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Rum Rabbit Terrine

Rum Rabbit Terrine

This is an astonishingly rich dish, which requires quite a lot of preparation, but is absolutely worth it for the gamey flavours backed by the dark sweetness of the rum. 1 rabbit 5-6 Chicken Livers, cubed 900g (2 lb) loin or leg of pork 1 clove garlic, crushed 450g (1 lb) extra pork fat 1 tsp ground ginger 55g (2 oz) pistachios, split 1 beaten egg 340g (12 oz) streaky bacon 3 tbsps Jamaican Rum 8 fl oz rosé or…

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Rum Pie

Rum Pie

Nanny used to make this for special occasions. Fine filly, nanny, although she used to scald her udders terribly on the element. Watch you don’t do the same. short pastry 250ml (½ pint) milk, with a pinch of nutmeg 55g (2 oz) sugar 2 eggs 1 ½ tsp gelatine 1 tsp cornflour 2 tbsp rum, plus a little extra For the topping: 2 tbsp cream 1 tsp sugar 55g (2 oz) chocolate 2 tbsp water Bake the pastry in a…

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Rum Omelette

Rum Omelette

This is a pudding omelette, a rare thing these days, courtesy of the late, great Mrs Beeton. But who says you have to have it for pudding? A fine meal, then, at any time. 3 eggs 1 tbsp caster sugar 1 tbsp cream 1 tbsp butter 2 tbsp rum Beat the eggs well and stir in the sugar, cream and half the rum. Heat the butter over a hot heat and pour in the eggs as soon as it starts…

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Rum Coffee Risotto

Rum Coffee Risotto

Don’t be afraid of this recipe—it’s quite special. Instant coffee is actually an excellent ingredient in dishes, particularly in one’s more impecunious times—and when poor, what else would one be buying but booze? Serves 2-4. 2 tbsp instant coffee granules zest and juice of one orange 150g (5 oz) arborio rice 1 litre (2 pints) milk 2 drops vanilla extract 150g (5 oz) sugar 4 tbsp butter 300g (10 oz) double cream 6 tbsp rum Mix the coffee granules and…

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Mojito Cupcakes

Mojito Cupcakes

There’s plenty of debate about the origins of the Mojito. While most claim it was invented some time in the 1800s, others trace it back to much earlier—to the 1500s—and a concoction known as El Draque. El Draque was allegedly created by English pirate Richard Drake in honour of his boss, Sir Francis Drake, with aguardiente (fire water), a precursor to rum. Mull it over while you munch on some of these (makes 12). 80g (3 oz) sugar 200g (7…

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Chocolate Rum Fondue

Chocolate Rum Fondue

The traditional cheese fondue has always been a boozy dish, ever since its invention by the Swiss centuries ago—the first recorded admixture with wine occurred in Zurich in 1699. This rather more modern version continues the tradition—best served with chunks of fruit, for the grown-up, and marshmallows, for the less so. 200g (7 oz) milk chocolate, broken up 2 tbsp butter 2 tbsp plain yoghurt 150g (5 oz) double cream 2 tbsp white rum dips of choice Heat the butter,…

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Banana Flambé

Banana Flambé

Although the practice of igniting food for show can be traced to the Moors in the 14th century, modern flambéing was discovered in Monte Carlo in 1895, when Henri Carpentier, a waiter, accidentally set fire to a pan of crêpes he was preparing for the future Edward VII—and found the dish much improved. 2 bananas 2 tbsp sunflower oil 4 tbsp sugar juice of one lime 125ml (¼ pint) white rum Peel the bananas and cut them in half lengthwise….

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Plantain Flambee

Plantain Flambee

I didn’t think I’m come up with a way to distill my Cuban experience (well, some of it) into one dish so quickly, but then it hit me. Plantain is a staple of African and Latin American food – and available in most urban grocery stores these days – and what represents Cuba better than Rum? So let’s marry the two… Fry a thumbnail of ginger in a little oil, and then add a couple of sliced plantains. While they’re…

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Late Christmas

Late Christmas

Meant to write some more before going away, but I hope you had a very merry one. Here’s an article I wrote for 4Food about winter soup, offies (longer article to come) and Port Wine Jelly. Yum. I’ve been in Cuba, so I’ve got a few new things I want to try – currently wondering what I could do with Plantains, as I got rather addicted to them – any ideas? Also: more rum! In the mean time: check out…

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