odorless piece of offal which should please you with its great taste and unique texture 🙂
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Mondongo

Mondongo

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Mondongo

Mondongo

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BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS # 46 – Huevos revueltos y guacamole con queso blanco ( Scrambled eggs, Guacamole, fresh cheese)

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Today’s  breakfast would most certainly not qualify for my new  ” Hans’ Lighter Comfort Food “  type of food, at least not the portion size. But we are still in 2014, so I am hell-bound to enjoy the last few days of eating large portions of everything tasty 🙂
Nothing wrong with this dish itself, I’ll  just have to cut the portion by 75%, replace the rye bread with something lighter and use less fat. Doesn’t sound so bad 🙂
But, we are still in the year of plenty, so here we go :
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BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS # 46 –  Huevos revueltos y guacamole con queso blanco ( Scrambled eggs, Guacamole, fresh cheese

BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS # 46 – Huevos revueltos y guacamole con queso blanco ( Scrambled eggs, Guacamole, fresh cheese

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BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS # 46 –  Huevos revueltos y guacamole con queso blanco ( Scrambled eggs, Guacamole, fresh cheese

BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS # 46 – Huevos revueltos y guacamole con queso blanco  ( Scrambled eggs, Guacamole, fresh cheese)

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Soupe A L’Oignon Au Crème (Creamy French Onion Soup)

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If  you think that french onion soup is one of the best soups in the world you are undoubtedly right. But did you ever eat its lesser known cousin, creamy french onion soup? Once you do, you’ll probably be hard pressed to decide which version is the better one, the more famous gratinated clear version or this creamy one, which I have enhanced here with toasted bread, toasted almonds and fried garlic chips. I am of course a huge fan of both versions, but for me, the creamy version is the clear winner.
Way back, during my youth in the old countries, these two variations  alternated on the menus of many restaurants of all types and they also were a cold weather staple in many homes, where often lager beer was added for even more richness :-).
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Soupe A L'Oignon Au Crème (Creamy French Onion Soup)

Soupe A L’Oignon Au Crème (Creamy French Onion Soup)

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Soupe A L'Oignon Au Crème (Creamy French Onion Soup)

Soupe A L’Oignon Au Crème (Creamy French Onion Soup)

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Soupe A L'Oignon Au Crème (Creamy French Onion Soup)

Soupe A L’Oignon Au Crème (Creamy French Onion Soup)

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Preparation :

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Spicy Octopus And Rice Noodles In Peanut Sauce

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Yesterday,  on my way home from work , I told myself that under no circumstance will I cook and clean up the kitchen, I was just too tired and a bit under the weather.
So, while driving along university drive and contemplating where to stop for a bite or some take out, evaluating the choices a I checked out the restaurants along the way, I crossed off one after the other, knowing that none of them would be able to satisfy my craving for real, good, tasty food for a decent price. Eventually, as I drove by my favorite Asian Market, I made a quick stop to buy some octopus sashimi. I was not sure at this point what I would prepare with it, but I usually have enough stuff at home to fix a couple of good meals. When I got home, rice noodles, peanut butter, soy sauce, garlic paste, grated ginger, chili oil, sesame oil, red chilies, green peppers and onions were the usual suspects.  Together with the octopus they became a great and perfect dinner.
As usual, more often than not, if I want to eat exactly what I want, I have to prep it myself (and clean up the kitchen afterward 😦  ).
But as always, it was well worth the time and effort and I’ve saved a bunch of good dollars doing it 🙂
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Spicy Octopus And Rice Noodles In Peanut Sauce

Spicy Octopus And Rice Noodles In Peanut Sauce

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Spicy Octopus And Rice Noodles In Peanut Sauce

Spicy Octopus And Rice Noodles In Peanut Sauce

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mix soy sauce, water, peanut butter, sriracha, sesame oil, lime juice, chili oil, simmer for one minute, if too thick, add water, if too thin, add peanut butter

mix soy sauce, water, peanut butter, sriracha, sesame oil, lime juice, chili oil, simmer for one minute, if too thick, add water, if too thin, add peanut butter

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season octopus with kosher salt and chili oil, saute in VERY HOT pan with garlic oil for about 3 seconds, remove from pan, set aside

season octopus with kosher salt and chili oil, saute in VERY HOT pan with garlic oil for about 3 seconds, remove from pan, set aside

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saute onion, green peppers and red chilies in garlic oil

saute onion, green peppers and red chilies in garlic oil

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add rice noodles which you had soaked in warm water for 10 minutes then drained, add a small amount of  soy sauce and water, cook until liquid has evaporated

add rice noodles which were soaked in warm water for 10 minutes, then drained, add a small amount of soy sauce and water, cook until liquid has evaporated

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put noodles to one side of the pan, add some more garlic oil, add whisked eggs, scramble, cook until eggs are dry

put noodles to one side of the pan, add some more garlic oil, add whisked eggs, scramble, cook until eggs are dry

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add peanut sauce, mix well

add peanut sauce, mix well

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stir fry for another minute, check / adjust seasoning

stir fry for another minute, check / adjust seasoning

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plate noodles on serving dish, top with octopus, sprinkle with chives and sesame seeds

plate noodles on serving dish, top with octopus, sprinkle with chives and sesame seeds

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Spicy Octopus And Rice Noodles In Peanut Sauce

Spicy Octopus And Rice Noodles In Peanut Sauce

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Spicy Octopus And Rice Noodles In Peanut Sauce

Spicy Octopus And Rice Noodles In Peanut Sauce

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Spicy Octopus And Rice Noodles In Peanut Sauce

Spicy Octopus And Rice Noodles In Peanut Sauce

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Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Caramelized Apples And Walnuts

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Last  night’s dinner was very atypical for me, since I usually don’t like nuts and/or fruits in my savory dishes.
However, in cooking, as in most other things, there is sometimes an exception to the rule, so this is one of the few exceptions where I actually like to add fruit and nuts to a savory dish for my own consumption 🙂
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Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Caramelized Apples And Walnuts

Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Caramelized Apples And Walnuts

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Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Caramelized Apples And Walnuts

Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Caramelized Apples And Walnuts

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simmer potatoes in saltwater until tender, drain

simmer potatoes in saltwater until tender, drain

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add garlic paste and garlic oil

add garlic paste and garlic oil

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add heavy cream, kosher salt and white pepper

add heavy cream, kosher salt and white pepper

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mash together until creamy

mash together until creamy

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saute diced apples and walnuts in clarified butter until lightly caramelized

saute diced apples and walnuts in clarified butter until lightly caramelized

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pork tenderloin

pork tenderloin

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trim tenderloin, cut and flatten into steaks

trim tenderloin, cut and flatten into steaks

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season with kosher salt and black pepper, grill to your preferred doneness

season with kosher salt and black pepper, grill to your preferred doneness

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plate potatoes

plate potatoes

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make an indention, add red wine sauce

make an indention, add red wine sauce

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top with steak

top with steak

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top with apples and nuts, sprinkle with chives

top with apples and nuts, sprinkle with chives

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Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Caramelized Apples And Walnuts

Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Caramelized Apples And Walnuts

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Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Caramelized Apples And Walnuts

Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Caramelized Apples And Walnuts

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BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS # 43 – Eggs & Eggs

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Chicken eggs and fish eggs – what an incredible combo. Super tasty, beautiful to look at, quick and easy to prepare.
Have a wonderful day ! With this dish, you’ll have a great start 🙂
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BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS # 43 – Eggs & Eggs

BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS # 43 – Eggs & Eggs

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Eggs & Eggs

Eggs & Eggs

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Naan

Naan

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fry eggs in garlic oil, season with kosher salt

fry eggs in garlic oil, season with kosher salt

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top naan with fried eggs, drizzle with sriracha

top naan with fried eggs, drizzle with sriracha

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top with caviar of your choice (and wallet) :-)

top with caviar of your choice (and size of your wallet) 🙂

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Sprinkle with fresh chives

Sprinkle with fresh chives

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Eggs & Eggs

Eggs & Eggs

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Eggs & Eggs

Eggs & Eggs

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Eggs & Eggs

Eggs & Eggs

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BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS # 42 – Brandade

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While  a traditional brandade is usually made with salted cod (bacalao) and olive oil, over time many different variations have evolved. Today I’ve had a version that has evolved in my own kitchen. When Maria was still alive, I prepared bacalao for her often, since it was one of her favorite food’s and many times she asked for it to be prepared as brandade.
I myself, on the other hand, am a stout hater of bacalao ever since I encountered  klippfisk and lutefisk (bacalao) the first time while I was working in Sweden during the early 70’s. While FRESH  bacalao /torsk / cod / kabeljau remains one of my favorite fish’ of all time, the salted / dried / lye’d versions are not something I’d eat voluntarily, although I have cooked thousands of portions over time for guests in restaurants around the world and mostly for fellow sailors during my time as crew cook on Royal Viking Sky. I became quite an expert in preparing it, making many a Swede, Norwegian, Spaniard, Portuguese and any other bacalao / klipfisk / lutefisk- lover happy 🙂
So, while I don’t like bacalao, I adore brandade, so at home I make different versions often. I’ll have it for breakfast, lunch or dinner and sometimes, if I cook too much (usually), for all three meals on one day, served with different sidings and condiments.
So there you have it – a not so traditional “Smoked Salmon & Spinach Brandade”
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Brandade

Brandade

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Brandade

Brandade

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bake potatoes until soft, let cool, remove flesh

bake potatoes until soft, let cool, remove flesh

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mix potaho with garlic paste, horseradish, kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper,

mix potaho with garlic paste, horseradish, kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper,

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add heavt cream

add heavy cream

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mix well

mix ingredients well

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add blanched spinch and diced smoked salmon

add blanched spinach and diced smoked salmon

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almost….

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put mixture in buttered baking dish

put mixture in buttered baking dish

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sprinkle with bread crumbs and grated asiago cheese

sprinkle with bread crumbs and grated asiago cheese

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bake until golden and crisp

bake until golden and crisp, sprinkle with chives

 

Brandade

Brandade

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Brandade

Brandade

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Brandade

Brandade

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Brandade

Brandade

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Gratinated Breaded Beef Scallops, Brie & Tomato

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Paniertes Schnitzel,  Milanesa, Katsu, Kotlet Schabowy, Filete Empanado, etc, etc. You have seen it a million times in various shapes, forms and names – the wonderful, easy to prepare, always satisfying breaded cutlet.
However, I bet you have never seen this version 🙂
This dish came to exist because it was what I had at home today and did not feel like going to the store to buy anything else. I love breaded food as long as it is crispy and not greasy. I love anything with brie cheese and I add grape tomato to just about anything……..
so there you have it, here is what I came up with for dinner today. Great looking, great tasting and easy on the wallet.
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Gratinated Breaded Beef Scallops,  Brie & Tomato

Gratinated Breaded Beef Scallops, Brie & Tomato

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Gratinated Breaded Beef Scallops,  Brie & Tomato

Gratinated Breaded Beef Scallops, Brie & Tomato

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bread scallops in flour, eggs and panko, saute in butter until golden and crispy (the un-breaded one on the bottom is Bella's portion)

bread scallops in flour, eggs and panko, saute in butter until golden and crisp (the un-breaded one on the bottom is Bella’s portion)

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season blanched potatoes with kosher salt and white pepper, saute in duck fat

season blanched potatoes with kosher salt and white pepper, saute in duck fat

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mine and Bella's

mine and Bella’s

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put scallops on a rack, top with seasoned (salt, granulated garlic and pepper)

put scallops on a rack, top with seasoned Grape tomatoes (salt, granulated garlic and pepper)

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top with sliced brie

top with sliced brie

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gratinate under broiler until cheese melts

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sprinkle with fresh chives

sprinkle with fresh chives

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Gratinated Breaded Beef Scallops,  Brie & Tomato

Gratinated Breaded Beef Scallops, Brie & Tomato

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Gratinated Breaded Beef Scallops,  Brie & Tomato

Gratinated Breaded Beef Scallops, Brie & Tomato

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Gratinated Breaded Beef Scallops,  Brie & Tomato

Gratinated Breaded Beef Scallops, Brie & Tomato

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