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Retro food hall of fame

It's time to get nostalgic with this retro hall of fame! With vintage wonders including vol au vents and bombe Alaska, you'll enjoy this culinary trip down memory lane

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    Tropical bombe alaska

    The mix of textures, flavours and temperatures combine in the classic king of desserts, the bombe alaska, to create a sensationally sweet dish.

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    Chocolate and vanilla napoleon

    The mille-feuille, or vanilla slice, or custard slice, is known as the Napoleon. It is a French pastry whose exact origin, despite its noble name, is unknown. It's also quite delicious.

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    Beef stroganoff with pickles

    Hearty, comforting and ready in just 20 minutes, this Hungarian-inspired beef stroganoff is the perfect pick-me up on a chilly winter night

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    Russian–style potato and fish casserole

    This is a great way to use inexpensive fish and although it is essentially a good midweek family meal, it’s delicious enough to serve for a more special occasion.

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    Strawberry bavarois

    This colourful and classy-looking dessert uses strawberry jelly crystals laced with a strawberry liqueur for flavour and a few real strawberries just for decoration It is a quick and easy cheat's delight that is bound to impress guests at your next dinner party.

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    Lamb shanks with lentil ragout

    Tender slow-cooked lamb shanks go brilliantly with a hearty lentil ragu for a filling and nutritious flavour-packed winter dinner for the whole family.

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    Boston bun with vanilla coconut frosting

    An old-school Boston bun has a certain retro charm – layer the frosting on as thick as you like and serve it with butter for spreading. Photography and recipe by Gourmet Traveller.

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    Chicken and asparagus vol-au-vents

    Vol-au-vent is a classic dish, made with chicken in a delicious cream sauce and makes tasty finger food too. For extra flavour and colour add some freshly chopped chives to the cream.

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    Chocolate log cake

    Making your first Swiss roll is a rite of passage for keen bakers, and if you haven't given it a go yet this chocolate log recipe is a great way to try. Covered in chocolate ganache, even if you don't roll straight, the end result will taste amazing.

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    Baked bean, bacon and egg roll

    We take humble bacon and egg rolls to a new level by adding baked beans and serving them in crunchy bread baskets.

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    Easy cheese ball

    Whip up this savoury cheeseball for your next dinner party - it makes a great addition to a platter of crackers and crudité.

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    Salmon and asparagus quiche

    Tasty, wholesome salmon and asparagus quiche is the perfect idea for dinner tonight. Full of rich flavour and nutritious ingredients.

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    Duck breast in sticky orange sauce

    A modern take on the traditional French dish duck a l'orange. It's easy to make to wow your guests at your next dinner party ... or serve as a special dinner for your loved ones.

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    Strawberry & milk chocolate mousse cake

    Like a Neapolitan dream, this mousse cake has a base of chocolate mud cake, followed by a layer of chocolate mousse, then strawberry mousse and topped with fresh strawberries.

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    Easy cheeseball

    Everybody loves a cheeseball! Whip up this savoury cheeseball for your next dinner party - it makes a great addition to a platter of crackers and crudité.

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