Category Archives: Holidays

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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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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Great Idea Club Sandwich

It’s the idea, not the content of the sandwich. I saw this in the Rocket Cafe in Morningside and it really works well. After toasting only two slices of bread, they have cut one of the slices as if they … 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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Moroccan Mushrooms with Chickpeas

1 onion sliced 2 tsp olive oil 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 1 tsp ground cumin pinch flaked red chilli 8oz mushrooms quartered 1 can chopped tomatoes 1 can chickpeas drained 1 tsp clear honey Fry the onion in  the oil … 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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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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Fusion Starter Salad

For two people 1 ripe avocado 2-4 tasty tomatoes depending on size half a small red onion finely sliced 4 slices of parma or serrano ham 1 lime parmesan shaved from a piece salt pepper olive oil to drizzle 1 … 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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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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Chicken with cannellini beans

1 small onion chopped 4oz bacon chopped 230gm tin chopped tomatoes 400gm tin cannellini beans drained 150ml white wine 2 tbsp chopped parsley 200gm cooked chicken serves two Heat a little olive oil in a large frying pan.Add the onion … Continue reading

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Italian Fish Stew (serves 2 )

11/2 tbsp olive oil 10oz potatoes-peeled and cut into chunks 1 clove garlic peeled and chopped 1 400gm tin chopped tomatoes 100ml chicken stock made with a cube 60ml white wine 1/2 teaspoon dried chilli flakes 1 teaspoon grated ginger … Continue reading

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Lentil and Avocado Salsa

For Two as a side dish 1 cup puy lentils diced cucumber diced avocado diced red onion chopped coriander chopped flat leaf parsley finely diced red chilli olive oil juice of a lime Cook lentils in boiling water until tender. … Continue reading

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Pork Steaks with Cheese Crust

4 ready sliced pork escalopes, about 125g/4oz each Ground black pepper 11/2 slices white bread, processed into breadcrumbs 50g/2oz strong, tasty, hard cheese, mature cheddar or Gruyere coarsly grated 25g/1oz butter, melted 75g/3oz soft goat’s cheese, such as Chavroux Slice … 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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Aubergines with Goat’s Cheese and Cherry Tomatoes

2 large aubergines, about 225g/8oz each 2-3tbsp olive oil 1 red pepper, halved, seeded and chopped 3 shallots, chopped 175g/6oz cherry tomatoes 175g/6oz firm goat’s cheese, sliced 2 tsp chopped fresh thyme Seasoning 1. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6. … Continue reading

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Coriander Chicken & Cucumber Salad & Rice Salad

Coriander Chicken 6 x Chicken Legs 1 x Lrg Bunch Coriander 2 tsp Black Peppercorns 2 Tsp Sea Salt 3 Cloved Garlic 2 Tbsp Lime Juice 1 Tsp Cumin Powder 1/2 Strong Red Chilli Deseeded Veg Oil Limes Cucumber Salad … Continue reading

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St Agur, Avocado & Pecan Salad

Chopped assorted salad leaves-I used baby spinach, rocket and little gem. Tomatoes-about two small for each person finely sliced red onion-only a very small amount Half an avocado per person Six pecan halves per person- roughly chopped a few thin … Continue reading

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Spinach and Lentil Curry

2 tbsp oil 2 onions, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1-2 green chillies, deseeded and finely chopped 2 tsp ground cumin 4 cardamom pods, crushed 1 tsp ground turmeric 1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds, crushed (optional) 4 tomatoes, chopped 425ml/3/4 … Continue reading

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Kidneys Turbigo

This recipe was one of my Dad’s favourites! 5 lambs kidneys 2 onions chopped 50g/2oz butter 112g/1/4lb button mushrooms, quartered 1 dessertspoon plain flour 1 tsp tomato puree 1 tbsp sherry 71/2 fl oz brown stock 1 bayleaf salt and … Continue reading

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Bean & Mint Salad

420g/1 tin butter beans 175g feta cheese Large bunch of mint 175g baby plum tomatoes, halved 1 red onion, sliced 3 tbsp olive oil 75g pecan nuts, chopped Juice of 1 lemon Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper Preparation … Continue reading

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Bobotie

1lb mince 1 large onion, chopped 1tbsp oil 2 large slices brown bread Water or stock to cover 1 tbsp curry powder Juice of 1 lemon 2 tsp mixed herbs Salt and pepper 2 eggs, beaten 1/2 pint milk 3 … Continue reading

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Spiced Rice with Chicken

1.4kg/3lb oven ready chicken 75ml/5tbsp vegetable oil 175g/6oz onion, skinned and sliced 15ml/3 level tsp ground coriander 1.25ml/1/4 level tsp chilli powder 2.5ml/1/2 level tsp ground turmeric 2 141g/5oz carotns natural yoghurt About 350ml/12fl oz chicken stock Salt and milled … Continue reading

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Honeyed Chicken

4 chicken breasts 2 tbsp olive oil 1 onion, chopped 3 tbsp runny honey 1 tsp dried rosemary Grated rind 1 lemon 1 large glass white wine 6 anchovy fillets rinsed Salt and pepper 1. Preheat oven to 170C/325F/Gas3. Season … Continue reading

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Spicy Bean & Cucumber Salad

2 cups cooked chopped green beans, about 11oz 1 cup finely chopped peeled cucumber, about 1 medium cucumber 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion, 1/2 medium onion 2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro leaves 2 tbsp red wine vinegar or cider … Continue reading

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Beef Chasseur

2lb porterhouse steak or skirt, cut in one piece 3 shallots or 1 small onion 1 clove of garlic 2 tbsp oil 11/2 oz butter 1 tbsp plain flour 1/2-3/4 pint of jellied brown stock Salt and pepper 1/2lb button … Continue reading

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Balti Prawns

1 onion, quartered 2 garlic cloves, peeled 2.5cm/1in piece fresh ginger Rind and juice of 2 limes 15ml/1tbsp coriander seeds, crushed 5ml/1tsp fenugreek seeds 30ml/2tbsp vegetable oil 5 large, ripe tomatoes, cut into small pieces 700g/11/2lb large,cooked prawns or cubed … Continue reading

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Onion Soup

1350g/3lbs onions Coarse salt 3 large tbsp beef dripping 4-5 heaped tbsp plain flour 4 pints stock Tomato puree Pesto Fresh parmesan to serve 1. Slice onions and place in a pan with coarse salt and beef dripping. Cook in … Continue reading

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Avocado and Rocket Salad

2 Large or 3 Small Ripe Avocados 1 Bag of Rocket (wild is more peppery) 1 Pack of Lardons 1/4 Cup of Pine Nuts 3 Slices of white bread or rolls. Good Extra Virgin Olive Oil for Frying. Prepare a … Continue reading

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