Spanish Polvorones & German Lebkuchen

  Polvorones Christmas Walnut Cookies from Spain. 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature 1/2 cup caster sugar 2 cups plain flour 1/2 cup ground walnuts 1 cup chopped walnuts Icing sugar to coat after baking + extra to serve Preheat oven to 160C fan Use an electric mixer, hand held or stand type, it does get hard. Beat the butter […]

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Cheats Cauliflower Cheese with Bacon and Mushrooms

  1 good sized cauliflower, trimmed, cut into florets 250g smoked back bacon, cut into narrow strips 250g chestnut mushrooms, finely sliced 1 pkt Schwartz cheddar cheese sauce mix level tsp english mustard powder 125g good strong mature cheddar cheese, grated 150 ml thick double cream salt and fresh ground black pepper 1 level tsp sweet paprika Topping 100g ciabatta […]

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Florentine Brownies

 Ingredients 150g soft butter, + extra for greasing 150g dark brown chocolate [about 70% coca solids ] broken in pieces 300g light muscovado sugar 3 large eggs, lightly beaten 150g plain flour Topping 40g butter 40g demerara sugar 1 x 100 pkt flaked almonds 50g currants 50g glace cherries halved 50g mixed peel Preheat oven 180 C, Grease and line […]

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Blondie Cappuccino Squares with Coffee Cream

Ingredients 250g softened butter,+ extra for greasing 1 x 200g pkt pecan halves 500g light muscovado sugar 4 large eggs, lightly beaten 2tbsp coffee extract 300g plain flour 50g white chocolate, in pieces Coffee Cream 300ml double crean 3 tbsp icing sugar 1 tbsp coffee extract Preheat oven to 180 C. Grease and line a 20cm x 30cm, 5cm deep […]

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Mediterranean-Style Lamb Stew with Olives

Ingredients 2 tbsp garlic oil 500g lamb neck fillet, or a shoulder cubed 1 onion sliced 3 cloves of garlic finely chopped 125ml dry white wine 1 x 400g chopped tomatoes 2 large strips of orange peel, pith removed 2 good sprigs of thyme Handful of Kalamata olives 1 large red pepper, seeded and sliced   Heat 1 tbsp of […]

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Spiced Seafood Jumbalaya

  1 tbsp garlic oil 1 tsp smoked paprika 3 good sized garlic cloves, finely chopped 1tsp chilli flakes 1 large onion, roughly chopped 1 green pepper, seeded, cut into chunks 1 large courgette cut into chunks 150g good chorizo, skin removed, sliced 1tsp dried oregano 350g long grain rice 750ml bought fish stock 5oog mixed seafood [defrosted] 3 tbsp […]

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Brie, Leek and Mushroom en Croute

Ingredients 100g walnut pieces 2 tbsp olive oil, + extra for greasing 50g butter  Chorizo and 200g mini Portobello mushrooms, sliced 150g baby button mushrooms, quartered 2 leeks, trimmed and thinly sliced 4 cloves garlic, finely sliced 2tbsp fresh thyme leaves + extra to garnish Grated zest of 1 lemon 300g good quality brie, cubed 750g puff pastry 1 large […]

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