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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 g...


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 Chicken Skewers

Spiced Chicken Skewers Spiced Chicken Skewers are simply a taste of the Middle East, and the longer you marinate them the more the flavour develops. Ingredients 500 g chicken breasts 1 teaspoon each of: Cumin, paprikaa, dried parsley 3 garlic cloves, grated 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder 1 tablespoon sunflower oil 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar 2 tablespoons clear honey Pinch of salt and pepper Mix all these ingredients in a large bowl Cut the chicken into 3 cm chunks Place the chicken in the...


Spinach Ricotta and Vegetable Pizza

Enough to make 2 pizzas 400 g strong flour 1 level tablespoon salt 1 x 7g sachet fast action yeast 3 tablespoons oil 280 - 300 ml warm water Sieve the salt and flour together and mix well Add the yeast and mix well Make a well in the flour in a bowl and add 280 ml water, mixing all the time (You might need a little more water) Add the oil to the well before mixing Knead the dough for 5 minutes and then set aside Preheat the oven to its highest possible setting Collect your topping...


Strawberry tart

Strawberry tart A delightful summertime treat This recipe is divided into 3 parts: The Pastry Cream 300 ml milk 30 g cornflour 4 egg yolks 25 g golden caster sugar 1/2 - 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract Mix 3 tablespoons of the milk with the cornflour to make a paste Whisk the egg yolks with the sugar and stir in the vanilla Put the rest of the milk into a heavy based pan and heat to warm Pour the warmed milk into the egg mixture and stir well Pour back into the pan and whisk in the cornflour...


Stirfry Pork with Spring Onions and Oyster Sauce

Stirfry Pork with Spring Onions and Oyster Sauce is one of those standby meals that are comparatively inexpensive, though save you a fortune over take-away prices. You need 400 g loin of pork Slice this into small ribbons Chop together 5 - 6 spring onions ( not too finely, we do it in diagonals) 1 large onion 3 - 5 cloves of garlic 2 red peppers 8 broccoli florets You also need 4 - 5 tablespoons oyster sauce 2 tablespoons soy sauce 2 tablespoons water 2 tablepoons oil for frying 1 level...


Strawberry Jam

Strawberry Jam 2 kg strawberries, washed lightly and hulled 2 kg jam sugar or 2 kg granulated sugar and 2 sachets of pectin Juice of 2 lemons Sterilise enough jars and lids for just under 4 kg jam Place a small plate in the freezer Place the strawberries into a preserving pan and sprinkle the lemon juice over them Add the sugar Stir carefully but throughly Place over a very low heat and stir until all the sugar has dissolved Raise the temperature and bring to the boil slowly Boil rapidly for...


Paprika sausage and pepper casserole

Paprika Sausage and Pepper Casserole So easy to prepare and wonderfully tasty 2 medium inions 2 red peppers 3 tablespoons of oil 3 cloves garlic §6 pork sausages 2 tablespoons honey 1 rounded dessert spoon paprika 1 500 ml carton of pasta 1 400 g can chopped tomatoes Salt and Pepper 100 g grated cheddar (Mature) Chop onions, peppers and garlic and fry in oil When translucent transfer to a lidded casserole dish Cut the sausages into bite sized pieces and fry to colour Sprinkle paprika and...