• Food and drink,  Seasonal

    Witches Fingers Breadsticks with Blood Dip

    Witches fingers are a must-have for any Halloween party. Perfectly tasty and gruesome treats. Makes: about 32 Preparation time: 15 minutes, plus 1 hour rising Cooking time: 12-15 minutes Ingredients:   225g strong plain white bread flour ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon caster sugar ½ teaspoon fast- action dried yeast 1 teaspoon Very Lazy Garlic Paste 1 tablespoon Very Lazy Basil Paste 1 tablespoon olive oil 150ml warm water 1 egg, lightly beaten 25g freshly grated Parmesan cheese 32 blanched almonds Little paprika For the dip: 125g soft cream cheese 150g roasted red peppers, from a jar, drained 1 tablespoon tomato purée ½ teaspoon Very Lazy Piri Piri chillies with…

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    Pumpkin and sweet potato soup

    Pumpkin and sweet potato soup combines two of my favourite things for a taste sensation. Ingredients 2 tbsp olive oil 1 onion, chopped 1 garlic clove, crushed 700g (1/b 6oz) pumpkin flesh, roughly chopped 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and roughly chopped 1.2 litres (2pts) water or vegetable stock 200ml (7fl oz) Alpro Soya Original alternative to milk 4 tbsp Alpro Soya Alternative to cream For the breadsticks: 4 assorted part baked bread sticks 2 tbsp olive oil Method 1 Heat the olive oil in a large pan, add the onion and garlic and cook for a few minutes to soften. 2 Add the pumpkin and sweet potato and cook for…

  • Food and drink,  Seasonal

    Oozing eyeballs with spaghetti worms

    Oozing Eyeballs with Spaghetti Worms Serves: 4-6 Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: about 30 minutes 500 g minced turkey 3 tablespoons pesto sauce 25 g fresh white breadcrumbs 1 egg, beaten salt and freshly ground black pepper 50 g Mozzarella cheese, from a block, cut into thin sticks 350 g jar Newman’s Own Basilico sauce 4 extra large pitted black olives, sliced into 12 300 g dried spaghetti 1.Preheat the oven to 180˚C, Gas mark 4. Place the minced turkey in a mixing bowl, with the pesto sauce, breadcrumbs and egg. Season and mix until all the ingredients are combined. Shape into 12 meatballs and place on a non-stick…

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    Vegetable tart recipe

    This classic vegetable tart recipe combines fresh and colourful vegetables, a creamy filling and a delicious sauce that makes for a splendid supper to enjoy outside on a warm summer evening! Vegetable Tart Serves 4 – 6 Level of difficulty: Easy Preparation time: 35 to 40 minutes Ingredients Butter for greasing 1 sheet of puff pastry 1-2 spring onions, finely chopped 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 onion, peeled and sliced into rings 2 peppers, de-seeded and cut into small cubes 1 head of broccoli, divided into small florets 1 large tomato, cut into quarters, remove seeds and dice the flesh or 7 cherry tomatoes, sliced in half 2 tablespoons olive…

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    Almond Brittle Cake recipe

    Almond Brittle Cake recipe Calories per serving: 623 Fat per serving: 35.5g Serves 12 Ingredients 150g (5oz) Kerrygold block butter, now softer 175g (6oz) caster sugar 3 large eggs, beaten 150g (5oz) self-raising flour 1 tsp baking powder 75g (3oz) ground almonds 2 tsp milk Almond Brittle vegetable oil, for greasing 100g (4oz) granulated sugar 100g (4oz) whole almonds (unskinned) Almond Butter Icing 225g (8oz) Kerrygold block butter, now softer 450g (1lb) icing sugar ½ tsp pure vanilla extract 2 x 18cm (7 inch) deep sandwich tins or cake tins Method Preheat the oven to 190°C, fan oven 170°C, Gas Mark 5. Grease the cake tins with a little Kerrygold…

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    Gravy recipe – red onions and sherry

    Caramelised red onion and sherry Christmas gravy recipe You will need: 100ml sherry 500ml good quality liquid chicken stock 3 tbsp The English Provender Co. Caramelised Red Onion Chutney Method: Place the sherry in a pan and simmer for 3 minutes. Add the stock and reduce on a high heat until you are left with about 100ml. Stir in the chutney and serve. How do you make gravy? As with most things food-related I have strong memories of my mother’s kitchen. If you had asked her what the secret to her luscious gravy was, she would have said to always use meat juices and add plenty of onions. Gravy was…

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    Roast poussin recipe

    Roast Poussin recipe If you are not planning a large Christmas lunch, why not opt instead for a special dinner for two; serve these quick to roast baby chickens with delicious blackberry sauce flavoured with orange rind, winter spices and just a hint of redcurrant jelly. Serves 2 Preparation time: 25 minutes Cooking time: 45 minutes 2 x 500g (1lb 2oz) baby poussin 40g (11/2oz) butter Salt and freshly ground black pepper 6 fresh bay leaves 4 rashers streaky bacon 175g (6oz) shallots, peeled, halved if large 450g (1lb) baby new potatoes, washed 2-3 tbsp olive oil Sauce ½ orange 6 tbsp red wine 2 tbsp water 1 tbsp redcurrant…

  • Christmas,  Food and drink

    Christmas Stained Glass Cookies Recipe

    Stained glass cookies recipe Stained Glass Cookies Delicious buttery biscuits, with edible sweetie stained glass. These edible decorations make the perfect gift and are ideal for hanging on the tree. Great for getting the kids involved, all you need are clean hands and a little imagination! A magical treat to enjoy at Christmas. Preparation time: 30 minutes Cooking Time: 10 minutes Makes 10-15 biscuits Ingredients 220g butter, softened 100g Whitworths for Baking Light Soft Brown Sugar 350g plain flour, plus extra for dusting 1 tsp ground ginger or cinnamon 50g Whitworths for Baking Crunchy Demerara Sugar A selection of fruit-flavoured boiled sweets in different colours To decorate 50g Whitworths for…

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    Healthy Christmas Cake Recipe

    Blackberry and blueberry healthy Christmas cake recipe Strap: A lighter alternative to the traditional Christmas cake If you are not a fan of heavy dried fruit cakes then try this light almondy sponge cake speckled with blackberries and blueberries drizzled with glace icing. Serves 8 Preparation time: 25 minutes Cooking time: 40-50 minutes To decorate: 5 minutes 175g (6oz) mixed blackberries and blueberries, if the blackberries are very large, cut them in half 175g (6oz) self-raising flour ½ tsp baking powder 175g (6oz) butter, at room temperature 175g (6 oz) caster sugar 3 medium eggs, beaten 75g (3oz) ground almonds Few drops almond essence, optional To decorate 175g (6oz) icing…

  • Food and drink

    Chocolate Cheesecake recipe

    Chocolate cheesecake recipe. If you love chocolate and you adore cheesecake, this is the perfect recipe. a href=”http://kateonthinice.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/philly-festive-mini-cheesecake-bites2low.jpg”>Jennifer’s Mini Cheesecake Bites Prep time: 15 minutes Serves/Makes 28 Ingredients 160g Light Philadelphia with Cadbury 100g mini chocolate chip cookies or mini oat biscuits Instructions 1. Arrange the biscuits on a serving platter. 2. Spread or pipe a little Philly with Cadbury on to each biscuit and serve topped with a number of different toppings. Do you have a recipe for chocolate cheesecake? I was talking to Him Indoors about cheesecake last night. For years, cheesecake has been one of my favourite desserts. I first came across it at the Pizza Express…

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    Chocolate mousse shots

    Chocolate mousse shots are easy, look good and with the recipe I am sharing pretty fail-safe too. I had a terrible incident when I hosted a dinner party once. Fortunately it was for a bunch of women friends and they were very forgiving. In fact, like most things in life, disasters can turn into wonderful opportunities to laugh. Where cooking is concerned when things go wrong, you are more likely to remember a meal and this one was lots of fun. There were new cocktails designed by more own fair hand for a start – Pankhurst and Bra burner by name. So what happened to the chocolate mousse? I had…

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    Cheese puffs recipe

    Cheese puffs recipe Preparation: 40 minutes Yield: 40 puffs Ingredients: 235ml of water 60g of butter, cut into cubes ½ teaspoon coarse salt plus extra for sprinkling 130g of plain flour 4 large eggs 300g of grated Cathedral City Vintage 20 50g of chopped spring onions Preheat oven to 180°C. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. Method: – In a heavy medium saucepan, bring the water, butter, and ½ teaspoon salt to the boil – Remove from heat and slowly mix in the flour – Stir over medium heat until mixture becomes slightly shiny and pulls away from sides of pan, about 3 minutes – Transfer to a food…

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    Cinnamon Chicken with Cous Cous

    Cinnamon Chicken with Cous cous Serves:  4 Cooking time: 25 minutes Preparation time: 10 minutes Ingredients: 4 Red Tractor chicken breast fillets 250g couscous 50g sultanas salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 tbsp Red Tractor plain flour ½ tsp ground cinnamon 200ml hot vegetable stock 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar 2 oranges 150g sugar snap peas 2 tbsp finely chopped Red Tractor flat-leaf parsley Preparation: 1.       Pour 400ml boiling water over the couscous. Stir in the sultanas and seasoning to taste, cover and stand for 10 minutes. 2.       Mix the flour with the cinnamon and dust the chicken breasts with the cinnamon mix and the freshly ground black pepper. 3.      …

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    Bacon Wrapped Sausages with Cheesy Potato Cakes

    Bacon Wrapped Sausages with Cheesy Potato Cakes Serves 4 INGREDIENTS 450g Red Tractor potatoes, peeled and chopped 8 Red Tractor pork sausages 4 Red Tractor rashers streaky bacon, halved 4 Red Tractor tomatoes, halved 3 Red Tractor courgettes, thinly sliced lengthways Knob of Red Tractor butter 25g Red Tractor Cheddar cheese, grated 2tbsp chopped Red Tractor parsley 3tbsp seasoned flour 2tbsp olive oil   Method   1. Pre-heat the grill. Boil the potatoes for 20 minutes. 2. Meanwhile, using the rounded blade of a knife, stretch the bacon halves to nearly double their length. Wrap the sausages in a rasher of bacon and grill for 20 minutes, turning occasionally. 3.…

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    4 Benefits of Using Wine Storage Companies

    If you are a wine enthusiast and take your love for wine seriously, then you should consider using a wine storage company to keep your wine safe and secure. If you only buy a few bottles a month, then you might find that you can store them yourself on a rack at home, but if you are passionate about your wine, then you should be sure to protect the investments you make in quality bottles by keeping it in a suitable and reputable place. If you are considering using a wine storage company but are unsure of the benefits, then we have put together this guide that provides you with…