Category Archives: Starters

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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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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Cheats Cheese Souffle

Ingredients   for six 100gm parmesan cheese 40gm plain flour 250ml milk salt, pepper, grated nutmeg 30gm butter 3 egg yolks 2 egg whites stiffly beaten 350ml double cream METHOD  Put the milk, flour,seasoning and butter in a non stick pan … Continue reading

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Mexican Tomato Soup

1 jar passata 2 jars chicken stock 1 onion sliced 1 carrot peeled and sliced 1 clove garlic 2 teaspoons mild chilli powder 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1/2 cup red lentils Soften onion, garlic and carrot  … Continue reading

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Tomato red pepper and goats cheese tarts

Cheese and Herb Pastry [for 8 tarts] 8oz plain flour 2oz hard margarine 2oz lard 1oz finely grated parmesan 1teasp dried mixed herbs Filling 2 med red peppers 2 tbsp olive oil 1 large clove garlic crushed 1x15oz 1x8oz tins … Continue reading

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Chilli Crab and Prawn tarts

For four 375 gm pack ready rolled shortcrust pastry 1 bunch spring onions trimmed and finely sliced 1 red chilli deseeded and finely chopped 25gm butter 250gm prawns 170gm tinned white crab meat 200ml single cream 3large egg yolks small … 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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Spicy Turkey Lettuce Wraps

For four as a main course or eight as a starter 1 tbsp vegetable oil 4 garlic cloves chopped 2 teasp grated fresh ginger 2 chillies one finely chopped and one finely sliced 500gm chicken or turkey mince finely grated … 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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Spicy lentil soup

For at least eight 300gm red lentils 2 litres chicken stock[made from cubes is fine] 2 celery stalks chopped 1 large onion chopped 2 med carrots chopped Thumb size piece of ginger sliced into small matchsticks 2 med tomatoes chopped … Continue reading

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Vietnamese Spring Rolls

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Twice baked cheese souffles

4oz grated parmesan 8 fl oz milk 1 1/2 oz flour 1oz butter salt/pepper/grated nutmeg 3 egg yolks 2 egg whites stiffly beaten 12 fl oz double cream Make a white sauce by putting the milk and flour in a … Continue reading

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Avocado and Tomatoes with Crisp Prosciutto Salad

4 ripe tomatoes, plum or other flavoursome variety olive oil 6 prosciutto slices 2 ripe avocados 1 tbsp lemon juice 4 tbsp olive oil Salt and pepper Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 1 1/4 – 1 1/2 hours 1. … 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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Hot Chicken Salad

2 cups chopped celery 2 cups cooked chicken, cubed 1/2 cup slivered almonds 1/2 tsp salt 1 tbsp minced onion 2 tbsp lemon juice 1 cup mayonnaise Crushed crisps 1/2 cup American or Cheddar cheese, grated Combine all the ingredients … 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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Hot and Sour Pickled Prawns

  Serves 4 as a starter 16 large cooked Mediterranean prawns 1 level tablespoon drained capers 1/2 medium yellow pepper, very thinly sliced 1/2 medium red pepper, very thinly sliced 2 oz (50 g) red onion, thinly sliced 1/2 lemon, … Continue reading

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Fish and Prawn cakes

Enter the ingredients here 250gm white fish 200gm raw peeled prawns 1 Garlic clove roughly chopped 1 red chilli deseeded and roughly chopped chopped fresh coriander salt and pepper to taste 1 inch piece fresh ginger grated Heat oven to … Continue reading

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Prawn & Papaya Salad

2 small red chillies 30ml/2tbsp white wine vinegar 45-60ml/3-4tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice (about 2 limes) 150ml/5fl oz olive oil 30ml/2 level tbsp honey salt and pepper 350g/12oz cooked, peeled king prawns 2-3 ripe papayas grated lime rind to garnish … Continue reading

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Camembert & Onion Parcels

50g/2oz butter 2 spanish onions, sliced 2 tbsp light muscovado sugar 1 tsp white wine vinegar 400g packet filo pastry 1 Camembert cheeses, about 250g/9oz, cut into 6 pieces 6 tsp cranberry sauce Seasoning 1. Melt half of the butter … 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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Salmon Mousse

225g/8oz cooked salmon 300ml/1/2 pint cold bechamel sauce 150ml/1/4 pint mayonnaise Salt and pepper 1/2 oz gelatin, dissolved in 3 tbsp water 75ml/21/2fl oz doubel cream, whipped 50g/2 oz chopped prawns 1. Oil dish. Pound salmon until smooth. Add bechamel … Continue reading

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Roasted Vegetable Paella

75g/23/4oz courgettes, cut into 2.5cm/1in chunks 75g/23/4oz aubergines, cut into 2.5cm/1in chunks 1/2 red onion, peeled and cut into chunks 1 small stick celery, cut into 2.5cm/1in chunks 1/2 red or yellow pepper, deseeded and cut into bite-sized pieces 75g/23/4oz … Continue reading

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Chicken Liver Pate

225g/8oz chicken livers 3 tbsp cream 75g/3oz butter Salt and pepper Pinch mixed herbs 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 onion, chopped 1/4lb bacon 1. Cook all ingredients except cream in the butter for 5-10 minutes in a frying pan. 2. … 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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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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Parsnip Soup

2 tbls oil 1 onion chopped 1 garlic glove crushed 1 tbls mild curry paste or powder 450g / 1lb parsnips, cut into 21/2/1in chunks 600ml/1pint chicken stock salt and pepper 4 tbls low-fat natural yoghurt fresh chopped chives to … Continue reading

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Hot Crab Dip

2x8oz cream cheese 4 teasp worcester sauce 2x6oz cans crabmeat 1/4 cup sliced spring onions 1/4 cup chopped celery to garnish 1/4 cup flaked almonds Mix all together and spread in china flan dish or similar.scatter with flaked almonds.Bake at … Continue reading

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