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Hotpot A Lancashire staple, well, the whole of the North of the UK. Could be lamb or beef, this one is adorned with mushrooms. It is a delicious way of using cheaper cuts of meat. 500 g - 600 g stewing beef Cut into small cubes A large onion chopped finely Cook until it just starts to brown, then add the beef on a low heat To this add salt and pepper, thyme, herbs of your choice As the meat starts to change colour, just cover with water and bring to the boil Add 250 g button mushrooms cut...


Lattice Pork Pie

Pork and pickle lattice pie A pork pie with extras. The lattice makes it really light - for a pork pie. You will need a roasting tin 500 g plain flour 1 level teaspoon salt Pinch of pepper Level teaspoon mustard powder 250 g Lard (cubed) Water Sift the dry ingredients together and then rub in the lard. Use water to turn it into a dough. Put the pastry in the fridge for 30 mins 1 kilo minced pork 1 level teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon white pepper 5 tablespoons brown pickle Mix together and pop...


Cherry and chocolate layer cake

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Roasted Vegetable Stew



Bottom of the fridge soup

A bit like the stock to soup, but you can literally make this from bits and pieces you have in the kitchen. We're babysitting all week, and making soup from the bottom of the fridge is not only fun, but really inexpensive. We are talking pennies here for a good lunch!


Chicken stock to Chicken Soup

Making stock from a carcass issimple. Don't add anything, it is easier and more versatile to simply have the flavour of the chicken and add other flavours later. Break the carcass in half, once you have taken all your meat, and cover with a couple of inches to spare with warm water. Bring to the boil, and then put a lid on it and simmer on a low light for 60 - 90 minutes, checking every now and then. When simmered, let it cool and strain all the bones out. Leave to cool completely and then...


Onion baji

Onion Baji This is a simple dish, basically it’s just onions in flavoured batter, fried. Simple, but very tasty. You will need 3 eggs 3 medium onions 120 g flour 1 teaspoon coriander 1 teaspoon cumin 1 dessert spoon Garam Masala Pinch of salt 1 teaspoon turmeric Slice and separate the onion pieces Break the eggs in a bowl and mix a little Add the onions and coat them Mix the spices with the flour Stir in the flour to the egg and onion mixture Spoon portions of the onion baji mix into the...


Dundee Cake

Dundee cake is a traditional fruitcake with lots of orange. Absolutely lovely with a cup of tea, perhaps, if you like it, with a little butter. Winston Churchill’s favourite cake! You will need 200 g Soft Brown sugar 150 g Plain Flour mixed with 100 g Self Raising Flour 5 eggs 100 g glace cherries 3 tablespoons orange marmalade 100 g ground almonds Zest and juice of a small orange 80 g blanches almonds - soak in boiling water and remove the skins to blanch them Put the fruit, orange zest...


Golden Oat Biscuits

Golden Oat Biscuits These quick and easy biscuits are so versatile, you can turn them into almost any flavour you like. 150 g butter 100 g Soft Brown Sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 tablespoons Golden Syrup 40 g oats 200 g Plain Flour On a low light melt together the butter, syrup and sugar Sift the the flour and add the oats, mix well Pour the melted mixture into the flour and oats and mix well, beating with a wooden spoon into a ball Grease and line two baking trays and spoon a...


Paprika Pork Casserole

Serves 4 6 - 8 Pork Loin Steaks 2 medium onions, chopped 2 cloves garlic, chopped 1 red pepper, chopped 2 medium carrots, chopped 120 g whole green beans, chopped 1 rounded teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon dried sage Salt and pepper Water or stock to coves with 3 cm to spare Cornflour to thicken Fry the onions, pepper, carrots and garlic in a little oil for 5 minutes and add the beans Place the steaks in a roasting dish or shallow casserole and grill for 3 - 4 minutes Pour the vegetables over...


Apple and Date Crumble

Apple and Date Crumble This recipe for an apple and date crumble is unctuous and resembles sticky toffee pudding. 6 portions Use any apples you have 2 Brambleys, 2 Granny Smith (or equivalents) 200 g plain flour 80 g porridge oats 12 ready to eat dates 130 g butter 150 g dark brown sugar Lemonjuice Nutmeg Put the flour, oats, dates and butter into a food processor, and pour into a bowl, and stir in the dark brown sugar. Peel and core the apples, put them chopped into a bowl with some lemon...


Mushroom and mascarpone pasta

Mushroom and mascarpone spaghetti This stems from the fact that we made a load of mascarpone. For two people You will need: 15 g butter 2 cloves of chopped garlic 2 shallots, chopped 200 g chestnut mushrooms 100 ml dry white wine 100 g mascarpone Salt and pepper Teaspoon parsley, chopped Teaspoon thyme 30 g parmesan Let the garlic and shallots cook for 3 mins Add the mushrooms (halved) and coo for about 4 minutes on a medium light Stir in 100 ml dry white wine and cook a few minutes then...


Frangipane buns

Makes 12 3 large eggs 150g soft brown sugar or golden caster sugar 150g ground almonds 1/2-1 tsp almond extract 150g butter, melted 100g self-raising flour 4-5 tsp raspberry jam Preheat the oven to 170C and put 12 muffin cases in a muffin tin. Whisk the eggs and sugar until light and frothy. Stir in the almond. Beat in the butter and almond extract gradually. Stir in the flour. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases. Fill to half way up the cases. Put about a third of a teaspoon of jam in...


Cidered fish and tomato casserole

Cidered Fish Casserole You can use any firm white fish for this recipe. You can also use any cheese you fancy – I like it with crumbly Wensleydale. It can be served with boiled new potatoes or thickly cut potato chips. INGREDIENTS Serves 4 500g haddock, cod, pollack or similar fish fillets, skinned 4 ripe tomatoes 50g closed-cup mushrooms, sliced 150ml dry cider 50g breadcrumbs 50g grated cheese Salt and pepper to taste METHOD 1. Cut the fish into 3cm pieces and lay them in the bottom of a...


Vanilla cup cakes

Vanilla Cupcakes The addition of a little golden syrup adds depth of flavour to your cakes. Makes about 15 cakes. For the cakes: 180g very soft butter, keep it at room temperature for a few hours 1 tsp vanilla extract 165g soft brown sugar 1 dessert spoon golden syrup 3 eggs, beaten together 180g self-raising sing flour For the buttercream: 100g soft butter 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 tsp golden syrup 200g icing sugar •Place cupcake cases in two 12 holed tins. Preheat the oven to 170C/325F/gas...


Cauliflower Cheese Bake

Cauliflower cheese bake You can find this recipe on You need 1 medium sized cauliflower 40 g butter 40 g plain flour 200 g cheese (150 g Cheddar, 50 g red Leicester) 1/4 teaspoon white pepper 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder 1 slice of bread, grated to make breadcrumbs 25 g porridge oats 1 teaspoon of paprika Salt Break into florets, making them all of a similar size. Steam them for about 8 - 9 minutes until the stems are just tough. Place into a buttered ovenproof dish....





Steak in ale pie

Steak in Ale Pie We are trying this recipe without intro music. Which would you prefer - intro or no intro. Please do let us know. Steak in Ale Pie is just what you need at this time of the year, rich and satisfying, and if you’re lucky and have some ale left over, it’s all the better in a glass! You really do need brown ale for this. Pale ale can be a little hoppy and fragrant, and Guinness can be a little bitter. You will need 1 Kilo of beef ( either stewing steak, or probably better a...


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