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A thoroughly modern coronation chicken

It is said that no self-respecting Royal Wedding Street Party should be without a dish of Coronation Chicken, but this combination of pre-cooked cold chicken mixed with a creamy curried mayonnaise and sometimes fruit, can be too high in fat and sugars for bariatrics. I have given the recipe a bariatric makeover and modern, much lighter, twist. I am sure chef Rosemary Hume and florist Constance Spry (credited with its invention) wouldn’t be unhappy with the result… and would find it most appropriate to celebrate the modern young Royals nuptials.
A Warm Leek, Smoked Trout and Potato Salad
  • Time: 20 minutes

A Warm Leek, Smoked Trout and Potato Salad

This is one of my most favorite salads for festive holiday eating. Remember to choose small to medium leeks that have the most tender texture and ones that have dark green leaves but beautifully white necks. Equally important is to use half fat crème fraiche for the dressing. The portion size for this salad isn’t huge, it’s more appetizer size rather than main-meal, so if you are catering for man-sized appetites then double the quantities.
Alaskan Pollock and Prawn Biryani
  • Time: 18 minutes

Alaskan Pollock and Prawn Biryani

When the weather turns colder I often turn to the warming spicy foods of Indian origin. This recipe is one I make when I don’t want to venture to the stores but rely upon my freezer and storecupboard for basic but convenient ingredients.
Apple and Raisin Crumble
  • Time: 30 minutes

Apple and Raisin Crumble

This is a real British comfort food favorite! The original version would be heavy on sugar and rich on butter but I have made this variation bariatric-friendly. The secret, I believe, is in making the fruit the show piece, reducing the former fat and sugar to a minimum, and making the crumble something of a dusting rather than dense cover. As for the crowning glory … well, you couldn’t do much better than serving with a low-fat and low-sugar custard (see my recipe on but I also like to serve with a dollop of fat-free thick Greek yogurt.
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