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Cheesy Butternut Squash Gratin

This cheesy squash gratin is the perfect partner to Roast Chicken, or it could be served as a stand alone Vegetarian meal with a side salad. Either way, you can't beat the cheesy creamy sauce that oozes and bubbles all over the slices of squash.

By Beth Sachs, 19th May 2010

Ingredients: 2 Butternut Squash, peeled, deseeded and cut into 5mm slices2 Cloves of Garlic, crushed250ml Double Cream100g Parmesan, gratedSeasoningInstructions:
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 180c/160fan/Gas 4.Step 2: In an ovenproof dish (about 1.5l) layer up the slices of squash and season.Step 3: In a saucepan bring the cream and the crushed garlic to the boil then pour over the squash. Sprinkle over the Parmesan.Step 4: Bake for 1 hour (cover with foil if it starts to brown too much on top). Details: Yield: serves 6-8 as part of a roast Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 1 hour

Lemon Carbonara

I LOVE pasta, especially with meaty/cheesy sauces, but during the summer months I crave lighter fresher dishes - and so does my waistline! This recipe fits the bill perfectly, combining fresh and zingy lemon, salty Parmesan and fresh herbs. I've given the quantities for 2 small servings although you could double the quantities for a more substantial meal. A great summery light lunch.
LEMON CARBONARA| Serves: 2  | Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 10 minutes | Total Time: 15 minutes |
Ingredients: 150g Spaghetti1 Egg2 TBSP Creme FraicheZest of 1 LemonHandful of grated ParmesanSmall handful of chopped ParsleySalt and Pepper
Instructions: Step 1: Bring a pan of salted water to the boil and add the spaghetti - cook according to packet instructions.Step 2: Meanwhile in a bowl mix together the egg, lemon zest, creme fraiche and Parmesan and season.Step 3: When the spaghetti is cooked, drain and return to pan then quickly toss through the lemon sauce. Sprinkle over the parsley and serve with …

Grilled Halloumi with Garlic Oil and Chilli

Here is a quick and easy snack to serve with my no yeast Pine Nut Bread.
GRILLED HALLOUMI| Serves: 4  | Prep Time: 5 Minutes | Cook Time: 5 Minutes  | Total Time: 10 Minutes |
Ingredients: 250g block of Halloumi, sliced into 1/2cm slices1 Red Chilli, choppedabout 2 TBSP Garlic OilSmall handful of fresh herbs, chopped (I used Tarragon and Parsley)
Instructions: Step 1: Heat a non stick griddle pan and cook the Halloumi for 2 minutes on each side until lightly browned.Step 2: Put the Halloumi on a serving plate and drizzle over the garlic oil and sprinkle over chopped herbs and chilli. Season with salt and pepper.
| Author: Beth Sachs | Date: 13th May 2010 |

Pine Nut Bread with Greek Yogurt

This is an ultra quick no yeast bread that can be rustled up in under an hour - that's preparation, mixing and baking. It includes a slightly unusual ingredient - Greek Yogurt, but it's the yogurt that gives the bread a wonderful flavour and keeps it moist for a couple of days. I decided to put some toasted pine nuts in this one, although other nuts would work equally well, as would fresh chopped herbs, sun dried tomatoes, olives and dried fruit. The combinations are endless. Just use the quantities as a base recipe and go and experiment.

PINE NUT BREAD WITH GREEK YOGURT| Serves: 1 Loaf | Prep Time: 15 Minutes | Cook Time: 30 Minutes | Total Time: 45 Minutes |
Ingredients: 250g Plain Flour250g Wholemeal Flour1 TSP Salt2 TSP Bicarbonate of SodaHandful of toasted Pine Nuts300ml Greek Yogurt125ml Semi Skimmed Milk
Instructions: Step 1: Preheat oven to 230C/210C Fan.Step 2: In a large bowl combine all of the ingredients, mix thoroughly, knead for a few minutes on a floured surface and …

The Best Chocolate Cookie Recipe

I used a Hugh F-W recipe as the base for these gorgeous cookies. I fiddled and changed a few of the ingredients but the end result was melt in the mouth cookies - just how we like them. You could add some dried cranberries or sour cherries to the mix if you wanted, just a handful.
THE BEST CHOCOLATE COOKIE RECIPE| Serves: MAKES 15 COOKIES  | Prep Time: 10 Minutes | Cook Time: 10 Minutes | Total Time: 20 Minutes |
100g Dark Chocolate, chopped125g Butter, melted100g Granulated Sugar75g Light Muscavado Sugar1 Egg1TSP Vanilla Extract150g Plain Flour1/2 TSP Baking PowderPinch of Salt
Step 1: Preheat oven to 190C/170C Fan. Line two baking trays.Step 2: Measure the sugars into a large mixing bowl, beat in the egg then stir in the melted butter and vanilla extract.Step 3: Sieve in the flour and baking powder and add a pinch of salt and mix thoroughly. Stir through the chocolate at the end.Step 4: Place dessert spoon dollops onto the baking sheets - spaced well apart. Co…

Election Day Rice Salad

We go to polls tomorrow here in the UK, and I have the 'pleasure' of poll clerking at a local station. The upside of this is the fairly generous pay but the downside (and it's a big one) is you're stuck to your seat for 15 hours, unable to leave the polling station, even for food.
A hearty lunchbox is needed and this Election Day Rice Salad as I have aptly named it, I hope is going to keep me going through what I think is going to be a very busy day!

ELECTION DAY RICE SALAD| Serves: 4 | Prep Time: 10 Minutes | Cook Time: 10 Minutes for rice | Total Time: 20 Minutes |
250g Long Grain Rice - cooked and cooled6 Cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered1 small Red onion, chopped6 Dried Apricots, chopped1 Yellow Pepper, chopped100g Cornish Blue Cheese, cubedHandful of Dried BlueberriesChopped Parsley to serveDressing:4 tbsp olive oil1 tbsp red wine vinegarjuice of 1 lemon1 tsp mustard1 tsp honey1 clove garlic, choppedSalt and Pepper

Step 1: whisk together t…

Cottage Macaroni Pie

This was a yummy success  - a cross between a cottage pie and macaroni cheese.

COTTAGE MACARONI PIE| Serves: 6  | Prep Time: 20 Minutes | Cook Time: 50 Minutes | Total Time: 1 Hour 10 Minutes |
2 TBSP Garlic Oil1 Onion1 Leek1 Celery stalk1 Carrot, peeled1 TBSP fresh Thyme leaves750g Minced Beef1 Tin chopped Tomatoes200ml Beef Stock2 TBSP KetchupSplash of Worcestershire SauceSalt and PepperFor the topping;200g Strong Cheddar, grated200ml Creme Fraiche (I used Roddas)200g Macaroni1/2 tsp MustardSalt and Pepper Instructions:
Step 1: Process the onion, leek, celery, carrot and garlic in the processor (or chop finely)Step 2: Heat the garlic oil in a large pan and fry the blitzed veg and thyme for 5 minutes until soft.Step 3: Turn the heat up and add the minced beef, fry until brown then add the tomatoes, stock, ketchup and Worcestershire sauce, plus seasoning. Simmer on a low heat for about an hour.Step 4: Meanwhile put a pan of salted water onto boil. When at boiling point add the…