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Traditional Ciabatta For the starter - biga 150 g plain white flour 1/2 teaspoon dried active yeast 110 ml warm water Put the yeast and half of the water in a small mixing bowl and mix in Add the rest of the water and whisk in the flour, which is sieved into the bowl until a dough forms Mix with your hands or a wooden spoon to get a very smooth dough Cover and leave at room temperature for at least 8 hours (overnight will do) For the main dough 1/2 level teaspoon of yeast as before 40 ml...


Marinade Pork Skewer Kebabs

BBQ marinaded pork skewer kebabs A simple dish served on rice, Can be as low fat as you like. To make the marinade 1 dessert spoon sesame oil 2 tablespoons soy sauce 2 tablespoons water 1 tablespoon honey 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds 1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds 2 grated garlic cloves Mix the ingredients together Cut 400 g pork pieces into 1 cm strips and add to the marinade, coating all the meat Leave overnight for the flavours to develop To assemble the kebabs Choose vegetables of your choice 8...


Ginger Loaf

Ginger Loaf Spices and Autumn (Fall) seem to go together. They are hibernation food, getting all cosy food. This ginger loaf just fits the bill. You will need Preheat the oven to 170ºC, 325ºF, Gas 3 200 g butter 1 1/2 tablespoons syrup Melt these together and mix Sieve together 180 g Self Raising flour 25 g wholemeal flour 1 rounded teaspoon ground ginger 1 level teaspoon cinnamon Whisk together 150 g soft brown sugar 3 eggs 1 heaped teaspoon of grated fresh ginger Having whisked the eggs...


Gnocchi with tomato sauce

Mash the potato Sieve the flour and salt and mix Add the egg and form a dough Leave the dough to rest for a while and then cut off strips which are then rolled out to 1 cm sausage shapes Cut each roll into 1 cm pieces Cook in boiling, salted water – it takes 3 minutes for them to rise to the surface, when they are ready For the sauce You will need Oil for roasting 15 small ripe tomatoes 4 garlic cloves peeled and halved 1/2 small red onion 1 teaspoon fresh origano (or 1/2 teaspoon dried) 1...


Cherry Almond Cakes

The taste of summer, though you can make these all the year round these days. Makes 12 large cup cakes 150 g frozen (but defrosted) black cherries 50 g caster sugar You can use up to 100g sugar depending on how sweet you like it Bring both to the boil and then leave to cool in the pan For the sponge 180 g butter 165 g soft brown sugar 1 tablespoon Greek Yoghurt 1.5 teaspoons almond extract 2 eggs 170 g self raising flour 30 g ground almons - stirred into the flour 2 - 3 tablespoons flaked...


Stilton and Mushroom Pasta sauce

Mushroom and Blue Cheese Pasta Sauce A simply wonderful treat, well worth the expense of the best blue, and of course, the very short time it takes to make. You need for 2 people 3 tablespoons oil + big knob of butter 10 chestnut mushrooms, sliced 3 cloves of garlic, chopped finely 50 g Blue Stilton, crumbled 100 ml double cream 50 ml milk Gran Padano or Parmesan How to do it Heat the oil and butter on a low to medium heat heat and fry the garlic and mushrooms until the juices run from the...


Opera Cake 400

Opera Cake This is our 400th Recipe for the Day!!! Sorry it took a week to get it out - we have been really ill! This cake was said to resemble the Opera in Paris. It is a lot of worth, but really is worth the effort. You are basically making a sponge, a coffee syrup, a creme de beurre and a ganache, then layering. So here goes… Jaconde Sponge 3 Egg whites. (You’ll use the yolks later) 15 g Caster Sugar 100 g Ground almonds 100 g Icing sugar (sieved) 3 whole eggs 30 g Sifted plain flour 30...


Baked aubergine

Baked Aubergines A really nice dish you can make either as vegetarian or otherwise as you please! You will need for 2 people 2 large aubergines oil for glazing oil for frying 1 small red onion, chopped 8 (or more) cherry tomatoes - halved or quartered 2 chopped garlic cloves 1 small red pepper chopped 1/2 to 1 teaspoon oregano salt abd black pepper 100 g grated cheese of your choice or tofu if you prefer 1 tablespoon pine nuts Slice the aubergines lengthways and brush both sides with oil,...


Apple and Pumpkin Chutney

It’s harvest time and that means preserving! This preserve is fairly easy to create and just as tasty! You need 1 kg apple pulp - (so you need to peel core and chop more than 1 kg apples!) 450 g chopped pumpkins 2 medium onions, chopped 200 g sultanas 550 ml malt vinegar 400 g soft brown sugar 2 level teaspoons ground cinnamon 2 cm piece of fresh grated ginger 1/2 teaspoon white pepper 2 level teaspoons salt For added heat optionally add 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper


Caramel and Apple Cake

Caramel and Apple Cake Caramel and Apple Cake is a seriously yummy cake. Just perfect for the autumnal glut of apples, and once eaten, you’ll want to make it again and again. Grease or oil and line a cake tin. You will need For the caramel apples 50 g soft brown sugar 45 g butter 2 cored, peeled and chopped dessert apples Add the sugar and butter to a shallow frying pan and heat on a low light to allow the sugar to melt - don’t stir it. Add the apples and increase the heat. Stir all around...



Making Biltong There are lots of recipes out there for Biltong, it’s completely up to you really how you do it, but the two essential ingredients are salt and no water. What I mean by ‘no water’ is the meat is dried, completely. That with the saltiness of the meat is enough to preserve. Now of course you can get it in little packets, not very much for quite a lot of money. Living in a wet climate, we use the dehydrator to force the water from the meat. Traditionally, so the story goes,...


Paprika Pork and Mushroom Casserole

This is an easy meal for anyone, quick and very tasty! You need 3 Tablespoons oil 2 medium onion 2 cloves of garlic 550 - 600 g pork tenderloin 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika 1/3 rounded teaspoon sage 300 ml stock or water 150 g button mushrooms Salt and pepper 1 dessertspoon cornflour slaked in a little water Fry the vegetables until soft but not coloured Add the meat and cook for a few minutes Then all the rest of the ingredients Cook for about 40 minutes at a strong simmer


Spiced apple

Spiced Apple Pie It is amazing how apples take spice. Spiced apples can be used in many dishes, and bring a hint of sunshine into a September meal. You will need 50 ml apple juice 2 cloves 1 level teaspoon ground cinnamon 3 - 4 gratings of nutmeg 4 medium apples 2 tablespoons soft brown sugar Add all the spices to the apple juice, bring to the boil, remove from th heat and leave for 20 minutes Peel, core and finely chop the apples Remove the cloves from the juice and add the apples and sugar...


Gammon and Leek Layer

Tasty, nutritious, very inexpensive and did I say tasty? This is a dish that is easy to make, you can be adventurous with the ingredients. Bally Ann week - a week (or longer) you haven’t got much money and you do what you can to put make some tasty meals. You will need: 400 g gammon 2 leeks 3 - 4 potatoes 200 g cheese 1/2 level teaspoon dried Thyme Black Pepper 200 ml Cream Oil a pan and fry leeks with the gammon. Slice the potatoes like Dauphinoise slices, par boil. Grate the cheese Add a...


Pear and Ginger Cake

Pear and Ginger Cake This is an old favourite, ginger and pear make excellent bed fellows and the spices make for an excellent Autumnal treat. You will need: 120 g Self Raising flour 100 g Plain flour 1 rounded teaspoon ground ginger 1 level teaspoon ground cinnamon 80 g ground almonds 100 g dark soft brown sugar 2 rounded (or generous) tablespoons treacle 3 rounded (or generous) tablespoons golden syrup 150 g butter 150 ml milk with 1 large egg beaten into it 25 g stem ginger, chopped...


Meatloaf Stir Fry

Meatloaf Stirfry This is an imaginative way to use some pork mince. You can do so many things with mince! Long live mince! Start by toasting 2 heaped tablespoons of sesame seeds, when darker brown from golden, remove from the heat. 500 g pork mince into a bowl and sprinkle over with the sesame seeds Add 1 level teaspoon of 5 Spice powder, 1 garlic clove, finely grated, 1/4 teaspoon of salt Massage the spices into the meat for a few minutes. Preheat the oven to 180ºC, 350ºF, Gas 4 Grease and...


Apple Meringue

Apple merangue Pie Obviously a change from a lemon meringue - probably a lot easier too! You need to make a sweet pastry 180 g plain flour 90 g cold butter 30 g golden caster sugar 3 egg yolks 2 - 3 tablespoons of ice cold water Rub the flour into the butter and add the sugar, mixing well Add the yolks and gradually stir in the water Bring to a ball and refrigerate For the filling 3 egg whites and 150 g caster sugar 3 cooking apples peeled and cored 1 level teaspoon of plain flour 30 g sugar...


Quick Cheese Bread

Quick Cheese Bread This is a soda bread with a difference - it uses strong bread flour. Normally soda bread uses plain flour, but this gives a lighter texture. You need: 400g strong white bread flour 1 level teaspoon dry mustard powder 3 rounded teaspoons baking powder 1 level tsp salt 1 tablespoon onion seeds 4 tablespoons natural yoghurt 200 - 220 ml whole milk 4 tablespoons sunflower oil 200 g Cheddar cheese Preheat the oven to 200ºC, 400ºF, Gas 6 Sieve the flour, mustard, salt and baking...


Pork Meatballs

Meatballs These meatballs are ideal for subs or serving on pasta of your choice. You can do the same with cut sausages instead of the meatballs if you like, but these are gorgeous! You need: 1kg pork mince 1 heaped tsp oregano 1 tsp salt 1 tsp parsley 150g rusk or breadcrumbs black pepper Combine all the ingredients and squidge into 2 - 3 cm balls Refridgerate while you prepare the sauce To make the sauce: 2 onions 1 red pepper 3 cloves garlic 1 carton passata 1 can chopped tomatoes Fry the...