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Amanda's White Chocolate & Strawberry Cheesecake

Serves 6


Biscuit base:
150g unsalted butter
300g digestives biscuits, crushed

Cheesecake filling:
2 x 280g Philadelphia soft cheese
300ml double cream
75g icing sugar
300g white chocolate

1. Melt chocolate and leave to cool.
2. Mix cream cheese and icing sugar.
3. In a separate bowl whip cream to soft peaks.
4. Fold cream into melted chocolate and then fold in cream cheese.
5. Mix the biscuits and butter together thoroughly. In a deep oven cake tin, press the biscuit mixture neatly in to the base of the cake tin.
6. Pour the chocolate cream cheese mixture over the biscuit base and leave preferably over night.
7. Decorate with dried strawberries.

Annie's Boiled Fruit Cake

anniesboiledfruitcakeANNIE'S BOILED FRUIT CAKE

12oz mixed fruit (2 cups)
4oz margarine or butter
1 cup of water
1 cup of caster sugar
3 eggs
2 level cups of self-raising flour
6 chopped glacé cherries
1 level teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda

1. Put mixed fruit, margarine, water and sugar in to a large saucepan and bring to the boil, making sure the butter has melted. Turn down to simmer.
2. Add one level teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda in to the saucepan (it will bubble up when added). Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Allow to cool.
4. When cooled, beat in to mixture, three eggs.
5. Stir in self-raising flour and the glacé cherries. Mix well.
6. Put mixture in to a cake tin and bake in the middle of the oven, gas mark 2 for two hours.
7. Take out of the oven and place on to a wire rack to cool.

Barbeque Sauce

Serves/Makes: ¾ of a cup
Preparation time: 5 minutes

1/2 cup (125 ml) tomato ketchup
1/4 onion, chopped (optional)
2 tablespoons of brown sugar (30 ml)
1 tablespoon of (prepared) mustard (15 ml)
1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce (5 ml)
1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder (1 ml)
1/4 teaspoon of crushed red pepper (1 ml) (optional)

In a saucepan stir all ingredients together and cook 2 minutes over medium heat until onion is tender.

Beef Casserole (Slow cook)

Serves/Makes: 3
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 4-6 hours

400g of braising steak, cut in to large cubes
1-2 medium sized onions, chopped or 8-10 small shallots, peeled (or use pickled onions) (optional)
12 mushrooms, thickly sliced
Handful of frozen sweet corn (optional)
2 teaspoons of tomato puree
1 green and 1 red pepper, chopped (optional)
1 teaspoon of garlic puree (or fresh equivalent)
½ pint of stock (made from beef, roasted onion gravy granules) or a carton of chopped tomatoes
½ cup of red wine
1 or 2 teaspoons of dried rosemary

1. Place all of the ingredients in a large casserole dish or a slow cooker and stir.
2. Place casserole dish in the middle of the oven, gas mark 3 for 4 hours. If slow cooker, leave to cook for 4 hours.

Recommend serving with creamy mustard mash. For a more beef and tomato flavour, you could try using ½ pint of beef stock and add ¾ of can of chopped tomatoes (maybe hold back some of the tomato juice initially).

Coronation Chicken

coronationchickenCORONATION CHICKEN
Serves 2

100g (4 oz) mayonnaise
75g (3 oz) mango chutney
1 teaspoon of mild curry powder
1 dessertspoon of lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
500g (1 1/4 lb) skinless, boneless chicken breast fillets - cooked and diced
2 dessertspoons of sultanas (optional)
1 dessertspoon of flaked almonds (optional)

In a large bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, chutney, curry powder, lemon juice and salt (and sultanas and almond flakes). Add chicken and toss with the dressing until well coated. Cover and chill until serving.

Dad's Chicken Curry (Mild)

dadschickencurryDAD'S CHICKEN CURRY (MILD)
Serves 2
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 50 minutes

2 chicken breast fillets (medium/large), sliced as chunks (½ inch roughly shaped cubes)
2 dessert spoons of cooking oil (any oil; sunflower, vegetable or olive)
1 sachet of Pataks Coconut Milk (optional) (or ¾ to 1 can of coconut milk)
2 teaspoon of curry powder (mild or madras)
1 teaspoon of turmeric
1 onion, sliced
2 dessert spoons of sultanas (or 1 heaped teaspoon of sugar if sultanas are not desired)
1 dessert spoon of Bisto Best chicken flavour
220ml of boiling water
small handful (per person) of sultanas
2 teaspoons of corn flour (for thickening, mixed with a little cold water)
150g of fresh single cream (optional)

1. Mix the chicken stock and water together and add to it, the sultanas. Stir.
2. Place the oil in a wok and heat. Add onions, stir until transparent, and then push to one side of the pan.
3. Tilt the pan to create a pool of oil and mix in to it the curry powder and turmeric. Stir to form a paste.
4. Immediately, add to the pan, the mix of stock and sultanas. Stir thoroughly.
5. Add chicken and stir thoroughly. Leave to cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
6. Add the sachet of coconut milk (optional). Stir and cook for a further 15 minutes.
7. Cook rice (if necessary).
8. Place the corn flour in a cup and add cold water (A DRIP AT A TIME) to form a thick paste. Don’t make it too runny or it will not act as a thickener – pour in to the pan whilst stirring vigorously and watch for the gravy-like curry to take on a thick sauce consistency.
9. Before serving, add the single cream and stir in for 2-3 minutes (optional)

Dad's Meatloaf (formerly known as 'Merlin')

Serves 3
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 45-60 minutes

For the meatloaf:
500g (1lb) of lean beef mince
1 cup of finely diced onions
2 slices of bread, grated to form breadcrumbs (not necessary if using extra lean beef steak mince)
1 packet of Tesco Cottage Pie sachet mix
Cooking oil (any, I use sunflower oil)

For the vegetables:
3 large potatoes, peeled and sliced (approximately ½ cm or ¼ inch in thickness)
2-3 large carrots, sliced (approximately ½ cm or ¼ inch in thickness, sliced at an angle to form oblong shaped slices)

1. Place all of the meatloaf ingredients together (not the vegetables) in to a mixing bowl. Mix through with fingers.
2. Shape in to a circular domed-like shape and placing in the centre of a round casserole dish. Or, if using a rectangular shaped dish, make the shape of the meatloaf a more traditional log-shape!
3. Place alternating slices of potato and carrot around the meatloaf.
4. Liberally drizzle oil over the vegetables and the top of the meatloaf.
5. Cook in the middle of a pre-heat oven, gas mark 6 for one hour. Check after 30 minutes of cooking that the potatoes are not burning, if so, turn them.
6. Served with hot buttered sweet corn and a little beef stock gravy (if desired).

David's Cheese Biscuits

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes

5oz of strong cheese, grated
4oz of butter or margarine
½ teaspoon of salt
A dash of Worcestershire Sauce
2 teacups of of Rice Crispies
4oz of plain flour

1. Blend cheese and butter (or margarine)
2. Add the salt and Worcestershire Sauce
3. Stir in the flour to form a paste
4. Add Rice Crispies and stir again
5. Roll in to marble-sized balls
6. Flatten with a fork or thumb
7. Place on a baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes at gas mark 4

David's Curry

Serves/Makes 3
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 25-35 minutes


2 large or 3 medium sized chicken breast fillets, (or turkey or pork) cut in to cube shapes
1-2 tablespoons of cooking oil
1 tablespoon of soy sauce (optional)
2-3 level teaspoons of curry powder (mild/medium or hot)
½ teaspoon of paprika (optional)
2-3 cloves of garlic, peeled and diced (optional)
½ cm of fresh ginger, chopped finely (or ½ teaspoon of ground ginger) (optional)
1 teaspoon of chilli granules (optional)
1 teaspoon Thai Chilli & Garlic sauce (optional)
1 teaspoon Sweet Chilli sauce (optional)
4-6 spring onions, washed and chopped (or 2 medium sized red onions, peeled and sliced)
3 or 4 medium sized mushrooms, thinly sliced
1 can of chopped tomatoes, drain the juice but do not discard
1 tablespoon of lemon or lime juice (optional)
¾ to 1 can of coconut milk
half a bunch of fresh coriander, washed and chopped loosely

1. Place oil in to a wok or pan and start to heat gently.
2. Add to the oil the soy sauce, curry powder, paprika, garlic, ginger, chilli granules, chilli and garlic sauce, sweet chilli sauce and stir.
3. Then add the spring onions, mushrooms and can of tomatoes (remembering to hold back the juice from the tomatoes for use later). Stir gently for a 3-4 minutes until vegetables soften slightly.
4. Add chicken (or turkey or pork). Continue to stir, coating meat thoroughly.
5. Add ¾ of the can of coconut milk.
6. Add the fresh coriander Stir in and taste to test flavour.
7. Using a combination of the tomato juice and/or remaining coconut milk, add to desired taste.
8. Prepare the rice and curry should be ready when the rice is cooked and ready to serve.

David's Fish Pie

davidsfishpieDAVID'S FISH PIE
Serves/Makes 3
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 30-40 minutes

400g of white fish (cod loin or haddock for example)
250g of fresh king prawns
bag of fresh spinach
250g of cheese sauce
2-3 large potatoes, boiled and mashed
2 spring onions, chopped
3 tomatoes, sliced
flat level teaspoon each of paprika, ground ginger, parsley (or tarragon) (or any preferred herb or spice)

1. Pre-heat oven to gas mark 5. Peel and chop potatoes. Boil for 15 minutes
2. Place white fish in the microwave and cook on full power for only 2 minutes
3. In a large casserole dish, place the spinach evenly as a bottom layer
4. Place the white fish on top evenly, and then decorate with the prawns, tomatoes and spring onions. Sprinkle herbs and spices on fish
5. Pour cheese sauce over all ingredients
6. Spread mashed potato evenly over everything
7. Place in middle of the oven for about 30 minutes or until white fish is cooked thoroughly.


Duchess Tomato & Onion Chutney
duchesschutneyDuchess Tomato & Onion Chutney
Preparation time: 4½ hours
Makes about 8 Jars

2lb (1.6kg) Chopped Tomatoes, peeled and diced*
1lb (907g) Onions, peeled and diced
1lb (907g) Apples, cored, peeled and cubed*
1lb (907g) Sultanas
1 pint (946ml) Malt Vinegar
1lb (907g) Sugar*
3 teaspoons Salt

Mix all of the ingredients together in a huge casserole pan and place on a medium heat on the stove for up to three hours. The key thing to look for is a reduction by a third, so once all of the ingredients are added, make a note of high up the pan it is, and divide it by three. It should be ready when one third has reduced (gone)! When you're happy with the thickness, texture and taste, leave it cool down (about an hour). Then decant in to clean jars.

Over the years, I have stopped buying tomatoes and peeling them myself and instead, buy cartons of ready chopped tomatoes, and likewise, with the apples... it's no more expensive to buy jars of Bramley Apple Sauce instead of cooking apples and it certainly reduces the preparation time by more than half. If you do use tins or cartons of tomatoes and jars of apple sauce... you may want to skip the sugar or only use a few dessertspoons and maybe not use salt. Test it by tasting one and two hours in...


Makes 8-10
Preparation time = 10minutes, Cooking time = 8minutes

½ cup whipping cream (it will work with crème fraîche or Elmlea will do)
½ cup sugar
45grams or 3 tablespoons butter
1¼ cups flaked almonds
¾ cup dried mixed fruit (and chuck in a handful of glacé cherries)
⅓ cup flour

In a saucepan, mix together ½ cup each of whipping cream and sugar and 3 tablespoons or 45 grams of butter and bring the mixture to a boil.
Remove it from the heat and stir in 1¼ cups flaked almonds, ¾ cup dried mixed fruit (don't forget the cherries) and ⅓ cup flour. This will be your batter.
Drop the batter from a tablespoon into mounds about 3 inches apart on oiled and lightly floured cookie sheets and flatten each cookie with a wet spatula. We improved on this by placing the batter in to a cake round cutter and then remove the cutter.
Bake the cookies in a moderate oven at 177°C or Gas Mark 6 for about 10 minutes.
Remove them from the oven and let them stand for about 5 minutes!!
Remove the cookies to a wire rack, let them cool completely, and spread them with chocolate glaze. Chill them.

Chocolate Glaze
Melt 2 ounces (57grams) of chocolate in a glass bowl over simmering water in a saucepan.
Add 2 tablespoons or 30grams of butter and 1 teaspoon honey and stir the glaze until the butter is melted.

Fruit Cake

fruitcakeFRUIT CAKE
Serves 10
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 1¼ to 1½ HOURS

8oz of self-raising flour
8oz sultanas (or a combination of sultanas and cherries)*
4oz butter
4oz caster sugar
2oz ground almonds
4 table spoons of milk
2 eggs

Mix all of the ingredients together (ideally in an electric mixer).
Pour in to an lightly greased 1lb loaf tin and place in the centre of a pre-heated oven, gas mark 3 for 1¼ hours.
Test after this time with by inserting a skewer in to the cake and ensure that it is dry when you remove it. If not, place the cake back in to the oven for a further 10 minutes and then re-test with the skewer until it is dry.

* If you want to be extra fancy, you could replace the sultanas and cherries, you could use Luxury Mixed Dried Fruit (but I'd keep the cherries in).

Jezz's 2 Ingredient Ice Cream

2 cups of Whipping Cream
14oz can Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 tsp Vanilla, Peppermint or Mint essence (whatever flavour you like)
2 to 3 tbsp of your favourite Booze (see optional extras)
½ cup Soaked Dried Fruit or Coconut (see optional extras)
1 to ½ cup Fresh Fruit (see optional extras)
1 pkt Chocolate Buttons (see optional extras)

Optional Extras
Add 2 to 3 tbsp of your favourite booze.
If you are making a cocktail mix or two spirits then add a ratio of 2parts of the most potent spirit to 3parts weaker spirit.
When adding Dried Fruit or Desiccated Coconut: it is best to soak them overnight in 5tbsp of water or your favourite booze.
When adding Chocolate to ice cream pre freeze for about 30mins. Put the Chocolate in a bag and then break with a rolling pin before adding to ice cream mix.

Directions For making Vanilla or Alcoholic ice cream
Whisk together the Whipping Cream, Sweetened Condensed Milk and Vanilla or Booze until combined and thicker in consistency.
Pour in a freezer safe container, cover and freeze for at least 4-6 hours or overnight!

Directions For making flavoured or ice cream
Add the fresh Fruit or the soaked dried Fruit or Desiccated Coconut to the Sweetened Condensed Milk before adding the whipped cream.
Whisk the Whipping Cream and the Sweetened Condensed Milk and Vanilla or Booze (2 to 3 tbsp extra booze if you like a boozy kick) together until combined and thicker in consistency.
Pour in a freezer safe container, cover and freeze for at least 4-6 hours or overnight!

Directions For Chocolate flavoured or ice cream
Add the crushed pre-froozen Chocolate to the sweetened condensed milk before adding the whipped cream.
Whisk together the Whipping Cream and the sweetened condensed milk and Flavoured Essence Or Booze until combined and thicker in consistency.
Pour in a freezer safe container, cover and freeze for at least 4-6 hours or overnight!

Jezz's Bread n Butter Pudding

breadnbutterpuddingJEZZ'S BREAD N BUTTER PUDDING
Makes 6-8
Preparation time = 10 minutes, Cooking time = 25-30 minutes

4 large stale fruit scones
½ cup of sultanas (soaked in rum is optional, overnight and 5 capfuls)
2 eggs
25g of unsalted butter
40g of soft brown sugar
300ml of double cream
300ml of milk
Splash of vanilla essence

1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C.
2. Slice the scones and place them into a medium sized oven proof dish.
3. In a large mixing bowl, add the eggs, sultanas, sugar, double cream, milk and vanilla essence. Whisk gently and thoroughly.
4. Pour the mixture over the scones. Push the scones and sultanas down into the mixture. Distribute small knobs of butter evenly across the scones and mixture.
5. Place in the fridge for 30-45 minutes or until all the mixture is absorbed by the scones.
6. Cook in the middle of the oven for 25-30 minutes.
7. Leave to cool and set for 20-30 minutes.

Jezz's Chicken and Sweetcorn Soup
chickenandsweetcornsoupChicken and Sweetcorn Soup
Makes 6
Preparation time: 1 hour
Cooking time: 20mins

Chicken caucus after a Sunday roast
3 cups of sweetcorn,
5 chicken stock cubes
3 litres of cold water
1 large potato or 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed

1. Melt stock cubes in to some of the water in a jug.
2. In to a large pan, place rest of water and water with dissolved stock cubes.
3. Break the chicken caucus in to smaller pieces and add to pan. Include everything, skin and bone! Bring to boil and then simmer for about 15 mins.
4. Test by stirring and seeing chicken meat falls away from the caucus.
5. Using a second large pan and a sieve, pour the stock in to the next pan and place the hot caucus on to a plate. Leave for about 10 mins or cool enough to handle the caucus.
6. Pour in to the chicken stock, 2 of the 3 cups of sweetcorn and all the potato.
7. Pull off as much meat as possible from the caucus and separate about a quarter of this, for use later.
8. Place the main bulk of the chicken meat (with any skin) in to the stock and bring to the boil. Then simmer until the potatoes break or go soft.
9. Remove stock and meat from the heat and using a hand blender, blitz stock until a creamy consistency has formed.
10. Break up and stir in the remainder of the chicken set aside earlier with the last cup of sweetcorn. Maybe heat again to warm the sweetcorn through.
11. Serve immediately with perhaps fresh crusty bread or whole meal bread or rolls.

Jezz's Spicy Vegetable Risotto

Serves 4
Preparation time: 1 hour
Cooking time: 50 minutes

Serving suggestion (as pictured), Spicy Vegetable Risotto with lightly dusted river cobbler and a mixed green leaf salad.

250g of risotto rice
1½ pints of vegetable stock
2 fresh cloves garlic, chopped
2 large spring onions, chopped
1 chilli pepper, chopped
3 large stick of celery, chopped
2 large tomatoes, chopped
1 yellow pepper, chopped
6 mushrooms, chopped
1 large courgette, chopped
a handful of freshly cut coriander, optional
1 dessert spoons of any cooking oil

1. In a large pan, heat the oil and add the garlic, chilli and the spring onions. Gentle fry for 3 minutes.
2. Now add the risotto rice and allow sufficient time for the juices to soak in to the rice.
3. Add the stock and the rest of the vegetables and bring to the boil.
4. Simmer for about 20 minutes or until all of the stock has been absorbed by the risotto rice.

Why not try a fishy alternative? Adding freshly cooked and peeled prawns and mussels with a fish stock (instead of vegetable stock) will change this in to a mouth watering and irresistible spicy fish dish.

prawnandmusselrisotto Prawn and Mussel Risotto


Serves 3
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 45 minutes

For the mince:
500g of lean beef mince (free flow frozen is fine)
5 or 6 medium sized mushrooms, thinly sliced
1 cup of finely diced onions
1 can of chopped tomatoes (or a large jar of Passata)*
2 dessert spoons of dried mixed herbs*
A generous dash of Worcestershire Sauce*
1 clove of garlic, chopped (optional)*
1 dessert spoon of tomato puree or tomato ketchup (optional)*
Salt and black pepper to taste*

For the white sauce:
I prefer to make my own home made cheese sauce with mustard but it's fiddly and time consuming and so to keep this recipe easy, purchase a jar of Lasagne white sauce and a small jar of four cheese sauce.

* if you are going to use the jar of Passata, then test taste before adding mixed herbs, Worcestershire Sauce, garlic, puree, salt and pepper.

For the pasta:
I prefer to buy shop bought fresh egg pasta sheets, strips if you can't find the sheets and then dried lasagne strips as a last resort.

1. Cook the mince until brown and then add the onions. Stir.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients.
3. Cook for about 15-20 minutes, keep testing the taste and any optional ingredients to suit.
4. The glass cooking dish needs to be like a 1lb loaf tin and certainly at least 2 inches deep. Layer the base with approximately 2 ladles of the mince.
5. Cut the lasagne sheet to completely cover the base layer of mince. Add to the dish.
6. Add a layer of the lasagne white sauce, then another cut down sheet of lasagne.
7. Continue to build the layers of lasagne with the mince, lasagne sheets, white sauce and four cheese sauce.
8. Ensure the last layer is either the white sauce or the four cheese sauce and MAKE SURE that ALL of the last layer of the lasagne is covered. If you do not do this, it will burn in the oven and go very crispy (unless you like it like that).
9. Place in a pre-heated oven, gas mark 7 for 30 minutes.
10. Serve with a side green salad (i.e. rocket and mixed leaf) or fresh garlic bread or both.

Michèle's Bacon, Lentil and Potato Soup from Slimmer's World

Serves 3+

198g (7oz) Lean bacon rashers, cut into bite pieces
1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
1 carrot, peeled and finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
1 teaspoon of finely grated ginger
2 sticks of celery, finely chopped
1 large potato, peeled and cut into 1cm (½ inch), diced
908ml (32 fl oz) of boiling water or vegetable stock
1 tablespoon mild curry powder
127g (4 ½ oz) dried red lentils
6 plum tomatoes (or 1 can)
2-3 tablespoons coriander, finely chopped
salt and pepper

1. Place a large non-stick pan over a high heat. Add the bacon and stir fry for 3-4 minutes. Add the onion, garlic, ginger, celery, potato and carrot and stir fry for 1-2 minutes.
2. Add the remaining ingredients (except the coriander and seasoning) and bring to the boil. Cover and simmer gently for 15-20 minutes or until the lentils are cooked and softened.
3. Stir in the chopped coriander, season well and ladle in to warmed bowls. Serve immediately.

Pork & Apple Curry

porkandapplecurryPORK AND APPLE CURRY
Serves/Makes 3
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 25-35 minutes

2-3 dessertspoons of cooking oil
1 large pork fillet (approx. 420-450g), cut in two ¼ inch pieces
2 medium-sized apples, peeled and chopped
½ a jar of Paktas mild Korma paste
½ cup of diced onions (optional)
⅓ of a cup of sultanas (optional)
3 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 dessertspoon of tomato pureé
1 teaspoon of dried coriander
a pinch of ground ginger powder and a pinch of Garam Masala (optional)
½ pint of pork stock (I used Bisto Best Pork, about 3 level dessertspoons)
1 sachet of Paktas dried coconut (keep sealed but drop into boiling water)
1 cup of long-grain or Basmati rice

1. Into a wok over a moderate heat, place oil, pork, onions and korma paste in to a large wok and stir occasionally for five minutes.
2. Make up pork stock. Add sultanas and leave for three minutes for sultanas to plump a little.. Pour into wok and stir.
3. Add the garlic, tomato pureé and coriander (and ginger powder and Garam Masala) and stir in, gently.
4. Now add the coconut sachet (well just the coconut, not the sachet) and the chopped pieces of apple. Stir gently but thoroughly.
5. Boil the rice (and add the peas to the rice), boil and stir for 10-15 minutes or until rice is cooked.
6. Drain and serve the rice. Place the curry next to the rice and serve immediately.

Savoury Mince

savouryminceSAVOURY MINCE
Serves/Makes 3
Preparation time: 0 minutes
Cooking time: 30-40 minutes

500g (1lb) lean beef mince, fresh or frozen (if frozen, use free-flow mince)
½ cup of diced onions
1 cup of frozen mixed vegetables
6-8 fresh mushrooms, sliced (or a small can)
1 can of chopped tomatoes
½ pint of beef stock, made with boiling water (I use Bisto Best)
2 teaspoons of dried rosemary or mixed herbs (optional)
Liberal shake of Aramat spice powder (optional)
Rock salt and cracked black pepper for seasoning
2-3 tablespoons of cooking oil

1. In a large wok, heat the oil and cook the onions to transparent or for about four minutes.
2. Place the mince in and stir until the meat is no longer red in colour, but has turned brown.
3. Place in the tomatoes, beef stock, mixed vegetables and mushrooms to the mince and stir in evenly.
4. Add to the mince the rosemary or mixed herbs, salt and pepper and the Aramat spice.
5. Leave to cook on a medium heat for about 30 minutes but stir every 8-10 minutes so nothing sticks to the bottom of the wok.

Serving suggestion
Serve with mash or potato croquettes or on a bed of plain boiled rice.

Spaghetti Bolognese

spaghettibologneseSPAGHETTI BOLOGNESE
Makes 4
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes

500g of lean beef mince
2 small red onions, peeled and sliced (or chopped)
4 mushrooms, sliced
1 can of chopped tomatoes
2 or 3 dessertspoons of cooking oil
2 teaspoons of dried mixed herbs
1 dessertspoon of tomato puree
3 or 4 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed
2 dessertspoons of Bisto Best beef granules (or 2 Oxo cubes, crushed)
big bunch of fresh coriander (optional)

1. Heat the oil in a wok or large pan.
2. Place onions, mixed herbs, garlic and tomato puree in the oil and stir loosely.
3. Add the mince and continue to stir until the mince has turned brown, evenly.
4. Add the can of tomatoes and stir.
5. Sprinkle the Bisto beef granules over the bolognese sauce and stir in, taste between spoonfuls to desired taste
6. Add in the optional coriander.

Serve with spaghetti or any other pasta.
Further serving suggestion: you can sprinkle with grated cheese once served or grate fresh parmesan or sprinkle parmesan.

Steak and Onions on Garlic Toast

Makes 2
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes

368g (13oz) of sandwich steaks or minute steak or frying steak, cut to thin strips
1 red onion, peeled and sliced
5 tablespoons of red wine
2 tablespoons of dark soy sauce
1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard (I used French mustard)
1 teaspoon of Muscovado sugar (I used demerara sugar)
5 tablespoons of butter (I used margarine)
2 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely chopped
4 slices of bread (I used Organic wholemeal)
Oil (I used extra virgin olive oil)

1. Mix the red wine, soy, mustard and sugar together in a bowl and add the strips of beef and leave to marinade while preparing the rest.
2. Melt 5 tablespoons of butter in a pan. Add the garlic and stir. Leave to stand.
3. Add oil to a large frying pan and add onion. Stir until onions are heated and slightly transparent.
4. Remove the beef strips with a slotted spoon and add to the pan of onions. Stir evenly for about 4 minutes, keeping the heat high.
5. Add the rest of the sauce from the bowl and keep the heat high.
6. Toast four slices of bread and then prepare on to plates and spread the garlic butter over slices of toast.
7. Spoon out the beef and onions and place evenly over the slices of toast. Serve immediately.

Sweet n Sour Sauce

½ a cup of chicken stock
4tbs of white vinegar
4tbs of soft brown sugar
2tbs of soy sauce
1tbs of tomato ketchup
1tbs of cornflour mixed with water 3tbs of water

1. Mix the cornflour and water together to form a thick-ish paste. Set aside.
2. Place all of the remaining ingredients in to a saucepan.
3. Mix together over a medium heat. Bring to the boil, stirring continously.
4. Once boiled, remove from the heat and stir in the cornflour mixture.
5. Continue to simmer for several minutes until the sauce thickens.
6. Serve.

Toad In The Hole

toadintheholeTOAD IN THE HOLE

8 British pork sausages
100g of plain flour (4oz)
300ml of milk (half of a pint)
2 eggs
pinch of salt

1. Fry the sausages until just cooked (not well done) and then put aside. Reserve some of the fat and juices from the sausages.
2. Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F).
3. Beat together the eggs, milk and flour until you have a thick sticky batter mixture with lots of air bubbles.
4. Pour around 3tbspns of the sausage fat in to a small roasting tin.
5. Place the sausages in a single layer on the bottom of the tin and briefly heat in the oven for the fat to heat slightly.
6. Pour over the batter mix and return to the oven.
7. Bake for around 25-40 minutes or until the batter has risen and turned a golden brown.

Serve immediately or the pudding will flatten.

Toffee Sauce

115g butter
440g soft brown sugar
235ml light corn syrup
30ml water
1 can of sweetened condensed milk (14oz)
5ml vanilla extract

Over a medium heat and in a medium-sized saucepan, melt the butter. Stir in the sugar, corn syrup, water and condensed milk.
Cook and stir until thicked.
Remove from the heat and then stir in the vanilla.


Electric/Gas Temperatures

Heat Level Degrees Fahrenheit Degrees Centigrade British Gas Mark
Very cool 200 95 0
Very cool 225 110 1/4
Very cool 250 120 1/2
Cool or slow 275 135 1
Cool or slow 300 150 2
Warm 325 165 3
Moderate 350 175 4
Moderately hot 375 190 5
Fairly hot 400 200 6
Hot 425 220 7
Very hot 450 230 8
Very hot 475 245 9