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What you need:

10 Lasagna noodles
2 packages (10 oz. each) frozen chopped spinach (drain well by squeezing spinach down in colander with wax paper)
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 tbsp oil
1 cup grated raw carrots
2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
15 oz / 425g  tomato sauce ( 1 tin)
6 oz /170g tomato paste (1 tin)
1/2 cup chopped pitted rip black olives
1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 cups cream-style cottage cheese
1 lb / 454g sliced Monterey Jack cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

What you do:

Pre heat the oven to 190C / 375F / gas mark 5.

Prepare noodles, drain.
Prepare spinach according to package (or simply defrost ahead of time)
Sauté onion in oil, till soft. Add carrots and mushrooms; cook until crisp-tender. Stir in tomato sauce, paste, olives, and oregano.
Grease 13 x 9 x 2 inch casserole pan.
Layer 1/2 each noodles, cottage cheese, spinach, sauce mixture, and 1/3 cheese. Repeat placing remaining 1/3 Monterey Jack cheese on top. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
Bake in the oven for around 30 minutes.

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What you need:

2 small sea bass , scaled and gutted ( you can ask your fishmonger to do this)
1 fennel bulb , sliced
1 lemon , sliced
handful basil leaves , roughly torn
small handful black olives
1 tbsp olive oil

What you do:

Heat oven to 200C/400F/gas  mark 6.

Rinse and dry the fish. Season all over, then stuff the cavity with some fennel slices, lemon and basil. Scatter the olives and any leftover fennel, basil and lemon into a roasting tin.

Place the sea bass on top.

Drizzle each fish with the oil and bake for about 30 mins or until cooked through and starting to brown.

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What you need:

2lb /900g  British pork, trimmed and cut into bite-sized pieces
1 or 2 tins  ( or jars) Spanish butterbeans
1½ oz /40 g  black olives
1½ oz /40 g  green olives
1 lb / 450 g  ripe red tomatoes
2 tbsp olive oil
2 medium onions, peeled and sliced into half-moon shapes
1 large red pepper, deseeded and sliced into 1¼ inch (3 cm) strips
2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
1 heaped teaspoon chopped fresh thyme, plus a few small sprigs
10 fl oz  /275 ml  red wine
2 bay leaves
salt and freshly milled black pepper

What you do:

Pre-heat the oven to 140C / 275F /gas mark 1.

First, skin the tomatoes: pour boiling water over them and leave them for exactly 1 minute before draining and slipping off their skins, then roughly chop them. Now heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in the casserole over a high heat, pat the cubes of pork with kitchen paper and brown them on all sides, about 6 pieces at a time, removing them to a plate as they’re browned.

Then, keeping the heat high, add the rest of the oil, then the onions and pepper, and brown them a little at the edges – about 6 minutes.

Now add the garlic, stir that around for about 1 minute, then return the browned meat to the casserole and add all the thyme, tomatoes, red wine, olives and bay leaves. Bring everything up to a gentle simmer, seasoning well, then put the lid on and transfer the casserole to the middle shelf of the oven for 1¼ hours.

After that, add the butterbeans, cover the pan again and cook for a further 45 minutes, or until the butterbeans are tender.

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What you need:
Macaroni and Cheese   home made , packet mix or tin
Sauteed spinach
Sliced black olives

What you do:

Pre heat the oven to 150C / 300F / gas mark 2

Mix up a batch of mac & cheese
Spoon into greased muffin cups and bake  until firm (about 15-25 minutes depending on your oven)
Sautee spinach over medium-high heat until cooked throughly, cool and set aside
Remove tins from oven. Let the creatures rest for about 10 minutes, then gently remove from tins
Place upside down on a swamp of sauteed spinach
Add olive slice eyes

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What you do:

Follow my recipe for DEVILED EGGS.

If desired, add a drop of blue food coloring (or a dollop of guacamole), to give the eyeballs a greenish appearance.

Slice some green or black olives crosswise.

Place an olive slice in the middle of each egg.

Give the eyeballs a bloodshot look by dripping beetroot  juice or add a  little  water to tomato ketchup ( to make it runnier) onto the white of each egg, starting from the center and moving outward toward the edge.

Enjoy your bloodshot eyeballs!

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