Red Mullet Soup (8-10)

This is really a French recipe but it is from ” Rhodes Around Britain” by Gary Rhodes. It should be served with Garlic Toasts with Rouille. To make the garlic toast cut a french stick into 1 cm slices and spread with some garlic butter. Toast the slices then top with Rouille.

Sausages with Parmesan Polenta (4)

I recently visited the north of Italy where i returned to the same restaurant in Stresa on Lake Maggiore three times . Their seasonal special, home made sausages with chestnuts and polenta, was so tasty I had it twice. I haven’t been able to find a recipe for that dish, but this dish from ” Rick Stein’s Food Heroes” is a good second best. If you cannot get hold of Luganega sausages in your local Italian deli then any Italian sausages flavoured with garlic and fennel will do.

Billi Bi (4)

A mussel soup with saffron and wine which I found in ” The Little Book of Big Soups” by Lindsay Bareham. Serve with plenty of crusty bread to mop up the delicious liquor.