Spinach flan

Ingredients: PASTRY 150 g plain flour 75 ml olive oil Water FILLING olive oil 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 250 g spinach 3 eggs, 1 whole and 2 yolks 100 ml double cream 2 tsp Dijon mustard 50 g parmesan, grated Method: For the pastry: Preheat the oven to 230C/gas 8. Mix the flour and…

Asparagus, mint and ricotta tarts

Ingredients: 1 sheet of ready-rolled all butter puff pastry 150 g ricotta cheese 80 g parmesan, grated and extra shavings to serve 1 lemon, rind finely grated 16 spears asparagus Olive oil, for brushing Mint leaves, to serve Method: Preheat the oven to 200C/gas mark 6. Line a baking tray with non-stick baking parchment. Cut…

Beetroot and caramalised onion tart

Ingredients: 175g wholemeal flour 100g porridge oats 100g butter 100g grated carrots 3 large onions, sliced 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar 3 medium raw beetroots, peeled and grated and squeezed to remove most of the moisture 3 medium eggs 250ml milk Method: Heat oven to 180C/gas 4. Pulse the flour, oats and butter in a food…

Onion tart

Ingredients: 225g ready shortcrust pastry sheets 600 g onions, thinly sliced 2 tbsp olive oil 3 eggs, beaten 125 ml milk 75 g cheddar cheese Couple of springs fresh thyme, leaves stripped off the stalks Method: Preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6 and grease a 25cm metal loose-bottomed tart tin. Line the tin with the…

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I’m fairly sure as I look out of my window in the office that the scene of darkness and rain before me is winter, proper winter, can someone please tell me where in the heck Autumn has gone?? In addition to the dreadful weather I also have a cold so this weeks menu is heavily…

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Well the name of the game is definitely BBQ with all this sunshine. It’s super easy and takes no time at all to prepare the best food from scratch without having to resort to the standard charcoaled sausages, shrunken burgers and burnt chicken wings! Do try to resist buying everything ready-made, the stuff you do yourself will taste…

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Another week, another menu! I have kicked off with one of my all time favorite dishes this week, Nasi Goreng. There are loads of different recipes for this, the mother of a good friend of mine makes it with pork instead of chicken which is also very tasty. I couldn’t resist a mid week BBQ opportunity…

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Week 24 and I have included something a little unusual this week. Jollof rice is a Nigerian dish, which is very close to my heart. Many years ago, a very kind Nigerian friend took me in when I was pretty much homeless until I got back on my feet. During this time she made some…

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All British classics this week, some with a twist (of course).  For Friday’s classic CTM you will need to marinade the chicken overnight, it’s takes 10 mins to throw the marinade together then into the fridge and it will work it’s magic.  Hope you enjoy! Saturday: Toad in the hole and onion gravy Sunday: Cumberland…

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This week I’m using seasonal food and as March has just begun we are talking about sardines and meaty venison. Ingredients just on their way out like mussels, sea bass and kale are also still great and easy to get your paws on.  The mussels dish is low cal coming in at around 338 calories per…

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Another week, another menu – yum, yum, yum 🙂  Enjoy! Saturday: Chicken w/ peppers, chorizo and chilli Sunday: Lasagne Monday: Crispy breaded salt and pepper haddock w/ lettuce salad and chips Tuesday: Chicken couscous Wednesday: Caramalised garlic and tomato tarte tatin Thursday: Beef stroganoff w/ sauteed potatoes Friday: Mushroom risotto Chicken w/ peppers, chorizo and chilli Ingredients…