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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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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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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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Liz’s Apple Oat Crumble

Using oats in Liz’s apple crumble,  instead of flour is a healther alternative to the traditional version. Not to mention its a very fast, easy and tasty dessert served hot straight out of the oven, or cold from the fridge.

Ingredients

  • 4 very large cooking apples (or other fruit)
  • 1/2 cup seeded raisons (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • sugar to taste

For the Crumble

  • 1 cup  Margarine or softened Butter
  • 1 cup  light brown cane or demerara sugar
  • 2 cups of oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnimon
  1. Peel, core, quarter and slice the apples
  2. Add to a pan containing 1″ cold water
  3. Cover with a lid and heat until apples get soft
  4. Meanwhile, make the crumble by mixing the sugar, cinnimon and butter with the back of a large spoon
  5. Sprinkle on the oats and mix in well – Mixture should remain tacky
  6. When the apples are soft, drain the juice and chill for a tasty apple drink
  7. Place the drained apples into an oven proof dish, top with extra sugar if needed, and pat level
  8. Add the crumble, make level then with a spoon make peaks and craters
  9. Bake in pre-heated oven at 200C for about 15minutes until crumble browns and crisps slighty
Thanks Liz for sharing this with me…
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Yvette’s Dutch Apple Pie

I have made Yvette’s Dutch Apple Pie for the first time this weekend. I’ve been wanting to make it for a long time. Its delicious, and actually much easier than you would think.

You can view Yvette’s  recipe in full at Yvette’s Recipe Website  (Website designed and developed yours truly – Hawaii Photos ).  Click on the Pie ->

Below are my own personal notes for the same Pie so when I bake it next time it will be able to make it exactly as I did this time, I forgot to brush the warmed apricot jam on the top which is a shame – next time!

I served it with a choice of freshly whipped cream or hot with hot vanilla custard.

For the Dough:

  • 400 gr/18 oz. flour (I used 11oz wholewheat flour and 7oz Plain Flour)
  • 270 gram real butter
  • 210 gr/9 oz sugar (raw cane sugar – I used unrefined light cane sugar)
  • ½ egg (the other half keep for later for brusing on the pastry)

 

For the Filling:

  • 4 to 8 apples, I used 4 grannies and 3 braeburn, next time I will use 8apples
  • 1 cup californian raisins (soaked in hot water for a 15 min, drain well)
  • 50 gram/ 3 oz of white sugar (I used caster sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder (not too heaped)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon warmed apricot jam
  • 1 large handfull of dried breadcrumbs

Preparation:

  1. Make the dough by rubbing flour and butter, then the sugar and ½ the egg
  2. Grease springform cake tin with butter.
  3. Cover base (3-5mm recommended) and sides with  dough (reserve about 1/5 part  for the top) – I made it about 1cm thick and it was too hard to cut through – tasty though 😉
  4. Pre-heat oven on 370 degrees F,  (175 C).
  5. Peel and core and thinly slice apples.
  6. Mix sugar and cinnamon well, stir in apples, raisons and lemon juice
  7. Pierce pastry base with fork, cover with dried breadcrumbs to soak juice from apples
  8. Place the apple mixture in the tray to the top.
  9. Make rolls of pastry to decorate top
  10. Brush egg mixture onto the strips
  11. I Baked it for 1 hour and 15 min until brown and crusty
  12. After baking, brush warmed apricot jam onto the strips of pastry
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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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Ritas Pizza Dough

Makes 2 pizza bases

Ingredients

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 packet   dried yeast (or 2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 3/4 cups of plain flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil (or a little more)
  • Additional tablespoons of  flour for Kneading
  • Corn flour for rolling out
  1. sprinkle the dried yeast into the cup of warm water
  2. sprinkle the sugar on top of the yeast (do not stir)
  3. Leave for about 10 minutes until its bubbled
  4. Then: Add sifted flour and the salt and the Olive oil
  5. Work into the flour and mix by hand
  6. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface
  7. Knead into a dough, adding more flour  (1 tablespoon at a time) as needed to stop dough from sticking to hands
  8. Dough will feel tacky, but continue to Knead by hand until smooth and elastic for about 5 minutes
  9. Make into a smooth ball and place into a floured bowl
  10. Coat with cooking spray  twice
  11. Leave to rise in microwave,  covered with a Tea Towel for about 35 minutes
  12. When doubled in size, punch dough down, cover and leave for another 5 minutes
  13. Divide dough dough in half, roll each half with flour.
  14. Use a pizza paddle coated with corn flour so that it moves easily
  15. crimp edges
  16. Rest for 30 minutes
  17. Top and bake at 475 for about 10-15 minutes

Click here to watch Jamie Oliver making a pizza base

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Giles’s Beef or Lamb BURGERS

Ingredients
  • 750 g Minced Beef (or Lamb)
  • 1 Bread roll,  crumbed
  • 1/2 onion, blended
  • 2 carrots, blended
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 teaspoon fresh oregano, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh sage, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • S+P
  1. Blend the onion and the carrots
  2. Add to the meat
  3. Mix by hand
  4. Add the egg and mix well
  5. Add the breadcrumbs, herbs and seasoning
  6. Make into Patties and Grill on the BBQ

Absolutely delicious !

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Martys Orzo Salad

Ingredients

  • Cooked Orzo
  • Red Wine Vinegar
  • Olive Oil
  • Vegetables
  • diced bell peppers
  • diced scallions
  • grated gruyere
  • grated parmesan
  • toasted pine nuts
  • fresh basil chopped
  • ground pepper, fresh
  • cooked asparagus
  • sun-dried tomatoes chopped
  1. Drain Orzo
  2. Add the dressing to the Orzo while still warm, the Orzo will absorb a lot of it, so dress again as necessary until ready to serve
  3. Prepare the vegetables and chill separately until ready to serve
  4. Serve garnished with the toasted pine nuts
This recipe can all be prepared well ahead of time, Pesto can be used instead of oil and vinegar, and 1 cup of uncooked Orzo makes enough for two, and then some.
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Ritas ORZO Chicken Salad

This is a delicious salad and can actually be made with any pasta, not just Orzo
Ingredients
  • Cooked Orzo
  • 2 Chicken thighs, diced
  • 1 Courgette, diced
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 1/2 Red Pepper, diced
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil (more if needed)
  • Feta cheese, crumbled
  • 2 bunches Oregano, chopped
  • 1/2 lemon, juice only
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 3 tablespoons sun-dried tomatoes and oil, chopped
  • dissolved bullion stock
  1. Cook the Orzo as instructed on the packet
  2. Stir fry the chicken in Olive Oil
  3. Add pressed garlic, onion and pepper, stir fry until chicken cooked
  4. Add Courgette and stir fry until softened
  5. Remove from heat
  6. Add to cooked Orzo with a little bullion Stock and lemon juice
  7. Don’t make it too wet
  8. Stir in Oregano, tomatoes, pine-nuts and oil
  9. Gently mix in Feta Cheese and serve warm (Delicious served cold too.)
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Pennys STICKY TOFFEE Pudding

Ingredients

  • For the pudding
  • 12 stoned dates – finely chopped
  • 250ml hot water
  • 1 heaped teaspoon bicarb of soda
  • 60g soft butter
  • 60g caster sugar
  • 2 free range eggs
  • 150g SR flour
  • For the sauce
  • 50g butter
  • 100g brown sugar
  • 1 split vanilla pod
  • 60 ml double cream
  1. Making the Pudding :
  2. Preheat over to 180C/370F
  3. Chop dates and boil water
  4. Add bicarb to hot water in a bowl and stir in the chopped dates
  5. Leave to soak until gloopy –  at least 10minutes, meanwhile
  6. In a clean bowl whisk the butter and sugar until light and fluffy
  7. Break the eggs into another bowl and whisk until light and fluffy
  8. Gradually add the eggs to the butter and sugar continuing to whisk until well mixed
  9. Sift in all the flour and fold and stir in until smooth
  10. Still stirring gradually add the date mixture
  11. Pour mix into two lined bread tins
  12. Place in oven and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until cooked through
  1. Making the sauce :
  2. Melt butter in a thick bottomed pan over medium heat
  3. Add brown sugar and vanilla pod and heat until sugar dissolved
  4. Add cream and stir well, bring to the boil
  5. Simmer very gently for 5 minutes

To serve , spoon out a portion of pudding and pour over hot toffee sauce.

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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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Liz’s moist APPLE cake

A moist apple cake that makes the whole house smell delicious!

Ingredients

  • 500g cored, peeled and diced apple
  • 2 eggs
  • 250ml vegetable oil
  • 400g caster sugar
  • 275g plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas mark 4. Lightly grease and flour a 20x30cm cake tin
  2. Beat vegetable oil and eggs until foamy.
  3. Add the sugar, flour, cinnamon, bicarbonate of soda, salt and vanilla; mixing well.
  4. Stir in the diced apples.
  5. Spoon mixture into a greased and floured baking tin.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes.
  7. Cool cake in tin for 10 minutes before removing.

This cake stores well and is quite quick and easy to make.

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Pennys Creme CARAMEL

The Caramel is made in the microwave and then the whole thing is baked in the oven

Ingredients

  • For the Caramel
  • 4 tablespoons caster sugar (3 oz)
  • 1/2 cup boiling water (4oz)
  • For the Custard
  • 4 eggs (yolk and whites)
  • 1 egg (yolk only)
  • 2 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 1 pint mil
  • 2 caps vanilla essence
  1. Put the caster sugar into a shallow pyrex dish
  2. Add boiling water and stir until sugar melted
  3. Microwave for 8-10mins until turning light brown, watch very carefully
  4. Rotate the dish to coat the bottom and sides with the caramel sauce..
  5. Break eggs into bowl, add sugar and vanilla and beat with a fork
  6. Heat milk in a pyrex jug in microwave for  2-3 minutes
  7. Pour milk onto egg mixture and stir
  8. Strain through sieve into caramel mould
  9. Stand in bain- marie (roasting-tin containing hot water)
  10. Cook in oven at 130 C (300 F)for approx 1 hour or until set.

Remove from heat leave until cold before loosening with a knife and turning out.

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Martys Crepes

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 ¼ cups of milk (Marty uses skim/non fat milk)
  • Butter for pan
  • Pinch of salt
  1. Put ingredients in a blender and mix well, scraping the sides of the container.
  2. Batter should be very runny
  3. Use about  1/3 of a cup (or less) of batter for an 8 ½” pan.

Serve with Maple syrup, Countreu, chopped/sliced banana, pineapple, strawberries, papaya, etc and cream

Tip : If it bubbles a lot when you first pour in the batter and swirl it around turn down the heat or take the pan off the heat for a second before pouring in the batter.
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Martys Meyer LEMON Cake Top Pudding

This is a great desert. First had it at Bino and Martys. Had to make it myself and it turned out really delicious. I’ve bought some really fancy ramkin dishes, so I will have to make it again very soon.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (about 1 juicy Meyer Lemon)
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel (about 3 regular lemons)
  • 1 cup boiled but cooled milk – remove skin if formed
  • 2 well-beaten egg yolks
  • 2 stiffly beaten egg whites
  • pinch of salt
  • For Garnish
  • Confectioners sugar, whipped cream, grated chocolate and/or lemon peel
  1. Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees F
  2. Boil some water
  3. Butter 1 1/4 quart casserole dish or 4 ramkin dishes
  4. Place in a large deep pan
  5. Whisk melted butter, sugar and flour
  6. Add whisked egg yolks, lemon juice, lemon peel and a little cooled milk (remove the skin)
  7. Whisk then slowly add the remaining milk while continuing to whisk
  8. Fold in beaten egg whites
  9. Pour mixture into casserole dish or ramekins (no more than half full)
  10. Place casserole dish/ramekins into large pan and surround with warm water
  11. Place in oven at 325 for 35-60 minutes, until fully set and just turning golden
  12. Garnish and serve chilled or warm, not hot
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Pascales Lamb KEBABS

Ingredients – For the Lamb

  • 2 boneless lamb loin fillets
  • 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 (half) tsp ground cumin
  • generous pinch of cayenne pepper
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 red onion
  1. Trim lamb of fat and sinew and cut into 2cm chunks
  2. Place in a bowl with the garlic, cumin, cayenne, lemon juice and olive oil and allow to marinate for 20 minutes
  3. Cut red onion into similar size squares
  4. Place a griddle on a high heat.
  5. Take 4 skewers and thread alternate pieces of lamb and onion onto skewers (do not pack too tightly)
  6. Place skewers on the hot griddle and cook for about nine minutes, turning often, until the meat is cooked to your liking.
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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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Lindas – PLUM COBBLER

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Lindas – LEMON BREAD

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Lindas – CREME CARAMEL

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Lindas – SWEET POTATO GRATIN

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Lindas – POTATO, SPINACH AND ONION GRATIN

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Lindas – BBQ RIBS

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Lindas – CHOCOLATE CHIP CAKE

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