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Showing posts from September, 2008

Blackberry Muffins

Ingredients: makes 12 200g Plain Flour 50g Ground Almonds 1 TSP Baking Powder 150g Golden Caster Sugar 125g Butter, Melted 175ml Buttermilk 1 Egg, beaten 200g Blackberries Demerera Sugar for sprinkling
Method: Step 1: Preheat oven to 180c Step 2: Sift together flour and baking powder and stir in ground almonds Step 3: Combine wet ingredients (including sugar) in separate bowl then lightly fold into dry ingredients Step 4: Tip in blackberries and mix again Step 5; Line a 12 hole muffin tin with cases and tip the muffin mixture in, sprinkle on demerera sugar. Step 6: Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden

Butternut Squash, Chorizo and Pine Nut Spaghetti

Ingredients: (2 servings) Half a small Butternut Squash, diced Small Chorizo, sliced Handful of Pine nuts, toasted 250g Spaghetti 100g Feta, crumbled Sage leaves, shredded
Method: Step 1: Bring a pan of salted water to the boil, add the squash and boil for 4 minutes until tender Step 2: Meanwhile fry off the chorizo so they release their oil, take off the heat and add the toasted pine nuts and shredded sage Step 3: Use a slotted spoon to take the squash out of the pan, add this to the chorizo mixture and put on a low heat. Step 4: Add spaghetti to water and cook according to packet instruction Step 5: Drain cooked spaghetti and toss with chorizo mixture and add a good glug of oil Step 6: Serve with a good helping of grated Parmesan

Beef Koftas

Every few weeks we have a 'build a burger night' in our house which is always well received, especially by hubby. On this occasion though I decided to try something a little bit different and did a 'build a kofta night' instead. I served the koftas with pitta breads, red onion, cucumber, tomatoes, sour cream, chilli sauce and also some rice. They were fantastic, and although not totally authentic, they will become a regular I think!
Ingredients: Koftas 500g Minced Beef or Lamb 1 Onion, grated Thumb of Ginger, grated 6 Garlic Cloves, finely chopped Coriander 1 TBSP Chilli Sauce
Serve with Pitta's, Red Onion, Cucumber, Tomatoes, Sour Cream, Chilli Sauce and if you're really hungry Rice too!!
Method: Step 1: To make the koftas, put all of the kofta ingredients into a big bowl, along with salt and pepper and mix together, form into balls. Grill for 8-9 minutes, turning once or twice. Step 2: Toast Pittas and prepare salad

Chinese Chipshop Curry

We love Chinese curry in our house. It has a lovely subtle spice to it and its not too hot, perfect for the kids.

CHINESE CHIPSHOP CURRY| Serves: 2 | Prep Time: 20 Minutes | Cook Time: 30 Minutes | Total Time: 50 Minutes |
INGREDIENTS:2 tbsp sunflower oil1 onion, finely chopped1 tbsp ginger, grated3 garlic cloves, sliced1/2 tsp ground cumin1/2 tsp ground turmeric1/4 tsp Chili powder1/2 tsp ground coriander1 tsp ground fenugreek1 1/2 tsp curry powder125ml water2 1/2 tsp plain flour2 1/2 tsp self raising flour400ml chicken stockHandful of mushrooms, sliced200g leftover roast chicken INSTRUCTIONS: Step 1: Gently fry onions for 3 min, add the ginger and garlic and fry for a further 30 seconds. Keep gently frying until onions have softened.Step 2: Stir in all the spices and fry for a further 5 mins. Add the water then blitz into a paste. Stir in the two flours until well combined.Step 3: Slowly simmer the puree for 20 min until you have a thick paste and it is dark mustard brown in colour.Step…

Leek and Stilton Bread and Butter Pudding

Bread and Butter pudding is one of Britain's most traditional and loved desserts, and I couldn't resist putting a savoury spin on this classic using my favourite cheese, Stilton.

The original recipe came from a past edition of BBC Good Food magazine. Let me warn you though it is very filling but also very easy to adapt with other ingredients. 
LEEK AND STILTON BREAD AND BUTTER PUDDING Ingredients: 8 slices Granary Bread TBSP Dijon Mustard Butter 2 Leeks 200g Stilton 200g Cheddar 3 eggs 500ml Milk Seasoning and Parsley to serve
Method: Step 1: Fry leeks in a little oil until soft. Step 2: Butter and mustard one side of each slice of bread and cut each slice into quarters Step 3: Mix together the eggs. milk, salt and pepper to make an egg custard. Step 4: Lay third of bread on the bottom of an ovenproof dish (butter side up), top with a third of leeks and third of cheeses. Pour over a third of egg custard mixture. Step 5: Repeat the process until all ingredients have been used up. Leave to soak f…

Malteser Traybake

I'd been wanting to give these a go for ages so when I won a big box of maltesers in a prize draw last weekend I thought this was the ideal opportunity.

By Beth Sachs

Ingredients: 110g Butter 3 TBSP Syrup 120g Digestives 100g Ginger biscuits 220g Plain Chocolate 200g Maltesers Topping: 300g White Chocolate 10 Maltesers, crushed
Method: Step 1: Grease a swiss roll tin Step 2: Melt the plain chocolate, syrup and butter (I did this in the microwave) Step 3: Stir in crushed biscuits and whole maltesers and press into swiss roll tin, leave to set Step 4: Melt white chocolate and pour over base and sprinkle over crushed maltesers. Step 5: Refrigerate for 30 minutes then cut into bars.

Spicy Sweet Potato Chips

Ingredients: 2 Sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chips Sea Salt Black Pepper 2 tsp Dried Chilli 1 tsp Cumin 1 tsp Ground Coriander 2 Cloves of garlic, crushed A few glugs of Olive Oil
Method: Step 1: Preheat oven to 200c and throw the seasoning and oil over the chips in an oven proof pan Step 2: Oven cook for 30 minutes until crispy and golden

Bacon, Spinach and Mushroom Pancake Bake

A delicious and easy savoury pancake bake, which could easily be adapted for vegetarians. As this was a midweek meal, to save time I bought ready made pancakes from the supermarket.
Ingredients: serves 4 500g Mushrooms, sliced 6 Rashers Bacon, chopped 300g Spinach 2 Garlic Cloves Cheese Sauce: 50g Butter 50g Flour 600ml Milk 150g Cheddar Cheese, grated Worcestershire Sauce- dash 8 Savoury Pancakes
Method: Step 1: Fry the mushrooms, bacon and garlic, drain excess liquid and put to one side. Step 2: Wilt the spinach in frying pan in 2 batches and squeeze out excess water. Step 3: Make the cheese sauce - melt the butter, stir in the flour and cook on a medium heat for 2 minutes, add the milk gradually, bring to the boil and then take off the heat and add the cheese and worcestershire sauce. Step 4: Assemble pancakes. Step 5: Place in oven proof dish, pour remaining sauce over and bake for 20 minutes.