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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:

1 lemon
1 lime
1 orange
1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp dried Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp chili flakes (if desired)
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 cup tomatoes, seeded and cut into cubes
1 tbsp basil chopped or torn in small pieces
1 medium sized white onion,  finely chopped
1 tsp hot sauce or ketchup
Salt and pepper to taste

What you do:

In a bowl, combine the tomatoes, onions, basil and hot sauce. Mix well. Season it with salt. Cover and refrigerate.
Grate the zest of the orange, lemon and lime. Place it in a resealable bag.
Squeeze out the juice from the fruits. Discard the seeds, but keep the pulp.
Pour the juices and pulp into the resealable bag. Add the garlic, italian seasoning and chili flakes. Season it with salt and pepper.
Marinate the chicken in the bag and refrigerate for 2 hours up to overnight. Turn the bag at least once to make sure that it absorbs the flavor.
Grill the chicken for 10-15 minutes or until it is soft. Do not overcook.
Serve warm with rice and salsa.

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What you need:

2 aubergines
1 pint / 475 ml milk
Flour for dusting or dredging
Salt
Olive or sunflower oil for deep-frying
any aromatic runny honey

fresh mint leaves (for decoration)

Sesame seeds

What you do:

Peel the eggplants and cut them into slices about 1/3 inch thick. Place  them in a bowl then add enough milk to cover the slices and place  a small plate on top to hold them down in the milk. Leave to soak for 1 or 2 hours.

Drain the milk off.

Cover a plate with plenty of flour mixed with a sprinkling of salt. Place each aubergine slice  in the flour so that they are completely covered , then shake them to remove the excess.

Deep-fry in sizzling but not too hot oil, turning the slices over as soon as the first side is brown.

Drain on paper towels.

Place the cooked aubergine onto a serving plate, drizzle with honey.

Sprinkle the mint leaves & sesame seeds over the top & serve hot.

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What you need:

1 oz / 25 g butter
1 1/2 lb / 600 g parsnips ( peeled & chopped roughly )
1 cooking apple ( peeled cored & chopped roughtly)
2 pints / 1.1 litres chicken stock
4 fresh sage leaves or 1/2 tsp dried sage
2 cloves
5 fl oz / 150 ml fresh single cream
fresh sage leaves or parsley & croutons to garnish.

What you do:

In a large saucepan, melt the butter then add the parsnips & apple. Cover & gently cook for 10mins, occasionally stirring.
Pour in the stock then add the sage & cloves.
Bring to the boil then cover & gently simmer for around 30 mins until the parsnips are softened.
Remove the sage leaves & cloves then leave to cool for a while, then puree in a blender or a food processor.
Pour back into the saucepan & gently reheat with the cream.
serve hot or cold with sage or parsley & croutons.

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What you need:

2 medium onion ( peeled and thinly sliced)
2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp butter
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
750ml beef stock
4 tsp corn flour
4 tsp cold water
Salt and black pepper

What to do:

In a large saucepan melt the oil and butter over a gentle heat. Add the onion and cover with a lid. Cook slowly for approx 10 mins or until the onions are soft and see through.
Add the sugar and balsamic vinegar to the onions and stir well.

Cover with the lid and continue to cook for a further 5 minutes.
Add the stock and boil gently uncovered for 5 minutes.

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What you need:

6 chicken leg quarters, skin removed
1 packet of  taco seasoning  (divided)
1 tin  (14-1/2 ounces) Mexican diced tomatoes, undrained
1 tin (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup
1 large onion, chopped
1 tin (4 oz) chopped green chilies
7 oz / 190 g  uncooked instant rice
1 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
8 oz / 230 g  sour cream
4 oz / 113 g  shredded cheddar cheese
1-1/2 cups crushed tortilla chips

fresh coriander (chopped)

What you do:

Sprinkle chicken with 1 tbsp  taco seasoning and place in  the  slow cooker.

In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, soup, onion, chilies and remaining taco seasoning and pour over the chicken. Put the lid on & cook on low for 7-9 hours or until chicken is tender.
Prepare the rice according to the packet directions.

Place the beans in a small microwave safe-bowl. Microwave on high for 30 seconds or until warmed then stir in the rice.
Remove the chicken  and keep warm. Skim the fat from cooking juices &  stir in the sour cream.

Serve chicken with rice mixture.

Sprinkle servings with cheese, tortilla chips and  chopped coriander

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What you need:

16 oz / 450 g  shredded mozzarella cheese
15 oz / 420 g  ricotta cheese
10 oz  / 300 g  frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
12 oz / 340 g  jumbo pasta shells, cooked and drained
1 1/2 pints / 700 ml spaghetti sauce

What you do:

Pre heat the oven at 180 C / 350 F / gas mark 4

Combine cheeses and spinach; stuff into shells.

Arrange in a greased oven proof  baking dish. Pour spaghetti sauce over the shells.

Cover and bake and  for 30 minutes or until heated through.

Serve hot .

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What you need:

150 g plain flour, sifted
a pinch of salt
2 eggs
300 ml milk

For the filling:

1 punnet of  fresh strawberries (sliced) ( or 1 tin of strawberries)
8 oz of Whipping cream

What you do:

In a large mixing bowl, place the sifted plain flour and a pinch of salt . Make a well in the centre, and pour in the milk and the eggs. Use a balloon whisk to beat all together to make a smooth batter. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
In the mean time, Whip the cream until its really thickened.

Heat an 18-20 cm crepe pan or small non stick frying pan over a medium heat. Lightly grease with butter. Pour 1/4 cup (60ml) batter into the pan and swirl to coat the base. Cook for 2 minutes or until golden and lacy. Toss over and cook for a further 30 seconds. Transfer to a plate and repeat with the remaining batter.
place a pancake open on a plate and spoon on the strawberries on one half only. Fold the other half of the pancake over the strawberries.
Repeat the process again so you have 2 pancakes with strawberries on the plate.
Place a large spoon of whipped cream at the side of pancakes.
Serve warm.

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What you need:

150 g plain flour, sifted
a pinch of salt
2 eggs
300 ml milk
1 jar of lemon curd

1 small tub of vanilla ice cream

What you do:

In a large mixing bowl, place the sifted plain flour and a pinch of salt . Make a well in the centre, and pour in the milk and the eggs. Use a balloon whisk to beat all together to make a smooth batter. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Heat an 18-20 cm crepe pan or small non stick frying pan over a medium heat. Lightly grease with butter. Pour 1/4 cup (60ml) crepe batter into the pan and swirl to coat the base. Cook for 2 minutes or until golden and lacy. Toss over and cook for a further 30 seconds. Transfer to a plate and repeat with the remaining batter.

Place a pancake open on a plate  and spread the lemon curd on half of it. Place a scoop of the ice cream on the top then fold the other half over the top , then fold again (so its like a cone shape)

Serve warm.

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What you need:

150 g plain flour, sifted
a pinch of salt
2 eggs
300 ml milk
2 banana’s ( thinly sliced)
1 jar or squeezy bottle honey

What you do:

In a large mixing bowl, place the sifted plain flour and a pinch of salt . Make a well in the centre, and pour in the milk and the eggs. Use a balloon whisk to beat all together to make a smooth batter. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Heat an 18-20 cm crepe pan or small non stick frying pan over a medium heat. Lightly grease with butter. Pour 1/4 cup (60ml) crepe batter into the pan and swirl to coat the base. Cook for 2 minutes or until golden and lacy. Toss over and cook for a further 30 seconds. Transfer to a plate and repeat with the remaining batter.
Lay a pancake on a plate, then layer one half of it with banana then fold the other half over the the banana’s. Drizzle some honey over the top.
Serve hot.

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