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Messy Pavlova

Serves 6 to 8. Ingredients 300ml double cream 1 tbl spoonful icing sugar 1 cup full fat Greek yoghurt 8 shop bought meringue nests, crushed coarsly 200ml lemon curd, best quality gives best result 4 passion fruits, pulp from 100g … Continue reading

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Boxing Day Tongue

Boxing Day Tongue isn’t really a recipe but more a method of preparation.  It is always a favourite on Boxing Day along with Spiced Beef and Auld Grannie’s Meatloaf.Both these recipes are on HeathersKitchen Ingredients 2 small salted (these need to be … Continue reading

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Jellied Chicken

Jellied Chicken is made from the left overs of a roast chicken. Method  Take the bits of meat from the carcass and place in a bowl.  Boil up the skin and bones with water (just covering the bones) and a … Continue reading

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Steaming Eggs?

I have recently read about steaming eggs instead of boiling them; it really works! Get the steamer boiling, put in your eggs and in 6 minutes you have perfect softly boiled eggs. For hard boiled give them 8 minutes. Easy. … Continue reading

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Monchique Chicken

Monchique Chicken recipe is named from an old, ancient hotel in the spa valley of Monchique in the Portugese Algarve. It is one of these really simple recipes that all the family love. The main herb used is Rosemary which … Continue reading

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Christmas Spiced Beef

NB,the butcher needs to keep this in the brine for 3 weeks so order early! Also remember this takes a couple of days to prepare and best kept for a week before serving. Ingredients 1.5 K  Boned salt silverside brisket … Continue reading

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John’s White Beans & Clams

This is a take on a number of very typical Portuguese dishes, such as Octopus Rice, White Beans and Shellfish, and Rice and Shellfish. Ingredients: 500 gm White Beans 1kg of Fresh Clams in Shells 600 gm Tinned Tomatoes 1 … Continue reading

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Katie’s Focaccia

Indredients 500g strong white flour 7g sachet fast action dried yeast 1 tsp caster sugar 1 tsp fine sea salt 300mls warm water 2 tablespoonfuls olive oil Another 2 tablespoonfuls of olive oil Method 1. Put flour, sugar, yeast and … Continue reading

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Practically Paella

Ingredients for 6 people 4 chicken thighs, chopped into thumb size pieces 1 cup of double podded broad bean (i.e. skin them) 12 shelled large prawns 1 cup scallops, small or chopped large Few slices of mild chorizo 1 sliced … Continue reading

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Cheesy courgette & ham bake

Ingredients 2 trimmed spring onions 4 tblspoons frozen peas 1 courgette, halved with ends cut off 4oz cooked ham 3oz feta cheese 4 eggs Method Oven on 180C/160C fan or gas 4. Snip up the spring onions, grate the courgette … Continue reading

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Maggi’s Salad

This salad is a real family favourite. I have called it Maggi”s Salad. I had the idea from a salad served in an American restaurant called Maggianos which is an absolutely fabulous Italian restaurant chain. Ingredients for 4 1 Romaine … Continue reading

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Steak Tartare

This is a distillation of several recipes, this is how we like it. Ingredients for two people 10 oz fillet beef 1 tbsp finely chopped shallots 1 tbsp chopped capers 1 tbsp chopped gherkins 1 teasp dijon mustard 1 teasp … Continue reading

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Kedgeree

Ingredients for 2 people. Half a cup of basmati rice pre-cooked. One hard boiled egg, chopped. Tablespoonful of chopped onion. One smoked haddock cooked in microwave for 2 minutes. Curry powder to taste, about a level teaspoonful. Half a cup … Continue reading

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Katie’s Omelette

You will need 1 egg a splash of milk a pinch of salt pepper toppings such as ham and cheese Method 1. Whisk the egg with the milk, salt and pepper. 2. Heat your nonstick pan with a little oil. … Continue reading

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Anna’s Carbonara for 6

Ingredients Whole packet of spagetti, about 500g 150ml of double cream 3 medium eggs 50ml of milk 250g chopped smoked bacon 150g freshly grated parmesan Method 1. Fry bacon in a splash of oil and set aside. 2. Whip eggs, … Continue reading

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Heather’s Bankok Chicken

For 4 people 8 chicken thighs. MARINADE 150ml sweet chilli sauce, 50mi fish sauce, juice of two limes 1 tbsp grated ginger, 1 tsp chopped red chilli, 1 tbsp chopped mint, 1 tbsp chopped coriander. METHOD Mix all ingredients together … Continue reading

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The Mushroom Burger

This is my favourite burger.  A simple morning roll, buttered.  Brush a large Portobella mushroom with olive oil and bake for 10 minutes.  Add a small amount of blue cheese, I use St Agur, and eat.  Great!  

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Scallops Bacon & Blackpudding

This is really just an assembly job and is on my site only as a reminder of how great a dish it is.  Scallops seared, streaky bacon grilled, blackpudding fried, peas purieed and mashed tatties.  This is a great main … Continue reading

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Moroccan Rice Chicken & Chickpea Casserole

Ingredients (serves 4) 1/2 cup brown rice           1-1/2 cups chicken stock 1 tin drained chickpeas 1/2 jar Belazu rose harisa 1/2 each red, green pepper 1 sliced onion 2 big breasts chicken Kalamata olives Chopped … Continue reading

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Apricot Slice

1cup caster sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder 6oz butter cold diced 1 cup jumbo rolled oats 1 cup pecans ground in food processor 2 1/2 cups dried apricots chopped 1/3 cup marmalade extra 1 1/2 oz butter melted Preheat oven … Continue reading

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Rhubarb & Almond Cake

200gm blanched almonds 8oz caster sugar 6oz butter 3 eggs 31/2 oz self raising flour Grated zest of two oranges 14 oz rhubarb sliced into 3/4 inch pieces Preheat oven to 160 fan. Grease and line a 9in loose bottom … Continue reading

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Summer Salad with Asparagus

Ingredients, amounts depend on number of people to be served Bag of mixed spinach,watercress and rocket salad Cooked peas fresh or frozen Lightly cooked asparagus spears Sliced radishes Diced cooked beetroot(NOT in vinegar) Dressing made with honey,dijon mustard, white wine … Continue reading

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Crispy topped Chicken Bake

FOR FOUR 2 tbsps olive oil 1lb chicken thigh skinless diced 1 large leek sliced 4oz button mushrooms halved 2oz pancetta lardons 300ml carbonara sauce from chill cabinet or in a jar 2 cups fresh white breadcrumbs chopped parsley Heat … Continue reading

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Mulligatawny Soup

Quantities here are VERY flexible depending on the size of your pot and the number of portions. I have never been very good at making a half pot of anything! The basic ingredients however are as follows. Oil chopped onion … Continue reading

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Parsnip Potato and Gruyere Bake

For Four people 1lb potatoes 1lb parsnips 4oz gruyere(grated) 2 tbsp single cream pepper Peel and chop potatoes and parsnips.Boil together until tender then mash with pepper and cream. Stir in 3/4 of the gruyere and place the mixture in … Continue reading

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Italian Beef and Macaroni bake

Basically I make this by putting a layer of bolognese sauce in a shallow dish. Cover with a layer of macaroni cheese. Cover this with a layer of grated cheese. This can then be kept until ready to serve when … Continue reading

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Family Noodle Bake

I first made this when I had a huge amount of Spag Bol left. You need a quantity of your favourite Italian meat sauce and a quantity of cooked pasta. The amounts are so-o-o variable it is hard to say … Continue reading

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Lemon Curd

Makes one 14oz jar 2 large eggs 1 egg yolk 4oz butter 6oz caster sugar finely grated zest and juice of 3 lemons Beat the whole eggs and 1 yolk together. Melt the butter in a saucepan on a LOW … Continue reading

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Auld Grannies Chicken Soup

3 Medium Carrots Chopped 1 Large Leek Chopped – Include the Green 2 Long Stalks of Celery Chopped 1/2 New Turnip Chopped 2 Medium Potatoes Chopped 1 Medium Onion Chopped 1 Medium Carrot Grated 2 x Chicken Leg Quarters Small … Continue reading

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Mackerel Pate with Fionas Beetroot Chutney

For six 200gm skinned boned smoked mackerel fillet 250gm light cream cheese eg philly light 75gm butter-melted gently 2 teaspoons horseradish sauce juice of half a lemon good grind of black pepper Put all into a food processor and whizz … Continue reading

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Christmas Morning Muffins

Makes about 12 depending on their size. I use a bun tin and cake cases. 200g Plain flour 3 teaspoonfuls of Baking Powder 1/4 teaspoon of Sodium Bicarb 75g Demerara sugar. NOT any other, texture is important. 1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg … Continue reading

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Chinese braised lamb

For eight portions 4 tbsp tasteless oil- I used rapeseed 6 garlic cloves thinly sliced 1 thumbsized piece of fresh ginger peeled and sliced into fine matchsticks 2 red onions halved and sliced 1 red chilli deseeded and sliced fine … Continue reading

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Chicken Crisp

1 chicken breast per person butter garlic plain crisps Crush the crisps as finely a possible-I do it by bashing the packet with a rolling pin! Melt the butter and add the crushed garlic. Dip the chicken in the garlic … Continue reading

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Beef mince and bean hotpot

For eight portions 2 onions 10oz carrots 2lb small potatoes 1lb lean minced beef 2 beef stock cubes plus one oxo cube 2 x400gm cans baked beans splash of worcestershire sauce Chopped parsley to garnish Roughly chop up vegheat a … Continue reading

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Vietnamese Spring Rolls

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Oatmeal and Seed Bread

1 packet easiblend yeast 320gm strong wholemeal flour 80gm rye flour 2 tsp jumbo oats 2tsp linseeds 2tsp sesame seeds 2 tsp sunflour seeds 2tsp wheat bran 2tsp saly 300ml water at room temp 20ml veg oil NOT olive 20ml … Continue reading

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Marathon Scones

This recipe was very kindly given to me when visiting a town called Marathon near the Big Bend national park in Texas. the lady who made them first was Barbara Novovitch. Do try this they are great. INGREDIENTS 2 cups … Continue reading

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Grannie’s Stuffing

1 cup oatmeal (not porridge oats) 1 onion, chopped 4 oz sausage meat (pork) 2 oz bacon, smoked streaky, chopped 2 tablespoons chicken stock Extra bacon needed to cover when cooking if not being cooked in the bird. Cook (fry … Continue reading

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Tomato & Pepper Tarts

4 red peppers Extra virgin olive oil Sea salt and black pepper 150g/51/2oz large cherry tomatoes, halved 375g/13oz puff pastry 1 egg yolk mixed with 1 tbsp milk 1 tsp thyme leaves 100g/31/2oz dolcelatte, cut into 1cm/1/2in dice 1. Heat … Continue reading

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Italian Meatballs

1 small aubergine 450g/1lb minced lean pork 1 level tsp fennel seeds, crushed 1/4 level tsp chilli flakes, or to taste 3 garlic cloves, crushed 4 level tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley 3 tbsp red wine Oregano leaves to garnish Preparation … Continue reading

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