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Brownies February 6, 2017

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A cold & frosty start to the day, followed by fog & then with rain for the rest of the day definitely calls for BROWNIES!

A bowl, a whisk & some ingredients are all you need

 

Ingredients

 

1 cup butter, melted

2 1/2 cups sugar

1 Tbsp vanilla extract

4 eggs

1 1/2 cups plain flour

1 cup cocoa

1/2 tsp salt

chocolate chips for mixing in or to sprinkle on top (optional)

 

Method

 

Preheat oven to 175C/gas 4.

Line a 9” x 13” pan with baking parchment.

In a large bowl, combine the butter, sugar and vanilla with a whisk until smooth.

Whisk in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Stir in the flour, cocoa and salt until combined, also add the chocolate chips now, unless you intend sprinkling them on top.

Spread the batter in the prepared pan. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

 

 

 

Cheats’s Plum Tarte Tatin February 5, 2017

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This is easier than the classic tarte tatin but just as tasty for a quick dessert.

Ingredients

25g butter

75g soft dark brown sugar

6-7 plums, or you could use nectarines

250g ready to roll puff pastry

Method

Preheat oven to 170C/gas 5.

Line a 20 – 22cm cake tin with parchment paper, so that it comes up the sides & grease it with the butter.

Sprinkle the sugar over the butter & press down lightly.

Halve & stone the fruit, then arrange them on top of the sugar (cut side facing down) packing them in tightly.

Roll out the pastry & cut a 24 – 26cm circle. Lay the pastry on top of the fruit & tuck it in around the fruit. Make 3 small holes in the pastry to let the steam out while the tarte is cooking.

Bake for 40 minutes or until golden.

Place a plate on top of the tin, then turn over, expect some juice to escape. Remove the tin & parchment paper & serve while still warm. Mmmmmmmm

 

Sausage, Potato and Apple Hotpot January 28, 2017

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The apples in this give it a sweet fruity flavour, a nice change from the usual sausage & mash.

Serves 4.

 

Ingredients

500g new potatoes

8 sausages, I used Cumberland but just use your favourite

3 Tbsp olive oil

4 red apples, cored & cut into wedges

3 red onions, cut into wedges

4 garlic cloves

2 tsp fennel seeds

2 tsp dried rosemary or a couple of sprigs if you have them

 

Method

Preheat oven to 190C/gas 5.

Put the sausages & potatoes into a large ovenproof dish & drizzle with 2 Tbsp of the oil, place in the oven & cook for 15 minutes.

Remove from the oven & add the onion, garlic, apples, fennel seeds & rosemary, then drizzle with the remaining olive oil.

Put the dish back in the oven & cook for a further 30- 40 minutes. Serve immediately.

 

Slow Cooker Chilli Con Carne (2) (Winter Warmers) January 20, 2017

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Ingredients

2 lrg onions

2 clove of garlic, crushed

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 kg stewing beef, cut into small cubes

2 tsp sweet smoked paprika

1 – 2 tsp hot chilli powder

2 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp ground cinnamon

3 Tbsp tomato puree

2 red chillies, deseeded & chopped

2 400g tins chopped tomatoes

2 red peppers, deseeded & chopped

1 x 410 tin red kidney beans, rinsed & drained

1 x 410g tin black-eyed beans, rinsed & drained

2 squares good quality dark chocolate

 

Method

In a large pan heat the oil & brown the onion & garlic on a low heat for 8-10 minutes, scoop onto a plate & return pan to the heat.

Brown the meat in 2 -3 batches, if need be.

Put the browned meat along with the onion & garlic into the slow cooker, add the spices & the tomato puree, stir all together.

Next add the chillies, tomatoes, red peppers & a generous pinch of salt. Half fill one of the tomato tins with cold water & add that too.

Heat on High for 1 hour then turn to Low & leave for 6 hours, then stir in the beans & leave on low for another hour.

Taste to check if you need more seasoning, add the chocolate & stir it through.

This can be served with rice or chips along with fresh chopped coriander leaves, soured cream, finely chopped red or green chilli & lime wedges

 

Pork Chops with a Creamy Apple Sauce January 6, 2017

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This is a lovely tasty way of doing pork. Serve with creamy mashed potato and savoy cabbage for a great meal.

Serves 2

Takes about 30-35 minutes

 

Ingredients

 

2 Tbsp olive oil

2 pork chops, or you can use pork loin chops as I did because that’s what I had in the freezer

1 sml onion, diced

300ml apple juice

1 eating apple, I used Royal Gala. No need to peel but core and cut into wedges

1 clove of garlic finely chopped

2 Tbsp creme fraiche

1 Tbsp whole grain mustard

1/2 tsp dried parsley (optional)

 

Method

 

Heat the oil in a large deep frying pan and brown the chops for about 4-5 minutes each side, then transfer to a plate and set aside.

Soften the onion and garlic in the same pan, then return the chops to the pan with any juices from the chops.

Pour in the apple juice and bring to the boil, then simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes, turning the chops halfway through.

Transfer the chops to a plate again and add the apple wedges to the pan, stir in the creme fraiche, mustard and add a sprinkle of salt and pepper, then simmer to reduce and thicken the sauce until the apples are tender.

Return the chops to the pan and simmer for another 5-10 minutes and sprinkle on the parsley, if using.

 

 

Easy Mince Pies (Mince Pie Turn-Overs) January 3, 2017

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Ok these will be the easiest mince pies you’ll get to make yourself.

First off grease a 12 hole patty tin.

Unroll a sheet of ready to use pastry and place it over the patty tin, I had to roll mine out a bit to make it wider, but that’s fine if you have to do that. Then using a knife cut through the pastry, as below.

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Press gently on each piece to make a dip in the pastry and put in a teaspoon full of mincemeat.

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Using some egg-wash to hold them together, turn up each corner of the pastry. Then use the egg-wash to brush the tops before placing in the oven 200C/gas 6 for 20 minutes.

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I made 2 batches of these, one with short crust pastry the other with puff pastry & both were really good.

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If liked you could sprinkle some icing sugar over them before serving.

 

Slow Cooker Homemade Stock December 31, 2016

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If you own a Slow Cooker (crock pot) use it!

You’re able to make some lovely stock with the Turkey, Chicken well, any left-over meat bones really.

Just chuck all those bones into your slow cooker along with some veggies, onion, carrots any veg that you might have that’s about to turn and needs using up. Also add a bay leaf or two and some mixed herbs.

Then fill the slow cooker up with cold water, to about 8cm/3ins from the top of the slow cooker.

stock-1Turn the slow cooker on to LOW and leave it for 24 hours….YES 24 hours! You’ll get all the flavour and taste from those bones, left over meat and veggies.

This is what you’ll get after 12 hours….

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After 24 hours…and the bones are bare.

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Oh and I forgot to say how nice your house will smell too! 🙂

After 24 hours you need to get a big pan and a colander and strain everything from the slow cooker. Once you’ve strained it all through the colander you’ll then need to strain it again, twice prefferably, through a sieve…you definately don’t want any bits of bone left in there!!

You’ll be left with a tasty pot of homemade stock, ready to make your own gravy or to add to other recipes as you can freeze the stock for later use. Freeze in glass jars as long as you leave space at the top, in soup bags or even ice cube trays.

 

 
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