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Potatoe Salad

A great accompaniment for BBQ’d meat or poultry dishes.. and so simple to make.

Ingredients

  • 2lb Yukon gold or salad potatoes all of similar size so they all are cooked at the same time
  • olive oil
  • seasoned rice wine vinegar
  • salad onions – chopped
  • Hellmans mayonnaise (or Best Mayonaise in the US) – same products
  • generous amount of ground pink Himalayan salt
  • chopped chives for garnish
  1. Bring the potatoes to the boil and simmer gently with a lid, for 30-40 minutes, depending on size until just soft through, but not until the outside of the pototao starts to fall away with the skin
  2. Meanwhile prepare the dressing by mixing 3 parts olive oil,  2 parts cold water, 1 part vinegar, plus 1 part mayonnaise into a very large mixing bowl
  3. Mix/Whisk until creamy, add more mayonnaise for extra creaminess
  4. add salt, mix very well
  5. Stir in chopped  Salad onions  and leave dressing to settle
  6. Peel and slice potatoes while hot
  7. Slice potatoes into 1/2 cm strips and separate slices while cutting, so they don’t stick together and can be mixed into the dressing more easily.
  8. Add easch sliced potato, one at a time, to the dressing in layers while still warm, turning potatoes  gently after adding each potato, until all coated by dressing, reapeat until all potatoes are added. – If dressing becomes too dry and further potatoes are still to be added,  pour a weak mixture of vinegar and water and optionally a little mayo and salt to the dressing, over the potatoes already added before mixing in the last potatoes. The salad needs to be quite wet when all the potatoes are added as the dressing thickens when chilled.
  9. Add more salt to taste.
  10. Chill
  11. Empty salad into a serving dish and Garnish with chives, some dill or some fennel leaves
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Chicken Ciabatta recipe

The pasta I was going to cook this sauce for had exceeded the sell by date, I hadn’t realised until the sauce was almost done, so I toasted some ciabatta instead, ditched the pasta and served the chicken sauce on the toasted ciabatta, with grated cheese on top. This is a dish I would Def do again.. much lighter than eating it with pasta.. and really really tasty,
  • 1 red pepper diced into small cubes, sautéd with olive oil and butter and salt and chilly seeds
  • 1 desert spoon of sweet chilli sauce
  • 1 soup bowl of small cubed  cooked  chicken
  • 1 pot of Delmaine pomodoro sauce
  • Grated cheese to serve
  • 1 large ciabatta roll – serves 2
  1. Heat the oil and butter in a frying pan
  2. Add the diced red pepper salt and chilly seeds and cook till tender
  3. Add about a tablespoon of water (or two, or wine even) so that when the diced cooked chicken is added it has some tasty  juices to absorb
  4. Add chicken and cook until all juices soaked up
  5. Add a little pomodoro sauce and stir in well, when hot add the remainder of the sauce and heat through.
  6. When the sauce is reduced to a thick consistency spoon onto toast, smother with grated cheese
  7. Meanwhile toast the ciabatta, and grate the cheese and serve
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Vicky’s Filet Mignon Party special

Ingredients

  • 1 whole Filet Mignon from Costco
  • Dry Steak Spices from Costco
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 table Worsestershire Sauce
  • Butter

 

  1. Cut/Half the Filet steak horizontally into two 1″ thick steak
  2. Mix the olive oil and Worcestershire sauce together
  3. Dip each steak into the oil/sauce mix, coat thoroughly
  4. Rub each steak with the steak spices
  5. Leave steak to marinate if still chilled, it should only be cooked when it has reached room temperature
  6. Heat pan, melt the butter and cook steak on high for about 1 minute each side.
  7. Cover with foil to keep warm to rest the Filet Mignon until ready to serve

* Hot Tip – add a little olive oil to the butter to stop the butter turning brown

 

 

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What Beef to buy for what ?

In the US the cuts of beef have different names, so this is mainly a note to me, to remember which cuts are best for different methods of cooking.

I buy the steak in Costco, and the quality is fabulous.

Fillet Steaks – BBQ with Lindas Fillet steak Rub

New York Strip steak also great for  BBQ’ing  – tasty and tender

Flank Steak – Marinate overnight, cut into strips and cook fast, serve with mash and sauted onions

Tri Tip : great of casseroles

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My friend Linda who also has a  Recipe Website made us a delicious Fillet Steak Dinner the other evening. The Fillet steaks had been rubbed with the three ingredients below for a few hours before BBQ’ing on a gas grill and it was the best steak I have truly ever had.

For the Rub

  • Lemon Pepper
  • Pressed Garlic
  • Olive Oil
  1. Sprinkle on the lemon pepper
  2. Press on the crushed garlic
  3. Rub on the olive oil
  4. Cover and refrigerate for a few hours, but remove an hour or so before BBQ’ing to bring to room temperature.
  5. Grill
  6. Rest then slice and arrange on a serving platter
Linda served it with sauted Shitake mushrooms, runner beans, Baked Potatoes (Potatoe filling mashed with sour cream and chives and topped with melted cheese) and a fabulous garden salad.

 

 

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Sauted Spicy Shrimp in Tarragon Butter

These a delicious, a tasty appetizer, fast to make and eaten even faster.

 

Ingredients

  • 6 large Frozen shrimp (with tails)
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon iodized sea salt
  • 1/3/teaspoon paprika (to redden sauce)
  • 1 finely chopped fresh chilli
  • 1 sprig of finely chopped tarragon
  1. Melt butter in a pan with the oil (using a pan just large enough to lay in all the shrimp flat)
  2. add the chopped chilli and saute until softened
  3. add the seasoning, paprika, and tarragon
  4. Stir well and when on really hot and bubbling add the shrimp into the sauce
  5. Cook on med-high until shrimp turn pinkish (about 3 mintues)
  6. Turn shrimp over and cook for one more minute.
  7. Serve immediately or leave to cool and add as a garnish to a salad
Use this sauce (with or without the shrimp) as a topping or garnish for baked white fish..
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Mulled Wine

A real winter warmer and great at Christmas time

  • 2 Bottles of Red Wine
  • 1 J-cloth or muslin and string to tie it
  • 3 or more Cardamon pods
  • 2 or more cloves
  • 2 star Anis
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 1 sprig on Lemon Grass (pressed flat to release oil and flavour and cut into small pieces)
  • Zest of 1 Orange
  • 1 wedge of orange
  • 1 tablespoon Demerara Sugar (or dark Cane Sugar)
  • 3 stem ginger with 1 tablespoon of the syrup (finely chopped)
  1. Heat the wine (never bring to the boil)
  2. Make a pouch with the J-cloth and place in the cardamon pods, cloves, star Anis, cinnamon and lemon grass and tie closed
  3. Add pouch and remaining ingredients and heat until hot and keep hot until serving.
  4. Serve in glass mugs with a fresh slice of orange
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BBQ’d Burgers with herbs and spices

This recipe produced really tasty burgers, moist and light, and full of flavor. The trick is to prepare the mixture in advance to let the herbs and spices soak well into the meat. Make the patties just before grilling with a little flour on the hands to avoid a sticky mess and brush both sides lightly with olive oil just before placing on the grill to avoid sticking. Cook for 5 minutes each side at the lowest setting on a gas grill with the lid down for medium, and 6 minutes each side for well done. Top with a slice or two of Jalepeno Chedder Jack cheese and serve when melted.

Serve in a bun with gherkins, lettuce, tomato and onion, or just on the plate with a healthy salad.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound                            Organic minced meat (ground beef)
  • 3 cups                              bread cubes (from fresh bread)
  • 1/2 cup                            milk
  • 1 pack                              HOT taco spices (or mild if preffered)
  • 2 tablespoons                 (heaped) of finely chopped herbs – Rosemary, Thyme, Oregano, Sage
  1. Soak bread in milk until all the bread is thouroughly wet
  2. Squeeze bread by hand to extract excess milk
  3. Discard milk
  4. Put wet bread into a large mixing bowl
  5. Add the herbs and Taco mix and mix well until mushy with a glove or hand inside a plastic bag
  6. This mix should not be wet just moist
  7. Crumble in the meat and mix very well by hand until mushy
  8. With your hand still in the plastic bag gather the mixture into your hand, invert the plastic bag and close.
  9. Refridgerate for at least 4 hours for best results
  10. Roll out mixture (still in plastic bag for cleanest results) into a large thick roll
  11. Divide with a knife into even size pieces large enough to make patties about 3/4″ thick and about 3 1/2″ diameter
  12. Make round, flat patties with bare hands covered in flour to avoid sticking.
  13. Cook when at room temperature for best results.
  14. When ready to Grill or BBQ patties brush lightly with olive oil to them avoid sticking
  15. Turn once at 5 or 6 minutes for medium or well done, respectively

Note: the second time making this I substituted the whole pack of HOT Taco seasoning mix with only half a pack of Mild Chilli seasoning mix (Mc Cormacks) plus a teaspoon of dried chillies – will state favorite shortly

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All in One Cheese Sauce

This ones for you John! 😉

This is  a fail proof, and effortless recipe for a smooth and tasty cheese sauce, which is great on Tortellini pasta and in Lasagna.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tabelspoon plain flour
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups of 2% milk (extra to thin if needed)
  • 1 cup of diced cheese (Red Leicester cheese makes the sauce a nice rich colour)
  • 1 tablespoon of Parmesan cheese (optional)
  • grated nutmeg to taste (optional)
  1. Place the butter, flour and milk into a pan and heat stirring all the time
  2. When its almost boiling, and thick and creamy (add more milk if too thick) stir in  the cubed cheese
  3. Grate in a little nutmeg
  4. Continue to stir until the cheese has melted completely
  5. Serve immediately
Note: The sauce can be made in advance but will form a skin when cooling if not covered, so transfer the sauce to a small microwavable bowl, cover with cling film so that the cling film makes contact with ALL the surface of the cheese sauce and then when ready to serve, microwave the sauce, still covered until hot, stirring occasionally  *** Do not boil, as this will make the sauce runny.

 

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This is a new favorite invention! An easy, and very tasty one pot meal made up of vegetables that are ready  to be used up. Its quick to prepare, and is ready after slow cooking for 6 hours if cooked following the numbered instructions below using a pressure cooker.

If no pressure cooker is available just place the chicken and dried, uncooked lentils into a pre-heated the slow cooker, mix all the other ingredients in a large bowl and heat, covered in a microwave, stirring occasionally until very hot. Pour over the chicken and slow cook for at least 10 hours.

My collections of  Fast n’ Easy recipes and  Slow Cooker recipes on this website are getting bigger and easy to find using the categories on the right .

Ingredients, serves 8 (0r 6 very hungry people)

  • 8 large chicken thighs (on the bone with skin for best flavor)
  • 1 diced onion
  • 1 finely chopped habanero chili
  • 1 diced carrot
  • 2 diced parsnip
  • 10 small diced salad potatoes
  • 1 chopped clove of garlic
  • 3 cups red wine
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable boullion powder
  • 1 1/2 to 2 jars of tomato sauce
  • 1 heaped tablespoon paprika
  • 1 level tablespoon Garam Masala spice
  • 2 handfuls of uncooked, dried green lentils
  • 1 -2 teaspoons of coursley ground pepper to taste
  1. Plug in slow cooker to begin heating
  2. Brown half of the chicken pieces in a pressure cooker
  3. Add 2 cups warmed red wine and one tablespoon of Boullion
  4. Add the chopped onion and garlic
  5. Add 1/2 jar of heated sauce
  6. Add lid and raise pressure and cook for 5-8 minutes
  7. Release pressure fast and empty contents into the slow cooker
  8. Place lid on slow cooker and wash pressure cooker
  9. Brown second half of chicken pieces in the pressure cooker
  10. Add 1 cup of warmed red wine and 1/2 tablespoon Boullion
  11. Add 1/2 cup of hot water
  12. Add 1/2 jar of heated sauce to the pressure cooker
  13. Heat the remaining sauce and add to the slow cooker
  14. Add paprika and Garam Masala spice and the finely chopped Habanero  to the pressure cooker
  15. Add two generous handfulls of green lentils  and stir to submerge all the lentils and mix the spices
  16. Add diced carrot, parsnips and potatoes (dont stir)
  17. Add lid and raise pressure and cook for 5 – 8 minutes
  18. Release pressure fast and add contents carefully to the slow cooker
  19. Push any visible chicken thighs down below the surface
  20. And slow cook until the chicken begins to fall off the bone, and the lentils are tender (6 hours or longer)
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Chicken Curry Casserole

This recipe is my invention and one for the record so I can make it again exactly the same. It was very tasty and a made in 20minutes from frozen in a pressure cooker. This recipe can be baked in the oven or in a slow cooker too, but if you are in a hurry this is a perfect quick satisfying meal.

Ingredients for 2-3 portions

  • 3 frozen chicken breasts
  • olive oil
  • pepper
  • 5 medium new potatoes, halved
  • 1 mug of  hot vegetable stock
  • 1 teaspoon of your favorite curry powder (I use a Maui blend *)
  • 1/2 large onion, diced
  • 1/2 white wine
  • 1 parsnip, diced small
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 1 large leak, quatered and sliced
  • 1/2 balti curry sauce (I use Sharwoods)
  • * (spice number 630 from Mana Foods, Paia)
  1. Place the chicken in the microwave and cook for just 1 minute to make it cuttable.
  2. Heat olive oil in the pressure cooker
  3. Dice the chicken into 1/2″ cubes and brown in small batches
  4. Dice onion and add to chicken
  5. Half potatoes and add to pot
  6. Add curry powder to hot stock and add to pot
  7. Add white wine to pot
  8. Add diced parsnip to pot
  9. Add sugar to pot
  10. Stir well until boiling
  11. Add diced carrot and leeks to steamer tray and place into pot
  12. close lid and cook on high for 12 minutes when pressure is on high
  13. Release pressure, open, return pot to heat and stir in Balti sauce
  14. and Serve

 

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Pork Kebab Marinade

Ingredients
  • 1 cup cold pressed virgin Olive oil
  • 1 clove crushed garlic
  • 1 lemon (juice of)
  • 1/4 cup low salt Soy Sauce
  1. Whisk ingredients together and marinate pork for as long as possible in the fridge, stirring occasionally
Great for Pork Kebabs grilled on the BBQ
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Pork Tenderloin Kebabs for the BBQ

Ingredients (Makes 4 generous kebabs)

  • 24 cubed chunks of Marinated Pork Tenderloin
  • 2 large onions
  • 1 orange bell pepper
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 8 cherry tomatoes
  • 4 button mushrooms

For the Marinade

  • 1 cup Cold pressed virgin Olive oil
  • 1 clove crushed garlic
  • 1 lemon (juice of)
  • 1/4 cup low salt Soy Sauce

 

  1. Whisk the marinade ingredients together
  2. Cut the onions, and bell peppers into large squares
  3. Marinate  the pork and vegetables overnight if possible
  4. Start the BBQ and make the kebabs :
  5. Using four flat skewers add a tomatoe then a mushroom to each
  6. Then alternate the pork with onions and peppers
  7. End each kebab with a button mushroom and then a tomato
  8. Find a man, get him to grill the kebabs on a BBQ on low heat, slowly, for 20-25 minutes
  9. Serve with a green salad, a mixed bean salad, and baked potatoes
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Lamb Steaks in Onion and Mint Sauce

Cooked in the pressure cooker this meal took less than 30minutes from frozen to serving. The lamb was tender and very tasty. With the vegetables all cooked in the pressure cooker too, this dish is a complete meal, but can be served on Mashed Potatoes instead of adding potatoes into the pot.

Ingredients

  • 4 lamb steaks
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 6 new or salad potatoes, un-peeled and cut into 1/2cm slices
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1/2 small suede, cubed
  • 1-2 tablespoons of mint sauce
  • 1/2 gravy or stock
  • chili if required
  • 1 sprig of fresh sage
  1. Make up the gravy or the stock, with the mint and sage and put into pressure cooker
  2. Place the frozen pieces of lamb into the gravy and cook on second ring for 10-15minutes
  3. Meanwhile, dice the onions, suede, potatoes and carrot
  4. Release pressure quickly when its time
  5. Add all the onions, and half of the remaining vegetables into the stock/gravy
  6. Insert the vegetable tray so that it sits above the lamb and add the remaining vegetables
  7. Bring pressure up to second ring again and cook for 10 further minutes.
  8. Release pressure when done, dish into bowls, and serve with garlic bread or mashed potato if potato not added to the pot

 

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Robins’ Beef in Ale Casserole

Thanks Frances and Robin for a fabulous evening last night. I cant wait to make your delicious beef  in Ale Casserole you made for us, thanks also for the recipe. I’m going to adapt your recipe below for my new pressure cooker, then I’ll add my own extra notes to this recipe afterwards.

This recipe serves four.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons sunflower oil
  • 700 grams Diced Beef (Waitrose Mini Diced Beef)
  • 2 large onions,  sliced thickly
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon plain flour
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 500ml  Strong Pale Ale
  • For the accompaniment
  • 2 tablespoons creamed horseradish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, finely chopped
  1. Pre-heat oven to 150C
  2. Using a large ovenproof and flameproof casserole dish with a lid
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon sunflower oil and lightly brown the beef in small batches (2-3 for each batch)
  4. Transfer each batch onto a plate and set aside
  5. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil and add the thickly sliced onions
  6. Saute over a low heat for 6-7 minutes until softened
  7. Add the sugar, flour and Balsamic vinegar to the onions and stir over a high heat for 2-3 minutes
  8. Pour the ale over the onions  and stir until it reaches the boil
  9. Add the beef to the the onions
  10. Season to taste
  11. Bake in oven (with lid) for 1 1/2 – 2 hours, or until the meat is very tender and the cooking liquid has reduced to a syrupy consistency
  12. Stir the  creamed horseradish sauce and the chopped thyme leaves for an accompaniment
  13. Serve with Creamy mashed potato and long stemmed steamed broccoli
Very tasty – Thanks Robin 😉

 

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I have made this a few times and vary the vegetables depending on what needs to be used up.. Cooking time is 6-8hours set to High or Auto in a slow cooker. Add extra cooking time if ingredients are chilled.

Ingredients

8-10                        Chicken Thighs (skinned but on the bone is best)
1/2 cup                    Boullion Stock
1/2 cup                    White Wine
1 jar                         Classico Tomato sauce
1/2                           Tomato Passat Sauce
2 tablespoons          Sharwoods Masalla sauce
1/2 cup                    red split lentils
1 tablespoon            Paprika

2                               carrots (cubed)
1                               leek (halved and sliced)
1 dozen                     unpeeled salad potatoes (washed, thickly sliced)
1 sprig                      sage
chilli                         to taste

 

  1. Switch on the Slow cooker
  2. Mix  the lentils, paprika, sauces and chilli in the slow cooker pot
  3. Cube the carrots, slice the pototatoes, half and slice the leeks
  4. Add the vegetables to the sauce mixture and stir well
  5. Add the White wine and Boullion to the mixture and stir
  6. Optional – Heat in the microwave until hot
  7. Place the chicken pieces around the top, pushing them down gently until just showing at the surface
  8. Slow cook for 6+ hours once it reaches cooking temperature
  9. Serve with French Bread to soak up the juices
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Raspberry Puree

Ingredients

9 oz Fresh Raspberries
3 oz Icing sugar

  1. Blend the Raspberries in a blender with the icing sugar
  2. Press through a metal sieve and chill before serving

Great for Meringues and many other desserts

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Avoid or rescue curdling egg mixtures

Add a little cornfour to the mixture if it looks like it may curdle

Cornfour stabilises eggs and will whip any mixture back to an amazing smoothness

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Quiche Bases – Shortcrust pastry

I’ve never made shortcrust pastry before because I had no idea how easy it is.

Tip: Sift flour into a large bowl from as high as possible to make airy, use very soft butter, and use knife as much as possible before fingers.

Ingredients
6 oz plain flour
6 oz very soft butter (I used Lurpak spreadable)
1.5 tablespoons of water approx
1 pinch of salt

  1. Sift flour from up high into a large bowl
  2. Add flour and using a knife cut and lift into flour until its like crumbs
  3. Then crumble a little more with finger tips
  4. Sprinkle on water and again with knife cutting and lifting
  5. Use fingers until a nice smooth ball of pastry is made – add more water if necessary
  6. Chill for 30minutes in a plastic bag before rolling out and lining a flan dish
  7. Push edges down before cutting then squash afterwards, try to cut generously above edge if poss
  8. Coat all surfaces except the very top edges with egg
  9. Prick base gently all over with a fork – Holes get bigger during baking, so take care
  10. Pre-bake at 190C for 20-25 minutes until only just turning golden brown
  11. Check during cooking incase its lifting and prick again and push down with hands if necessary

See Quiche fillings for some ideas

 

NOTES : I used 4 oz instead of 6oz of flour and butter and it created a very thin pastry – it baked in 20 mins. I prefer thicker so have increased the ingredients and so baking time will probably increase

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Shrewsbury Sauce for Roast Lamb

Ingredients

Roasting tin with juices from lamb (reserve two tablespoons of the fat)
2 tablespoons plain flour
1 heaped teaspoon mustard powder
1 pint red wine
5 tablespoons good quality redcurrant jelly
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
juice of 1 lemon
seasoning to taste

  1. Using the roasting tin with the leftover fat and juices from the roasted leg of lamb, add the flour and mustard powder and mix into a smooth paste
  2. Place the tin over a low heat and slowly add the wine while stirring with a wooden spoon to begin with, then switch to a hand whisk
  3. Add the redcurrant jelly, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice and seasoning then whisk again until all the jelly has dissolved.
  4. Let sauce gently reduce for about 15minutes, pour over served lamb and into a warmed serving jug.

Other links:  Roast Leg of Lamb Recipe

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Chicken Livers in Mushroom Sauce

Ingredients

1 pack of fresh chicken livers soaked in milk to tenderise
1 pack sliced button mushrooms
2 bacon rashers , thinly sliced
1 diced onion
1 pressed garlic
1/2 -1 cup vegetable stock
1/2 – 1 tub creme fraiche
soy sauce to taste

  1. Pat dry the chicken livers and stir fry in a little olive oil
  2. Add diced onion and garlic and bacon
  3. Add sliced mushrooms and simmer with a little vegetable stock for 15-20 minutes
  4. Gently stir in half a tub of creme fraiche (more if required) and heat through
  5. Serve on rice or on tagliatelle
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Orange Sauce for Orange Desserts

Ingredients

2 eggs
6 tablespoons caster sugar
2 oranges, peeled
1 lemon – juice and zest
200-285ml whipped whipping cream

  1. Seperate the eggs and whisk the yolks with sugar until pale and creamy
  2. Whisk the  egg whites in a seperate bowl until stiff, then fold them into the yolk mixture
  3. Slice the oranges into small pieces and mix them in
  4. Add lemon juice and zest
  5. fold in whipped cream
  6. Serve ice-cold with orange desserts or over pears and sprinkled with chocolate chips or chocolate sauce
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Flavoured Whipped Creams

There are many ways to flavour whipped cream, here are a few ideas

Vanilla Cream
Whisk 2 egg yolks, 1 tablespoon caster sugar and 1 tablespoon of vanilla sugar together and fold into whipped cream

Orange Cream
Whisk 2 egg yolks, 2 tablespoons caster sugar and 3 tablespoons of thawed concentrated orange juice together and fold into whipped cream

OR Add any of the following ingredients while whipping the cream :

vanilla essence
icing sugar
brandy

TIP : If cream is whisked for too long and becomes porridgy, pour in a little un-whisked cream and mix gently

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Toffee Sauce for Ice cream

Ingredients

200ml whipping cream
6 tablespoons sugar
6 tablespoons golden syrup
100g butter
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon vanilla sugar OR a few drops of essence

Pour the cram sugar and syrup (and vanilla essence if using) into a saucepan and mix thoroughly.

Add in half the butter and let sauce boil until thickened like soft toffee

Stir in ground ginger, vanilla sugar (if using) and remaining butter and serve on ice cream

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Spicy Tomato Sauce for Fondus

Also delicious served with prawns or crab

Ingredients

200 ml sour cream
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons tomato puree
1/2 clove of garlic
black pepper to taste
tabasco sauce to taste

  1. Mix sour cream, mayonnaise and puree, and mix in the remaining ingredients
  2. Chill for at least 20 minutes before serving

 

 

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Pineapple Sauce for Fondu

Delicious served with chicken salad

Ingredients

1/2 can drained crushed pineapple
200ml sour cream
1 teaspoon mustard

Stir the sour cream with the mustard before adding the drained pineapple

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Horseradish and Apple sauce

Serve with Chicken or Turkey – warm or cold

Ingredients
200ml apple sauce
200ml sour cream
1/2 lemon juice to taste
2-3 tablespoons grated horseradish

  1. Add the sour cream to the apple sauce
  2. add lemon juice to taste
  3. stir in grated horseradish
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Parsnip Sauce and Peas for Pasta

Great on pasta

Ingredients

2 parsnips, peeled and chopped
200ml vegetable stock
200ml whipping cream
1 teaspoon dried marjoram
4oz thawed peas
seasoning to taste

  1. boil parsnips in stock until tender (about 10minutes)
  2. Puree parsnips and stock
  3. Add cream, seasoning, marjoram and peas
  4. cook for a few minutes until the peas are cooked
  5. Serve on pasta
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Mushroom and Garlic Sauce for Pasta

Great on pastas and with Fondus as a dipping sauce

Ingredients

400g finely sliced mushrooms
1 teaspoon butter
1 clove crushed garlic
55ml white wine
200ml single cream
soy sauce (optional)
6tablespoons finely chopped parsley

  1. Saute the mushrooms with pressed garlic in a little butter
  2. Add wine and cream and stir
  3. Let sauce boil uncovered for 10minutes or until it thickens
  4. Season and add soy sauce to taste
  5. Stir in parsley

 

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Milk Rice Pudding and Raisons – Microwaved

This recipe is started off using a Microwave then baked in the oven for about 1 hour.

Ingredients

2 pints          Semi skimmed milk
1/2 pint        Single cream
4 oz               pudding rice
3 oz              Demerara or brown Cane sugar
4oz               Raisons
1/4 tspn       Cinnamon

  1. Soak Raisons in cold water for 15minutes
  2. Stir Milk, cream, rice and sugar into a bowl, microwave for 9 minutes on full power, stir half way through
  3. Stir, and microwave for another 7 minutes on full power, stirring occasionally, taking care it doesn’t boil over
  4. Stir in Raisons and cinnamon
  5. Transfer to a baking dish and bake at 325F for 45mins to 1 hour
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Pineapple Turnover Sponge Cake – Microwaved

By placing the pineapple rings in the bottom of the dish when turned out they appear at the top.

Ingredients

9 grams Caster Sugar
9 grams Flora margerine or softenend butter
9 grams Self Raising Flour
3 eggs
4 pineapple rings

  1. Cream the Caster sugar and the butter with a hand mixer
  2. Mix in the eggs
  3. Mix in a little flour
  4. Fold in the remaining flour
  5. Grease the sides of a dish
  6. Place the pineapple rings in the base of the dish
  7. Add the mixture over the top of the rings
  8. Place dish into microwave – off center and microwave at 50% for 7 minutes
  9. Microwave for a further 6-8 minutes on full power, turning dish 180 degrees every two minutes or so
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Fruit Jams – Microwaved

A quick easy recipe for jams. Tried and tested on golden gages, plums and blackberries..

Ingredients

2 lbs                                    Fruit (with pips or stones)
3-4 tablespoons                  Lemon Juice
1lb 9oz                                White sugar (with pectin is better)

  1. Microwave plums and lemon juice for 9 minutes on full power stirring occasionally
  2. Stir in sugar and microwave for 3 minutes, stir well, 3minutes, stir well then 2 minutes and stir again
  3. Strain out stones
  4. Pour into sterilized jars
  5. Cover with a tablespoon of rum or brandy (optional)
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Elderflower Champagne

Elderflower champagne – They flower from the start of June

  • 3-5 large heads of elderflowers*
  • 1lb sugar
  • 1 gallon of water (cold)
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tbs white vinegar

*flowers rather than stalks which can taste bitter

  • Put lemon juice and all other ingredients into a bucket
  • Leave for 24 hours.
  • Strain & bottle.
  • Drink after 2 weeks.

 

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BBQ Marinade

Delicious for chicken (see recipe Baked BBQ chicken thighs)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Oilve oil (or more)
  • 1/3 lemon or lime, juice of
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestor Sauce
  • 1/4 White wine (optional)
  • 1/3 cup BBQ Sauce (I used KC Masterpiece- Hot and spicy)
  • 1-2 tablespoons BBQ sauce

Blend all the ingredients with a hand whisk

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Egg OMELET crepes

When sliced thinly EGG OMMELETTE crepes make great toppings for Salads, you can even sprinkle them onto clear soups as a garnish

3 eggs whisked with a fork
seasoning
water to thin

oil omelet pan for first crepe and wipe with paper towel
cook on one side only for about 20 secs.
stack each ontop of the last one
roll all together and slice into thin slices
separate
add to salad, dress and toss or add as a garnish

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Pennys Beef and Guinness STEW

Ingredients

  • 1kg brasing steak
  • 1 tablespoon seasoned plain flour
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 25g butter
  • 2 onions sliced
  • 2 carrots diced
  • 290 ml or 1/2 pt Guinness
  • 425 ml or 3/4 pt beef or veg stock
  • 1 tablespoon tomato puree
  • 2 teaspoons ready made mustard
  • 1 bouquet garni (rosemary thyme parsley bay leaves)
  • 2 teaspoons light muscovado sugar
  • 100 g or 4 oz pitted ready to eat prunes
  • handfull fresh parsley chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Cut steak into large chunks and toss into seasoned flour.
  2. Saute onions in oil, add steak until brown all over
  3. Add carrots then stir in Guinness gradually, add stock puree and mustard, garni, sugar and salt and pepper
  4. Bring to boil, stir well then cover tightly and simmer (slow cook) 1 1/2 hours+
  5. Add prunes and simmer for another 1/2 to 1 hour until the meat is tender
  6. Serve sprinked with parsley.
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Easy squeeze Lemons

If Lemons or Limes are a little too firm to  squeeze easily I have TWO Great tips

  1. cut BOTH ends off , cut down the middle and then squeeze
  2. OR microwave lemons unti slightly warmed, to soften the skin and make squeezing EASY
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Avoid Browning Butter

HEAT Butter with a little Olive oil to stop butter browning too quickly

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Yvettes Sage and Garlic BUTTER for Pasta

The idea of this recipe is to just flavour the hot butter with the sage and garlic. By tossing the hot pasta in the infused butter, it will taste delicious as the flavours are soaked up into into the hot pasta. Yvette made this side dish as part of a delicious meal of BBQ’d beef and lamb steaks with roasted vegetables.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons              – butter
  • 1 hand full                     – roughly chopped sage
  • 4 cloves                         – crushed garlic
  • chili seeds                    (optional)
  • Tagliatelli pasta         – just cooked
  1. Melt the butter in a pan
  2. Add the sage and garlic and optional chili seeds and continue to heat for a few minutes, without the butter turning brown.
  3. Strain the butter with a sieve, and return to the pan, and toss in the pasta before turning out into a serving dish.
  4. Sprinkle with a few sage leaves to garnish

Great Tip Yvette.. Your pasta (and everything else) was delicious last night, ThankQ 😉 check out  Yvettes Recipe Website here..

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CARAMELISED Onions

Great for garnishing Mash and for serving with griddled Steak

Ingredients :

  • 3 – Maui Onions, sliced
  • 2 – Garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1/4 cup – Dry White wine
  • 1/4 teaspoon – Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon – chopped fresh thyme (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons  –  Butter
  1. Add onions and garlic to a pan of melted butter,  saute for about 6 minutes until just tender.
  2. Add chopped thyme and cook until onions are golden, stirring regularly for about 25 minutes.
  3. Add 1/4 cup of wine and stir until almost all liquid evaporates.
  4. Add sugar to  onions, stir well and saute for about 10 more minutes until soft brown.
  5. Season to taste

This is my variation of part of a recipe of Lindas and I have made the  caramalised onions as above and they turned out delicious – see original recipe at www.LindasFavorites.com

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