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 …

Apple Ketchup

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If you’ve only ever had premade, shop bought apple sauce then believe me, the difference is well worth the effort. If you’re going to the trouble of roasting a big, tasty pork joint, it seems almost criminal to not make your own, you’ll not find anything like this in a jar… Method Chuck it all in a pan and simmer …

Wild Mushroom Soup

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Method Soak the porcini in 150ml of warm water for 10 minutes. Fry up the wild and chestnut mushrooms in a large knob of butter, remove a few for a garnish later and then add he onion, garlic and thyme Add the porcini, water and all, along with the stock, bring to the boil and simmer, half covered, for 10 …

Roasted Garlic & Almond Soup

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Really tasty, but perhaps not one to eat before a big night out… Method Break up the garlic and roast in the oven for 30 minutes at 180, then leave it to cool Gently fry the onion for 10 minutes, then add the stock and the cream, bring to the boil and simmer for another 10 minutes Squeeze the cooled …

Chicken, Vegetable & Barley Broth

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Not your every day chicken and veg soup, the barley adds a lovely depth… Method Put the stock, chopped veg and whole chicken bits into a pan, add 600ml of water and simmer for 30 minutes Remove chicken and set aside, add the barley to the pan and cook for 10-12 minutes Shred the chicken, and return to the broth …

Roast Tomato & Basil Soup

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Perfect for you tomato growers… Method Peel and roughly chop the onion, take all the green bits off the tomatoes and peel the garlic, then put it all in a roasting tin, mix the whole lot with a good glug of quality olive oil and roast at 220 for half an hour Whizz up the basil with 300ml of warm …

Perfect Yorkshires

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This recipe comes from a card I received when I visited the Marylebone uber-butcher, The Ginger Pig. What they don’t know about beef isn’t worth knowing, so it follows that their yorkie puds will be awesome… Method Set the oven to 220°C Add the dripping to whatever container you’re using – experiment with different containers, deep muffin tins produce tall …

White Choc & Marshmallow Cheesecake

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Yes, this is as good as it sounds! However, the marshmallow does make it rather rich, so for a more ‘adult’ version you may like to swap them out for some nice sliced strawberry. Have tinkered and edited the recipe to fit better with available packet sizes in supermarkets, they don’t need to be exact, just close… *NOTE: Still experimenting. …

Italian Sausage

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I’m calling this Italian sausage as it’s loosely based on recipes of the same sort of ingredients. Unlike most sausage recipes which start with 100% of sausage weight before specifying percentages (eg 80% meat, 9% water, 9% rusk, 2% seasoning), my recipes specify percentages based on the weight of meat you’re starting with. I think this is much easier to …