Steak Night

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Want an awesome dinner on a Saturday night but can’t be arsed to cook for hours? Got to be steak night! Anyone can fry a steak and bung a few chips in the oven, but steak is actually very versatile. This post is going to start by talking about cuts, move on to how to cook it, then finish with …

Shepherd’s or Cottage Pie

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The meat mix for these pies is critical. I guess it’s just about acceptable to buy a packet of mince (lamb for shepherd’s pie, beef for cottage pie) and whack it in, but it’s not really in the spirit of the elevation of this dish to something more than you’d get in the school canteen. If you have some leftover …

Meatball Mania

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Best. Meatballs. Ever… Method First up get the onions sweating: Chop them up and put them in a large pan on a low heat. Put the lid on the pan and stir them every few minutes. We want them soft and sweet which will take about as long as it takes you to make the meatballs. For the meatballs put …

Cajun Chicken Salad

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If ever there was a time to use a high quality free range chicken it’s with this one, you will really taste the difference. I would also recommend using those tomatoes that are still attached to the vine, although cherry or plum varieties are a good alternative. Method Lightly coat the chicken breasts in oil and rub a generous amount …

Ultimate Chicken Pie

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Make this in individual pie dishes topped with puff (of filo) pastry, it’s very simple and a big crowd pleaser. There really is no need to ever cook a different chicken pie! Method Trim and dice the chicken and start frying it in a medium saucepan with olive oil and butter Finely chop the onion and garlic and add to …

Lamb Pasticcio

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One from the Oxo book – this has evolved over the years. Great the next day too. Use dried basil and oregano and a little concentrated beef stock if, like my wonderful wife, you refuse to keep Oxo cubes in the house… Method Heat the oil in a large pan and slow fry the onion until clear Add the garlic …