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What you need:

150ml chicken stock
2 clove of garlic peeled & flattened with side of knife
250ml semi skimmed milk
2 tsp butter
800g potatoes peeled & sliced
300g ricotta cheese
100g feta cheese crumbled
200g spinach
a small bunch of fresh mint or 1tbsp dried oregano
2 tsp dried chilli flakes

What you do:

Pre heat the oven to 200C / 400F / gas mark 6.
Mix together the chicken stock, garlic & milk in a saucepan. Bring to the boil then leave to stand.
Grease an oven proof dish with half of the butter. place a layer of potato, overlapping the slices. Top with a little of ricotta & feta, spinach & herbs, then season with freshly ground black pepper.
Repeat, ending with a layer of potato dotted with ricotta, feta & the remaining butter.
Remove the garlic from the stock, then pour over the gratin.
Bake covered for 30 mins. Uncover & finish cooking for around 40 mins until most of the liquid has been absorbed & the top is golden.
scatter the chilli flakes over the top.
Serve hot.

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What you need:

6 tbsp softened butter
2 tsp finely chopped shallots
1 clove garlic, crushed and finely chopped
1 tbsp finely chopped celery
1 tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley
¼ tsp salt
1/8 tsp ground black pepper
12 large mushrooms, cleaned with stems removed
12 large canned snails

What you do:

Preheat the oven to 190C / 375F / gas mark 5

Mix together 6 tablespoons of the softened butter with the shallots, garlic, celery, parsley, salt, and pepper. Place a small spoonful of herb butter and a snail in each mushroom cap, and then brush the exterior of the mushroom with a bit of the herb butter. Arrange the mushrooms in a shallow baking dish and bake them for 15 minutes.

Serve hot.

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What you need:

2 tbsp white wine vinegar
¼ cup blood orange juice
2/3 cup olive oil
½ clove garlic, crushed and finely chopped
1 tbsp finely chopped shallots
2 tsp finely chopped fresh parsley
2 tsp finely chopped fresh chives

What you do:

Place all ingredients in a jar and shake until the dressing is well blended. Alternately, you can vigorously whisk the ingredients in a small bowl until they are completed incorporated together.

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What you need:

3 tbsp mascarpone
1 tbsp finely chopped rosemary
1 garlic clove , crushed
2 chicken breasts , skin on
4 slices Parma ham
splash olive oil
juice of half a lemon

What you do:

Heat oven to 200C/400F/gas mark 6.

Mix the mascarpone with the rosemary, garlic and seasoning. Place the chicken breasts on a board and lift, but don’t detach, the skin. Put a spoonful of the mascarpone mix under the skin of each breast. Wrap 2 slices of prosciutto around each, as neatly and tightly as you can, to keep the filling enclosed.

Heat a non-stick frying pan, add the olive oil and quickly brown the chicken on both sides. Transfer to a roasting tin, then finish off in the oven for 15-20 mins until just cooked.

Add the lemon juice to the roasting tin and stir over the heat, scraping off any crispy bits. Spoon the juices over the chicken and serve with potatoes and green beans.

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What you need:

1 kg boneless veal sirloin
2 tbsp olive oil
½ tsp cumin
½ tsp cayenne
1 tsp salt

parsley sauce:

Make the sauce by mixing the ingredients below in a bowl.

1 clove
1 bunch parsley
½ bunch mint
3 tablespoon white wine vinegar
75 ml olive oil

What you do:

With kitchen paper to dry steaks. Mix olive oil with the cumin, pepper and salt and coat the steaks from both sides. Heat a  heavy frying pan or skillet  and fry the steaks.

Cook for 4-5 minutes on each side  and allow 4 minutes to calm down. Cut the steak diagonally into thin slices and serve on a large platter with the  Parsley sauce.

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What you need:

4 pork chops
30g dried porcini mushrooms
1 large clove garlic, finely chopped
1 small onion, finely chopped
250ml cream
salt and pepper
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp herbs de provence (optional)
1 small glass white wine (optional)

What you do:

Soak mushrooms in 250ml hot water for 30 minutes. Squeeze mushrooms, reserving liquid. Chop mushrooms.
Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add garlic and onion. Saute until soft and translucent, but do not brown.
Sear both sides of the pork chops, remove and set aside.
Add mushroom soaking liquid, herbs and wine to the pan. Cook until liquid has reduced by half.
Return pork and mushrooms to the pan and lower the heat. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
Add cream and heat until just bubbling. Adjust seasonings to taste.
Serve.

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What you need:

2 oz / 50 g butter
1 clove of garlic ( crushed)
1 small onion ( diced )
12 oz / 300 g carrots (peeled & diced )
1 tsp dried chopped tarragon
1 pint / 600 ml chicken stock
Finely grated rind & juice of 1 orange
2 tbsp natural yoghurt

What you do :

Melt the butter in a large saucepan & cook the onion on a low heat until soft. Add the garlic & carrots & cook slowly around 5 mins.
Sprinkle in the the tarragon & then pour in the chicken stock, orange rind & juice.
Bring to the boil then cover & simmer for 30 mins.
Serve it as it is OR puree it if you wish.
Pour into bowls & add a spoon of yoghurt.

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You will need:
500g turkey mince
150ml of stock
400g tin of chopped tomatoes
500g fresh gnocchi
2 carrots diced
1 onion sliced
1 clove of garlic crushed
2 tbsp of olive oil
1 sprig of thyme (or dried)

What to do:

Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan,and add the carrots, onions and garlic.Cover and gently heat for 10 minutes.
Add the turkey mince, and gently fry until its all browned.
Add the stock, bring to the boil, then let it simmer until it reduces to a third.
Pour in the chopped tomatoes and the thyme, then cover and simmer for 45 minutes.
While this is simmering, cook the gnocchi, then drain.
Stir in the gnocchi to the cooked bolognese and gently simmer for 10 minutes.
Serve with either parmesan or grated cheese on top.

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What you need:

100 g of lean minced beef

45 g of kidney beans, canned and drained ½ clove of garlic
½ onion
½ green pepper
1 tsp of olive oil
1 small tin of chopped tomatoes (200g)
1 tsp of tomato puree
½ beef stock cube
1 tsp chilli powder
½ tsp of mixed herbs

What to do:

Heat the olive oil in a non-stick saucepan and cook the onion until slightly softened. Add the garlic and diced pepper and cook for another few minutes. Add the minced beef, brown and then drain off excess fat. Stir in all other ingredients, adding more or less chilli powder to your taste. Cover and cook for 20 minutes.
Serve with rice.

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