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Three Cheese Quiche

Three Cheese Quiche Quiche has to be the most wonderful dish in the world. I personally can't get enough of it! Grease and line a fluted loose bottomed fun tin. 300 g plain flour 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard powder 1/2 teaspoon black onion seeds 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper 150 g lard (or 75 g lard, 75 g Butter) 100 g each of crumbled Lancashire cheese, grated Cheddar and Halloumi (or Feta at 50 g) 2 finely chopped Spring onion 3 eggs 180 ml milk 2 finely chopped spring onions Combine the flour,...


Cheesey Bacon Bake

Cheesey Bacon Bake Cheese Bacon Bake is one of those thrifty meals that is so very tasty - perhaps so tasty you might never eat anything else. 1 large onion or 2 medium ones 1 large leek 80 g chorizo Chop finely and fry in sunflower oil 2 potatoes each person (for 4) Peel and dice the potatoes Boil the potatoes until soft 200 g Cheddar cheese Grease a large baking dish and combine the potatoes and leek / onion mixture Spread out evenly and sprinkle the cheese over the potatoes Lay 8...


Dried Fruit Crumble




Moussaka is the archetypal cheesey meaty, vegetably, unctious meal from Greece! It is really easy to make, and reminds one of sunny days by the beach. You will need 1 large onion 1 red pepper 3 cloves of garlic 450 g minced lamb 80 g red lentils 1 teaspoon oregano 1 teaspoon dried parsley 500 ml passata 120 ml white wine or water 3 tablespoons tomato puree 2 aubergines, cut thinly For the cheese sauce 500 ml milk 2 rounded tablespoons of cornflour made into a paste with 2 tablespoons milk...


Meatloaf Burgers

Meat Loaf - burgers! 500 g minced beef 400 g minced pork 90 g breadcrumbs 1 level teaspoon pepper 1/2 teaspoon white pepper 1/2 teaspoon of oregano 1 teaspoon sweet paprika 1/2 - 1 teaspoon chilli powder Some balsamic vinegar - or balsamic glaze Use lean pork and lean mince Carefully mix all the ingredients in a bowl - start by mixing the meats and then the seasonings. Add mix the seasonings very throughly, massaging for many minutes Grease 0r oil and line a loaf tin - the lining acts as a...


How to make Crumpets

You have to make crumpets! They are amazing, and the earliest recipe was from 1769 by Elizabeth Raffald in Manchester, UK, though the product has been around before that. You can buy crumpets in the UK, not the US, but they are completely wonderful homemade. They make the shop bought ones taste like old car tyres. Ingredients 150 g strong bread flour 150 g plain flour 300 ml milk at body temperature 1 teaspoon sugar 2 sachets of fast action yeast (7g sise) 170 ml warm water 1 teaspoon...



******** This is our 300th Recipe ********* To celebrate we are knocking £1.50 off Diana's Book, Traditional Country Preserving The offer lasts for 1 week Macaroons These are the traditional macaroons, not the brightly coloured type that are so difficult to make. You will need: 120 g soft brown sugar 2 teaspoons cornflour 1...


Rhubarb fool



Plate meat pie

Plate meat pie It's not gourmet, but a plate meat pie is inexpensive and tasty and just the food you look forward to - why you would buy a frozen one I don't know. This is a frugal midweek marvel. Ingedients 2 chopped onions 500 g minced steak Salt and pepper Big Splash of Worcestershire Sauce Beef Stock 400 g Plain Flour 100 g Lard 100 g Butter 1 level teaspoon salt Water to mix Fry the onion in the oil gently for 5 minutes Add the steak and mix well Add salt and pepper and the...


Chicken and rice casserole

Chicken and Rice Casserole This is one of those easy dishes, always welcome, and you can turn it into any number of dishes. You will need 5 - 6 boneless chicken thighs cut into small cubes 1 teaspoon each of dried parsley, paprika and turmeric 1/2 teaspoon of salt 3 cloves of garlic (grated) 1/4 teaspoon white pepper Oil for frying 1 large onion 1 red pepper 1 green pepper 2 courgettes 1/2 aubergine 350 g rice or 3 packs of savoury rice 700 ml chicken stock Mix the herbs and spices...


Ricotta Cake

This is a wonderfully substantial cake with all kinds of variations and changes. If you can make this kind of cheese cake, you can make anything - but it is really simple. Ingredients 200 g butter 250 g Ricotta 1 1/5 tsp vanilla or almond extract 250 g soft brown sugar 2 eggs 200 g self raising flour 200 g ground almonds Mix the butter, sugar, riotta Sift together the flour Beat the eggs Sift the flour again into the mixture. Firstly 2 - 3 tablespoons and then ad the eggs, then the rest...


Cream Splits

Cream Splits Makes 8 buns You start with a special bread dough, and you can make this into iced fingers if you prefer, but these are almost impossible to eat without making a mess. 350 g strong bread flour 230 ml warm milk (but you might not all need all of it) 1/2 tsp salt 7g sachet of fast action yeast 80 g soft brown sugar Jam Double cream 150 g Icing sugar and hot water Sift the flour and salt together and mix in the yeast and sugar. Mix in the milk until you get a soft dough. To make...


Halloumi and couscous

You will need 1 red onion 1 red and 1 green pepper 1/2 aubergine 2 garlic cloves 200 g bacon 2 tablespoons parsley1 teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon oregano 1 teaspoon turmeric 250 g cous cous Vegetable stock to cover 150 g Halloumi Chop the onion, peppers, garlic in a little oil Mix in the spices and herbs Griddle the halloumi pieces Cook the cous cous in boiling water (off the heat) until soft Mix the cous cous with the vegetables and season with salt Serve with the halloumi



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...


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