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Easy cod baked with cheddar cheese and crispy breadcrumb topping recipe

Posted in Fish and Seafood | 7 comments

Easy cod baked with cheddar cheese and crispy breadcrumb topping recipe

This recipe is so simple and delicious. The melted cheddar cheese and crisp topping keep the fish moist and the combination is true comfort food. Fish can be a bit tricky to cook. If you grill/broil or fry it the window for the fish to be perfectly cooked is very small. However, if you bake your fish that tiny window often extends to a vast 30 minutes. Two or three minutes will not ruin your supper either way. If oven baked fish takes 30 mins it means that you can have oven baked chips too! The problem with developing our own recipes is that...

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Fresh tomato salsa recipe. How to turn your party leftovers into treats

Posted in Leftovers, Vegetables and Sides, Vegetarian | 5 comments

Fresh tomato salsa recipe. How to turn your party leftovers into treats

This is my second recipe in the series of how to turn your party leftovers into something delicious that you’d actually like to eat. This is a fun challenge and everything has been great so far. I was faced with a small bowl of sliced tomatoes left over from the party. There were loads of whole tomatoes too but they can easily be incorporated into other dishes or even frozen in bags – no need to blanch – to pop into stews during the winter when no home grown toms are available. Normally a bowl of sliced tomatoes that could be turned into...

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Lettuce soup recipe. How to turn your party leftovers into treats

Posted in Leftovers, Starters and Soups, Vegetarian | 4 comments

Lettuce soup recipe. How to turn your party leftovers into treats

This recipe is for a light, fresh tasting summery soup that is delicious either served hot on a chilly day or chilled on a warm summer’s night. This is the first in a series of recipes that are designed to use up the food that’s left over after a party. Of course if you are faced with a glut of lettuces this would be a perfect recipe for those too. If you think about lettuces for a moment it’s surprising that a vegetable with such a large range of varieties, textures and flavours is generally just served as a salad or bunged into...

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Redcurrant jelly recipe to add a sparkle to your meals

Posted in Jam Jelly and Preserves | 5 comments

Redcurrant jelly recipe to add a sparkle to your meals

Who needs to wear rubies when you can decorate your table with jewels such as these? Redcurrant jelly is the king of jellies. All jellies shine but redcurrant jelly glitters. It enhances the food that it’s served with. If you’re only going to make one jelly in your life, make redcurrant. You’ll never regret it. I’m pretty sure that my mother used make this when I was growing up. I remember that redcurrant jelly was the star turn of Sunday roast lamb. I’ve loved it since I can remember Mum hauling out the heavy roasting pan from the...

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Zingy lemon and lime marmalade recipe for grownups

Posted in Jam Jelly and Preserves | 9 comments

Zingy lemon and lime marmalade recipe for grownups

This is a zingy marmalade that can be made at any time of year – a sweet gel with tangy strands of lemon and lime. Be warned it’s very moreish – whilst Danny was on a conference call this morning I slathered it on slice after slice of toast. A jar of this superb marmalade would be a perfect in a Christmas hamper or just produced with a flourish as a present for someone very special. A few jars kept at home on a larder shelf would give you a taste of summery freshness during those short dark winter days. My mum used to mention the...

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Yummy lamb steak recipe: lamb, halloumi, couscous and summery salad served in warm pitta/pita envelopes

Posted in Lamb | 4 comments

Yummy lamb steak recipe: lamb, halloumi, couscous and summery salad served in warm pitta/pita envelopes

Sometimes I get sick and tired of conventional meat and two veg sit down suppers. I want something that I can pick up in one hand and eat beside the pond or balance a plate on the arm of the sofa and guzzle whilst I watch a bit of TV. I know that there’s a big move to get people to sit down at a table and eat together so I’m bucking the system a bit here. What I’m saying is that as Danny and I always sit down to eat together – sometimes it’s good to have a meal that just needs a fork simply our hands to eat. This sort of meal is a...

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Lunch brunch snack recipe – easy, fast and delicious

Posted in Snacks Breakfast Lunch | 1 comment

Lunch brunch snack recipe – easy, fast and delicious

This ham, cheese and tomato brunch snack was ridiculously easy to make. Five star comfort food. The secret of course is putting grated cheese and tomatoes under the ham as well as on top. This gives a glutinous squish that perfectly counterbalances the crisp underside of the toast. I really enjoy making savoury snacks and came up with the cheese under the ham idea this morning whilst I was lying in bed thinking about brunch. Perhaps I need to explain a little more about why we eat brunch everyday. It’s an important meal – we eat just that...

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Recipe for rare fillet steaks with a green peppercorn and cream sauce

Posted in Beef and Steak and Veal, Sauces Gravy Dressings | 14 comments

Recipe for rare fillet steaks with a green peppercorn and cream sauce

I spotted a fillet of beef joint on the Tesco butcher’s counter. It had a good dark colour and I reckoned that it would taste great. As a payday treat I asked for two small fillet steaks about 2cm/0.8 inches deep. I rushed home with the bounty – Danny would cook the steaks and I’d make the green peppercorn and cream sauce. Green peppercorns are sold ‘wet’ in small jars of brine. They are crunchy and reasonably hot but don’t have the kick of dried black peppercorns. I love them. One of the easiest sauces to make is a...

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