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Leaves from The Walnut Tree: Cooking of a Lifetime

Leaves from The Walnut Tree

By Ann Taruschio and Franco Taruschio

Published 1993

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  • 1 small onion
  • ½ litre/¾ pt milk
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 blade mace
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 whole peppercorns
  • 2 allspice berries
  • 60 g/2 oz day-old white breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • salt
  • 2 tablespoons cream


    Stick the cloves into the onion. Put the milk into a saucepan and add the onion, garlic, mace, bay leaf, peppercorns and allspice. Simmer the milk and spices for 15 minutes and leave to infuse for 1 hour.

    Strain the milk over the breadcrumbs, add the butter and salt, and stir into the mixture. Return the sauce to the heat and cook over a gentle heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the cream, check the seasoning and serve at once.