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What you need:

340g sliced smoked salmon or smoked trout
100g cream cheese
200ml carton crème fraîche
Finely grated zest of 1 lime and the juice of 2 limes
2 ripe avocados
Small handful of chopped fresh coriander, plus extra leaves to garnish
Crackers or grissini, to serve

What you do:

To prepare:

To prepare:

Put 285g smoked salmon in a food processor and whizz until finely chopped. Add the cream cheese, crème fraîche and zest and juice of 1 lime. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and whizz until really smooth. Transfer the salmon mousse to a bowl, cover and chill for 15 minutes.

Halve and stone the avocados. Scoop the avocado flesh out into a food processor (ideally a mini one), add the juice of the remaining lime and the chopped coriander and season to taste with more salt and freshly ground black pepper. Whizz until really smooth. Cover and chill for 15 minutes.

Fill 6 shot glasses three-quarters full with the salmon mousse. Smooth the surface, then top with a neat layer of the avocado mixture. Place on a tray, cover with a large sheet of cling film and pop in the fridge for 30 minutes.

To serve:

Remove the salmon mousses from the fridge 10 minutes before serving them. Cut the remaining smoked salmon into thin strips, then roughly fold them and place on top of each mousse. Top each with a coriander leaf and serve with crackers or grissini to spread with salmon and guacamole mousses.

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what you need:

85g watercress, coarse stems removed
115g cream cheese
1 pinch salt
1 pinch black pepper, freshly ground
600g salmon fillet, skinless
400g puff pastry
100g flour, for dusting
1 egg, beaten, to glaze

What you do:

Preheat the oven to 200C  / 400F /Gas mark 6.

Chop the watercress very finely, place in a bowl, add the cream cheese, season generously with salt and pepper, and mix well.

Cut the salmon fillet into 2 pieces. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface to a thickness of 3mm (1/8in). It should be roughly 7.5cm (3in) longer than the salmon pieces and just over twice as wide. Trim the edges straight. Transfer to a lightly greased baking tray.

Place 1 piece of salmon in the middle of the pastry. Spread the top with the watercress cream and place the other piece of salmon on top. Lightly brush the pastry edges with water, then fold the 2 ends over the salmon. Fold in the sides so they overlap slightly and press together to seal. Re-roll the trimmings and use to decorate the top of the pastry, if liked. Brush with beaten egg, and make 2 or 3 holes with a skewer to allow steam to escape.

Bake for 30 minutes, or until the pastry is well risen and golden brown. Test if the salmon is cooked by pushing a skewer halfway through the thickest part and leaving for 4–5 seconds; when removed, it should feel hot.

Remove from the oven and allow to stand for a few minutes, then slice and serve.

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What you need:

6 hard boiled eggs
1 oz cream cheese, softened, cut into small cubes
3 tbsp mayonnaise
2 tsp yellow mustard
1/2 tsp  garlic powder
2 green onions, chopped
fresh cracked pepper to taste
paprika to decorate

What you do:

Peel eggs. Cut in half  lengthwise.
Scoop all yolks into a bowl. Mash with a fork.

Add cream cheese, mayonnaise, yellow mustard, granulated garlic, green onions, and salt and pepper. Stir to mix altogether.

Scoop the mixture into each of the egg halves.
Sprinkle with paprika and serve.

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What you need:

8 oz / 200g light soft brown sugar.
6 floz / 175ml vegetable oil
2 eggs
4 oz / 100g wholemeal flour
1 tsp / 5 ml ground cinnamon
1tsp / 5 ml bicarbonate of soda
5 oz / 125g coarsely grated carrots
2 oz / 50g chopped walnuts
Topping
2 tbsp / 30ml apricot jam
1 tbsp / 15 ml lemon juice
2 oz / 50 g chopped walnuts
2 oz / 25 g cream cheese

What you do:

Preheat the oven to 180C / 350F / gas mark 4.
Line a 7 inch / 18cm round tin. Its best to use a fixed base tin as the mixture will almost a pouring consistency.

In a mixing bowl, pour the sugar then gradually whisk in the oil, then whisk in the eggs 1 at a time.
Mix together the flour, cinnamon & bicarbonate of soda, then stir into the egg mixture, then add the carrots & walnuts.
Mix altogether using a wooden spoon, then pour into the prepared cake tin.
Bake for 1 hour & 10 mins until the cake is risen & firm to touch.
Remove from the oven & leave to stand for 5 mins, then turn out onto a wired rack.
Peel off the paper & leave to cool.

To make the topping:


Boil the jam & lemon juice together in a small saucepan for 2 to3 mins.
Brush the mixture thickly over the top of the cooled cake.
Beat together the cream cheese with a little icing sugar (to taste), and spread over the top of the cake.
Then sprinkle on the rest of the crushed walnuts to decorate.

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What you need:

4 oz / 113 g crumbled feta cheese  (at room temperature)
4 oz /113 g cream cheese  (at room temperature)
8 oz / 227 g Swiss cheese  ( grated )
2 tsp honey
4 oz /113 g finely chopped pecans
4 oz / 113 g finely chopped dried cranberries
Assorted crackers for serving

What you do:

Mix the cream cheese, feta, Swiss and honey until combined using an electric mixer or food processor.

Transfer the cheese onto a sheet grease proof paper and roll into a 1.5″ x 10″ log. Close the grease proof paper and refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm.

Mix pecans and cranberries, and spread into a rectangle on a clean sheet grease proof paper. Roll the cheese log over the mixture to coat all sides evenly.

Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate. (Log may be refrigerated up to 3 days.) Remove from refrigerator 15 minutes before serving.

Serve with crackers.

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What you need:

2 medium baking potaoes

2 tbsp butter or margarine

1 tbsp milk

¼ tsp salt

1 3 0z / 370 g  package of cream cheese, cubed

2 tbsp sour cream

Paprika

What you do:

Pre heat the oven to 190C / 370F / gas mark 5

Pierce the potatoes and bake in the oven  for one hour or until tender.

Leave to cool for around 20 / 30  mins

Cut a thin slice off the to of each potato.

Scoop out all the potato from the skins and place in a mixing bowl.

Add the butter, milk and salt. Mix together  until fluffy

Mix in cream cheese and sour cream and spoon back into the potato skins

Sprinkle with paprika and bake uncovered  20 to 25 minutes, Or until the tops are golden brown .

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What you need:

4 chicken fillets
4 streaky bacon rashers
8 oz / 225 g  garlic & herb cream cheese

What to do:

Preheat the oven at 180C / 350F / gas mark 4
Line an oven proof baking dish with foil.
Cut a pocket along each of the chicken fillets making sure you don’t cut right through.
Fill each pocket with the cream cheese, then wrap a rasher of bacon around each one making sure the seam is at the bottom.
Cover with foil and bake for around 30 mins or until the juices run clear.
take off the foil, and cook for a further 5 mins or until the bacon is browned & crispy.
Serve immediately.

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What you need:

2 skinless salmon fillets
4 leeks , (trimmed and finely chopped)
1 oz / 25g butter
3 1/2 oz / 100g full-fat crème fraîche/ plain greek yoghurt  or cream cheese
6 sheets filo pastry

What to do:

Preheat the oven to 200C/ 400F/ gas 6.
Put the chopped leeks into a large saucepan with 3 tbsp water and a couple of knobs of butter.

Cover, then cook for 10 mins until tender. Remove from the pan, allow to cool, then mix with the crème fraîche and some seasoning.
To make the parcels, brush a sheet of pastry with melted butter, then lay 2 more sheets on top, brushing butter between each layer. Place a salmon fillet in the middle, season, then spoon over half the leek mix. Fold the ends over the top, pull up the sides and scrunch together to enclose. Repeat.
Brush both the parcels with melted butter. Place onto a lightly greased baking tray, then cook for 20 / 25 mins until golden and crisp.

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