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What you need:

400g plums
2 cooking apples
170g blackberries
350g castor sugar

What you do:

Cut the plums in half & take out the stones. Cut the plums into chunks.

Cut the apples in half, take out the cores then peel & cut into chunks.

place in a saucepan along with the plums & blackberries along with a little water.
Simmer gently for around 15 mins until partly cooked.

Add the sugar & cook gently until the sugar has dissolved.

Simmer for 30 mins until the fruit is cooked, but still has texture & the mixture has thickened & is just slightly jammy.

Spoon into clean sterile jars, cover with tight- fitting lids and leave to cool.

Store in the fridge for a couple of weeks.

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What you need:

6 large eggs
7 oz / 200g  ham sliced into small thin pieces
4 0z /100g fan mushrooms
2 spring onions
2 oz / 60g grated cheese
Milk
Pepper to taste

What you do:

Wipe the mushrooms clean and chop into small pieces, slice the spring onions.

Using a fork, beat the eggs together with a little milk and season with black pepper, add the grated cheese.

Heat a little olive oil in a frying pan and add the ham and mushrooms, cook for a few minutes until the mushrooms are tender.

Add the eggs and the spring onions.

Cook over a high heat, and using a spatula pull the edges of the omelette into the middle tilting the pan as you go so the liquid eggs run into the space. Do this for a few minutes until only a tiny bit of liquid is left in the centre. Remove from the pan and allow to rest for a few minutes (the remaining runny bit of egg will finish off cooking)

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what you need:

4 large onions
10 sage leaves
125g/¼lb of breadcrumbs
40g/1½oz butter
salt and pepper to taste
1 egg

What you do:

Peel the onions, put them into boiling water, let them simmer for 5 minutes or rather longer, and just before they are taken out, put in the sage-leaves for a minute or two to take off their rawness.

Chop both these very fine, add the bread, seasoning and butter, and work the whole lot together with the yolk of an egg, when the stuffing will be ready for use.

It should be rather highly seasoned, and the sage-leaves should be very finely chopped.
Place into and oven proof dish & cook for around 20 to 25 mins.
Serve hot.

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What you need:

8 oz / 227g of cold potato ( freshly mashed )
4 oz / 100g lard
1 egg
8oz / 227g self raising flour
pinch of salt.
2 baking trays lined with grease proof paper.

What you do:

Preheat the oven to 200C / 400F / gas mark 6

Rub the lard into the flour Then add the salt & cold potato.
Blend well together , then bind together with the egg.
Roll out to 1/2 inch thickness & cut into circles.
Place onto the grease proof paper & cook in the oven for around 12 to 15 mins.
Serve hot.

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What you need:

3lb / 1.5kg of already cooked beetroot ( chopped)
1lb / 400g onions (diced)
1lb / 400g of apples ( chopped)
1lb / 400g sugar
1pt / 600 ml white vinegar (spiced)
2tsp / 10ml salt

What you do:

In a saucepan, pour in a little of the vinegar, then cook the chopped onions for a short time.
Then add the apples, beetroot & salt with a little more vinegar…just enough to stop it burning, & cook for around 15/20 mins or until the apples are soft.
Stir in the sugar until its dissolved with the rest of the vinegar and simmer for around another 20 mins or until its thickened.
Pour into hot jars.
Leave to cool, then cover with lids.

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What you need:

6 1/2 lb /3kg strawberries, hulled, halved
6 1/2 lb / 3kg white sugar
Juice from 1/2 a lemon

What you do:

First of  all wash and sterilise the  jars and lids that you will use.

In a large saucepan, put in the strawberries and sugar & mix all together.

Leave for a couple of hours so the sugar can soften all the fruit.

Add the lemon juice then simmer over medium heat, stirring all the time untilall the fruit is soft.

Remove 1/3 of the fruit & leave to one side.

Keep simmering the remaining mixture until fruit is mostly dissolved & the  jam coats the back of a spoon.

Divide the fruit that was put to one side  between the jars then fill with jam.

Allow to cool, then seal with the lids.

Keep refridgerated.

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What you need:

8 oz / 200 g prawns ( shelled)
juice of 1/2 a lemon
3 tbsp ovile oil
1 tbsp tomato puree
1 tbsp paprika
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper.

what you do:

Divide the prawns between 4 ramekins ( or something similar)
Beat all the other ingredients together & pour over the prawns.
Place the ramekins into a microwave and cook on full power for around 2 mins.
Serve straight away.

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What you need:

15oz / 375 g tin of pineapple drained & chopped ( keep the juice)
1 large chopped onion
2 courgettes chopped
1 tbsp curry powder
1 tbsp mango chutney
20 fl oz / 600 ml chicken stock
10 fl oz /300 ml pineapple juice
juice of 1/2 a lemon

What you do:

Fry the onion in a little oil until softened then add the courgettes & cook for a few minutes . Add all the other ingredients & simmer gently until soft.
Liquidize and put through a sieve.
Can be served hot or cold.

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What you need:

1/2 lb minced beef
1 onion  onion ( chopped)
1 medium green pepper ( de-seeded & diced )
2 sticks  celery ( chopped)
1 large tin  chopped tomatoes, un-drained
1-1/2 tsp Cajun seasoning (dried)
7 1/2 oz  macaroni and cheese dinner mix
2 tbsp  milk
1 tbsp butter

What to do:

In a large saucepan, cook the minced beef, onion, green pepper and celery over medium heat until meat is no longer pink then drain.

Add  the tin of tomatoes and the Cajun seasoning then cook, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
In the mean time , prepare the macaroni and cheese according to packet directions, using 2 tbsp  milk and 1 tbsp of butter.

Stir in the beef mixture &  cook for  another 2-3 minutes or until its all heated through thoroughly.

Serve hot .

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What you need:

2 whole mackerel, filleted
2 heaped tbsp apricot jam
1 or 2 chilies, chopped
500 ml white wine vinegar
2 cloves garlic, chopped

What to do:

To make the Blan Tjang

Mix together the apricot jam, chilies, garlic and vinegar together and set to one side.

On a preheated saucepan  pan, sear the mackerel fillets on each side and cook for a minute turning over once during cooking.

Once cooked remove the mackerel and place on a baking tray.

Spread the Blan Tjang mix over the mackerel and place under the grill for 4-5 minutes until a nice glaze appears and the fish is just cooked making sure you don’t overcook them and make sure it’s still nice and moist.

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