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roast chorizo chicken

roast chorizo chicken

Tried this yesterday and guests enjoyed it – all in one dish = less washing up! Ingredients 500g/1lb 2oz new potatoes, such as Charlotte 1-2 tbsp rapeseed or olive oil salt and freshly ground black pepper 8 skinless and boneless chicken thighs (approximately 500g/1lb 2oz) 1 tsp smoked paprika pinch ground cinnamon (optional) handful fresh thyme 115g/4oz piece dried chorizo sausage 4 ripe tomatoes 2 garlic cloves handful flat leaf parsley Preparation method Preheat the oven to 220C/425F/Gas 7. Halve…

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Beetroot and Feta Salad

Beetroot and Feta Salad

Ingredients 6 small Beetroot, raw, unpeeled 6 tbsp Olive Oil, 3 tbsp for the dressing 1 pinch Salt 1 pinch Black Pepper, freshly ground 1 Red Onion, very finely sliced 50g Rocket 100g Feta Cheese, cubed 1 handful Mint Leaves, torn, to garnish 1 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar, (for dressing) 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard, (for dressing) 1 tsp Honey, clear (for dressing) Prepare Ahead You can cook the beetroot and make the dressing up to 3 days in advance. Cover and…

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Pickled red cabbage

Pickled red cabbage

By Mrs Beeton  Preparation time: overnight Cooking time: 10 to 30 mins Makes 1 large jar Ingredients •red cabbage •salt  •water  •1.13 litre/2 pint vinegar – to each quart add 1 tbsp ginger, well bruised •25g/1oz whole black pepper  •a little cayene, if liked Preparation method 1.Take off the outside decayed leaves of a nice red cabbage, cut it into quarters, remove the stalks, and cut it across in very thin slices.  2.Lay these on a dish, and cover them…

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Chocolate ‘linked to depression’ ????

Chocolate ‘linked to depression’ ????

This is very bad news for me….!!! People who regularly eat chocolate are more depressive, experts have found. Research in Archives of Internal Medicine shows those who eat at least a bar every week are more glum than those who only eat chocolate now and again. Many believe chocolate has the power to lift mood, and the US team say this may be true, although scientific proof for this is lacking. But they say they cannot rule out that chocolate…

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Butternut squash and cumin soup with herb dressing

Butternut squash and cumin soup with herb dressing

Ingredients For the soup 300ml/10½fl oz chicken or vegetable stock ½ butternut squash, peeled, seeds removed, flesh chopped 1 tsp ground cumin 50ml/2fl oz double cream salt and freshly ground black pepper For the herb dressing 3 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp chopped fresh basil 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley 1 tbsp chopped fresh chervil 1 tbsp chopped fresh chives salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 tbsp Greek-style yoghurt, to serve Method 1. For the soup, bring the stock,…

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Food!

Food!

The way people handle food is a good barometer not only their inner world but also of their generosity to others. Such generous hospitality brings happiness not only to the guest but also to the host. Eating good food is a pleasure, but sharing good food with guests brings delight. Here we see that food used in a way that opens life into virtue, so that happiness is found in the dimension beyond pleasure.

Cheese, fennel and herb soup

Cheese, fennel and herb soup

Ingredients  15g/½oz butter ½ onion, chopped  ½ potato, peeled, cut into 1cm/½in cubes 1 bulb fennel, finely sliced 150ml/¼ pint hot chicken stock (vegetarians can substitute vegetable stock)  small handful fresh parsley, chopped 1 free-range egg yolk 4 tbsp double cream  55g/2oz Lancashire cheese, grated Method 1. Heat the butter in a saucepan and gently fry the onion until softened but not coloured. 2. Add the potato, fennel and chicken stock and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer…

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Pancakes!

Pancakes!

Ingredients For the pancake mixture: 110g/4oz plain flour, sifted pinch of salt 2 eggs 200ml/7fl oz milk mixed with 75ml/3fl oz water 50g/2oz butter To serve: caster sugar lemon juice lemon wedges Method Sift the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl with a sieve held high above the bowl so the flour gets a airing. Now make a well in the centre of the flour and break the eggs into it. Then begin whisking the eggs – any…

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Quick Vegetable Curry

Quick Vegetable Curry

A holiday discovery…… try it! Ingredients 2 large aubergines, cut into quarters, thickly sliced other veg as available salt good glug groundnut oil 2 onions, peeled and roughly chopped 3 large, juicy garlic cloves, peeled, chopped finger-length piece fresh root ginger, peeled and cut into fine shreds 6-8 cardamom pods 1-2 good pinches dried chilli flakes 1-2 tsp ground turmeric 1-2 tsp cumin seeds 6-8 tomatoes, roughly chopped salt and freshly ground black pepper few good dollops natural yoghurt dollop…

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Hot sweet and spicy beetroot soup

Hot sweet and spicy beetroot soup

Ingredients 1 tbsp olive oil 1 shallot, sliced 1 clove garlic, chopped 1 large beetroot, grated 2 tbsp red wine vinegar pinch of sugar 200ml/7fl oz beef stock Greek yoghurt chives, chopped to garnish This is a Dig In recipe. Method 1. Heat the oil in a frying pan over a medium heat and fry the shallot and garlic until soft. 2. Add the beetroot and red wine vinegar and cook to reduce the liquid. 3. Add the sugar and…

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Potato and Pumpkin Cheese Bake

Potato and Pumpkin Cheese Bake

Potato and Pumpkin Cheese Bake (Serves 4) Cooking time: 1h20 minutes Ingredients:    500g small potatoes, halved 750g pumpkin, chopped 125ml apple cider 280ml salt reduced vegetable stock 1 small sprig of rosemary 1large red onion, halved and thinly sliced 3 beefsteak tomatoes, thickly sliced 2 sprigs of oregano, stalks discarded 170g grated parmesan cheese 60g fresh white breadcrumbs pinch of salt and pepper   Method: Preheat the oven to 180C. Place potato with water to cover in a medium…

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Garlic Mushrooms on a bed of Rocket

Garlic Mushrooms on a bed of Rocket

Ingredients 1/2 lb mushrooms, preferably button 1 packet of rocket or 1/2 an iceberg lettuce (finely shredded) 250g (1/2 pt) whipping cream 1 garlic clove, crushed 3 tbsp sunflower oil Pepper and salt 1/2 grated nutmeg or flat tsp ground mace 1 tbsp chopped chives Method Wipe the mushrooms with some damp kitchen paper and cut them in halves or quarters, depending on size. Place the rocket or lettuce in small individual bowls. Heat the oil in a non-stick frying…

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Spiced Fish and Rice

Spiced Fish and Rice

Another discovery to share with you:    If you prefer an even more oriental flavour, a splash of dark soy sauce can be added – experiment with it and make it your own special recipe. It’s such fun to do – keep tasting and add new ingredients a little at a time so you don’t spoil the overall flavour. Good cooking! Ingredients 2- 4 fillets of skinned fish (cod, coley or haddock) 2 oz prawns 2 large mushrooms or six…

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Lamb and Date Tagine

Lamb and Date Tagine

Here is on eof my favourite recipes discovered over the New Year Holiday. Ingredients   4 tblsp olive oil 2 onions peeled and chopped I tsp ground cinnamon; ground turmeric, ground ginger, ground cumin, ground all-spice   1k diced leg of lamb 250gr soft dried pitted dates 250ml pomegranate juice 2tsps salt 250ml water.   Coriander   Method Warm oil Gently cook onions until soft Add spices and cook Add lamb and cook Add dates, pomegranate juice, water and salt….

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Root Vegetables

Root Vegetables

A Recipe for Braised Carrots and Turnips.   Here is a recipe where vegetables are cooked with little water.  You will need to check the pans frequently so that the ingredients don’t catch the bottom.  The ingredients are as follows:   Carrots 1kg bunched carrots, trimmed and cut in half lengthways 50gr butter 1 tablespoon honey 15ml water I tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar 1 tablespoon chopped parsley   Turnips 600gr turnips peeled and halved 50gr butter 1 tablespoon honey 50ml water…

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