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What you need:

6-8 large slices panettone cake
1 large egg
4tbsp /60ml single cream
2tbsp /30ml milk
2tsp / 10ml  mixed spice
1oz / 25g  butter
2tbsp /30ml  demerara sugar
A small dish of jam to serve.

What you do:

Using a small star-shaped cutter, stamp out 12 stars from the slices of panettone. Beat together the egg, cream, milk and 10ml (2tsp) mixed spice in a shallow dish.
Heat half the butter in a non-stick frying pan until foaming. Dip half the stars in the egg mixture and add to the pan.
Fry for 1-2 mins on each side until golden. Remove and keep warm. Fry the rest of the stars in the same way in the remaining butter.
Serve the stars sprinkled with the demerara sugar and the rest of the mixed spice, and with a spoonful of the the jam.

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What you need:

8  Pork Sausages
4  shallots, peeled and quartered
½  leek, sliced
1 large carrot, cut into small cubes
1tsp olive oil
1 rosemary sprig roughly chopped
100g plain white flour
4 eggs
175ml semi-skimmed milk
Onion Gravy:

 1 red onion

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp plain white flour
284ml (½ pint) beef stock

What you do:

Pre-heat your oven to 220C /425F  / gas 7.
Sift the flour into a bowl, make a well in the centre and break in the eggs.
Add half the milk and beat with a wooden spoon until smooth, then add the remaining milk and whisk until you get tiny little bubbles in the batter.
Add the rosemary and leave to rest for an hour or so.
Cook the sausages in a frying pan with a little olive oil until nicely browned then transfer to a ceramic oven dish.
In the same pan add the shallots and cook until golden then add the leek and carrot and continue frying until the leeks are soft.
Spoon the vegetables around the sausages. Pop into the oven for 5 minutes.
Pour the batter now over the sausages and pop back into the oven as quickly as possible.
Cook for 35-40 minutes until golden brown and well risen.
Simply serve with some onion gravy and to make that simply cook a red onion finely sliced in 1tbsp of olive oil until soft and just starting to brown.
Next add 1tbsp of plain flour and stir in. Make ½ pint of beef stock using a stock cube then slowly pour into the pan and whisk until smooth. If you like add little Worcestershire sauce to make it a little richer.

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What you need:

60g plain flour
115g unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
2 tsp ground cinnamon
50g hazelnuts, roughly chopped and toasted
4 tbsp light soft brown sugar
1kg cooking or eating apples (about 3-4 large cooking apples )
Juice of 1 orange (about 80ml)
2 tbsp light soft brown sugar (or to taste)
1 tbsp plain flour

what you do:

Preheat the oven to 190C /375F /Gas mark  5.

Put the flour into a bowl, add the butter and rub together to make fine breadcrumbs.

Add the cinnamon, hazelnuts and sugar and mix together.
 Peel, core and slice the apples and put into an oven proof dish with the orange juice, sugar and flour and mix together.

Sprinkle the crumble over the top and bake for 30-35 minutes or until the fruit is cooked and the topping is golden.

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What you need:

2 red peppers
2 red onions
8 ripe tomatoes ( halved)
3 cloves of garlic (unpeeled)
2 tbsp olive oil
500 – 700ml vegetable stock (depending how thick you like your soup)
Some fresh basil leaves (torn)

What you do:

Pre heat the oven to 200C / 400F / gas mark 6

Cut the peppers in half, scoop out the seeds & cut the flesh into small chunks.
Peel the onions , halve & cut into similar size chunks as the peppers.
Place the peppers, onions , tomatoes & garlic into an oven proof dish. Drizzle with oil then roast in the oven for around 35 mins ( or until all the vegetables are cooked).
Squeeze the garlic out of its skin. Put the vegetables & garlic into a food processor then add the stock.
Puree until smooth.
Pour into a saucepan & heat gently for around 5 mins or until warmed through.
divide between 4 bowls & sprinkle over fresh basil leaves .

Serve with warm crusty bread.

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What you need:

2tsp vegetable oil
18 0z /500g lean pork chunks (such as leg or shoulder)
1 large onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 carrots, sliced
8 oz  / 227 g  swede, chopped
8 oz / 227 g potatoes, chopped
1 pork or vegetable stock cube
¼tsp ground ginger
2tsp dried mixed herbs
2tsp cornflour, blended with 2tsps of water
Chopped fresh parsley or coriander, to garnish
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

3/4 pt / 450ml water

What you do:

Preheat the oven to 190C/ 375F /gas 5.
Heat a large flameproof casserole dish on the hob and add the vegetable oil, brushing it over the base. Add the pork chunks, letting them sear and brown before turning them over. Cook for 3-4 mins until browned on all sides.

Add the onion, garlic, carrots, swede and potatoes, stirring well. Pour in the water. Bring up to the boil, then crumble in the chicken stock cube.  Stir in the ginger and mixed herbs, then cover with a tight-fitting lid. Transfer to the oven and bake for 1 hr.

Stir the blended cornflour, then add it to the casserole, stirring until thickened. Cook for 2-3 mins. Serve, garnished with chopped fresh parsley or coriander.

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What you need:

5 lb chicken, rinsed, patted dry, cut into 6 large pieces
2 medium carrots, cut into chunks
2 medium white onions, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 medium tomato, chopped
2 gloves garlic, crushed
½ tsp dried thyme
1 bay leaf
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
½ tsp ground black pepper
5 cups dry red wine
¼ cup Cognac
¼ canola or extra-light olive oil
1 tsp salt
2 tsp sugar
8 oz pearl onions
8 oz mushrooms, cleaned and sliced thin
6 oz good-quality sliced bacon, chopped
2 tbsp butter, softened
2 tbsp all-purpose flour

What you do:

Preheat the oven to 220C / 425F / gas mark 7.

Place the chicken in a large, deep, non-reactive casserole dish. Layer the carrots, onion, celery, tomato, garlic, thyme, bay leaf, parsley, and pepper evenly over the chicken pieces. In a small bowl, mix together the red wine, Cognac, and oil. Drizzle the wine mixture over the vegetables and chicken, and then marinate the mixture overnight, for 8-12 hours.

Melt 3 tbsp of butter in a large frying pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Remove each piece of the chicken from the marinade, reserving the liquid, and brown them on each side. Set aside the chicken, scoop the vegetables out of the marinade, and cook them in the frying pan or skillet for 5 minutes, until they begin to get tender.

Arrange the chicken in a deep, glass casserole dish, layer the vegetables over the chicken, and pour the reserved liquid over the casserole. Sprinkle the salt and sugar over the mixture, cover, and bake it in the preheated oven for 20 minutes.

While the chicken is baking, fry the bacon in the skillet until it is crispy and set it aside to drain. Pour off all but approximately 2 tablespoons of the bacon grease and sauté the mushrooms and onions over low-medium heat for 6-8 minutes, until they turn tender. When the chicken has cooked for 20 minutes, remove it from the oven and add the bacon, mushrooms, and onions. Cover and return the casserole to the oven for 20 minutes.

Mix together the 2 tbsp softened butter and the all-purpose flour until they form a smooth paste. Add the butter-flour mixture, or beurre manie, to the chicken and vegetables for the last 5 minutes of cooking. Remove the casserole from the oven and stir the beurre manie throughout the dish.

Allow it to sit and thicken for a few minutes before serving.

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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:

3 large potatoes
1 spanish onion
spanish olive oil
8 large eggs
8oz /225g chorizo sausages (hot)
1 handful pitted spanish olives (green olives)
salt (to season)

What you do:

Peel, wash and thinly slice the potatoes and cut in half into the shape of half moons. Repeat this with the Spanish onion.

Pour olive oil in a deep frying pan over a high heat – use enough oil to just cover the onion and potatoes.

Once the oil is hot, drop in a slice of onion and this should start frying immediately. Cook the onion for around 10 minutes until golden and then add the sliced potatoes. Stir occasionally for at least 15 minutes, until the potatoes are soft and cooked through.

Drain the oil from the potato and onion and mix in the egg and place into a separate dish. Let it rest for 10 minutes while you cook the chorizo and olives.

Chop the chorizo into chunks and half the pitted olives.

In the same frying pan you have used to cook the potatoes use a medium heat to cook the chorizo for 1 minute, followed by the olives for just 15 seconds before adding this to the potato, onion and egg mix.

Season and stir slowly

To make the tortilla place a non-stick pan over a medium heat and drizzle in a bit of olive oil.

Pour the tortilla mix inside the pan and lower the heat. After 4 minutes use a large plate to cover the pan, hold it tightly and flip the tortilla onto the plate. Slide the ‘non-cooked side’ of the tortilla back into the pan to cook.

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What you need:

1 1/2 pounds white fish fillets
Cooking spray
1 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 tbsp light mayonnaise
1/8 tsp onion powder
1/8 tsp black pepper
1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs
1 1/2 tbsp butter or margarine (melted )
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

What you do:

Preheat oven to 220C / 425F / gas mark 7

Place fish in an 11 x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray.
Mix together the lime juice, mayonnaise, onion powder, and pepper in a small bowl, then spread over fish.Sprinkle with breadcrumbs; drizzle with butter. Bake for 20 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork.

Sprinkle with parsley.
Serve hot.

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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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