Perfect pavlova recipe

This has certainly got the wow factor and what’s more the undecorated pavlova can be made the day before, keep it loosely covered with non-stick baking paper or a clean tea cloth and then just decorate minutes before serving.

pavlova recipe
Yummy!

Serves 8

Takes 1 and a quarter hours to make

4 medium egg whites
225g (8oz) caster sugar
40g (11/2oz) pistachio nuts, very finely chopped

To finish

100g (4oz) dark chocolate, broken into pieces
300ml (1/2 pint) double cream
550g (11/4lb) mixed strawberries, hulled, halved, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 140°C (120°C fan), Gas 1. Line a baking sheet with non-stick baking paper and draw a 23cm (9 inch) circle on to it.

2. Whisk the egg whites with an electric mixer until they form stiff moist looking peaks.

3. Gradually whisk in the sugar a teaspoonful at a time and continue whisking once all the sugar has been added, whisk for a few more minutes until the meringue is very thick and glossy.

4. Gently fold in the pistachio nuts. Spoon the meringue inside the marked circle on the paper lined baking sheet and spread into soft swirls. Bake for about 1 1/4 hours until crisp on the outside and just firm enough that the paper may be peeled away from the underside of the pavlova.

5. Leave the pavlova to cool completely, still on the paper, on a wire rack. Loosely wrap in non-stick baking paper until ready to serve.

6. Melt the chocolate in a bowl set over a saucepan of barely simmering water. Lift the pavlova off the paper on to a serving plate then drizzle the chocolate over the top, saving a little of the chocolate to drizzle squiggles on to a baking sheet lined with more non-stick baking paper for decoration. Chill for 30 minutes or so until the chocolate is firm.

7. Whip the cream until it forms soft swirls then spoon over the chocolate topped pavlova. Scatter the berries on top, peel the chocolate decorations off the paper and tuck in between the berries then serve.

Cook’s tip

If you are unsure if the egg whites are whisked enough for the meringue, try turning the bowl upside down, if they are ready they won’t move, if they’re not, they will slide out of the bowl!

Thai Salmon recipe with strawberry sauce

Seared Thai salmon recipe with strawberry sauce

Super speedy

Incredibly versatile, strawberries taste great added to sweet chilli dipping sauce, with extra chilli and ginger for an oriental twist.

Salmon dish
Tasty!

Serves 4

Prep: 20 minutes

Cook: 8-10 minutes

250g (9oz) strawberries, hulled
½-1 red chilli, halved, deseeded, finely chopped
2.5cm (1 inch) piece root ginger, peeled, grated
1 tablespoon sweet chilli dipping sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon fish sauce
4 salmon steaks, each about 150g (5oz)
200g (7oz) thin rice noodles
1 tablespoon sunflower oil
300g (10oz) stir fry vegetables with bamboo shoots and water chestnuts
150g (5oz) frozen edamame beans
Small handful fresh coriander, roughly chopped
Lime wedges to serve

Method

1. Mash the strawberries in a bowl then mix with the chilli and ginger then stir in the dipping sauce, soy and fish sauces.

2. Line the grill rack with foil then put the salmon steaks on top and spoon about 1 tablespoon of the strawberry sauce over each salmon steak. Grill for 8-10 minutes, turning over once until browned and the strawberries have made a deep coloured glaze.

3. Meanwhile add the rice noodles to a saucepan of boiling water and cook for 2-3 minutes until just tender, then drain.

4. Heat the oil in a wok or frying pan, add the stir fry vegetables and frozen edamame beans, stir fry for 2-3 minutes. Stir in half of the strawberry sauce then add the noodles and cook for 1 minute.

5. Add the remaining strawberry sauce to a small bowl, set this on a large platter, stir half the coriander into the noodles then spoon on to the platter. Break the salmon into large flakes, scatter over the noodles with the remaining coriander. Serve with lime wedges, if liked.

Cook’s tip
For steak fans, cut a grilled steak into thin slices and add to the noodles instead of the salmon flakes.

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Rack of lamb recipe with blackberry salad

rack of lambRack of lamb recipe with spring blackberry salad

Serves 4

Prep: 20 minutes

Cook: 21-22 minutes

easter lamb
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 x300g (10oz) French trimmed racks of lamb
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons runny honey
15g (1/2oz) fresh dill, chopped
25g (1oz) fresh parsley, chopped
25g (1oz) fresh mint, chopped

Salad
500g (1lb 2oz) small anya potatoes, scrubbed, halved or thickly sliced depending on size
150g (5oz) frozen peas, or shelled weight of fresh peas
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 fennel bulb, very thinly sliced
40g (11/2oz) butter
150g (5oz) blackberries
50g (2oz) rocket leaves
Blackberry gravy
150g (5oz) blackberries
1 tablespoon blackberry or red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons wholegrain mustard
2 teaspoons runny honey
250ml (8fl oz) lamb stock

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C (180°C fan) Gas 6. Heat the oil in a frying pan, season the fat on the lamb with salt and pepper then fry, fat side downwards in the pan for 4-5 minutes until golden.

2. Add the lamb and pan juices to a roasting tin and spread the fat with the honey. Roast for 15 minutes. Mix the herbs together then spoon 2 tablespoons into a bowl for the sauce, sprinkle half the remaining herbs over the lamb, keep the rest for the salad. Roast the lamb for 5 more minutes.

3. Meanwhile cook the potatoes in a saucepan of boiling water for 15 minutes until just tender, adding the peas for the last 5 minutes.

4. Transfer the lamb to a serving plate, cover with foil and leave to rest for 5 minutes. To make the sauce, add the blackberries, vinegar, mustard, honey and stock to the roasting tin. Bring to the boil, scraping up the pan juices and mashing some of the blackberries to release their juice. Boil for 2 minutes then add the reserved 2 tablespoons of chopped herbs and a little extra salt and pepper to taste. .

5. Drain the potatoes and peas, dry the pan and heat the oil then gently fry the fennel for 2-3 minutes until just softened. Add the butter, the cooked potatoes and peas, and toss together in the butter. Add the blackberries, rocket and remaining chopped herbs with a extra salt and pepper and toss together.

6. Spoon the salad into a serving bowl. Reheat the sauce if needed and pour into a jug. Transfer the lamb to a chopping board and cut into cutlets, serve with the salad and sauce.

Cook’s tip

If you prefer your lamb well done, then roast for 5-10 minutes more before adding the herbs.

Smoked salmon canapes recipe for a wedding or party

Norwegian smoked salmon canapés recipe

Serves 6

Perfect for dinner parties and serving at Christmas time, this delicious Norwegian Smoked Salmon canapés recipe is the perfect starting point for an evening of entertainment and can be ready in just 15 minutes.

Smoked Salmon Canapes Recipe

Ingredients

400g Norwegian smoked salmon

Scandinavian KnekkebrØd (or Rye) crisp breads

1 tub of cream cheese

2 tbsp crème fraîche

2 large unwaxed lemons (juice and zest of 1.5)

1 large bunch of dill, part chopped finely, part sprigs reserved

Freshly milled black pepper

Preparation

Mix the cream cheese, crème fraîche, chopped dill, lemon juice and half the zest, then add freshly milled black pepper.

Place the crisp breads on serving trays. Scoop some cream cheese filling and place on top of each of the crisp breads, using a fork to make the swirls.

Cut the Norwegian smoked salmon slices into ribbons, then roll and twist, and place on top of the crisp breads.

Top with individual sprigs of dill. Garnish with a couple of strands of the lemon zest.

If you enjoy eating smoked salmon, buy it from a reliable manufacturer, consume it by the “use by” date, and keep it properly refrigerated. If you eat it frequently, balance your sodium intake and include plenty of fruits and vegetables in your daily diet. A high intake of fruits and vegetables is associated with protection from stomach cancer.

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