A MR GREEDY TIP:

    A MR GREEDY TIP: Cooking flan – Line the flan tin with the pastry but leave excess over the top of the tin. Trim the pastry to the top of the tin after blind baking with a good sharp knife. Pastry shrinks when it's cooked. this will leave a good flush top.    

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Glazed Plum Cake Courgette, Basil and Ricotta Tart

  Glazed Plum Cake Courgette, Basil and Ricotta Tart 375g ready rolled puff pastry 1 x 250g tub ricotta 3tbsp grated Grana Padano cheese ! large egg beaten handful of fresh basil 3 spring onions, trimmed and thinly sliced 75g thin parma ham, sliced into strips 1 large clove of garlic, crushed 3 med courgettes cut into thin slices 2tbsp […]

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Glazed Plum Cake

Glazed Plum Cake   200g softened butter 8 red or purple plums 140g golden caster sugar, + 1 extra tbsp grated zest of 1 large lemon 6 tbsp full cream milk 85g blanched almonds, chopped, not too small 6 heaped tbsp redcurrant or plum jelly 3 eggs, lightly beaten 175g self-raising flour 2 tbsp cassis or port Heat oven 160c […]

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Mint and Courgette Cake with Soft Cream Topping

  Mint and Courgette Cake with Soft Cream Topping 155ml sunflower oil, plus a little extra 230g self-rising flower 1tsp baking powder 11/2 tsp ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp mixed spice 1/2 tsp ground ginger 230g light brown muscovado sugar zest of 1 orange 100g pecan nuts coarsely chopped 3 large eggs beaten 300g coarsely grated courgettes [squeeze out excess liquid] […]

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Gruyere Biscuits

  Gruyere Biscuits 125g plain flour 100g unsalted butter, diced 1/4 – 1/2 tsp chilli powder 100g finely grated gruyere cheese a little milk to brush the tops dried rosemary to decorate Put the flour, butter and chilli in a food processor and blitz until the mixture resmbles breadcrums. Add the cheese, pulse again to bring the dough to-gether. Shape […]

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Chicken in Lemon and Garlic

Chicken in Lemon and Garlic 4 large skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces 5 tbsp olive oil or lemon flavoured oil 1 onion, finely chopped 6 large garlic cloves, finely chopped grated rind of 1 lemon, finely pared rind of 1 lemon and the juice of both lemons 4 tbsp chopped fresh flat leaf parsley Heat the oil […]

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Potato and Tomato Tortilla

Potato and Tomato Tortilla 1kg new potatoes, Jersey Royals scraped or washed, cut into small cubes 2 tbsp olive oil 1 large bunch spring onions, chopped 120g cherry tomatoes, halved 6 eggs 3 tbsp milk 2 tbsp fresh parsley salt and ground black pepper Boil the potatoes in salted water until just tender. Drain and set aside. Preheat grill to […]

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Wild Mushroom Tartlets

This month 2 easy Veggie recipes. Wild Mushroom Tartlets 375g block of all butter puff pastry 25g butter 300g pack mixed wild mushrooms, wiped clean, [don’t wash] 50g parmesan, finely grated Handful of chopped parsley 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped 1 egg beaten 1 small ciabatta roll, blitzed to crumbs 100g pitted green olives, finely chopped Roll the pastry […]

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Leek, Ricotta & Gruyere Tart

Leek, Ricotta & Gruyere Tart 500g pack all butter shortcrust pastry Butter 2 large leeks, thinly sliced 250 ricotta 100ml double cream 2 eggs, beaten 2 tbsp chopped tarragon 100g gruyere cheese grated Heat the oven 180C fan. Butter a 23cm loose base tart tin. Roll the pastry, line the tin, prick the base and blind bake on a baking […]

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Special Chocolate Easter Cake [no cooking]

  Special Chocolate Easter Cake [no cooking] 100g butter, plus a little extra fo greasing 150g bar of dark chocolate with nuts, broken into pieces 2 tbsp golden syrup 50g hazelnuts, halved 5g pine nuts 175g soft almond amaretti biscuits, broken into chunky pieces 100g dried soft figs, chopped 300g Belgian chocolate sauce [M & S] 2 tbsp Amaretto or […]

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